Lifetime Achievement Award


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.

Nominate your candidate by June 4, 2024.

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 Headquarters Management . The documents must be submitted as PDF files. Deadline for nominiation is June 4, 2024.

Download the complete nomination criteria

Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2023: Jan Tack

Professor Jan Tack is currently Chief of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division at Leuven University Hospitals (Belgium) and a Professor in Internal Medicine. In 2009, he was the driving force behind the creation of TARGID, the Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders at Leuven University, which evolved to one of the leading gastroenterology research centers in the world. 

His scientific interest focuses on Neurogastroenterology and Motility and includes topics such as the pathophysiology and management of gastrointestinal functional and motor disorders, the physiology and pharmacology of the enteric nervous system, and the role of gastrointestinal hormones in the control of satiation and food intake. With an H-index of 103, he has published more than 900 peer-reviewed articles in the international literature, with over 46000 citations, and he contributed to more than 45 book chapters on various aspects of scientific and clinical gastroenterology.

As a supervisor to more than 45 PhD fellows and 20 postdocs, he has played a key role in their development and career and some of these fellows are now professors at renowned international universities. He has served on many international association boards and currently holds the position of President of the Rome Foundation and President-elect of the European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN). He has been a member of many editorial boards and has won several awards for basic and clinical research in gastrointestinal science. From 2000 until 2005 he became the first non-British Associate Editor for Gut and afterwards assumed the position as Editor-in-chief of Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

During all these times Jan Tack has intensely interacted with UEG. In 2009, he started as a member of the Scientific Committee. In 2012 he became the first Editor-in-Chief of United European Gastroenterology Journal, which he handed over in 2018 after having reached an impact factor of over 3.5 after the first 5 years. In 2015 he received the UEG Research Prize and in 2018, the Leuven team of Jan Tack organized the UEG Basic Translational Course on Neurogastroenterology and Motility and created several UEG online courses.

Watch the recording and relive the award ceremony on occasion of UEG Week Copenhagen.

Past Lifetime Achievement Awardees

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