Dr Richard Hansen

Clinical Reader/Honorary Consultant

Respiratory Medicine and Gastroenterology, School of Medicine

Richard Hansen
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Dr Hansen is a Clinical Reader in Child Health and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at both Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

He graduated in medicine from University of Dundee and completed basic paediatric training in Edinburgh and Glasgow. During higher specialist training in paediatric gastroenterology in Aberdeen he was awarded a Chief Scientist Office (CSO) PhD fellowship in gut microbiology. He subsequently completed a competitively awarded NHS Research Scotland career researcher fellowship (2015-2018) which allowed him to develop research in microbial therapeutics.

He is a fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of American Gastroenterological Association, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation and European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.


Dr Hansen’s main research interest is the gastrointestinal mucosal microbiota and its importance in paediatric disease, particularly IBD. He is especially interested in the molecular characterisation of the microbiota and its subsequent modification for the purposes of therapeutic effect via microbial therapeutics.  

Dr Hansen has helped develop clinical translational studies in this area including novel dietary therapies for Crohn’s disease, faecal transplant for ulcerative colitis, and the first-in-humans Phase I study of a novel biotherapeutic for Crohn’s disease. 

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Dr Hansen is a member of teaching faculty of the School of Medicine in Dundee and also remains on the faculty of both the University of Glasgow Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Postgraduate Certificate in Child Health.

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