Jane Andrews

MB BS (Hons) FRACP PhD AGAF, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide

Jane Andrews is a Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist and Head of the IBD Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in SA. Jane graduated from Sydney University in 1987, with postgraduate training at Royal North Shore & Concord Hospitals (Sydney) before a year at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK. She has a PhD from the University of Adelaide as an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholar. She is the immediate past chair of the Australian IBD Association (2011-2015) and member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia’s Council (2011-2015).

She pioneered a new model of IBD care at the RAH, which lead to her being awarded an SA Health Award in 2012 and was instrumental in having the role of IBD nurses recognised in Australia. She is on the IBD Quality of Care Steering Committee of the Crohn’s & Colitis Association of Australia and assisting with the inaugural national audit of IBD care.

Jane has published >100 original medical papers, several letters, editorials, commentaries and book chapters. She is on the Editorial Board of three international Gastroenterology journals and is a regular reviewer for a number of journals. She is a regular invited speaker at national and international meetings and serves on many Advisory Boards, in addition to having lead many steering committees for educational meetings and seminars. She currently personally oversees ~$1M of competitive research funding and supervises projects as diverse as Faecal Transplantation, psychological care in IBD and a new model of care for functional GI disease. She is a National Examining Panel member for the RACP and a supervisor of Advanced Training in Gastroenterology. She has also been involved in submissions to regulatory bodies (PBAC & MSAC) for funding of therapies and clinical tools to optimise IBD management.

Mr Andre Wierzbicki
BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) MPhil


Andre Wierzbicki has 20 years of international experience in corporate finance, banking and law.  Andre commenced his career as an M&A and ECM lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney (now part of Linklaters) and later the boutique Sydney firm Gilbert + Tobin.

Andre joined the Australian investment bank Allco Finance Group in 2004.  From 2007 Andre was based in London with responsibility for infrastructure transactions in the UK/EU as well as business development responsibility for Italy.  From 2008 Andre worked for AMP Capital in their infrastructure team in both London and Sydney. From 2010-2013 Andre was a founder and executive director of Burford Infrastructure Partners, a boutique advisory firm focused on infrastructure assets and special opportunities following the financial crisis.  More recently Andre has worked in his own family office and as an entrepreneur in the life sciences and private wealth space in the UK.

Andre is currently Director, Private Markets Development at Aberdeen Standard Investments, which manages £67bn of private markets assets globally.  Aberdeen Standard Investments is part of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, a FTSE 100 Index company with £540bn of assets under management.  Andre was a co-founder of Crohn’s Colitis Cure in 2012 and is involved in several other philanthropic initiatives in the UK.  Andre has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Philosophy from the University of Sydney.

Professor Simon Travis


DPhil FRCP, Translational Gastroenterology Unit, Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford, UK

Simon Travis is Professor of Clinical Gastroenterology and Fellow of Linacre College at the University of Oxford. He was President of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO, 2012-2014) and is the senior author of many peer-reviewed international guidelines.

He qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital London in 1981 and trained in Gastroenterology both in London and in Oxford, where he did his PhD on colonic epithelial electrophysiology. He was formerly Chair of the IBD Section of the BSG (2002-5), Member of Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology (2004-2007) and Chair of the scientific committee of ECCO (2007-2010). He is on the Editorial Board of Gut and Journal of Crohn’s & Colitis, among other journals.

Research interests focus on inflammatory bowel disease, clinical prediction, endoscopy and outcomes in clinical trials. He is the author of 6 books, 30 chapters and over 200 papers.

Dr Alissa Walsh


MBBS (Hons) FRACP, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Alissa Walsh is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney where she is the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service.

Alissa is currently on sabbatical at Oxford University, United Kingdom where she is completing her DPhil on ulcerative colitis. Alissa is the lead author of “Case Histories in Gastroenterology and Hepatology” published by the Oxford University Press, has many journal publications, is reviewer for a number of medical journals, speaks regularly at medical conferences and has several current and ongoing research projects.

Associate Professor Graham Radford-Smith


MB BCh MA MRCP FRACP DPhil, Director of IBD and TPN Programmes, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Graham Radford-Smith is the Head of IBD and TPN services, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital and an Honorary Group Leader, Immunology Division, Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Graham has secured over $1.8 million in NHMRC grant support as CI since 2008. He is the Editor for Genetics, IBD journal (2006-) and Past-President of theGE Society of Queensland. Graham sits on the GESA IBD Executive and GESA Research Committee and is afounding member of the International IBD Genetics Consortium. Graham was a Visiting Professor, Yale Medical School in 2009.

Graham has developed one of the largest bio-resources in this field, linking a major IBD centre with a world-class research facility. He has published extensively on clinical and scientific aspects of IBD, focusing recently on the genetic architecture of these disorders and how genes contribute to disease phenotype. Graham and his team have recently developed the first major IBD Telehealth service in Australia (2011-), linking the Royal Brisbane to regional centres in Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

Richard Gearry
MBChB PhD FRACP, Christchurch Hospital and University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

Richard Gearry is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch in New Zealand. Richard has undergraduate degrees in Medicine (1995) and a PhD (2006) from the University of Otago and has completed Fellowships at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne and St Mark’s Hospital in London.

Richard has published widely in the field of luminal gastroenterology, particularly inflammatory bowel disease, is on the Editorial Board and Grant review boards of regional and international journals and funding bodies. He is a Medical Advisor to Crohn’s and Colitis NZ, Medical Director of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and a Trustee of the Bowel and Liver Trust and the Christchurch Gastroenterology Research Trust.

Ian Lawrance


MB BS (Hons) PhD FRACP, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Western Australia, Murdoch, WA and centre for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Saint John of God Hospital (SJOGH), Subiaco, WA

Ian Lawrance is a fulltime Gastroenterologist, a Professor in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Faulty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Australia and an expert in the management of IBD patients.

He has published numerous papers investigating the classification, therapeutics and fibrotic complications of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). He is an expert on the basic sciences of intestinal fibrosis and was invited to join the Euoropean Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) working group into intestinal fibrosis. He has been principle investigator on >50 international clinical trials into novel IBD medications and lead investigator on 3. He has served on international publication committees. He has 80 peer-reviewed papers in the field of IBD including Nature, Nature genetics, Lancet, NEJM and Gastroenterology papers. He is on the editorial board of numerous scientific publications and the Genetics Section Editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

In 2000 he developed the Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at Fremantle hospital and was its director since 2008. In 2015, he created a Centre for IBD at Saint John of God Hospital, Subicao and is currently its head. He is a member of the Western Australian Drug Evaluation Panel since 2005, a member of the Australian and New Zealand IBD consortium, a board member of the Australian IBD Association and co-chair of the IBD Genetics Consortium. He was head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatolology at Fremantle Hospital from 2004-7, Director of Endoscopic services at Kaleeya Hospital from 2004-7 and currently sits on the numerous pharmaceutical IBD drug advisory committees

Associate Professor Susan Connor

MB BS (Hons) FRACP PhD, Liverpool Hospital

Susan Connor is head of the IBD service at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney where she is a senior staff specialist and conjoint Associate Professor with UNSW as well as leading one of SWSLHD Academic Units.

Susie did her medical degree through University of New South Wales (UNSW) and went on to do a PhD at UNSW in mucosal immunology in Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Michael Grimm.

She is past Chair of the IBD Faculty within the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, a National Examiner for the Royal Australian College of Physicians and on the Australian faculty for Cornerstones Health. Research interests include Models of Care in IBD, patient and clinician support tools in IBD and therapeutic drug monitoring.