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*