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Dr Adam Farmer was educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. He trained at University College London, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
He was awarded a BSc(Hons) in 1998 in human physiology with basic medical sciences and qualified with the degrees of MBBS in 2001 and gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004.
He undertook his specialist training in gastroenterology and general medicine in the West Midlands before moving to the internationally renowed Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine, where he performed a body of research funded by the Medical Research Council. During this time, he was awarded the degree of PhD at the University of London entitled “Human Psychophysiological Responses to Pain – The Development of Human Pain Endophenotypes”. He was elected 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 the Clinical Director of Specialised Medicine. He also has academic positions at the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Keele Medical School and the University of Aalborg in Denmark. He is the current chairman of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and is a member of the Rome V international consensus on the classification of functional gastrointestinal disorders. He has authored over 110 published articles, written 13 book chapters and has given lectures both nationally and internationally. He has coauthored a number of international clinical guidelines regarding the management and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, gastroparesis and opioid induced constipation.
His main clinical and academic interests concern all aspects of gastroenterology particularly the functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders which include irritable bowel syndrome chronic abdominal pain, heartburn/reflux and chronic constipation. He is also interested in the digestive symptoms that arise as a consequence of disorders that affect the whole body including 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.
Dr Farmer lives in Staffordshire with his wife Caroline and three sons, William, Charles and Sebastian.
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 Director of Specialised Medicine, 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 110 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to 13 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 4500 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
- Global Clinical Scholar Harvard Medical School 2015
- BSc In Physiology University College London 1998
- MBBS University College London Medical School 2001
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2017
- MRCP Royal College og Physicians 2004
- PhD Barts and the London 2010
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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