Research is a very important mission in the Emory University Division of Digestive Diseases. In addition to numerous clinical trials ongoing in our patient-care facilities, the division has four full-time wet bench investigators whose work is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

    The overall research mission of the Division of Digestive Diseases is to conduct original scientific investigations in diseases and disorders of the digestive system, including the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, and pancreas.

    Research within the division can be broadly divided into basic science research and clinical investigation.

    Areas of interest include:

    • Pathophysiology of inflammatory disorders
    • How the "Western" diet affects the microbiome
    • Microbial-host interaction
    • Nutrition
    • Intestinal motility
    • Transplant hepatology
    • Pancreaticobiliary disorders
    • Chronic liver diseases including liver fibrosis and hepatitis C virus infection

    Research projects are funded by various federal and nonfederal institutions, including:

    View a list of Emory digestive diseases clinical trials.