Basic and Clinical Intestinal Disorders

Members interested in participating in the activities of the AGA Institute Council Basic and Clinical Intestinal Disorders Section should contact us at We are especially interested in increasing participation of junior investigators, clinicians and international members.

Mission Statement and FOCI

The Basic and Clinical Intestinal Disorders section represents a community of clinical, translational and basic scientists interested in disease-focused and pathway-driven processes underlying:

  • Celiac disease and food intolerances.
  • Radiation, chemotherapy, and hypoxia-induced injury and repair.
  • Diarrhea, malabsorption and enteropathies.
  • Microbial pathogenesis and mechanisms of microbe-host cross talk.
  • Nutrient, solute, salt and water transport.
  • Epithelial cell and molecular biology.
  • Epithelial barrier function and wound repair.
  • Epithelial functions in innate immunity and inflammation.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.

The Basic and Clinical Intestinal Disorders section aims to foster collaboration among interactive scientific communities by featuring outstanding basic, translational and clinical research in these areas. 

These core values and goals are reflected in their programing at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW).

Council Leadership

Colleen Kelly MD AGAF

Brown University

Beth McCormick Headshot

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Vice Chair