Top 10 Research Achievements

The Institute of Digestive Disease is known for its vigorous research and merited achievements. Since its establishment, IDD’s research has revolutionized the management of gastrointestinal diseases and reshaped the clinical practice guidelines in the world. A look at just a few of the many important discoveries we have made:


Pioneered the development of endoscopic hemostasis techniques and established the use of proton pump inhibitor infusion in the control of non-variceal gastrointestinal bleeding.

Defined the optimal treatment of Helicobacter pylori-related and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced peptic ulcer disease.

Led the Asia-Pacific Crohn’s and Colitis Epidemiology Study and established a regional platform to study the epidemiology, evaluation and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Established the State Key Laboratory of Digestive Disease and applied state-of-the-art technologies to discover and validate novel biomarkers and treatment targets for digestive cancers.

Developed into a foremost research center in functional gastrointestinal disorders and a became a member of the Rome Foundation for guiding research and management of irritable bowel syndrome.

Flourished into a world-leading endoscopy center that develops new endoscopic devices with industrial partners and provides advanced endoscopy training for international fellows.

Improved the care of viral hepatitis by conducting research that defines the natural history of disease; by developing new virologic assays; by leading international clinical trials of new antiviral agents; and by writing regional management recommendations

Pioneered research in non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis to redefine the natural history of chronic liver diseases and guide the clinical application for liver disease assessment.

Advanced the understanding of epidemiology, natural history, assessment and treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by a multi-disciplinary research team with international collaborations.

Matured into a global leader in research of endoscopic and pharmacological prophylaxis and treatment of variceal hemorrhage.