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IFFGD is a leader in the fight for more research to improve diagnostic and treatment options for functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. With donations from people like you, we directly fund grants and recognition awards to basic and clinical scientists working in the field.

With your input, we make the needs and concerns of people with functional GI and motility disorders known to the physicians, nurses, therapists, and researchers who work with patients and research these diseases. We have also fostered scientific exchange among leading researchers and clinicians through our International Symposium on Functional GI Disorders, and we collaborate on projects to evaluate the prevalence of these disorders and to determine the needs of those affected. 

IFFGD has funded research since 1993. Examples of projects we have supported include:

2003 – Present: IFFGD Research Awards

IFFGD first offered Research Awards in 2003 and has provided a total of 31 awards to researchers around the world. These awards recognize the accomplishments of investigators who are engaged in significant research in the field of functional GI disease. Our intent is to encourage the participation of clinicians and scientists in multidisciplinary efforts aimed at advancing the understanding of functional GI and motility disorders in adults and in children that can ultimately lead to better treatments and cures.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Research Awards.

2015 – 2017: Gastroparesis in the Community Research Survey

In 2015 IFFGD in collaboration with clinical researchers from Temple University School of Medicine conducted a community-based survey of adults diagnosed with gastroparesis. In 2016 portions of the survey were presented to physicians at DDW 2016. In 2017 the results of the survey were published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences. View the survey report »

2014: Idiopathic Gastroparesis Research Grants

Grant awards of $40,000 in direct costs each were made to 3 investigators for innovative research related to idiopathic gastroparesis. View the 2014 grant recipients »

2008: Research Grant Award for Pediatric Research Consortium

IFFGD awarded a Research Grant to initiate the Pediatric Consortium for Research in Functional GI Disorders to build an infrastructure that will allow the consortium to collect information from different participating centers using a user friendly, secure system; to complete research projects that are feasible in a relatively short period of time and which will create momentum for further larger, longitudinal research studies. Initial studies will involve centers chosen by the steering committee.

2008: IFFGD Research Grants

In August IFFGD awarded three $50,000 research grants. These grants were made in addition to the IFFGD Research Awards. IFFGD grants provide funding for research relevant to understanding and managing gastrointestinal motility and, especially, functional GI disorders. Our goal is to support high-quality research that will ultimately lead to improvements in the care of patients with these disorders. IFFGD's mission is patient-oriented. Hence, preference is given to supporting clinical research and basic research that is translational in nature. View the 2008 grant recipients »

2007: Survey of IBS Patients' Illness Experience and Unmet Needs

In collaboration with the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, IFFGD sponsored a survey that showed that much more needs to be done to develop and deliver satisfactory treatment to IBS sufferers. IBS Patients: Their Illness Experience and Unmet Needs (pdf) »

2004: IBS Survey

IFFGD conducted a study among 1,000 U.S. adults in a random telephone survey looking at prevalence and awareness of IBS. Thirteen percent of those surveyed had symptoms suggestive of IBS, yet less than 1 in 5 had been diagnosed. Among other findings, the IFFGD National IBS Survey shows that, while symptoms are negatively impacting quality of life, a lack of awareness about IBS may be getting in the way of diagnosis and treatment. IFFGD Survey: Lack of Awareness of IBS May Impact Medical Care »

2002: Research Priorities for Fecal Incontinence: The Patient's Perspective

Presented by Nancy J. Norton of IFFGD at the November 3-5, 2002 symposium, Advancing the Treatment of Fecal and Urinary Incontinence Through Research: Trial Design, Outcome Measures, and Research Priorities. View Nancy's presentation, The Patient's Perspective »

2002: IFFGD Survey: IBS in the Real World

IFFGD conducted a quantitative research study among 350 adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in our patient database. The survey found that most of these individuals were living with chronic symptoms that impaired their quality of life and productivity with few effective treatments. IFFGD's IBS in the Real World Survey shows the real life impact that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has on the lives of many of those who suffer with the disease. Results of the survey indicate substantial reduction in the quality of life and activities of daily living for patients with IBS. Results were published by IFFGD in IBS in the Real World Survey: Summary Findings »

1999: Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Quality of Life Survey

A total of 500 IFFGD members selected at random (their confidentiality was protected) participated in an IBS study designed to measure demographics, types and severity of symptoms, various dimensions of quality of life, impact of the disorder on work or daily activities, interaction with the medical care system, use of medications, and use of alternative types of therapy. The results of the study by Hahn, Yan, and Strassels were published in the journal Digestion, 1999 Jan-Feb;60(1):77-81 »

1995: Support for Research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Beginning in 1995, IFFGD has been active in encouraging Congressional allocation of funding to the National Institutes of Health for research of gastrointestinal disorders, both through membership in the Digestive Disease National Coalition, and through direct testimony and recommendations.

1993: Incontinence Prevalence Study

Anal incontinence, the loss of anal sphincter control, leads to the unwanted release of solid or liquid stool or gas. Even when it occurs only occasionally, anal incontinence can have catastrophic consequences on self-confidence, personal image, and the ability to integrate socially and in employment. There has been a serious lack of research and attention given to this individually devastating condition.

In 1993, IFFGD initiated a study to determine the prevalence and characteristics associated with anal incontinence in the general community. The results of this community based study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on August 16, 1995, Volume 274.

 

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

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IFFGD funds research that helps to shape science and scientific advancement, and improve quality of life for people affected by chronic digestive disorders.

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