Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominate your candidate by May 20, 2022

We recognise outstanding individual achievements in digestive health

Each year we award an outstanding individual who has helped to improve the lives of people in relation to digestive health and whose contributions, leadership and impact have been of importance for the myUEG Community. Their work is widely acknowledged by the myUEG Community.

Watch the recording of the award ceremony for awardee Michael Farthing at UEG Week Virtual 2021!

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Lifetime Achievement Award 2022:

Target group

Digestive health specialists

  • who have had a career spanning at least 30 years and are widely acknowledged by the broader gastroenterological community
  • whose outstanding accomplishments have improved the lives of people in relation to  digestive health
  • whose contributions, leadership and impact have been of importance for the UEG community
How it works

To nominate candidates, UEG Member Societies are asked to send the following:

  • An A4 Curriculum Vitae of the candidate
  • A brief statement of no more than 50 words summarising the candidate’s contribution to gastroenterology as a whole and the UEG community in particular
  • A concise description of how these contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership, or mentorship, have had a lasting impact on the gastrointestinal field and/or the community and/or UEG and demonstrate a lifetime commitment (publications supporting these contributions may be directly referenced)
  • A statement indicating the candidate’s H-index using Web of Science 

Please send the complete nomination to the UEG Secretariat . The documents must be submitted as PDF files.  Deadline for nominiation is May 20, 2022.

Download the complete nomination criteria

Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2021: Michael Farthing

Professor Michael Farthing has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to gastroenterology, academia and professional societies including UEG. He has had a career-long commitment to international medicine, including in low-income geographical locations. This began with studying in India as a medical student and further developed with an academic interest in gastrointestinal infectious disease. Across the globe he has inspired a generation of researchers to pursue careers in clinical and basic science studies in infectious GI disease including HIV, parasitology, and tropical enteropathy. Consequential work continues in Africa and other locations. While Professor of Gastroenterology at Barts and the London Medical School, he led one of the top academic departments in the United Kingdom , inspiring many gastroenterologists who now hold major academic or leadership roles internationally. He has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals and was editor of Gut 1996-2002, overseeing an increase in influence and impact factor. He has a lasting legacy from his senior leadership roles in universities across the United Kingdom. Michael was Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of London 2005, and became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex in 2007. He currently holds a position as honorary Professor at University College London Medical.

His long-lasting engagement with European societies spans from positions as President of the EAGEN, British Society of Gastroenterology and Vice President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation. 

Within UEG, as Chair of the Scientific Committee he fostered the development of a science- and education-based congress program that was strictly focused on quality. As Chair of the Future Trends Committee he was the driving force behind the White book of Digestive Health and“Healthcare in Europe 2040 – Scenarios and implications for digestive and liver diseases”. Under his (vice) presidency from 2012-2015 UEG further professionalised its organisation to be prepared for future challenges and to secure a prosperous next generation

Past Lifetime Achievement Awardees

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