Professor of Medicine, St George and Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW
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Professor Emad El-Omar graduated in Medicine from Glasgow University, Scotland, and trained as a gastroenterologist. He worked as a Visiting Scholar/Scientist at Vanderbilt University, TN, and National Cancer Institute, MD, USA, and was Professor of Gastroenterology at Aberdeen University, Scotland, for 16 years before taking up the Chair of Medicine at St George & Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal Gut. His research interests include the gut microbiome, inflammation driven GI cancer and IBD.
The gut microbiota play a crucial role in human health and disease, having profound influence on our metabolism and multiple effects on the innate and adaptive immune systems. Almost every organ in the body is affected by the quality, diversity and metabolic output of this microbiota. Diversity of the microbiota is a surrogate for health and loss of diversity is characteristic of many human diseases.