Special CGIBD Research Seminar

Rebecca Clare Fitzgerald, MD, FRCP, will be a Visiting Professor presenting at the Thursday, July 11, CGIBD Research Seminar.

Special CGIBD Research Seminar

Visiting Professor

“Biomarkers in Barrett’s oesophagus: hope or hype?”

Rebecca Clare Fitzgerald, M.D. F.R.C.P.

Programme Leader in Oesophago-Gastric Carcinogenesis

Cancer Cell Unit

Hutchinson-MRC Research Centre

Cambridge and Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology and Oncology

Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge


I have extensive experience in research into oesophageal carcinogenesis spanning over 15 years since I undertook my first period of research with Professor George Triadafilopoulos at Stanford University, USA.  Since then I have continued to pursue this line of research with a clear focus on avenues that are clinically applicable and likely to impact patient care.  To this end one productive avenue of research has been to develop a novel, non-endosocpic diagnostic test for Barrett’s esophagus comprising a cell collection device coupled to a specific molecular biomarker.  This work has attracted high profile prizes and international recognition and the technology is undergoing a license deal to ensure that it will benefit patients.  There are still a number of research questions to be addressed including the utility of this technology for monitoring patients post-ablation.  This collaboration brings together my technology and biomarker expertise with Professor Nick Shaheen’s internationally recognised expertise in ablation therapy, which also comprises access to a large patient cohort, to address this important question. I combine my research in a large laboratory of over 20 personnel ranging from clinical fellows, basic scientists, nurses and administrative staff with an active clinical practice in the area of upper GI cancer and oesophageal diseases.  I chair the multidisciplinary team meeting for oesophago-gastric cancer via a teleconference which discusses all new cases within the surrounding population of 1.8 million.  I receive local, regional and national referrals for complex cases of benign and malignant oesophageal disease and I have written the chapter on the oesophagus for the Oxford Textbook of Medicine (new edition 2010)


Thursday, July 11, 2013

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

4137 Bioinformatics Conference Room

for more information please contact fern_jeremiah@med.unc.edu