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Dr Charles Elson is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the first recipient of the Basil I Hirschowitz Chair in Gastroenterology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also Vice-Chair of Research for the UAB Department of Medicine.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine. He received his internal medicine training at Cornell University and the University of Chicago, and received his gastroenterology training at the latter. He furthered his research career by doing a Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
His primary clinical research interests are inflammatory bowel diseases of the intestine, while his basic research centers around mucosal immunology. He has made substantial contributions to the field of mucosal immunology and within that field to pathogenetic mechanisms in inflammatory bowel disease. He has authored or co-authored approximately 300 book chapters, manuscripts, and abstracts related to this research.
Dr Elson’s expertise has been recognized by invitations to serve on numerous NIH and foundation study sections and advisory panels, including his serving as Chairman of the Special Grants Review Committee of the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
He has held, and currently holds, leadership positions in a number of national and international organizations in his area of expertise, including the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Society for Mucosal Immunology, of which he is a co-founder and past President.
He is presently serving as a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Clinical Immunology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Clinical Immunology.