The University of Newcastle, Australia

Educator #1 in his field

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The University of Newcastle's Professor Nick Talley has received the highest honour for an educator in his field – the Distinguished Educator Award – from global peak body the American Gastroenterological Association.

Professor Nick Talley

An international authority in gastroenterology, Professor Talley has been recognised for outstanding contributions to his field, which have furthered global understanding of digestive diseases and advanced the science and practice of gastroenterology for more than 30 years.

Professor Talley is one of the world's most cited experts in his field and has been published in over 750 original and review articles in peer-reviewed literature. He has authored a number of prominent textbooks, including one of the 'bibles' of medicine - Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis, now in its 6th edition and distributed worldwide.

In research, Professor Talley's critical breakthroughs include the recently discovered bowel disease, duodenal eosinophilia. The disease is found in 40 per cent of people suffering from functional dyspepsia, a previously unexplained and severe form of indigestion.

His latest body of work includes research into the emerging link between the brain and the gut, which could dramatically change thinking in the field.

"There has long been a theory that the brain drives psychological disorders, but we are unearthing growing evidence that the gut is the cause in many cases," Professor Talley said.

"Data is indicating that a third of anxiety disorders are actually being activated from the gut. This could mean that if we treat the gut we could get much closer to a cure for diseases like anxiety," he said.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said Professor Talley's global reputation for excellence in his field of gastroenterology was built on a deep commitment to world-class education and research.

"Professor Talley is an outstanding educator, researcher, administrator and clinician, and this eminent award recognises his global leadership in his field and the remarkable difference he is making to the lives of the millions of people who suffer from digestive disorders across the world," Professor McMillen said.

Professor Talley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He is also the President-Elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and holds adjunct research appointments as Professor at the Mayo Clinic, the University of North Carolina and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal College of Physicians in London and Edinburgh, and the American College of Physicians.

The award was presented to Professor Talley at the American Gastroenterological Association international conference in Chicago last night.
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