Gastroenterology MPhil/Phd/MD

Major code: GAMR/GAPR/GAMD


Overview

The Department of Gastroenterology (http://www.liv.ac.uk/gastroenterology) provides excellent opportunities for laboratory and clinical research focusing on the pathogenesis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in humans and animals (www.liv.ac.uk/gastroenterology). The high quality of our research was specifically commented on in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and we have funding from sources including MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR and CRUK. Our focus is on “translational” research that will take advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital or veterinary clinic ‘from the bench to bedside’ in order to improve the health and welfare of people and animals world-wide.

Subject Overview

Our research areas specifically focus on:

  • Gastrointestinal Cancers - molecular pathogenesis; regulation of apoptosis in the GI tract; the gastrin family of peptides; epithelial glycobiology; development of biomarkers
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – role of bacterial factors; the development and assessment of novel therapies
  • Tropical Gastroenterology, GI Infections and bacteraemia
  • The Health Economics of Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Equine Gastroenterology – epidemiology and evaluation of equine colic; metabolomics
  • Small Animal Gastroenterology – gastric physiology and response to NSAIDs

We employ the whole range of cutting-edge experimental techniques from mechanistic studies involving cell-lines and gastrointestinal tissues through to patient studies and clinical trials.

Laboratory research is based mainly in the main campus in the Henry Wellcome Laboratory of Molecular & Cellular Gastroenterology. Clinical research and trials are conducted at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Microbial Diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and at the Leahurst Veterinary Field Station within the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital and Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Key Facts

The Institute of Translational Medicine comprises six departments:
Biostatistics
Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Gastroenterology
Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine
Women’s and Children’s Health

The work of the Institute:
Takes place in the laboratory and in the clinic, forming a continuous cycle of scientific discovery and clinical research that’s yielding remarkable advances in healthcare provision.

A primary aim:
Is to provide the necessary infrastructure, facilities, professional support and environment to foster collaborative research between basic science and clinical science postgraduates.

The Institute draws on:
The established expertise within each Department to foster, develop and enhance translational medicine work streams and projects throughout the Institute as a whole.

Why The Department of Gastroenterology?

Excellent Opportunities

The Department (www.liv.ac.uk/gastroenterology) provides excellent opportunities for laboratory and clinical research focusing on the pathogenesis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in humans and animals.

High Quality Research

The high quality of our research was specifically commented on in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Our focus is on “translational” research that will take advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital or veterinary clinic ‘from the bench to bedside’ in order to improve the health and welfare of people and animals world-wide.

Cutting-Edge

We employ the whole range of cutting-edge experimental techniques from mechanistic studies involving cell-lines and gastrointestinal tissues through to patient studies and clinical trials.