Raquel Franco Leal

University of Campinas

Dr. Raquel Franco Leal is Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Unit, School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She has graduated in Medical Sciences, specialized in General Surgery and Coloproctology, and received her MSc. and Ph.D. degree at the University of Campinas. She was a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and at the Institut D\'Investigacions August Pi I Sunyer Biomèdiques, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. She is member of the Brazilian Society of Coloproctology and the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS), honorary member of the Brazilian Association of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn\'s Disease (ABCD), member of the Study Group of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Brazil (GEDIIB), the European Crohn\'s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) and the Pan American Crohn’s Colitis Organisation (PANCCO). As a researcher she has been devoted to biomedical science and in particular to the study of inflammatory bowel diseases for over 14 years. Dr. Franco Leal is the Coordinator of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research Laboratory at the UNICAMP, developing basic and clinical research on IBD.

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The treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has posed a major challenge since its appearance. Biomedical researchers, physicians, gastroenterologists, and surgeons have struggled to improve the quality of life of their patients and have sought, above all else, to keep the disease under remission for as long as possible. Blockers for tumoral necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) were the first biological drugs to be discovered and for this reason they played a crucial role in the subsequent evolution of IBD treatment. The aim of this book is to provide an overview of such drugs and the latest developments in IBD immunopathology. Our contributors discuss the main indications, efficacy, and possible side effects of the different types of drugs available today for IBD treatment.

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