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MichaelCamilleri

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Dr Michael Camilleri received his MD degree from the University of Malta Medical School in 1975; and post-M.D. training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, England, and at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr Camilleri received a Masters in Philosophy degree for research performed in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of London, England, and holds Fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr Camilleri is currently Professor of Medicine and Physiology at Mayo Clinic. He has received the Outstanding Investigator Award (1996) from the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, a Janssen Award for Clinical Research (1996), and a Research Science Award from the Functional Brain Gut Research Group of the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr Camilleri is the recipient of R01 grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and a mid-career investigator and mentor award (K24 from NIH), which facilitates the mentoring junior staff and trainees.

He has been an Associate Editor for the journal Gastroenterology from 1996 to 2001, and will start as one of two editors of the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility in June 2001. He is the author of more than 240 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Camilleri's research focuses on the translation of basic physiology and pharmacology to the diagnosis and treatment of motor and sensory dysfunctions of the gastrointestinal tract in humans.

Dr Camilleri was appointed to the Atherton and Winifred W. Bean Professorship of Mayo Medical School in 2001.

What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
A keen interest in physiology, a desire to pursue scholarly activity as a clinician, and the opportunity to use the scope, which was opening a whole new dimension in gastroenterology at the time I graduated from medical school.
Who was the teacher you admired the most?
Juan Malagelada: a master in identifying important issues and devising the best experimental design, thinking out of the box and willingness to challenge dogma.
Which research paper influenced you the most?
A paper by Debongnie and Sid Phillips (Gastroenterology 1978; 74 (4): 698-703) identifying the capacitance role of the proximal colon; this led to greater understanding of the role of the colon in a variety of diseases.
What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
The motility disorder of Carcinoid Syndrome and the implications of the role of serotonin in disease and pharmacology of colonic diseases.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
To play soccer professionally!
What is your greatest regret?
Not accepting a position at the Addenbrooke's and the University of Cambridge Medical School in England last year.
How do you relax?
Walking, reading, sleeping, or watching the stark landscape at our lakeside condominium.
What is your favorite sport?
Soccer.
What is your best place in the world?
Gozo, the smaller island of Malta where I spent my summer holidays from childhood to early adulthood.
What is your favorite film?
"Return of the Jedi".
What car do you drive?
The Volovo Wagon 740 GLE that my wife discarded five years ago!
What is your best electronic 'toy'?
Powerpoint on my PC.
What book are you reading at the moment?
A novel in Italian about a Police Inspector who is based in Italy. The author is Andrea Camilleri...no relation!
Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
Professor Pounder kept pounding me with requests and I could not say "No" again!

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