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Professor Qasim Aziz

PhD, FRCP

Professor of Neurogastroenterology

Specialty
  • Gastroenterology, Endoscopy
Sub-Specialties
  • Neurogastroenterology
Fixed Price Packages

About

  • Biography icon plus

    Professor Aziz started his career at the University of Manchester and after clinical training in general medicine and gastroenterology performed research into the role of the brain-gut axis (communication between the brain and the gut) in influencing gut function in health and disease. This work led to the award of a PhD in 1996. He held posts of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester, and is now Professor of Neurogastroenterology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London since 2006 and is the director of the world renowned Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology.

    Professor Aziz has obtained national and international awards for his research the two most important being the British Society of Gastroenterology Research Gold Medal and the American Gastroenterology Association, Janssen Award for Basic and Clinical Research. He has published approximately 200 original articles in reputed medical journals such as Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Lancet and Gastroenterology. He has made many pioneering discoveries, which include identification of the brain centres for swallowing and abdominal pain. Role of psychological factors in influencing abdominal pain and has established a translational research programme aimed at understanding the mechanisms and treatments for visceral hypersensitivity (excessive sensitivity of pain nerves from the gut) which causes chronic abdominal pain. Recently he demonstrated an association between the joint hypermobility disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and gastrointestinal symptoms in functional gastrointestinal disorders.

    He has held the positions of chairman of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology, executive committee member of European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, Education Committee member of United European Gastroenterology Federation and was co-lead for the 2013 Global Campaign against Visceral Pain launched by the International Association for the Study of Pain and is currently co-lead for developing the World Health Organisation ICD-11 classification codes for abdominal pain. He is a member of the ROME IV committee for the classification and guideline development for functional gastrointestinal disorders and current chair of the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Special Interest Group of the International Association of the Study of Pain.

    He lectures internationally on his areas of expertise and has in the last year been invited to give state of the art lectures at Digestive Disease Week in USA, and at the United European Gastroenterology Week in Vienna and British Society of Gastroenterology annual meeting.

  • Clinical interests icon plus

    • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Functional Dyspepsia etc. Abdominal pain is an important feature of these disorders an area he has extensive clinical and research expertise in.
    • Gastrointestinal motility disorders such
    • Gastrointestinal manifestations of systemic disease e.g. diabetes, neurological disorders and connective tissue disorders like scleroderma, Lupus and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

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