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McMaster gastroenterologist takes international award in his field

Published: November 27, 2009
Richard Hunt
Dr. Richard Hunt, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine

It could be called the Olympic gold medal in his field. A McMaster University professor of medicine has received a top international prize for his lifetime contributions to the study of intestinal diseases.

Dr. Richard Hunt, known globally for his research in acid related disorders and clinical pharmacology for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease, has received the Henry L. Bockus Medal from the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO). The prestigious award is given once every four years for distinguished international contributions in the field of gastroenterology.

The professor of medicine, who came to McMaster in 1982, has had a lead role in the development of McMaster’s intestinal disease research program which became the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute last year.

He is also widely recognized for an extensive interest in colorectal disease, colonoscopy, and therapeutic endoscopy. After receiving the award, he gave a keynote lecture at the World Congress of Gastroenterology held in London, U.K. on the current state and future of the specialty, noting the critical lack of young clinician scientists entering the field.

Dr. Stephen Collins, associate dean, research for the Faculty of Health Sciences and himself a gastroenterologist, said Hunt could be considered on the top of the podium.

"Richard Hunt is an internationally recognized researcher who has done much for the field of gastroenterology, and for McMaster University. This honor is well deserved and brings credit not only to Richard, but also to the country and institution he represents."
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