The mission of our NIH-funded Digestives Diseases Research Center is to unite investigators with interests in digestive, liver and pancreatic physiology and disease in the exploration of creative experimental approaches as well as to stimulate others to enter this area of research. The scientific focus of the Center revolves around the molecular controls of cellular growth and differentiation in the digestive tract, liver and pancreas with the goal of achieving a new level of integration in biology, pathobiology, and therapy. The targeted areas of pathobiology include genetic, malignant, and inflammatory disease of the liver, pancreas and digestive tract. The Center is divided into three thematic areas:
1) Developmental biology and genetics
2) Microbe and host immune response
3) Cell growth and differentiation
Center resources include four scientific cores to support experimental procedures for Center Investigators, a pilot project program, weekly seminar series, an annual retreat, a journal and reference library, and various enrichment programs.