Meet our panel of medical specialists

Research Review Australia works with over 70 local medical specialists to select and advise on the most important research from around the world. They advise on what really matters, what impact it has on local healthcare and what we need to do in our daily practice to accomodate new skills and knowledge. Select a category below to see more about each of our expert advisors.

Dr Alissa Walsh

Dr Alissa Walsh

Dr Walsh is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, currently undertaking a DPhil at Oxford University. After completing her formal gastroenterology training in Australia Dr Walsh undertook a Clinical Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases within the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (2007-2008) and thereafter a National Health Medical Research Council fellowship in Australia (2009-2011). Dr Walsh is actively involved in research involving inflammatory bowel disease activity indices, prevention of opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients and the role of faecal transplantation in ulcerative colitis. Dr Walsh is a founder and director of Crohn’s Colitis Cure and an active member of the Australian New Zealand IBD Consortium... read more »

Dr Britt Christensen

Dr Britt Christensen

Britt holds a senior medical staff appointment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she is the Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit and is actively involved in teaching. Britt studied Medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating with honours in 2006 and has completed a Masters of Public Health at Monash University, for which she was awarded a Medal of Academic Excellence. After completing her gastroenterology training at St Vincent's and Alfred Hospital, she was awarded the Joseph B. Kirsner fellowship and spent 2 years undertaking advanced training in IBD at the prestigious University of Chicago Medicine, one of the largest and most prominent IBD centres in the world... read more »

Dr Jake Begun

Dr Jake Begun

After obtaining his BSc, Dr. Jakob Begun completed his MPhil in Biochemistry at Cambridge University. He then obtained his MD and PhD in genetics at Harvard Medical School. He completed his clinical training at Harvard University and his advanced training in IBD at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where his research focussed on the functional genetics of IBD, the role of the microbiome in IBD, and the role of autophagy in cellular handling of bacteria. He returned to Australia in 2014 to pursue his interest in clinical and translational IBD research and gut health. He is the IBD clinical lead at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. He was appointed IBD Group leader and Senior Research Fellow at the Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland and is a Senior Lecturer at the UQ School of Medicine... read more »