Current Opinion in Gastroenterology was launched in 1985. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of gastroenterology is divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Claudio Fiocchi, MD
Dr Fiocchi is originally from Rome, Italy, and he graduated from the Santa Casa de Misericordia School of Medicine in São Paulo, Brazil, where he worked as junior faculty before moving to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, OH, where he received additional training in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and basic immunology. Currently, Dr Fiocchi is Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH and is Head of Research in the Division of Gastroenterology of University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr Fiocchi's main scientific interest is the cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), areas where he has made numerous contributions through his studies of mucosal immunity, cytokines, immune-nonimmune cell interactions, and pediatric IBD. Dr Fiocchi has published numerous papers, given lectures worldwide, and organized several international meetings on various aspects of IBD pathogenesis. In addition, he has served or serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Gastroenterology, American Journal of Physiology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Digestive and Liver Disease, and has been or is a member of numerous study sections of the National Institutes of Health and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Because of his continuous funding and contribution to the field of IBD, Dr Fiocchi is the recipient of the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Premier Physician Award from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.
Guido NJ Tytgat, PhD
Professor Guido Tytgat graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Louvain, Belgium, in 1963, after which he completed his postgraduate training in gastroenterology from 1963 to 1968. During this time, he was also a research fellow for the Belgian Fund of Scientific Research. In 1971, he was awarded his PhD.
In addition to his duties as Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Amsterdam, Professor Tytgat is also Consultant in Gastroenterology at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, and Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Second Medical University, China; the University of Isai, Romania; and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is a member of numerous scientific organizations including the American Gastroenterological Association, the Royal Dutch Academy of Science and the British Society of Gastroenterology and serves on the Editorial Board of several gastroenterology journals. In 2002, Professor Tytgat became President of the World Gastroenterology Organization.