Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease occurs when parts of the digestive tract become damaged by prolonged inflammation. The two most common types, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are serious chronic illnesses with no known cause.


Our research into the causes of inflammation aims to reveal new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease research at WEHI

Prolonged inflammation in the digestive tract can lead to significant digestive symptoms and other medical problems. Our researchers are studying:

  • The cause of intestinal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease.
  • The molecules that initiate and prolong inflammation.
  • How inflammation can be turned off to treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
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