Centre for Gastroenterology and Nutrition
The Centre is passing through an important period of realignment as the clinical service in hepatology at UCH prepares to migrate to the Royal Free campus, and there is a parallel development of the integration with NHS gastroenterologists at UCH, the Royal Free and the Whittington Hospitals. The Centre itself remains compact in terms of UCL funded staff, but represents a very important contribution to the academic development of the discipline in London, the UK and internationally. The key research groups within the Centre each present their activity in the brief summaries which follow.
The Centre maintains a strong collaborative stance within UCL where it has many productive links including several outside the conventionally medical disciplines. There are joint research programmes with other Russell Group universities and an increasing number of projects are run in conjunction with key centres in continental Europe and more distantly.
Educationally the Centre provides a good deal of support to the undergraduate medical programme (preclinically as well as clinical placements) and there is an active role in several postgraduate degrees and diplomas run by other departments. The Centre’s own MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition is now in its second year and is already recruiting well for the 2010-11 academic year.