Dr Bridget Southwell is a specialist in colonic dysmotility and use of transcutaneous stimulation to treat bowel disorders. She has led clinical studies and trials on transcutaneous electrical stimulation to treat constipation since 2009. She created the idea of a device specifically to treat constipation together with Prof John Hutson, Andre Tan, and the team at GI Therapies.
She completed her Post-Doc training with Prof Joel Bornstein and Prof John Furness at Physiology and Anatomy Departments, Melbourne University, combining biochemical knowledge of molecular interactions and microscopy to study tachykinin receptors in the bowel. She received a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Gastroenterology Society of Australia to study cholinergic nerves and receptors.
In 2000, she moved to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne to work with gastroenterologists and surgeons. She has become a specialist in colonic dysmotility and was awarded an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 to undertake studies on new diagnoses and treatments for children with chronic treatment resistant constipation. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association in 2005 and received the award for Paediatric Research from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for her studies on colonic dysmotility in children.