An important activity of the Center is conducting research studies on the physiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying functional GI and motility disorders, their impact on quality of life and health outcomes, and their treatment. In 2004-2009, the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand the Center's infrastructure for carrying out interdisciplinary and multi-center research on mind-body interactions in health and disease.