Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory
Forging Pathways of Discovery

At the Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory, we are fortunate to have researchers from across the United States and abroad who share our enthusiasm and commitment to transform patients' lives through medical research. Their desire for knowledge and understanding drives them in their quest to prevent, better manage, and, one day, cure digestive diseases. As they painstakingly unravel the mysteries of digestive diseases, they are forging new pathways of discovery.

Under the Microscope
Our laboratory focuses on basic molecular research into gastrointestinal diseases including:

  • Crohn's disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • colorectal cancer.

World-Class Expertise in Basic Research
We encourage teamwork—both in the laboratory and in collaboration with researchers at Duke University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Cleveland Clinic. Together, we apply our expertise to statistical analysis, pathological interpretation, and genetics research.

State-of-the-Art Clinical Trials
Our clinical research fellows have access to, and gain experience with, the latest drugs as well as surgical techniques for digestive disorders. This unique focus on medical and surgical treatments allows us to offer some of our patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new medications or to take advantage of new surgical procedures for inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.

Inquiring Minds
Our fellowship programs challenge researchers to think about these disorders in innovative ways, while advancing medical and surgical careers.

Our surgeons in training regularly present their research results at major national and international scientific meetings. Over the past five years, three of our research fellows have obtained a PhD degree during their tenure in our laboratory.

We actively facilitate the careers of high school, undergraduate, and medical school students. More than half of the summer undergraduate students whom we have mentored have gone to medical school.

You Can Make a Difference
The Laboratory is partly funded by the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Department of Surgery, University of Louisville. Mason & Mary Rudd Surgery Research grants, as well as other generous gifts by individuals, have also sustained the Laboratory. Your own personal support is vital. To help us discover the cause of, and effective ways to prevent, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, please contact us at (502) 852-4568.

Think Tank
The Digestive Surgery Research Laboratory is located in the Medical Dental Research Building on Floyd Street within the Price Institute of Surgical Research.

We invite you to take advantage of the resources and latest information about digestive diseases offered at this site. We welcome your questions and comments.

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