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Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: January 2008 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p vii–viii
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0b013e3282f3d7cc
Editorial introductions
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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 Editor and the Section Editors for this issue.

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Editor

Daniel K. Podolsky

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Daniel K. Podolsky is Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Chief of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as the Chief Academic Officer of Partners HealthCare System, encompassing Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr Podolsky received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine, and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital in 1981. Since 1995 he has served as Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 1989 Dr Podolsky was appointed Chief of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital and since then has overseen a dynamic program of research and training in addition to a comprehensive program of clinical care in gastroenterology. In 1991, Dr Podolsky established a multidisciplinary Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease funded through the NIDDK Digestive Disease Center program.

Dr Podolsky is author of more than 300 original research and review articles. He has also mentored over 75 post doctoral research fellows who are now advancing the field of gastroenterology. He is the past editor-in-chief of the journal Gastroenterology and has served an active role in a number of national organizations and is a past President of the American Gastroenterological Association.

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Section Editors

Edgar C. Boedeker

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Dr Edgar C. Boedeker graduated from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis). After residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University, he trained in gastroenterology at Boston University. He began his academic career at Washington University as Assistant Director of the General Medicine Service (Chief Resident). From 1974 to1994, Dr Boedeker was chief of Gastroenterology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, (Washington D.C) where he directed a laboratory program focused on pathogenesis and vaccine development for enterotoxigenic E.coli, the major cause of traveler's diarrhea. During this time he rose to Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In1994 Dr Boedeker became Professor of Medicine (gastroenterology) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and head of the Gut/Pathogen Interaction Laboratory at the Center for Vaccine Development. In 2005 he moved to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology.

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Robert S. Bresalier

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Dr Robert S. Bresalier is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine and Nutrition at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and holds the Birdie J. and Lydia J. Resoft Distinguished Professorship in Gastrointestinal Oncology.

Dr Bresalier is a leading researcher in gastrointestinal tumor biology, specifically the role of glycoproteins and carbohydrate binding proteins in tumor progression and metastasis, and their role as tumor-specific markers. He also directs several longstanding National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research programs in cancer screening, early detection, and prevention. He is member of the National Steering Committee of the Prostate, Lung, Colon, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Project, and an investigator of the Early Detection Research Network.

Dr Bresalier is an associate editor for the journals Cancer and Cancer Metastasis Reviews, section editor for the journals Current Opinion in Gastroenterology, Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology, and Colorectal Cancer Reports, has served on the editorial boards of the journals Gastroenterology, Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, Cancer Metastasis Reviews, and the World Journal of Gastroenterology, and is author and editor of over 250 articles, chapters and reviews in the field of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal oncology. A founding member of the Oncology Section of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), he has chaired numerous abstract selection committees since 1987, and currently serves as Chairman of the Oncology section of the AGA.

He has served on numerous state, national and international advisory groups including the Colorectal Cancer Advisory Group of the Michigan Cancer Consortium, the Governing Boards of the International Metastasis Research Society and the International Society for Gastrointestinal Oncology the Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance, and National Institute of Health study sections. He is a frequently invited speaker and participant in national and international symposia on gastrointestinal cancer including the prestigious Keystone and Falk symposia and NIH workshops on tumor biology.

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