A complete half a day was dedicated to IBS at the International Pelvic Pain Conference. The reason being is that this is a very common illness which can cause pain in the region of the pelvis. If you suffer from IBS you will know that IBS is a cluster of symptoms, including pain, constipation, diarrhoea. It appears that researchers are getting closer to a brain/neurology model of irritability. We are becoming more and more aware as health professionals that the mind and body are intimately linked. There is now work looking at transcutaneously (through the skin) stimulating the vagal nerve, which is leading to reduction in bowel irritability. Obviously there is more work required, but the research is well underway.