• Douglas A Drossman, MD, Chair
  • Michael Camilleri, MD
  • Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD
  • Yvette Taché, PhD
  • Peter Whorwell, MD
  • Jackie Wood, PhD

In 2008, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) awarded three $50,000 research grants. The grants were for research related to functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, and neurogastroenterology.

The winning proposals were for research that would ultimately lead to improvements in the understanding of these disorders, their pathophysiology, and the care of patients.

2008 Research Grant Recipients

IBS Susceptibility Genotypes and Gastroenteritis Exposure in the Developing Nation Setting

Primary Investigator: Douglas R. Morgan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. multi-year

Aims: To explore the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) susceptibility genotypes in a general population of Central America using a population surveillance system; to determine the association of microbial factors with IBS in the developing nation environment, wherein the majority of the population has been exposed to bacterial gastroenteritis and gastrointestinal infections are recurrent.

Role of Eosinophil Activation on Mucosal Inflammation in Diarrhea-IBS Patients

Primary Investigator: Javier Santos, MD, PhD, Senior Staff Physician, Hospital General Universitario Valle de Hebron. 1-year

Aims: To determine whether intestinal eosinophils are key to the development and perpetuation of mucosal inflammation in the jejunum of IBS patients and to characterize molecular mechanisms involved.

Maternally Inherited mtDNA Sequence Variants in Functional Disorders

Primary Investigator: Miranda A.L. Van Tilburg, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. multi-year     

Aims: To determine the presence and degree of maternal inheritance of functional disorders in IBS; to determine if specific polymorphisms predispose towards the development of IBS and other functional disorders.

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Payment of Grants and Awards

IFFGD Research Grants and Awards are funded in U.S. dollars.

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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