Intestinal Nutrient Sensing Group
The Intestinal Nutrient Sensing Group undertakes research focused on the nature of the intestinal sweet taste system.
This system detects intestinal sweet stimuli and, in turn, can regulate the release of gut hormones and control of glucose absorption. We have revealed specific regulation of this system in health, and dysregulation in diabetes, critical illness and obesity. We have access to genetic and disease models and a wide range of human tissue to answer our research questions, including:
- Do artificial sweeteners influence intestinal sweet sensing and glucose absorption in humans?
- Does blocking intestinal sweet taste receptors reduce glucose uptake in patients with type 2 diabetes?
The Intestinal Nutrient Sensing Group collaborates with researchers from basic and clinical science backgrounds and industry, strengthening our ability to deliver novel therapies for obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Associate Professor Richard L Young
Associate Professor Richard L Young is a Senior Research Fellow in the Adelaide Medical School at the University of Adelaide, and a Senior Research Fellow and faculty member at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Nutrition and Metabolism. He is a member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health - an exceptional framework for translational researchers in endocrinology and gastroenterology.
Partner Institution/Organisation Professor Chris Rayner University of Adelaide Dr Tongzhi Wu University of Adelaide Dr Nam Nguyen University of Adelaide Professor Michael Horowitz University of Adelaide Professor Geraint Rogers SAHMRI Infection and Immunity Professor Damien Keating Flinders University Charles-Henri Malbert INRA Saint-Gilles, France Dr Kerry Ivey Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
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