~~Mike McGuckin is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and is Deputy Director (Research) at at the Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland within the new Translational Research Institute in Brisbane, where he leads the Inflammatory Disease Biology and Therapeutics Research Group. Mike is the author of over 130 scientific publications with his research currently focused on mucosal infection, chronic inflammation and cancer in the gastrointestinal tract, and has held 4 patents. He has particular interests in the role of secreted and cell surface mucin glycoproteins in cancer and in host defense from infection and inflammation. Mike also has a strong interest in the role of protein misfolding and ER stress in secretory cells in chronic inflammatory disease, including diabetes. He is heavily involved in national and international peer review, is on the Editorial Boards of four international journals, and has served as the lead member of the Academy of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for Gastroenterology. Mike chairs the Mater Research Committee, and serves on the Research Committees of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia, University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and chairs the Facilitations Committee of the Translational Research Institute. In addition he is an elected Councilor for the International Society for Mucosal Immunology, and serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee for the Cancer Council Queensland, and is a member of the ANZ Trustees Limited Queensland Medical Research Grant Program Advisory Committee, and the Research and Development Committee for the Autism Collaborative Research Centre.