Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2022: Michael Manns
Professor Michael P. Manns is the President and Board Member for Research and Education of Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany, since 2019. He graduated in medicine from the University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Mainz, Germany, before completing postgraduate training at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Mainz, where he became Professor of Medicine in 1986.
Subsequently, Professor Manns was a Research Associate at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California, USA from 1987 to 1988. He was the Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at Hannover Medical School from 1991 to 2020 and from 2015 – 2018 he was Clinical Director of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI), Braunschweig, Germany, and founding director of the Center for Individualized Infection Medicine (CiiM), Hannover. 2015 – 2020 he was member of the Scientific Panel for Health (SPH) of the European Commission in Brussels.
He has received numerous awards including the International Hans Popper Award in 1995 and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Recognition Award in 2007. Professor Manns has a long-term research interest in liver diseases with a main focus on viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplantation, regenerative medicine, and cell therapy. He has published more than 1000 articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nature, Nature Medicine, Cell, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology among others ranks among the top 1% of most cited researchers since 2014 (according to Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics).
Professor Manns is founder and chairman of HepNet, a national network of competence on viral hepatitis and the German Liver Foundation and co-chairs the Lancet-EASL commission on liver diseases in Europe. His engagement with national and European societies spans from positions such as President of the German Society of Gastroenterology (DGVS), the German Association for the Study of the Liver (GASL), and the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM). In UEG he was a member of the Scientific Committee and from 2016-2017 served as UEG President during which time he has further enhanced UEG’s reputation as the European umbrella organisation covering digestive health and as a leading voice in global gastroenterology and hepatology.
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!
The nomination period for 2022 candidates has now ended.
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
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