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    The 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.


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