Professor Nikhil Thapar

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Research Program Lead, Centre for Childhood Nutrition

Professor Nikhil Thapar is a Clinical/Health Services Research Senior Research Fellow position at QUT within the Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research and is a member of the Strategic Leadership Group.

Professor Nikhil Thapar is Director of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplant service at Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, where he runs a statewide specialist multidisciplinary clinical service for children with gastrointestinal motility and functional disorders. This service is one of the longest established statewide specialist services in Australia providing tertiary and quarternary gastroenterology, nutrition, hepatology and liver transplant services to Queensland and north New South Wales. In addition the service is being developed to provide national quarternary services for neurogastroenterology and motility.

Professor Nikhil Thapar was Academic Lead for Paediatric Gastroenterology and for the national and international Neurogastroenterology and Motility service at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (London, UK). His research programme has focused on the pathogenesis and treatment of gut motility disorders including the potential of regenerative medicine as novel therapies for the most severe gastrointestinal neuromuscular disorders. Professor Thapar has published >100 original articles in these fields.

Professor Nikhil Thapar’s main remit is to drive sustainable clinical excellence within, and build academic / research capability of, the service, with the aim of establishing a world leading centre for the sub-specialty with an active programme of cutting edge and collaborative research and innovation.