Great success for the Gut Health Network at the recent New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific meeting. Ely Rodrigues, postdoc in Michael Schultz and Grant Butt's team was awarded the AbbVie research grant worth $35k for her work on human colonic organoids. Andrew McCombie, research assistant for Michael Schultz won the NZSG/Janssen scholarship worth $65k to continue his work on the IBDsmart study.
Prof Holger Regenbrecht, a Gut Health Network member, has recently been promoted to Professor - Congratulations!
Ste Walker posts about living with Crohn's Disease and the challenge of life with an "invisible" illness:
NZ Gastro Conference - http://gastro2015.co.nz
Cancer Trails New Zealand recently held their annual scientific meeting in Auckland. The invited speaker was Dr Roslyn Kemp, from the GUt Health Network, who talked about immunology research in colorectal cancer. Other speakers reported on current clinical trials in New Zealand, and proposed trials.
Digestive Diseases Queenstown was held for the first time August 30-31 as part of Queenstown Research Week. DDQ brought together scientists and doctors with the shared aim of improving outcomes of patients with gut-related disease. This included health delivery as well as fundamental research.
This satellite brings together speakers from a range of disciplines to define the challenges faced in gut health, gaps in our knowledge and the future directions. Sessions will cover the role of the microbiota, autoimmunity, motility and intestinal cancer. http://www.qmb.org.nz/digestive-diseases/
The Gut Health Network is pleased to announce travel funds available to support postgraduate students travelling to national or international conferences or courses.