Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

IBD

She’s Got Guts

Rising star Suzanne Devkota, PhD, is passionate about the convergence of food, health, and the bugs that live in our guts. Her ever-present “poop pillow” serves as an icebreaker for her mission to destigmatize discussion of fecal matter.

A Gut Check for Precision Medicine

Philanthropic gifts have allowed Dr. Stephan Targan to build the F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute into an investigatory powerhouse and to expand the Cedars-Sinai Material and Information Resources for Inflammatory and Digestive Diseases Biobank, the world’s largest collection of IBD specimens.

The Rebounder

A former professional basketball player and globetrotter, Lisa S. Thomas has spent the last 19 years studying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at Cedars-Sinai.

FUNGOME /fuhng-ohm/

Illustration: Edmon de Haro DEFINITION: The fungal component of the body’s microbiome, technically referred to as the mycobiome. The microbiome is popularly understood to be the community of bacteria that live and work in our guts and on our skin. Read On

A Study Digest

This timeline traces the research of Stephan Targan, MD, from the seed of a great idea to tangible advancements in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Beware of Watchdog Enzyme

Cedars-Sinai investigators have discovered that an enzyme associated with energy production also plays a key role in boosting immunity to disease.

A Pound of Cure

A study at Cedars-Sinai applies its individualized tactics to investigate how adverse pregnancy outcomes can be used to identify women at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Crossover RX

Precision medicine can be thought of as a science of small details. By taking the microscopic view, it’s helping medicine draw a bigger, clearer picture.