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Chris Probert is a Senior Lecturer at University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
He read medicine at University of Birmingham and trained in gastroenterology under John Mayberry, Ken Heaton, and Professor Alan Read.
His first research fellowship, in Epidemiology of IBD, led to an MD. Later, as a BDF Research Fellow, he trained in molecular biology and mucosal immunology with Rick Blumberg in Boston.
His clinical interest is inflammatory bowel disease, and, latterly, nutrition. His research interests remain mucosal immunology and the epidemiology of IBD.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist/hepatologist?
- Working with John Mayberry who encouraged me to think about using research to improve patient care.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Ken Heaton who built on the above and who showed me that it is possible to have a wonderful garden as well, if only I were more green-fingered.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- 'Catatonia (a true neuropsychiatric condition)' - as my wife co-authored it.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- That 75% cocoa chocolate tastes better in thin layers.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Buying cheap chocolate.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To have a perfect garden (see above).
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not having hit a really good ball for 6 (see below).
- How do you relax?
- By practising bowling (see below) with my son.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Cricket, playing for the woefully under recognized village team.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Hay-on-Wye, combining bookshops, good food, and beautiful scenery.
- What is your favorite film?
- "Educating Rita", for all sorts of reasons.
- What car do you drive?
- Anything at all, but the best way of getting around is on a scooter.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- Anything with a switch.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Roy Strong's text on garden design, and Wisden Cricketer's Almanack.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- I just can't say no!