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Dr Jake Begun

Leader of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Research Group at Mater Research

At this year's symposium, Dr Jake Begun will co-present with a health consumer on A unique model for treating young adults with chronic illness.

Dr Jakob Begun obtained his MD and PhD in genetics at Harvard Medical School. His advanced training in Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) was at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he developed a keen interest in the microbiome – immune system interactions. He returned to Australia in 2014 to pursue his interest in clinical IBD and research.

He is the IBD clinical lead at the Mater Hospital Brisbane and IBD Group leader at Mater Research. He runs a basic and translational laboratory investigating the interaction between innate immune functions of the gut and the microbial community. He also performs clinical research examining the natural history of IBD, endoscopic assessment and intervention, and identifying barriers of care for adolescents and young adults with IBD at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre.

He serves on the steering committees of the Australia and New Zealand IBD Consortium and the Australian IBD Association.

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