The innovative research conducted by our physicians and faculty has paved the way for more effective methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.
In our mission to create knowledge through research, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology continues to conduct cutting-edge investigations of the molecular, cellular, and physiological conditions of healthy and diseased states of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas. The central piece of the Division's research endeavor is the NIH-funded University of Michigan Center for Gastrointestinal Research, which encompasses three thematic areas of research:
- neurobiology of appetite control and visceral pain
- molecular and cellular mechanisms of inflammation
- cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death
John M. Carethers, MD discusses the similar disparities occurring in cancer and COVID-19 in paper published by Clinical Cancer Research.
Elliot Tapper, MD and Neehar Parikh, MD, MS analyzed national organ transplant data from 2008 to 2017 and found a wide variation in organ procurement organizations’ efficiency.
Pratima Sharma, MD, MS and team analyze death risk from COVID-19 in organ transplant recipients and find one treatment method greatly increased the risk.