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Pediatric Gastroenterology Research

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at IU School of Medicine has an excellent record of innovative research focusing on basic and translational science, and faculty physicians in this pediatric subspecialty regularly participate in clinical trials of leading-edge treatments and therapies.


Faculty in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition participate in research related to inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic disorders, gastrointestinal motility, liver disease, celiac disease and nutrition. Faculty investigators participate in numerous national databases and treatment studies, clinical trials, large multi-center studies, and evidence-based outcomes research that translate into improved care for pediatric gastrointestinal patients. The group is part of Improve Care Now, a network of clinicians, researchers, parents and patients dedicated to quality improvement and transformational health care for children with inflammatory bowel disease.

Current areas of research include acid peptic disease, acute liver failure, allergic intestinal diseases (including eosinophilic esophagitis), biliary atresia, celiac disease, cholestatic liver diseases (including alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, Alagille’s, PFIC), computerized approaches to medical education, constipation and motility problems, cystic fibrosis, drug-induced liver injury, fatty liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD: Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), lactose intolerance, medical decision-making, nutrition, and viral hepatitis.

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Research faculty throughout IU School of Medicine’s academic departments post updates about their work to the research updates blog. Stay up-to-date about medical research in pediatrics.

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Research Facilities

  • Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research

    The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is where graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists analyze date and run basic science experiments to help improve children's health.

  • Children's Clinical Research Center

    State-of-the-art facility for pediatric clinical research

  • Children's Health Services Research

    Division within the Department of Pediatrics where researchers search for best practices that lead to better outcomes in the real world, develop informational technology designed to help physicians and share knowledge that protects the health of the world's most vulnerable children. 

  • Indiana CTSI Clinical and Translational Science Institute

    The Indiana CTSI Clinical and Translational Science Institute is a partnership between IU, Purdue and Notre Dam founded in 2008. This statewide institute is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH and the National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Research at CTSI ranges from basic science biobanks to precision medicine to clinical trials.