Committed to quality research, from bench to bedside
Since its inception, the foundation of Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Vanderbilt has been grounded in basic investigation and clinical research. The GI division has a major commitment to laboratory research as well as clinical trials. We have seven faculty members who lead independent laboratories in bench investigations. Our investigators at Vanderbilt are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including GI, microbiology and immunology, infectious diseases, cancer biology, and cell and developmental biopsy.
The vast majority of research in our division is in molecular or cellular studies. To complement the bench-oriented research component of the GI division, cadres of clinical investigators augment the research opportunities and endeavors of the GI faculty. Interfacing basic investigation with a clinical investigation is a goal of the division.
The division’s biomedical investigative program continues to grow. We recently renewed our signature research hub, the Vanderbilt Digestive Diseases Research Center, which coalesces all GI research at Vanderbilt, provides pilot funding for junior investigators, supports cutting-edge core facilities that serve as beacons for investigators across the research enterprise, and supports an Academy of Educators program.
Multidisciplinary grant funding
Last year the division also renewed several large multidisciplinary grants, including a Program Project Grant on Helicobacter pylori, NIH GI SPORE grant, National Cancer Institute Moonshot grant and Helmsley Charitable Trust Atlas grant. In addition to receiving $13.4 million in federal and foundation funds, the division hosted the Editorship of Gastroenterology, which achieved a record high impact factor of 33.9 during its term.