The Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases newsletters and clinical updates feature a more in-depth look at the research being conducted by some of its physician-scientists and contain profiles on various benefactors, whose support has been an invaluable part of what helps the division maintain its leadership position in this field. Also included are other UCLA publications that includes articles on digestive diseases and our faculty.

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Beyond the Scope - Winter 2021

  • Letter from the chief - Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH
  • UCLA chosen top public university in U.S. - A testament to key role of division, UCLA Health in promoting public good
  • Brain-gut-microbiome axis provides fruitful avenue for understanding GI diseases
    • Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Lin Chang, MD, Arpana Gupta, PhD, Jennifer Labus, PhD, Jonathan P. Jacobs, MD, PhD, Jenny Sauk, MD
  • New clinic treats gastrointestinal manifestation of Parkinson's disease while obtaining clues about the disease's pathogenesis
    • Wael El-Nachef, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Videlock, MD, PhD, Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD
  • IBD research probes the role of stress and diet, moves toward precision-medicine approaches
    • Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Jenny Sauk, MD, Jonathan P. Jacobs, MD, PhD, Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD, Harry Pothoulakis, MD
  • UCLA-led team receives new SPARC funding for structural and functional mapping of the colonic nervous system
    • Yvette Taché, PhD, Million Mulugeta, DVM, PhD, Muriel Larauche, PhD, Catia Sternini, MD, Lin Chang, MD, Pu-Qing Yuan, PhD
  • Awards and achievements
    • Lin Chang, MD, AGA Distinguished Educator Award, Vay Liang W. (Bill) Go, MD, AGA Distinguished Mentor Award, Yvette Taché, PhD, ANMS Distinguished Award for Women in Neurogastroenterology
  • Long-held institutional training grant prepares GI fellows for successful research careers (NIH GI T32 training grant)
    • Dennis Jensen, MD
  • Dr. Tien S. Dong mines the gut microbiome for precision health approaches to treating NAFLD
  • Who among NAFLD population will develop liver cancer? Dr. Jihane N. Benhammou aims to find screening strategies
  • Dr. Arpan A. Patel aims to improve palliative care for patients with cirrhosis through better communication
  • By studying the enteric nervous system, Dr. Wael El-Nachef seeks ways to intervene early in Parkinson's disease
  • New clinical faculty members
    • Elliott Birnstein, MD, Janet Kwok, MD, Benjamin Nulsen, MD, Ronald H. Omino, MD, Kavya M. Reddy, MD
  • 9th Annual UCLA-Mellinkoff GI and Hepatology Symposium - March 6-7, 2021

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