On April 12, 2013 IFFGD presented eight investigators with our 2013 Research Awards in recognition of their contributions to scientific and clinical advancements in the area of functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders. The awards support and encourage the participation of clinicians and scientists in multidisciplinary efforts aimed at providing a better understanding of these conditions 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

Since 2003 we have presented Research Awards to 38 active investigators. Their work is increasing understanding of these complex conditions and of how to improve treatments.

The eight honorees were recognized at the 10th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Milwaukee, WI. The awards were presented by Nancy Norton, President and founder, IFFGD; Frank Hamilton, MD, Chief of the Digestive Disease Branch, 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 Selection Committee.

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Award Recipients and Presenters (Left to Right): Muriel Larauche, PhD; Lukas Van Oudenhove, PhD; Jan Tack, MD; Douglas Drossman, MD, Selection Committee Chair; William Norton, IFFGD; Nancy Norton, IFFGD; Enrico Corazziari, MD; Niranga Manjuri Devanarayana, MD; Frank Hamilton, MD, Natl Institutes of Health; L. Ashley Blackshaw, PhD; Gary Mawe, PhD; Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD.

We congratulate the 2013 IFFGD Research Award recipients for their outstanding achievements and thank them for their ongoing commitments to research of functional GI and motility disorders.


The 2013 IFFGD Research Award Recipients are: 

Enrico Corazziari, MD, Universitá La Sapienza in Rome, Italy – 
Recipient of the 2013 award for Senior Investigator in Clinical Science

Dr. Corazziari’s research covers a wide spectrum of functional GI and motility disorders, from the brain to the gut. His work is contributing to the clinical understanding of esophageal disorders such as dysphagia and GERD; upper GI conditions such as dyspepsia; biliary disorders such as sphincter of Oddi and gallbladder dysfunction; and bowel disorders such as IBS and chronic constipation.

Learn more about Dr. Corazziari

Jan Tack, MD, PhD, of University Hospitals Leuven in Leuven, Belgium –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Senior Investigator in Clinical Science

Dr. Tack’s research interests include advancing understanding of functional dyspepsia, GERD, IBS, chronic constipation, and gastroparesis, as well as furthering the understanding of the nerves within the digestive tract (enteric nervous system).

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Gary Mawe, PhD, The University of Vermont in Burlington, VT –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Senior Investigator in Basic Science

Dr. Mawe’s research is advancing understanding of how the GI tract functions, with particular emphasis on mechanisms related to the digestive tract (enteric) nervous system, and factors that influence sensory and motor function in the intestines and biliary tract in adults and children.

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L. Ashley Blackshaw, PhD, Queen Mary University in London, England –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Senior Investigator in Basic Science

Dr. Blackshaw’s research interests focus on understanding sensory motor function within the gut, including the interaction between the digestive tract and the brain; the functions of the immune system and how they relate to conditions like IBS and GERD; and the mechanisms and roles of nutrient sensing (a cell’s ability to recognize certain substances).

Learn more about Dr. Blackshaw.  

Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Senior Investigator in Pediatrics

Dr. Di Lorenzo’s research looks at pediatric motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders. His work has led to the development of more child-friendly diagnostic testing and effective treatment strategies, including helping patients who have been resistant to prior treatment options.

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Niranga Manjuri Devanarayana, MD, The University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Junior Investigator in Pediatrics

Dr. Devanarayana’s research looks at motility and functional GI conditions in children and adolescents including understanding risk factors for these conditions and quality of life issues. She has worked extensively to understand and highlight the importance of chronic abdominal pain and its relationship to many functional/motility disorders.

Learn more about Dr. Devanarayana

Lukas Van Oudenhove, PhD, The University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Junior Investigator in Clinical Science

Dr. Van Oudenhove’s research interests include the understanding of interactions between the brain and the digestive tract, the complex factors involved with signaling and sensation, and how these interactions may contribute to symptoms and treatments of functional GI/motility disorders.

Learn more about Dr. Van Oudenhove

Muriel Larauche, PhD, The University of California, Los Angeles, CA –
Recipient of the 2013 award for Junior Investigator in Basic Science

Dr. Larauche’s research looks at understanding factors involved with and influenced by visceral pain, understanding sex differences in symptom generation, and investigating mechanisms involved with colonic motility alterations and intestinal barrier function in functional GI/motility disorders.

Learn more about Dr. Larauche

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
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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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