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.
Basic science and translational research are conducted at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, which is attached to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis.
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.