Department of Clinical Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Bergen

The Division is mainly concerned with clinical research focusing on the development of new methods for improved diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases of the digestive system.

We have for many years had two main pillars in the research: Ultrasound and functional gastrointestinal disorders. The combination of these two research fields has proven high originality, high international impact and two National Centres of Excellence.

Professor Odd Helge Gilja is leader of the gastro, nephro and nutrition section, and the gastro group.

Professor Trygve Hausken is deputy.

The Gastro group consists of five different research groups:

Functional gastrointestinal disorders present a significant disease group. Research on functional dyspepsia, reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) including post-infectious gastrointestinal disorders after Giardia infection, has a long tradition in our unit, lately also in collaboration with the Bergen Giardia Research Group.

The extensive ultrasound research takes place in close collaboration with the National Centre for Ultrasound in Gastroenterology (NCUG) at the Department of Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, and was established in 2001. Furthermore, The Bergen Research Group for UltraSound in GastroEnterology (BRUSE)  cooperates closely with MedViz, a research cluster at Helse Bergen, Christian Michelsen Research and the University of Bergen.

International partners have been/are located in Seattle (UoW), Adelaide (AU), Bologna (UB), Copenhagen (Herlev), Gothenburg (Sahlgrenska), Nantes, Aalborg/Aarhus and Vienna (TU).