Pancreatitis is a major complication of alcohol abuse. The pathogenesis of alcohol-induced pancreatic injury is a major interest. Pancreatic fibrosis is a characteristic feature of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Mechanisms responsible for pancreatic fibrogenesis, in particular the role of pancreatic stellate cells in the fibrosis of chronic pancreatitis as well as pancreatic cancer is being studied. National and international collaborations have been set up to study the role of pancreatic stellate cells in the local and distant spread of pancreatic cancer.
Broad Research Areas:
Gastrointestinal Diseases, Cell Biology and Gene Regulation, Cancer, Inflammation, Drug Related Harm / Addiction
MB BS, MMedSci, PhD
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Member, Gastroenterological Society of Australia, Member, Australian Society for Medical Research, Member, Australian Society for Experimental Pathology, Member, American Gastroenterological Association, Member, American Pancreatic Association, Member, International Association of Pancreatology, Founding Member and Past President, Australasian Pancreatic Club, Founding Member, Asian Oceanic Pancreatic Association, Member, Editorial Board, Pancreas, Member, Editorial Board, Pancreatology, Member, Editorial Board, World Journal of gastroenterology, Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology
Specific Research Keywords:
Alcohol, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic stellate cells, Pancreatic cancer, Fibrogenesis