Centre for Gastroenterology and Nutritition
Gastroenterology and Nutrition is part of the Division of Medicine
The centre and its staff provide an important part of the clinical education for medical students in their 3rd and 5th years. Several members are involved in intercalated BSc courses, and in teaching in the first two years. Attachments and projects are made available for students wishing to take a special interest. Prof Epstein is the senior author of 'Clinical Examination'. Dr Hamilton co-edited “The Handbook of Current Diagnosis and Treatment”.
The centre’s most visible formal postgraduate teaching activity is the MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition. Established in 2008, the MSc focuses on the international problem of over-nutrition and under-nutrition, which applies to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. The programme offers specialised training in the clinical and scientific basis of malnutrition and obesity, and therapeutic approaches to correcting this in the hospital, community and educational setting.
The centre runs active programmes of postgraduate education including clinical
teaching, radiology and histopathology sessions on both main campuses, and also
weekly research meetings for members of the centre. Senior staff have written or edited several of
the key textbooks in the discipline including “Practical Gastroenterology” (Dr
Bloom), “Inflammatory Bowel Disease” (Prof Forbes), “Atlas of Clinical
Gastroenterology” (Prof Forbes), and “Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and
Hepatology” (Dr Bloom and Dr Webster). Many
of the staff serve on the editorial boards of gastrointestinal journals.
Students working towards higher degrees are active in all parts of the centre and there is a substantial research output as clearly demonstrated in the centre’s publication list.
The centre has a special involvement in clinical nutrition teaching through its association with the European Nutrition Society, ESPEN, providing a wide range of distance learning materials and setting and monitoring the gastrointestinal elements of the examination for the European Diploma in Nutrition.