The GI/Hepatobiliary Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is highly regarded, attracting a wide range of clinical and translational investigators. This CRU comprises five thematically related groups focused on, or using techniques relevant to, problems in gastroenterology. These groups are: GI Cancer, Inflammation, Liver Disorders/Virology, Nutrition/Metabolism, and Clinical Investigation.


  • The active clinical research operations of the GI CRU make unique patient populations and tissues available to the research community.
  • Resources available to investigators include consultative expertise, clinical coordinators, regulatory personnel, and complete research staffing.

Strengths and opportunities for collaboration

Liver Disease and Transplantation: The University of Florida is one of the top liver programs in the United States and sees approximately 5,000 new patients each year. A broad spectrum of liver diseases and transplantation provides a fertile interdisciplinary research environment, with an emphasis on the management of viral hepatitis and liver cancer. This CRU supports strong basic research interests (translational and training opportunities).
Contact Dr. David Nelson –

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD): The IBD Center provides opportunities for translational, epidemiologic and clinical research. The center is an active participant in national and international clinical trials evaluating the evolving therapies for the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. The University of Florida is also a recruitment site for a National Institutes of Health sponsored study examining the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease in African Americans.
Contact Dr. Sarah Glover –

Nutritional Disorders: The nutritional service at the University of Florida is one of the busiest and well known in the US, serving as an educational and clinical research resource that is complemented by outstanding basic science investigators in nutrition,
Contact Dr. Sarah Glover –

Motility/Pain Disorders: The group collaborates with the Pain Center, a collaboration of the University’s McKnight Brain Research Institute and the School of Dentistry.
Contact Dr. Qing Zhang –