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Prof. Charalabos Pothoulakis

Charalabos Pothoulakis is the Director of Research at UCLA’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. He’s also a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with an expertise in digestive diseases. Dr. Pothoulakis graduated from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Boston University Medical Center as a Research Fellow in Gastroenterology in 1982. He later joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Medical Center of Harvard Medical School in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and became Professor of Medicine in 2005. In 2003 he established the Gastrointestinal Neuropeptide Center that involved a multi-disciplinary approach to study neuropeptide function in the GI tract. His research program is primarily focused on the role of neuropeptides and hormones in several disease states, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Clostridium difficile infection, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. His recent projects also involve the neuropeptide-dependent mechanisms by which communication between the intestinal mucosa and the fat depots affect the pathogenesis of intestinal inflammation. He was recently elected as the Vice Chair of the Hormones, Transmitters, Growth Factors and Receptors Section of the American Gastroenterological Association. In 2005 Dr. Pothoulakis received an honorary degree from Harvard University and he is the recipient of the Janssen Award in Basic Research in Gastrointestinal Motility by the American Gastroenterological Association for his discoveries and insights into the function of gastrointestinal neuropeptides.