The four main areas of research for the Gastroenterology department are hepatology, endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and translational nutritional science.
Hepatology research spans the clinical management of viral hepatitis (particularly type C), epidemiology, hepatocellular cancer therapy, non-invasive staging and prognostic markers of liver disease, and management of portal hypertension.
Endoscopy focuses on improving the safety and quality of colonoscopic practice and of polypectomy, and colorectal neoplasia in cystic fibrosis.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research includes studies on optimising thiopurine therapy (with a focus on the use of allopurinol to improve efficacy and counteract side effects), the clinical utility of measurement of anti-TNF drug levels, and intestinal ultrasound.
The Translational Nutritional Science Group studies diet as a therapy in chronic intestinal disorders, including implementation of new approaches in the community.
14 PhD students
1 MD student
Translational nutritional science
A landmark paper on the efficacy of a dietary intervention in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was published in the journal Gastroenterology in January 2014*Find out more
Psychological and cognitive effects of gluten
We published two papers in 2014 in which the psychological and cognitive effects of gluten were addressed.Find out more
Critical and realistic review of the impact of vitamin D in areas of clinical medicine and clinical practice.Find out more
Flanagan, Emma; Gibson, Peter R.; Begun, Jakob; Ghaly, Simon; Garg, Mayur; Andrews, Jane M.; Rosella, Ourania; Rosella, Gennaro; Bell, Sally J.
(2018), Aliment Pharmacol Ther, 48(11-12), 1328-1330
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Tomic, Dunya; Kemp, William W.; Roberts, Stuart K.
(2018), Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol, 30(10), 1103-1115
Reducing the maternal dietary intake of indigestible and slowly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates is associated with improved infantile colic
Iacovou, M.; Mulcahy, E. C.; Truby, H.; Barrett, J. S.; Gibson, P. R.; Muir, J. G.
(2018), J Hum Nutr Diet, 31(2), 256-265