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Dr Adam Farmer was educated at Stonyhurst College, University College London, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
He was awarded a BSc in 1998 in human physiology and qualified with the degrees of MBBS in 2001. He undertook his specialist training the West Midlands before moving to the internationally renowned Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology in London, where he performed a body of research funded by the Medical Research Council, which culminated in a PhD. He was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2017.
He currently works as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the University Hospitals of North Midlands where he is clinical lead for gastroenterology. He also has academic positions at the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Keele University and Aalborg University in Denmark.
His main clinical interests concern all aspects of gastroenterology particularly irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, bloating, heartburn/reflux, diarrhoea and constipation as well as digestive symptoms that arise as a consequence of diabetes and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
He is considered to be an international expert in his field having been awarded prestigious prizes from the American Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and the United European Gastroenterology Federation.
Areas of interest
irritable bowel syndrome; reflux disease; bloating; distension; abdominal pain; constipation; diarrhoea; neurogastroenterology
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Gastroenterology, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology and Deputy Director of Research, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist and Senior Lecturer Barts Health NHS Trust
Dr Farmer’s research focuses on irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, food intolerances, nausea/vomiting and chronic abdominal pain. He has been involved in a number of international clinical trials and is regularly asked to contribute to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to 11 books. His work has been published in leading medical journals such as Gastroenterology, Gut and the Lancet and has been cited by other researchers in the field over 1,000 times. Furthermore, his research has pioneered the link between abdominal symptoms and other disorders such as diabetes and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which has led to direct improvement in patient care.
Dr Farmer is the UK representative on the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Executive Committee and is the secretary of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology.
Dr Farmer lives in Staffordshire with his wife Caroline and three sons William, Charles and Sebastian. In his spare time he enjoys rugby and cricket.
Dr Farmer's contribution to gastroenterology research and clinical practice have been internationally recognised by the American Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and has recently been named the 2018 United European Gastroenterology Federation Rising Star.
Opioid Induced Constipation – Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management, Farmer AD, Downes TM, Bruckner-Holt CE, Ruggerio E, Del Vacchio S, De Giorgio R, Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2018, in press.
Type 1 diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy have pan-enteric prolongation of gastrointestinal transit times and an altered cecal pH profile, Farmer AD, Pedersen AG, Brock B, Jakobsen PE, Karmisholt J, Mohammed SD, Scott SM, Drewes AM, Brock C, Diabetologia 2017, 60(4):709-718.
Narcotic bowel syndrome, Farmer AD, Gallagher J, Bruckner-Holt C, Aziz Q, Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2017, 2(5):361-368.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enck P, Aziz Q, Giovanni B, Farmer A, Fukudo S, Mayer E, Niessler B, Quigley E, Radijic-Stojanovic M, Schemann M, Schwille-Kiuntke J, Simren M, Zipfel S, Spiller RC, Nature Reviews Disease Primers 2016, 24;2:16014.
Regional gastrointestinal transit and pH studied in 215 healthy volunteers using the wireless motility capsule: influence of age, gender, study country and testing protocol, Wang YT, Mohammed SD, Farmer AD, Wang D, Zarate N, Hobson AR, Hellström PR, Semler JR, Kuo B, Rao SS, Hasler WL, Camilleri M, Scott SM, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2015, 42(6):761-72.
Visually induced nausea causes characteristic changes in cerebral, autonomic and endocrine function in humans, Farmer AD, Ban VF, Coen SJ, Sanger GJ, Barker GJ, Giampietro V, Williams SC, Gresty M, Webb DL, Hellstrom P, Andrews PLR, Aziz Q, Journal of Physiology 2015, 593(5): 1183-1196.
Preliminary report - modulation of parasympathetic nervous system tone influences oesophageal pain hypersensitivity, Botha C* & Farmer AD*, Nilsson M, Brock C, Gavrila AD, Drewes AM, Knowles CH, Aziz Q, Gut 2014, 64: 611-7. * joint first authors.
Mechanisms and management of functional abdominal pain, Farmer AD, Aziz Q, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2014, 107(9):347-354.
Caecal pH is a biomarker of excessive fermentation in patients with bloating and distension, Farmer AD, Scott SM, Dukes G, Mohammed S, Hobson AR, World Journal of Gastroenterology 2014, 20(17): 5000-7.
Psychophysiological Responses to Visceral and Somatic Pain in Functional Chest Pain Identify Clinically Relevant Pain Clusters, Farmer AD, Kano M, Coen SJ, Naqvi H, Knowles CH, Furlong PL, Lightman S, Aziz Q, Neurogastroenterology & Motility 2014, 26 (1):139-4
- BSc In Physiology University College London 1998
- MBBS University College London Medical School 2001
- MRCP Royal College og Physicians 2004
- PhD Barts and the London 2010
- Global Clinical Scholar Harvard Medical School 2015
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2017
Reference number 6028025
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Uk representative on the executive committee European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility 2014
- Secretary of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section British Society of Gastroenterology 2018
Details of entry to specialist register
- Certification of specialist training, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
British Medical Association
Royal College of Physicians
Catholic Medical Association
British Society of Gastroenterology
American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society
European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Royal Society of Medicine
European Society of Neurogastroenterology & Motility
International Association for the Study of Pain
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