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The Centre of Research Excellence in Digestive Health Main Aim

The main aim of the CRE in Digestive Health is to create and implement an evidence-based approach for the management of patients with a range of digestive diseases

To achieve this, we aim to develop a multi-professional research and clinical implementation platform and will apply a multi-disciplinary approach to answer four main research questions:

QUESTION 1: What are the distinct pathophysiological phenotypes of specific chronic digestive diseases including functional gastrointestinal disorders?

QUESTION 2: What are the knowledge levels, unmet needs and coping strategies of patients with chronic digestive diseases including functional gastrointestinal disorders and how do these relate to phenotypes?

QUESTION 3: What phenotypes and pathologies define responses to therapies and how can they be utilised to improve treatments and clinical trials?

QUESTION 4: How can better subtyping of chronic digestive diseases facilitate patient management and facilitated integrative care?

Research Workforce Training

Research and training will be undertaken at world-class universities, research institutions and hospitals:

Research Institutions

  • Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Newcastle

  • Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane

  • University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI), Brisbane


  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Adelaide


  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
  • John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle
  • The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Building Collaboration

The Centre of Research Excellence in Digestive Health investigators have a long track record of collaborative research, integrating and translating research findings.
Our Centre will also actively facilitate collaboration within Australia and internationally, through a number of programs:

  • This website, and distributed e-newsletters to promote communication
  • Pilot research funding to support digestive health research activities
  • Active mentoring between Centre investigators and new trainees
  • Participation in site visits, national and international research meetings
  • International training opportunities (Mayo Clinic, Karolinska Institute and Leuven University)
  • Hosting international and national experts
  • Recording webinars on key topics in digestive health research
  • Hosting Centre of Research Excellence in Digestive Health research days