PhD Opportunity - The role of ionic mechanotransduction in gut motility

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 2 March 2018

Please see this opportunity for a PhD scholarship at Massey University - application deadline 18 March 2018:


Microbiome linked to response to new cancer drugs

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 6 November 2017

Preliminary work in mouse models showed that the composition of the gut microbiome could predict the response of animals to a new type of anti-cancer drug, immune checkpoint inhibitors. Recently, this work was validated in patients with cancer.


IBD Aches and Pains Survey

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 3 October 2017

Carrie Falling is a PhD student at the University of Otago and is carrying out a study on pain in people with IBD. 


Rural living linked to lower rates of IBD

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 23 August 2017

A recent study from Canada showed that "people living in rural households had lower risk of developing IBD. This association is strongest in young children and adolescents, and in children exposed to the rural environment early in life."


Immune Pathway in Gut Cells Controls Rotavirus Infection

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 25 June 2017

Rotavirus infection of the intestine is a major cause of diarrhoea in infants and children. New research has identified an immune pathway within gut epithelial cells that can detect the virus early and restrict its growth.


Introduction to the Digestive System

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 8 June 2017

from Pacific Medical Training

Digestive System

Looking beyond what is visible to the naked eye makes the world a much more interesting place.


Gut microbes linked to anxiety and fear

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 17 May 2017

Scientists in Ireland have linked the gut microbiome with anxiety disorders.  The researchers showed that germ-free mice, mice with no gut bacteria, had changes in the part of the brain that controls emotions.


Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 5 April 2017

Get Crunching to save lives!


Creating Guts in the Lab

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 4 March 2017

Scientists in the US have recently shown the feasibility of growing intestines in the lab, complete with nerves and muscles.


Student Fundraising for Bowel Cancer Research

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 17 February 2017

Gut Health Network student member, Bailey Kennedy, is running the St Clair Vineyard half marathon to raise money for bowel cancer research. Bailey is a PhD student at the University of Otago Christchurch campus, researching immune responses in people with colorectal cancer. 

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