Research Activity

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has undergone tremendous growth and expansion since 1997 with the recruitment of a new Division Director and several other faculty of national and international repute. Consequently, in recent years, we have positioned ourselves as one of the strongest and largest academic GI divisions in the Southwestern United States. Research related to digestive health and disease has been a well-recognized and important strength at UTMB. We have a long history of excellence, as evidenced by faculty members who hold offices in national GI associations, serve on editorial boards of prestigious GI journals, and are members of National Institutes of Health study sections. In addition, the chairs of several UTMB departments are GI or GI-related researchers.

Finally, UTMB consistently ranks in the top 10 of all national and international institutions in the number of presentations at the annual Digestive Diseases Week (the largest GI meeting of the year). A significant portion of NIH dollars at UTMB supports research and training related to digestive diseases. Extramural funding related to research in GI health and disease includes many R01 grants, program project grants and training grants.