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John Mclaughlin, BSc (Hons) MB ChB(Hons) PhD FRCP


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John McLaughlin is Professor of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Head of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. He works as an honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at Salford Royal Hospital.


My BSc Physiology (1st Class Hons) MB ChB (Hons) and PhD degrees were all awarded by Manchester. Current research interests are gastrointestinal physiology in health and disease particularly the interactions between nutrients and the gut epithelium, gut inflammation, gut hormones, and gut-to-brain signalling. I have a major interest in education and training also.

I trained in Gastroenterology and General Medicine in the North West Region also, with a period as an MRC Travelling Fellow at Harvard University. Spending 50% of time as a Consultant Gastroenterologist I manage the clinical GI physiology service at Salford Royal University (Hope) Hospital, and lead the Comprehensive Local Research Network for Gastroenterology in Greater Manchester. Another current role is as Research lead Trustee for the charity GUTS UK.

I was awarded the British Society of Gastroenterology's Francis Avery Jones Research Award in 2007, and the European Rising Star in Gastroenterology Award in 2008.

Research interests

Current research interests are all linked around central topics of the gastrointestinal response to food, gastrointestinal inflammation, appetite regulation, and the gut-brain axis.

  • Gastrointestinal physiology: clinical and basic
  • Nutrient sensing mechanisms in the gut
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: models and genes, clinical  practice and e-health
  • Appetite regulation in health and disease
  • The ageing gut
  • Enteroendocrine cells in health and disease




Teaching and training have been major components of my work, largely undertaken within Manchester Medical School:

Co-lead semester 4 MB ChB

Intercalation Steering team (integrated clinical academic training rep), Manchester Medical School.

Co-developed launch in 2005 then acted as programme Director MRes Medical Sciences (Intercalated Medical Students) 2007-2010

I also developed a pilot MB PhD programme linked to the MRes

Current supervisor for 7 PhD/MD students

OSCE Examinder Salford

Portfolio tutor

Clinical teaching and lectures


Medical School Admissions Panels


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Section Committee, Neurogastroenterology and Motility, British Society of Gastroenterology.

Council member and programmes committee, British Society of Gastroenterology

Research Awards Committee, CORE (GI charity)

Editorial Board: 'Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology' and 'Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Pharmacology'

Specialist Training Committee for Gastroenterology, North West Deanery

Physiological Society

Bayliss and Starling Society

Royal College of Physicians


BSc (1st Class Hons) University of Manchester 1987

MB ChB (Hons) University of Manchester 1990

PhD University of Manchester 1998

MRCP(UK) 1993

CCST Gastoenterology and General Medicine 2002

FRCP (London) 2007

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Lydia Becker Institute
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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