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This Research Topic is part of the Women in Physiology: 2021 series. Other titles in this series are:

Women in Metabolic Physiology: 2022

This Research Topic is part of the Women in Physiology: 2021 series. Other titles in this series are:

Women in Metabolic Physiology: 2022
Women in Environmental Physiology: 2022
Women in Space Physiology: 2022
Women in Winter Sports 2022
Women in Developmental Physiology: 2022
Women in Avian Physiology: 2022
Women in Exercise Physiology: 2021
Women in Integrative Physiology: 2021
Women in Clinical and Translational Physiology: 2021
Women in Invertebrate Physiology: 2021

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Introduction and Guidelines
At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes discourage girls and women from pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. Science and gender equality are, however, essential to ensure sustainable development as highlighted by UNESCO.

Although underrepresented, and often unacknowledged, female researchers have been crucial to scientific advances. In order to change traditional mindsets, gender equality must be promoted, stereotypes defeated, and girls and women should be encouraged to pursue STEM careers.

The Women in Physiology: 2021 series offers a platform to showcase women’s involvement in physiological research, together with their achievements, innovation and creativity. This Research Topic aims to highlight the works achieved and led by women in the field of Gastrointestinal Sciences. Submissions covering any area of Gastrointestinal Sciences are welcome and those covering the following themes are encouraged:
• Infectious diseases (e.g. clostridium difficile, helminths, giardiasis) of the GI tract and its accessory organs (pancreas, liver)
• Etiology and development of inflammation within the GI tract and its accessory organs, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis/Crohn's disease), Barrett's esophagus, pancreatitis, hepatitis
• Etiology, development, and progression of cancers and metastases within the GI tract and its accessory organs
• Diagnostic and therapeutic development relating to diseases of the GI tract and its accessory organs
• Development of mouse models to recapitulate diseases of the GI tract and its accessory organs
• Microbiome
• Digestion and related diseases (e.g. diabetes)

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We strongly encourage the submission of manuscripts where the lead/last or corresponding author identifies as female, and we recommend early career researchers to team up with senior female colleagues.

Keywords: Gastrointestinal tract, Infectious diseases, GI tract inflammation, GI tract cancers, Microbiome, Digestion

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