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Above: Jean-Frédéric Colombel

 
 
 
 
 

Above: Joana Torres

 

The Burrill B. Crohn Research Foundation has helped bring two outstanding clinical investigators from France and Portugal to Mount Sinai for a full year of study and research.

Jean-Frédéric Colombel

Jean-Frédéric Colombel is Professor of Hepatogastroenterology at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Lille, where he is also the Head Scientific Council of CHU.

Dr. Colombel's research interests focus on inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Dr. Colombel is currently Chairman of the International Organization for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD) and has served as President of ECCO (European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization). He is a leader of the Groupe d’Etudes Therapeutiques des Maladies Inflammatorires Digestives (GETAID), a multi-center French group that spearheads therapeutic trials in IBD.

He is also a member of the French Society of Gastroenterology, the Belgian Royal Society of Gastroenterology, the European Association for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterological Association. He is a member of the governing staff of Registre des Maladies Inflammatoires du Nord Ouest de la France (supported by INSERM and Health Ministry) which has developed studies to investigate environmental and genetic factors in IBD.

The author or co-author of nearly 500 articles, books, and book chapters, Prof. Colombel serves as associate editor of Gut and as an editorial board member or a reviewer for several other specialist journals, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease Monitor, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Nature Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

In 2010, Prof. Colombel received the Sixth Annual Joanna and David B. Sachar, M.D., International Award and Visiting Professorship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Joana Torres

Joana Torres is a young Portuguese gastroenterologist who has collaborated with and been encouraged by Professor Colombel. Her work has been published in prestigious journals, including Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, International Journal of Colorectal Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Torres has received joint travel grants from the Burrill B. Crohn Research Foundation and the IOBD to together with the IOIBD, her travel grant from Portugal to spend a year with Prof. Colombel and his associates at Mount Sinai, studying the associations between primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and IBD, and how the interplay of bile composition and intestinal microflora might explain the association and produce the seriously increased risk of colorectal cancer when the two condition coexist. In just her first few months at Mount Sinai, her work has already produced an important review article: Torres J, de Chambrun GP, Itzkowitz S, Sachar DB, Colombel J-F. Colorectal neoplasia in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Aliment Pharmacol Therap 2011, in press
 
 
 
   
   
   
   

         
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