These IFFGD research awards were given to active investigators who have a record of research interest in basic mechanisms or clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders. The awards are intended to encourage the participation of clinicians and scientists in multidisciplinary efforts aimed at advancing the understanding of gastrointestinal disorders in adults and in children.

Peer-Review Selection Committee

  • Douglas Drossman, MD, Chair
  • Ronnie Fass, MD
  • Samuel Nurko, MD
  • Reza Shaker, MD
  • Yvette Taché, PhD
  • Jackie Wood, PhD

Basic Science is the fundamental approach to understanding how systems work. Basic research takes place in the laboratory and often involves the study of molecules and cells.

Clinical Science is the approach aimed at understanding the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders through studies involving people, usually carried out in clinical settings.


We congratulate the 2005 IFFGD Research Award recipients for their outstanding achievements.

The 2005 award for Senior Investigator in Clinical Science went to Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD at Hospital General Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. 

Dr. Azpiroz has a large clinical practice, and his research program looks at the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms including gut motility and sensitivity, and more recently, intestinal gas.

Read Dr. Azpiroz’ Research Summary, “Understanding Intestinal Gas.”


The 2005 award for Senior Investigator in Basic Science went for Yvette Taché, PhD at West LA-VA Medical Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. 

Dr. Taché's early publications put the "brain-gut axis" on the map. Her recent research looks at the brain pathways involved in stress-related alterations of gut function and pain.

Read Dr. Taché’s Research Summary, “Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code.”


The 2005 award for Junior Investigator in Clinical Science went to Shaheen Hamdy, MRCP, PhD at Hope Hospital, Salford, United Kingdom. 

Dr. Hamdy’s interest is in the brain-gut axis, in particular how the brain controls swallowing and anal continence. His work has involved the treatment of swallowing problems after a stroke, as well as understanding fecal incontinence of unknown origin.

Read Dr. Hamdy’s Research Summary, “Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia: Disorders and Conditions that Disrupt Swallowing.”


The 2005 award for Junior Investigator in Basic Science went to Michael Pezzone, MD, PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Dr. Pezzone is currently the principle investigator of an NIH study looking at the cross-communication of nerves in the pelvic organs and how this leads to the overlap of irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and other chronic pelvic pain disorders.

Read Dr. Pezzone’s Research Summary, “Chronic Pelvic Pain and the Overlap of Chronic Pelvic Pain Disorders.” 


The 2005 award for Pediatric Investigator in Basic Science went to Bridget R Southwell, PhD at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. 

Dr. Southwell researches the causes of disturbed colonic motility in children. She has also been coordinating a method to help children overcome constipation and soiling.

Read Dr. Southwell’s Research Summary, “Treatment-Resistant Constipation in Children.”


The 2005 award for Pediatric Investigator in Clinical Science went to Rachel Rosen, MD, MPH at Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA.

Dr. Rosen's current research looks at reflux symptoms in children. In her studies, she has found that non-acid reflux is common in children at her practice, and has symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, and cough.

Read Dr. Rosen’s Research Summary, “Symptoms Arising from Non-Acid Reflux in Children.”

Research Awards
2020 Award Recipients
Kyle Staller, MD
Christopher V. Almario, MD
Maria Raffaella Barbaro, PhD
2019 Award Recipients
Arpana Gupta, PhD
David Levinthal, MD, PhD
Ilan Koppen, MD, PhD
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
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
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