Career

After initial clinical training in London, I completed my gastrointestinal clinical and research training in Cambridge and Norwich, with a period as a research fellow at the University of Michigan. I came to the UEA as one of the original core team responsible for the planning and set up of the Medical School. Currently, I combine clinical work as a consultant gastroenterologist with both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research and at UEA I have built up a portfolio of clinical and laboratory studies examining a wide range of topics in gastroenterology. I have a wide interest and involvement in all aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate education. I was awarded the University’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2008 and elected to the Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators in 2012.
I was previously Head of Specialty Training and Training Programme Director for Gastroenterology in East of England (2006-12) and a member of the National Speciality Advisory Committee in Gastroenterology (2008-12).
I am the principle investigator in multiple clinical and commercial trials currently ongoing in the Norfolk and Suffolk area.

Highlighted Publications

Adiponectin stimulates proliferation and cytokine secretion in colonic epithelial cells.
Ogunwobi O and Beales ILP
Regul Pep (2006) 134, 105-13

Glycine-extended gastrin inhibits apoptosis in colon cancer cells via separate activation of Akt and JNK pathways.
Beales ILP and Ogunwobi O 
Mol Cell Endocrinol (2006) 247, 140-9

Leptin stimulates proliferation and inhibits apoptosis in Barrett’s esophageal adenocarcinoma cells by COX-2 dependent, PGE-2 mediated transactivation of the EGF receptor and JNK activation.
Ogunwobi O, Mutungi G and Beales ILP
Endocrinology (2006) 147, 4505-4516

Leptin synergistically enhances the anti-apoptotic and growth-promoting effects of acid in OE33 oesophageal adenocarcinoma cells in culture.
Beales ILP & Ogunwobi OO (2007)
Mol Cell Endocrinol (2007) 274, 60-68
  
Activation of Akt is increased in the dysplasia-carcinoma sequence in Barrett's oesophagus and contributes to increased proliferation and inhibition of apoptosis: a functional and immunohistochemical study.
Beales ILP, Ogunwobi OO, Cameron E, El-Amin K, Mutungi G, Wilkinson M
BMC Cancer (2007) 7, 97

Cyclo-oxygenase-independent inhibition of apoptosis and stimulation of proliferation by leptin in human colon cancer cells.
Ogunwobi OO and Beales ILP
Dig Dis Sci. (2007) 52,1934-45.

Clinical trial: oral prednisolone metasulfobenzoate (predocol) versus oral prednisolone for active ulcerative colitis.
Rhodes JM, Robinson R, Beales I, Pugh S, Dickinson R, Dronfield M, CJ, Wilkinson P, Wilkinson SP.
Aliment Pharm Therap (2008) 27, 228-40

Globular adiponectin, acting via adiponectin receptor-1, inhibits leptin-stimulated oesophageal adenocarcinoma cell proliferation.
Ogunwobi OO and Beales ILP
Mol Cell Endocrinol (2008) 285, 43-59 

Statins inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in Barrett’s esophageal adenocarcinoma cells.
Ogunwobi OO and Beales ILP
Am J Gastroenterol (2008) 103, 825-37 
 
Glycine-extended gastrin stimulates proliferation via JAK2- and Akt-
dependent NF-kappaB activation in Barrett's oesophageal adenocarcinoma cells.
Ogunwobi OO and Beales ILP
Mol Cell Endocrinol (2008) 296, 94-102
  
Glycine-extended gastrin inhibits apoptosis in Barrett’s oesophageal and adenocarcinoma cells through JAK2/STAT3 activation
J Mol Endocrinol (2009) doi:10.1677/JME-08-0096

Academic Background

Professional Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • BSc (Biochemistry) – 1st Class Honours – 1986 
  • MB BS (Distinctions in Medicine, Surgery, Clinical Pharmacology, Pathology) – 1989 
  • MD – 1997 
  • MRCP (UK) – 1992 
  • FRCP – 2007 
  • FHEA – 2001
  • FEBG - 2009
  • MAcadMedEd - 2012
  • Member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, American Physiological Society, British Pharmacological Society

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