Gastroenterology and Liver Services at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital have a strong track record in the areas of radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s oesophagus, endoscopic ultrasound, enteroscopy, confocal endomicroscopy, colorectal and pancreatic cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases management and research.
Established projects include the identification and use of protein biomarkers in IBD awarded patents through UNSW, genetic markers in pancreatic cancer, endoscopic ultrasound and fine needle biopsy, confocal endomicroscopy and functional imaging of the gastrointestinal tract, optical biopsies of dysplasia and clinical drug trials for inflammatory bowel diseases in NSW.
Professor Rupert Leong was the supervisor of two finalist Young Investigator Award researchers at the AGW conference of 2014 and two Young Investigator Award finalists including the eventual runner up at the Institute of Digestive Diseases conference in Hong Kong.
Genomic sequencing of pancreatic cancer research has been completed by PhD student and Gastroenterology VMO Dr Jeremy Humphris. Dr Sam Al-Sohaily and Dr Ken Koo have completed their PhDs on colorectal cancer biomarkers and epidemiology.