The mission of the CGIBD is to promote and enhance multidisciplinary research to reduce the burden of digestive diseases.
The Center achieves this mission through the following:
- Core facilities that provide new technologies, expertise, training, technical assistance, laboratory animals, biostatistical and clinical research support.
- A pilot/feasibility program that provides startup funds to promising investigators.
- A scientific enrichment program consisting of seminars, special lectures, workshops and competitions for trainees that improve the intellectual climate for gastrointestinal biological research.
- A professional development and training program that fosters the careers of junior faculty and trainees.
The overarching theme for the Center is Homeostasis, Injury and Repair, a theme that encompasses the wide range of digestive disease research conducted by the membership. Within the theme, members cluster into three areas of research focus: microbiome, clinical/translational research, regenerative medicine/repair.