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 Section Editors for this issue.
David H. Alpers
Dr David H. Alpers received his bachelor and medical degrees from Harvard University, was a medical house officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a research fellow at NIH under Gordon Tomkins. After a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and serving as a junior faculty member at Harvard Medical School, he served as chief of the GI Division at Washington University School of Medicine from 1969–1997. His laboratory research was focused on the regulation of protein synthesis in the GI tract, and on the biology of proteins unique to the GI mucosa, including especially intestinal alkaline phosphatase, gastric intrinsic factor, and the intrinsic factor-cobalamin receptor (cubilin). He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers related to this work.
He has had many editorial responsibilities, including associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, editor of the American Journal of Physiology Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (1991–1997), editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (1998–2003), and editor of Small intestine and Nutrition sections of Current Opinion in Gastroenterology (1997-present). He is Associate Editor of the Textbook of Gastroenterology, T. Yamada (editor-in-chief), and coauthor (with W. Stenson and D.M. Bier) of the Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics. He served as director of the Undergraduate Teaching Project of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) from 1985–2001, and was President of the AGA in 1990–1991. He received the Julius Friedenwald medal of the AGA for lifetime contributions to the field of gastroenterology.
William F. Stenson
Dr William F. Stenson graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine and was a medical resident at Barnes Hospital in St Louis. This was followed by a gastroenterology fellowship and laboratory training in immunology with Dr Charles Parker, both at Washington University. After training he joined the gastroenterology faculty at Washington University and has spent his entire career there. He is currently the Dr Nicholas V. Costrini Professor of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. His clinical interests have focused on inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and nutrition. His laboratory interests include intestinal inflammation and the epithelial response to injury. The role of prostaglandins in these processes has been a particular interest. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles. Along with Drs David Alpers and Dennis Bier he is the co-author of the Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics which is now in its fourth edition. He has been active in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America where he was Chairman of the Grant's Review Committee and is now Co-chair of the Initiatives Committee.