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Nicholas J. Talley is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine of The Nepean Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Formerly, Professor Talley was Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Medical School and Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, and the Department of Health Sciences Research, at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
Nick Talley received his medical degree from the University of New South Wales and PhD from the University of Sydney. He has a major research interests in functional dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome, gastrooesophageal reflux disease and Helicobacter pylori.
He has served as a member of editorial boards of several journals, including Gastroenterology, American Journal of Gastroenterology (as Assistant Editor), Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (as Editor), Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He was Chairman of the Functional Brain Gut Research Group from 1998-2000.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- My father is a gastroenterologist, which almost dissuaded me from the specialty. In fact, I expected I would become a neurologist. I knew cardiology was not for me. However, as I progressed through clinical rotations as part of my basic physician training, it dawned on me that I really enjoyed the procedures and effectively treating patients. I particularly liked working with luminal gut problems. Finally, Professor Doug Piper offered me a research position in gastroenterology, which sealed my fate. I took the position, completed a PhD and my subspecialty training, and have not looked back.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- There have been two major influences in my academic career: Professor Douglas Piper at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and Professor Sidney Phillips at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Both men were unassuming giants in the field in my view, who influenced the way I still think about research and how to tackle it successfully.
- Which research paper (by another person) influenced you the most?
- The link between peptic ulcer and Helicobacter pylori published in the Lancet by Barry Marshall and Robin Warren (Lancet June 4, 1983).
- What is the most important "fact" that you have discovered?
- The natural turnover of upper and lower gastrointestinal tract symptoms.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To promote the joys of research and instill methodological rigour in learning the ropes.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Failing to seize all the obvious opportunities, which become so clear with hindsight.
- How do you relax?
- Vigorous exercise followed by a bottle of superb Australian wine drunk with friends.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Downhill skiing.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Jervis Bay, New South Wales, on the beach!
- What is your favorite film?
- "The English Patient".
- What car do you drive?
- Land Rover Discovery (but I'd like a Porsche Boxster).
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- Pocket mail, which is supposed to saves lugging around the laptop (but doesn't).
- What book have you enjoyed reading recently?
- Colleen McCullough's "First Man in Rome" (Superb!)
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Because I liked the broad-brush concept (and Roy Pounder twisted my arm hard).
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