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Clinical, Integrative and Molecular Gastroenterology Study Section [CIMG]

The Clinical, Integrative and Molecular Gastroenterology [CIMG] Study Section reviews applications concerned with molecular, integrative and clinically-oriented research related to the gastrointestinal (GI) system, including GI development and growth differentiation control, GI dysplasia and pre-neoplasia, motility, brain-gut interactions, enteric nervous system, motor disorders, acid secretion and acid related disease, GI hormones, pancreatic function and dysfunction, GI system nutrient absorption, malabsorption/malnutrition, nutritional support, integrative GI physiology, genetic determinants of digestive diseases and GI system patient-oriented research.



  • GI development and growth/differentiation control, GI stem cell biology, regulation of mechanisms of gene expression in the GI tract, GI dysplasia and pre-neoplasia, including mechanisms of transformation, immortalization, and mutagenesis.
  • GI motility, functional bowel disease, neurotransmitters and their actions, brain-gut interactions, enteric nervous system, GI hormones, mechanisms of visceral pain.
  • Acid secretion and acid related disease including GERD, Fluid and electrolyte transport, diarrhea and constipation.
  • Digestive system nutrient absorption and disposition, malabsorption/ malnutrition.
  • Exocrine pancreas function and dysfunction, therapy for genetic and acquired pancreatitis.
  • Integrative GI physiology: Studies ranging from normal physiology using animal/tissue models to mechanisms and consequences of disease.
  • Genetic determinants of digestive diseases, including increased risk of disorders of the digestive tract, inherited metabolic disorders, gene-gene interactions, genetic risk assessment, gene-environment interactions, structure/function analysis of disease-causing genes, and gene and somatic cell therapy.
  • Patient-oriented research. Studies of risk factors, etiology, detection, screening, modifying factors and therapy of GI diseases and disorders. Clinical, population and integrative studies of the responses of the digestive system to trauma or surgery, and digestive system ischemia/reperfusion injury.

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