Michael Camilleri, M.D., is interested in understanding why patients develop disorders of gastrointestinal motility and function and how best to diagnose and treat them with approved medications and untested remedies. Dr. Camilleri is also interested in understanding the factors that determine people's appetites, since he believes this is one of the key factors to the control of obesity. Through diverse methods (many of them developed in his lab at Mayo Clinic), Dr. Camilleri studies gastrointestinal diseases that arise within the gut itself, as well as diseases in which the gastrointestinal tract is secondarily affected by conditions such as diabetes mellitus, scleroderma and neurological diseases. This investigation involves multiple areas of focus, from genetics to the nerves, muscles, lining and content of the gastrointestinal tract.
Dr. Camilleri holds several R01 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was a recipient for 10 years of a K24 (mentorship, mid-career award) from NIH, and serves as a mentor for junior staff and medical trainees in the field of clinical enteric neuroscience research. Research trainees in his lab participate in Mayo Graduate School programs, particularly the master's degree in clinical research.