The Institute is located in Whitechapel, in the east End of London. It is affiliated to the neighbouring Royal London Hospital and its associated Medical School. Through this association the Institute contributes to the Department of Adult & Paediatric Gastroenterology at St Bartholomew's & The Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry.
Directed by Professor David F Evans, the Wingate Institute was founded in the early 1980's to act as a centre for research and teaching in Gastrointestinal Science. Much of the work which has been undertaken by this unit involved the examination of the relationship between the 'little brain in the gut' (enteric nervous system) and the CNS (central nervous system). In recent years this field has been formally recognised by the term Neurogastroenterology.
The strength of the research at the Wingate Institute comes from the broad range of disciplines which are represented. Currently, active researchers include surgeons, gastroenterologists, physiologists and physicists. It is through close collaboration between these disciplines that the institute has grown to its present position.