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  • Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Developmental Biology & Cancer Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Dr Thapar is the Academic Lead for Gastroenterology at UCL Institute for Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He undertook his undergraduate medical training at Southampton University before going on to complete his MRCPCH and postgraduate Paediatric training in the Wessex region followed by subspecialist training in Paediatric Gastroenterology in London. He has a particular interest in neurogastroenterology and gut motility disorders and has completed a PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London studying the therapeutic potential of stem cells for gut motility disorders. Following completion of the PhD in 2004 (University of London), he was awarded a Clinician Scientist post at the UCL Institute of Child Health and subsequently a Senior Lectureship. In 2006 was appointed as honorary consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  With Drs Lindley and Borrelli, Dr Thapar runs a specialist clinical service for children with congenital and acquired gut motility disorders, which includes state-of-the-art diagnostics, in-patient and out-patient facilities. The service is a designated national centre for the diagnosis and management of severe gut diseases including intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Dr Thapar also leads a research team, which is closely integrated with the clinical service. He currently chairs the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) Gut Motility Disorders Working Group and sat on the BSPGHAN council as research lead. He is the Paediatric (ESPGHAN) representative on the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) ‘Future Trends Committee’. Dr Thapar is a member of the sub-specialty clinical studies group of the Medicines for Children Research Network and is involved in the development of clinical research networks across Europe. Dr Thapar is keenly involved in education and is co-executive director of the Academy of Paediatric Gastroenterology (www.a-p-g.org) and on the teaching faculty of ESPGHAN.
Research Summary
Dr Thapar leads a research programme studying the pathogenesis and treatment of gut motility disorders with a particular focus on improving diagnosis, understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying such disorders as well as the developing novel therapies including stem cells and gut tissue engineering. The team have been responsible for improved diagnostics and have made significant progress in the understanding of normal and aberrant development of the enteric neuro-musculature and development of stem cell therapies for gut disease.
Teaching Summary
Dr Thapar is keenly involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. He is for teaching medical students and leads SSC sessions in paediatric gastroenterology. He is a lecturer for the professional paediatric postgraduate exams (MRCPCH) and involved in courses for both MRCPCH part 1 and 2. Dr Thapar is a founder and co-executive director of the Academy of Paediatric Gastroenterology (www.a-p-g.org), one of the largest initiatives for the education of the multidisciplinary clinical team involved in the care of paediatric gastroenterology patients. The academy runs approximately 10 courses every year from parent education days through to specialist courses for paediatric gastroenterologists and includes both face-to-face teaching courses as well as online learning. He is co-lead and module director for paediatric gastroenterology for UCL's MSc in Paediatrics run from UCL Institute of Child Health. He is on the teaching faculty of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and has been involved in international schools in Europe and Africa.
Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1999   Postgraduate Certificate University of Portsmouth
1997   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1997   Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
1993   Bachelor of Medicine University of Southampton
1992   Intercalated Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Southampton
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