MD, Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital School of Medicine, University of Queensland. Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer
Professor Barbara Leggett graduated from the University of Queensland School of Medicine in 1980 with First Class Honours and completed her training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1988.
She completed a research MD in 1991 and has been the leader of an active research group since that time. Her group has had continuous funding from high level peer reviewed grants from NHMRC and NIH since 1998. She has published over 170 peer reviewed publications.
A major career highlight was presidency of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia from 2001 to 2003. Her national and international reputation is evidenced by repeated invitations to lecture at Digestive Diseases Week in America and by the award of the Distinguished Research Prize by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in 2011.
She was Director of the Dept of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, a major tertiary facility, from 1997 to 2011. Her most important contribution to medical knowledge is the elucidation of the serrated pathway of colorectal carcinogenesis which is now known to underlie the development of at least 20% of colorectal cancers.