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Gastrointestinal Research Group (GIRG)


To improve people’s lives through leading-edge, multi-disciplinary research in basic and clinical translational sciences as it relates to the study of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas in health and disease, and to train highly qualified personnel and the next generation of leaders in these disciplines.

Who is GIRG?

GIRG is a multi-disciplinary group comprised of 28 full and 7 associate faculty members from a variety of basic science and clinical departments, who study the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and liver in health and in a variety of important human diseases. GIRG members study the normal functions of the gut, pancreas, and liver as well as many diseases associated with the digestive tract. Clinical trials are carried out, as well as studies on health care delivery and the epidemiolgy of the diseases. Most members of GIRG are involved with laboratory-based research, while others perform clinical research.  There are some faculty members of GIRG who are involved with both laboratory and clinical research.

The research goup also has training programs for graduate students at MSc and PhD levels as well as medical students. 

The laboratories of GIRG are located on the first floor of the Health Sciences Centre of the Faculty of Medicine, which is adjacent to the Foothills Medical Centre.

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Contact Us:

Dr. Derek McKay
Chair, Gastrointestinal Research Group
Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
University of Calgary
Room 1877, Health Sciences Centre
3300 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 4N1


Jennifer McCarty
Administrative Assistant
University of Calgary
Faculty of Medicine
Room 4AC70, Health Research Innovation Centre
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 4Z6

Phone: 403-220-3719



To link to the GIRG website, click here, or to view the history of GIRG, download this pdf

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