2019 IFFGD Research Recognition Awards

IFFGD is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications/nominations for our Research Recognition Awards to be offered in 2019.


The Awards recognize and support young investigators who have a record of research interest and accomplishment in neurogastroenterology and, especially, in the basic mechanisms and clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders. These Awards are intended to encourage the participation of clinicians and scientists in multidisciplinary efforts aimed at advancing the understanding and treatment of these disorders in adults and children. Each Award consists of a $7,500 USD gift to the recipient's institution to be applied to his/her research investigations.


To be eligible, investigators must have completed their fellowship (MD) or PhD degree (or their equivalent) no more than seven years prior to application, have a record of relevant research accomplishment, and be currently active in investigating basic or clinical aspects of functional GI or motility disorders, or other neurogastroenterological problem. Only investigators working in nonprofit institutions are eligible. 

Application and Nomination

Applications are to be submitted on behalf of the candidate along with letters of sponsorship and support from clinicians or scientists who are familiar with the candidate's research activities. Two letters of support and the CV of the nominee should accompany the application. The IFFGD Selection Committee will review applications and determine the recipients.


Each Award recipient will be required to provide a brief article, to be published by IFFGD, which summarizes his or her current research objectives and activities.

Award Ceremony

The individuals selected for Awards will be recognized at IFFGD's Annual Breakfast at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) to be held in San Diego, California in May 2019 (date and time TBD).


The deadline for receipt of applications is December 16, 2018


Research Awards
2019 Research Awards
2018 Award Recipients
Amaranath Karunanayake, PhD
Katja Kovacic, MD
Cristina Martinez, PhD
Ans Pauwels, PhD
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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IFFGD Competitive Grants
2014 IFFGD Idiopathic Gastroparesis Research Grants
Leo Cheng, PhD
Braden Kuo, MD, MSc
Richard McCallum, MD
2008 IFFGD Competitive Research Grants
IFFGD Noncompetitive Grants
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2019 Research Awards

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IFFGD is currently seeking applications and nominations for our 2019 Research Recognition Awards

To date, IFFGD has presented awards to 42 investigators from around the world engaged in functional GI & motility disorders research. 

2019 Research Awards Guidelines

2019 Research Awards Application

Past Award Recipients