More than 25% of the global population reportedly suffers in some capacity from a functional gastrointestinal or motility disorder, yet in many ways societies are complacent to inadequate care and treatment that sufferers may receive; and complacent to the unmet needs of a scientific community struggling to obtain research funding.

It is through research where the promise lies for better understanding, faster diagnoses, better treatments, and perhaps even cures for these complex illnesses.

The challenges are compounded when many in the public and even some in the medical profession do not understand the conditions. But there are ways to be heard and to bring about change.

Public advocacy and support for research are two such ways. IFFGD continues to offer a means for concerned individuals to give voice to their needs. Your personal support for research helps address those needs. Our own futures depend on the actions we take today.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the largest source of funding for medical research in the world – currently has only a limited portfolio in support of research for functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders. If they are not doing enough, who will?

The answer is, we must do it ourselves. Through IFFGD, you can take action. We can work together to find novel ways to support research.

We have made progress during the past two decades. We have raised awareness about the conditions. Scientific advances have occurred and limited treatments are now available that address multiple symptoms. But while some people are being helped by a variety of treatment options, others are not.

These GI disorders affect not only those who suffer from chronic symptoms, but also their families and others in the community at large.

We can measure the economic costs of healthcare utilization and lost productivity. We can measure the social costs with quality of life surveys.  We can never measure the cost of lost individual potential.

Please consider some level of support to IFFGD. We thank you for your help as together we work to educate, raise awareness, and support research in the hope of unlocking the mysteries behind functional GI and motility disorders. Thank you.

Research Awards
2013 Award Recipients
Enrico Corazziari, MD
Jan Tack, MD, PhD
Gary Mawe, PhD
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
Research Grants
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
Other Research Grant Opportunities
Funding Research
Need for Funding Research
How to Make a Difference
The State of Research at NIH & NIDDK
Clinical Trials & Studies
IBS Studies
Guide to Randomized Clinical Trials
Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials and Studies
NIH/Other Sponsored Clinical Trials and Studies

Give Today

give today

Your GIFT can change a life

Your donations help to fund life-changing research and education about chronic digestive conditions and the critical need for improved treatments.

Together, we make a difference.

Donate online