Director of IBD
Mater Hospital, Brisbane
A/Prof Jakob Begun obtained his MD and PhD in genetics at Harvard Medical School. His advanced training in Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) was at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he developed a keen interest in the microbiome – immune system interactions and novel therapies for IBD. He is the Director of Gastroenterology at the Mater Hospital Brisbane and IBD Group leader at the Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland. He runs a basic and translational laboratory investigating the interaction between innate immune functions of the gut and the microbial community. He also performs clinical research on the use of intestinal ultrasound in IBD, real world effectiveness of IBD therapeutics, and identifying barriers of care for adolescents and young adults with IBD at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre. He is the chair of the Australia New Zealand IBD Consortium, the past chair of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia IBD Faculty and the past president of the Gastroenterological Network of Intestinal Ultrasound.