Encompassing a wide range of research methodologies Encompassing a wide range of research methodologies

Gastroenterology and Gut Biology Group

The Department of Medicine is strong in research in Gastroenterology which is integrated across the Norwich Research Park (NRP) with close cooperation between the Medical School, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and the Institute for Food Research (IFR). This is achieved through the close cooperation between Professor Watson, Professor of Translational Medicine at UEA and Hon Consultant Gastroenterologist at NNUH and Professor Simon Carding, Professor of Immunology at UEA and Principal investigator of the Institute Strategic Programme Grant (ISPG) at the IFR. Professor Watson acts to coordinate the research of his clinical colleagues at NNUH (Tremelling and Rustbrook), Clinical Senior Lecturers at UEA (Beales, Hart) and principles investigators at IFR.

The gastroenterology research portfolio focuses on inflammatory and infective disease of the intestine encompassing a full range of research methodologies from epidemiology through laboratory research and population genetics to clinical trials. Epidemiological research (Dr Hart) is based on the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) database, which is a major study into the relationship between diet and disease including Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Musculoskeletal Science Group

The Musculoskeletal Science Group, lead by Professor Bill Fraser, currently has a small number of basic and clinical researchers examining bone, tendon, cartilage and skeletal muscle with the specific aim to improve musculoskeletal health in patients, the frail elderly and individuals subject to tissue injury. The group has current research strengths in biochemical investigation of metabolic bone disease and calcium disorders, epidemiology of connective tissue disease, fracture treatment and outcome, muscle metabolism in aging, molecular investigation of cellular processes in bone disorders and autophagy, tendon and cartilage biology.

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Medical Microbiology

The research interests of the medical microbiology group are centred gut microbiology  in relation to food, water and health and on rapid diagnostics for infection and antibiotic resistance, particularly in  healthcare infection.  The group works closely with colleagues across the Norwich Research Park and externally, including with Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency).

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Clinical Science and Trials Group

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