|Dr. Simon Murch Pediatric Gastroenterologist
|Simon Murch, M.D. is Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology at the Royal Free and University College School of Medicine, London. His research background is in mucosal immunology, and much of his early work was based on the role of macrophage products such as TNF-a in intestinal and lung inflammation.
He is academic director of the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology and combines a busy clinical practice with laboratory research. He is Director of the Paediatric Food Allergy clinic and has additional interests in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Coeliac Disease, autoimmune enteropathy and protein-losing enteropathy.
Simon and his team first developed an awareness of intestinal problems in autism in the mid-1990's. In collaboration with Andrew Wakefield, the team eventually published a paper in The Lancet which was influential in raising awareness of gut problems in autistic children.
Simon's subsequent work has been based on formal immunological characterisation of the lesion. He hopes to establish some context that allows us to determine just which child has a relevant and potentially treatable gastroenterological component.
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