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MILWAUKEE, (April 17, 2009) -- The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) presented research awards to five investigators at the 8th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, held in Milwaukee.

The competition was open to investigators who have completed an MD or PhD, have demonstrated research activities, and are currently active in investigating basic or clinical aspects of functional GI or motility disorders. A selection committee comprised of internationally recognized experts in the field reviewed all the applications. The following winners were selected:

Satish Rao, M.D. (Senior Investigator – Clinical Science)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Emeran Mayer, M.D. (Senior Investigator – Basic Science)
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Javier Santos, M.D. (Junior Investigator – Clinical Science)
Institute de Recerca Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain

Martin Storr, M.D. (Junior Investigator – Basic Science)
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Miguel Saps, M.D.(Junior Investigator – Pediatrics)
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

IFFGD initiated its research awards program in 2003. Since then, it has given 24 research awards to both new and established investigators who have a record of research interest in basic mechanisms or clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

"The program was developed to help young investigators get started in their research and to acknowledge more senior investigators from around the world for their contributions to the knowledge of gastrointestinal disorders," explained Nancy J. Norton, founder and president of IFFGD.

Based in Milwaukee, IFFGD is a nonprofit education and research organization that addresses issues surrounding life with functional GI and motility disorders. IFFGD helps improve care by enhancing awareness, educating and promoting research into treatments and cures for digestive disorders. Anyone wanting additional information can call IFFGD at 414-964-1799 or toll-free (U.S.) at 1-888-964-2001. Their Web site can be accessed at


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