AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education

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About the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education

The gut microbiome is among the most exciting and promising areas of science today.  The AGA Governing Board believes the gut microbiome should be an important priority for gastroenterology and the organization.  The AGA has therefore created the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education to serve as a virtual “home” for AGA activities related to the gut microbiome.

Currently, Digestive Disease Week (DDW) and the AGA journals Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology feature numerous articles regarding the microbiome and its impact on human health and disease, including inflammation, motility, functional GI disorders, cancer, and liver disease. Furthermore, GI clinicians already have experience in early attempts to manipulate the gut microbiota to improve health with the use of probiotics and fecal transplantation. The gut microbiome offers myriad possibilities to GI basic and translational researchers, clinicians and patients.

To provide guidance on gut microbiome-related issues, the AGA has convened a scientific advisory board comprised of world leaders in computational biology and metagenomics, microbiome animal models, microbiology translational research, nutrition, and pertinent regulatory and policy issues. These advisors will make strategic and programmatic recommendations to the AGA Governing Board.

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Scientific Advisory Board

Gary D. Wu, MD, chair
Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Martin J. Blaser, MD
George and Muriel Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology and Director, Human Microbiome Program at the New York University Langone Medical Center, New York

Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF
Professor of Medicine; Microbiology/Immunology and Chief, Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, AGAF
Director, Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute, Gastrointestinal Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Purna Kashyap, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Colleen Kelly, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI

Rob Knight, PhD
Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

Loren Laine, MD, AGAF
Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Reserach, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD
Executive Director of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, Centennial, CO 

Ryan Balfour Sartor, MD
Distinguished Professor, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Richard M. Peek, Jr., MD, AGAF, ex-officio
Chairman, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville

Gregory J. Gores, MD, AGAF, ex-officio
Executive Dean of Research, Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN  

AGA staff contact: Michael Stolar