• Chair

    Professor Peter Gibson

    Professor Peter Gibson is the Director of Gastroenterology at The Alfred and Monash University, having previously been Professor of Medicine at Eastern Health and Head of the Eastern Health Clinical School. He is a Past-President of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. From a background of research in epithelial cell biology, he now directs a large program of translational research, and has active clinical interests in inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome. A major focus of his work is the use of diet to control gut symptoms and influence outcomes in chronic intestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. He has published widely on these topics. He was awarded the Distinguished Research Prize by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in 2010.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Doctor Rebecca Burgell

    Dr Rebecca Burgell is a consultant gastroenterologist with an interest in inflammatory bowel disease, clinical nutrition, pelvic floor dysfunction and functional gastrointestinal disorders. She is the Head of the Functional Gastrointestinal disorders service and medical lead of the home enteral nutrition program at Alfred Health. Dr Burgell has a PhD from the University of London examining the physiology of the lower bowel in patients with severe functional constipation at the National centre for bowel research and surgical innovation based at Bart’s Health in London. She is expert in performing anorectal physiology investigations and endoanal ultrasound and is a member of the International Anorectal Physiology Working Group. Dr Burgell currently works fulltime at Alfred Health and Monash University.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Doctor Jakob Begun

    Dr Jakob Begun obtained his MD and PhD in genetics at Harvard Medical School. His advanced training in Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) was at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he developed a keen interest in the microbiome – immune system interactions. He returned to Australia in 2014 to pursue his interest in clinical IBD and research. He is the IBD clinical lead at the Mater Hospital Brisbane and IBD Group leader at the Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland. He runs a basic and translational laboratory investigating the interaction between innate immune functions of the gut and the microbial community. He also performs clinical research examining the natural history of IBD, endoscopic assessment and intervention, and identifying barriers of care for adolescents and young adults with IBD at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre. He serves on the steering committees of the Australia and New Zealand IBD Consortium and the Australian IBD Association.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Professor Barry Campbell

    Professor Barry Campbell holds a professorship in University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine. Barry started his scientific career in gut endocrine physiology at UCNW Bangor, receiving a BSc with Honours in Zoology in 1988, and a PhD in Physiology from University of Liverpool in 1991. Following an MRC-funded post-doctoral research position, he held a Wellcome Trust-funded lectureship in intestinal physiology, before being appointed to a full-time academic post in Medicine at Liverpool where his research led to specific understanding of the causes and consequences of altered intestinal mucosal glycosylation that occurs in intestinal inflammation and cancer.

    Professor Campbell now leads one of the key international translational research groups investigating bacteria-host intestinal epithelium interactions, particularly focused on Crohn’s disease- and colorectal cancer-mucosa associated Escherichia coli. This includes laboratory studies on epithelial and immune cell responses in 2D cell-line and 3D organoid cultures, and in ex vivo tissue, and translational medicine projects examining effects of antibiotics, environment modulating agents and dietary components. He was awarded a Personal Chair within the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine in 2013. He is a member of the UK Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel and the ‘Scientists in Gastroenterology’ lead for the British Society of Gastroenterology, supporting education, research and the annual meeting Translational Science Masterclass symposia.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Associate Professor Simon Keely

    Dr Keely is chief investigator of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Gastrointestinal Research Group. Dr Keely graduated with a Ph.D. from University College Dublin. He undertook postdoctoral research training at the Mucosal Inflammation Program in University of Colorado Denver, receiving a prestigious fellowship from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. His research group at the HMRI is a multidisciplinary team of biomedical and clinician researchers investigating the molecular mechanisms of gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and functional GI disorders. Dr Keely is particularly interested in understanding changes in both tissue metabolism and host-microbe interactions during mucosal inflammation and how these changes relate to GI immunopathology and loss of immune homeostasis. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand how these factors can be manipulated for therapeutic benefit. Dr Keely has specialist expertise in in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models of IBD and IBS. His work been published in leading gastroenterology and basic laboratory science journals and he is a consultant for a number of pharmaceutical companies.