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Dr Ailsa Hart trained in medicine at Oxford University and was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Physiological Sciences in 1992 and the George Pickering Prize for Medicine and Surgery Proxime Accessit in 1995. She achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1998 and trained in gastroenterology and general internal medicine in London.
She was appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist and Senior Lecturer at St Mark's Hospital and Imperial College London in 2007, having been awarded a Clinical Senior Lectureship by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Her clinical work covers the spectrum of gastrointestinal diseases, with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel diseases. She spends half her time in clinical practice and half her time in research and training.
Her research interests focus on intestinal immunology and bacteriology aiming to further our understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory intestinal disorders. She achieved her PhD in 2005 with Imperial College, London funded by a Wellcome Trust Fellowship. Her research work led to the publishing of one book for which she was lead editor. She has also published over 20 papers, written several book chapters and presented her research at over 35 national and international meetings, being the invited speaker at several meetings.
She has received a number of awards including first prize in an "Emerging Leaders in Gastroenterology" competition in 2002 in which aspiring academic gastroenterologists from around the world met in Sweden and presented their research, the Novartis Foundation bursary in 2003 and prizes awarded by the British Society of Gastroenterology and the United European Gastroenterology Society for outstanding research contributions.
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