Renowned Creighton researcher Henry Lynch, M.D., chair of preventive medicine and president of the Hereditary Cancer Institute at Creighton University, will take the helm of a new scientific journal this fall. The American Journal of Digestive Disease (AJDD) has invited Lynch to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly publication, set to publish its first issue this October.
AJDD will be an open-access only journal dedicated to the rapid publication of novel discoveries regarding the digestive system, including the colon. Lynch, a hereditary cancer researcher, is best known for his discovery of Lynch Syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), the most common inherited cause for colon cancer. He also continues to lead the Colon Resource within the Hereditary Cancer Institute as it studies hundreds of families to learn more about Lynch Syndrome as well as two additional types of hereditary cancers: familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary diffuse gastric cancer.
As part of this new role, Lynch has already started to recruit colleagues whom he calls, "state-of-the-art leaders," in the field of digestive diseases to serve on the journal?s editorial board. This group includes Stephen Lanspa, M.D., professor of medicine and senior associate dean of medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine and clinical gastroenterologist with Alegent Creighton Clinic, as well as acclaimed clinical gastroenterologists and researchers from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Keck School of Medicine of USC and several international institutions.