Professor Gerald Holtmann is the director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the PA Hospital and the Associate Dean Clinical at the University of Queensland. Professor Holtmann's career has seen him practise across Australia, the US and his native Germany. His research is primarily focused in the areas of Neurogastroenterology, the Gastrointestinal Microbiome and Health System Innovation. Professor Holtmann also has a strong interest in health policy, health system re-engineering and improving access to health care for groups such as rural populations.
Professor Holtmann is the lead researcher on a PARF funded project which is aiming to establish a microbiome biobank to enable new probiotic treatment possibilities for patients suffering with a range of very common diseases including inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's Disease, metabolic diseases such as diabetes and mental health conditions. Professor Holtmann sat down with us to answer some questions about his career, his research and the difference he hopes it will make to patients' lives.