Dr Nikhil Thapar
Academic Lead for Gastroenterology
Senior Lecturer (University College London’s Institute of Child Health) and Honorary Consultant (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children)
Nikhil Thapar undertook his undergraduate medical training at Southampton University. He went on to complete his MRCPCH and postgraduate Paediatric training in the Wessex region and his subspecialist training in Paediatric Gastroenterology in London. In 2004 he completed a PhD (University of London) at the National Institute for Medical Research, London studying the therapeutic potential of gut-derived neural stem cells and was subsequently awarded a Clinician Scientist post at the UCL Institute of Child Health. In 2006 Dr Thapar was appointed as honorary consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he runs a specialist multidisciplinary clinical service for children with gastrointestinal motility and functional disorders including a national service for children with intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Dr Thapar’s research programme focuses on the pathogenesis and treatment of gut motility disorders including molecular mechanisms and regenerative medicine.
Dr Thapar has a keen interest in teaching and is lead for the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) young investigators forum and a faculty member on its postgraduate training schools. Dr Thapar sits on the gastroenterology committee of ESPGHAN, future trends committee of United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and chairs the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) gut motility disorders working group. Until 2012 he sat on BSPGHAN council as lead for research. He is a member of the clinical studies group for gastroenterology for the UK’s Medicines for Children Research Network and on the steering group of the European-wide Paediatric Digestive Diseases Research Network (PEDDCReN). Dr Thapar has authored more than 50 articles and is co-editor of the textbook of Paediatric Neurogastroenterology.