The Blizard institute is very pleased to be able to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Professor Nick Croft which took place on Wednesday 28 June and addressed ‘Children, Digestive Diseases and the Grand National’.
Nick Croft is an academic paediatric gastroenterologist with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. After qualifying in London he trained as a paediatrician and started his interest in Paediatric Gastroenterology while undertaking his PhD in an adult gastroenterology unit in Edinburgh (under the supervision of the late Prof Anne Ferguson) where he also first learnt endoscopy.
Having trained in Edinburgh and Glasgow he moved to as Senior Lecturer to Barts and the London School of Medicine at Queen Mary in 1998. His research interests are in patient based studies including both industry and non-industry projects, he is currently UK PI for one work package of a pan-European H2020 funded IBD study. A large part of his academic role has been in education as the course director of the MSc in Gastroenterology (where he introduced distance learning).
He is now the Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Taught Education at the School of Medicine. As an honorary consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust his department has always worked very closely with the adult specialists and he helped design and open a new endoscopy unit for adults and children and helped establish an innovative young adult IBD clinic. He is the current President of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and has recently stepped down after 4 years as the Medical Director of the charity CICRA (Crohn’s in Children Research Association).