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:
- 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
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