On April 8, 2011 IFFGD presented Research Awards totalling $45,000 recognizing 6 active investigators with records of research interest in basic mechanisms or clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders. The awards support and encourage the participation of clinicians and scientists in multidisciplinary efforts aimed at advancing the understanding of these disorders in adults and in children.

Peer-Review Selection Committee

  • Douglas Drossman, MD, Chair
  • Carlo DiLorenzo, MD
  • Reza Shaker, MD
  • Yvette Taché, PhD
  • Peter Whorwell, MD
  • Jackie Wood, PhD

The award recipients were honored at the 9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Milwaukee, WI. Presentation of the awards was made by Nancy Norton, President, IFFGD; Stephen P. James, MD, Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the NIH; and Douglas Drossman, MD, Chair, IFFGD Research Awards Peer-Review Scientific Selection Committee.

2011 Research Awards

2011 Award Winners

Left to Right, 1st Row Presenters: Stephen James, MD; William Norton, IFFGD; Nancy Norton, IFFGD; Douglas Drossman, MD; 2nd Row Award Winners: Million Mulegeta, MD; Shaman Rajindrajith, MD; Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD; Samuel Nurko, MD; Adrian Mranda, MD; Ronnie Fass, MD.

We congratulate the 2011 IFFGD Research Award recipients for their outstanding achievements. 

The 2011 award for Senior Investigator in Clinical Science went to Ronnie Fass, MD, FACP, FACG at Metro Health Medical Center, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Fass’ research interests include improving the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as reflux disease, functional heartburn, noncardiac chest pain, gastroparesis, and Barrett’s esophagus.

Read Dr. Fass' research summary, "Sleep and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."


The 2011 award for Senior Investigator in Basic Science went to Million Mulugeta, MVSc, DVM, PhD at UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Mulugeta’s research interests include : understanding of the mechanism of stress-related gastrointestinal disorders in order to develop better treatments; and examining the molecules related to the body’s reaction to stress, and the impact they have on digestive function and pain.

View Dr. Mulugeta's Research Award Winner Profile.


The 2011 award for Junior Investigator in Basic Science went to Adrian Miranda, MD at The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. Miranda’s research looks at intestinal pain and functional bowel disorders, including understanding how an unpleasant early life experience can cause physical changes that cause painful digestive conditions later in life; and looking at the development of pain sensitivity.

View Dr. Miranda's Research Award Winner Profile.


The 2011 award for Senior Investigator in Pediatrics went to Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA. 

Dr. Nurko’s research includes multiple digestive problems in children ranging from treating defecation problems to examining upper-digestive tract conditions such as esophageal motility disorders, and the effect of inflammation on motility.

View Dr. Nurko's Research Award Winner Profile.


The 2011 award for Senior Investigator in Pediatrics went to Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD, FRCP, DCH at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

Dr. Jadcherla studies the upper digestive tract including the mechanisms of swallowing, with a goal of improving safe feeding in children. His clinical research is aimed at improving diagnosis and treatments in infant dysphagia, GERD, and chronic lung disease.

View Dr. Jadcherla's Research Award Winner Profile.


The 2011 award for Junior Investigator in Pediatrics went to Shaman Rajindrajith, MBBS, MD, MRCPCH at the University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Rajindrajith’s research seeks to better understanding of FGIDs in children, particularly in the developing world, including gastrointestinal motility in children with abdominal pain;, understanding aerophagia and cyclic vomiting in Sri Lankan children; and quality of life issues in children.

View Dr. Rajindrajith's Research Award Winner Profile.

Research Awards
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David Levinthal, MD, PhD
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Katja Kovacic, MD
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2013 Award Recipients
Enrico Corazziari, MD
Jan Tack, MD, PhD
Report from Gary Mawe, PhD: The Roles of Intestinal Nerves and Serotonin in Gut Function and Dysfunction
Ashley Blackshaw, PhD
Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD
Niranga Manjuri Devanarayana, MD
Report from Lukas Van Oudenhove, PhD: Solving the Biopsychosocial Puzzle in Functional Dyspepsia
Muriel Larauche, PhD
2011 Award Recipients
Report from Ronnie Fass, MD: Sleep and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Million Mulugeta, PhD
Adrian Miranda, MD
Samuel Nurko, MD
Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD
Shaman Rajindrajith, MD
2009 Award Recipients
Satish Rao, MD
Emeran Mayer, MD
Javier Santos, MD
Report from Martin Storr, MD, PhD: Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: New Insights in Enteric Regulation
Report From Miguel Saps, MD: Functional Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents
2007 Award Recipients
Report from Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD: Symptom Based Psychology for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Report from Magnus Simrén, MD, PhD: Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Searching for Underlying Causes
Report from Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS: Diagnostic Testing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Theory vs. Reality
Report from Sylvie Bradesi, PhD: Role of the Central Immune System in Functional Disorders
Paul E. Hyman, MD
Report from Miranda A. L. van Tilburg, PhD: Home Based Guided Imagery to Treat Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain
Report from Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD: Understanding Intestinal Gas
2005 Award Recipients
Report from Yvette Tache, PhD: Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code
Report from Shaheen Hamdy, MRCP, PhD: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia -- Disorders and Conditions that Disrupt Swallowing
Report from Michael A. Pezzone, MD, PhD: Chronic Pelvic Pain and the Overlap of Pelvic Pain Disorders
Report from Bridget R. Southwell, PhD: Research into Treatment-Resistant Constipation in Children
Report from Rachel Rosen, MD, MPH: Symptoms Arising from Non-Acid Reflux in Children
2003 Award Recipients
Report from William E. Whitehead, PhD: Summary of Clinical Research Activities
Jyoti N. Sengupta, PhD
Report from Caroline Elder Danda, PhD: Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Assessment and Treatment
Report from Terry Buchmiller-Crair, MD: Using the Fetal Gastrointestinal Tract to Overcome Neonatal Disease
Report from Dan L. Dumitrascu, MD, PhD: The Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Report from Klaus Bielefeldt, MD, PhD: Understanding Pain and Discomfort in Functional GI Disorders
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2014 IFFGD Idiopathic Gastroparesis Research Grants
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