Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center

Research Focus

The research theme of our center is Gastrointestinal Infection and Injury and is based on these strengths and the funded projects of our DDC members. Our theme encompasses research that investigates injury to the intestine, liver or pancreas associated with many causes including drugs, genetics, ischemia, inflammation, surgery, nutrition, or stress. Injury also includes gastrointestinal adaptation and stem cells. Translational studies including development and testing of new therapies or treatments are included in research in both infection and injury. Our DDC has particular strengths in pediatrics, basic molecular virology and microbiology, integrative biology including whole animal studies, as well as a pediatric GI-related training program, surgical training programs with strengths in GI research, and a strong history of interdisciplinary collaborations.