mission of the Center is to facilitate on-going Digestive
Diseases research, promote translational research between
basic and clinical areas, develop new projects, nurture new
investigators, and provide GI educational activities. The
DDC supports three Basic Science Cores (Cellular and
Molecular Morphology, Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Integrative
Biology) and one Clinical Core (Study Design and Clinical Research). Pilot/Feasibility and Enrichment Programs to
support innovative ideas and new investigators in Digestive
Disease research and foster collaboration are a key part of
our Center. The Center draws together a multidisciplinary
group of investigators, including basic scientists with proven
track records of success, and well-coordinated clinical programs
dealing with pediatric and adult GI patients.
Center leaders are senior scientists-administrators experienced
in directing interactive, multidisciplinary programs. A large,
multi-ethnic population of infants and adults with Digestive
Diseases emphasizes the need and the opportunities for this
Center. Various groups involved in GI research and education
in the Medical Center Area of Texas are working with the Center.
The DDC is only the 14th such NIDDK-funded center in America
which promotes coordinated Digestive Disease activities, and
the only one in the Southwest or Gulf States area.