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Jackie D. Wood, PhD, AGAF

Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
and Department of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine, The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Stress and the Gastrointestinal Tract

Dr. Wood is internationally recognized for his pioneering work on the neural control of gastrointestinal function. He studies the function of the enteric nervous system or the “little brain in the gut,” which is a phrase he has popularized. He is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles, abstracts, books and book chapters focused on emerging concepts in neurogastroenterology and stress. Dr. Wood and colleagues conducted translational research by studying impacts of stressors on gut functions in rodent, non-human primate and human models. Dr. Wood received his BS (1964) in Biology and MS (1966) in Physiology from Kansas State University-Pittsburgh, and PhD (1969) in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College in Massachusetts from 1969-1971 after which time he was appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Medical Center in 1971, and promoted to Professor in 1979. He served as Professor and Chairman in the Department of Physiology of the University of Nevada School of Medicine from 1979–85 and as Professor the Department of Physiology and Professor of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (served as Chair from 1985–97). Dr. Wood is an editorial board member for several leading medical and physiology journals and has been the principal investigator for research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continuously since 1971. In recognition of his pioneering research and distinguished leadership, Dr. Wood was inducted as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association in 2006. He is a frequent lecturer on topics and concepts in neurogastroenterology. The subject of Dr. Wood’s presentation at this Symposium is the effects of stress on functions of the gastrointestinal tract.