Research Prize

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UEG Research Prize

In 2024, UEG will award € 50,000 for excellence in basic science, translational or clinical research. 

With this prize we support a future scientific research project from early stage to successful conclusion. The prize addresses well-established researchers at the height of their active career, whose science has had or will have a crucial impact on digestive health.

Application for the Research Prize 2024 is open until March 1, 2024.

Target group
  • Active, well-established senior researchers at the height of their active career, whose science has had or will have a crucial impact on digestive health.
  • Applicants should be leading a substantial research group and their work should be conducted predominantly in Europe.
  • The work should have been supported by substantial peer reviewed grants through internationally recognised research councils, research charities or industrial partners.
  • Applicants must have been mentioned at least once as (co-)author of an abstract submitted to UEG Week - or have been awarded as Rising Stars - in the past 3 years (2021, 2022, and/or 2023). 
  • Applicants must commit to deliver the agreed research within the stipulated time frame. 
  • Applications from departments that received a Research Prize in the previous 5 years (2019-2023) will not be accepted.  
  • The prize will be awarded to the same recipient only once.
  • This prize is open to all myUEG Associates.  
  • We encourage candidates from all digestive health fields to apply.
  • For further details, read our application criteria.
How to apply

To apply, please follow these steps: 

Download official call & criteria
Download application form  


Michael Bretthauer wins UEG Research Prize 2023

Michael Bretthauer, is Professor of Medicine at the University of Oslo and Gastroenterologist at Oslo University Hospital. He is also an Associate Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine and chair of the Clinical Research Center, Department of Transplantation Medicine at Oslo University Hospital.

Michael Bretthauer’s main clinical activities are in gastrointestinal endoscopy, especially in colonoscopy and colorectal cancer and polyps. His main research interests include clinical trials and clinical epidemiology in gastroenterology. He is a lead investigator for several large-scale international clinical trials in colorectal cancer screening and surveillance, such as the Nordic-European Initiative on Colorectal Cancer and the European Polyp Surveillance trials. Michael Bretthauer has published more than 300 scientific articles and his current H-index for citation is 52. 

Together with his wife Mette Kalager, an internationally recognized expert in medical decision making and clinical epidemiology, Michael Bretthauer has since 2012 built up an internationally competitive clinical research environment in Oslo, the so-called Clinical Effectiveness Group. The group has today around 35 active members of academic faculty, PhD and post doc level scientists, clinicians, study nurses and support staff. The group and its partners are running clinical trials and epidemiology studies in gastroenterology across Scandinavia and Europe with altogether more than 400,000 enrolled patients. 

Michael Bretthauer received his award in the UEG Week Opening Plenary. Watch the recording now! 

  • Past awardees
Past awardees

2022: Neil Henderson, University of Edinburgh
Research Project: "Using integrated single cell genomics and spatial transcriptomics approaches to identify the key therapeutic targets driving the progression of human NASH”
Watch the talk of Neil Henderson at UEG Week 2022.

2021: Dirk Haller, TU Munich, Germany
Research Project: “Repurposing mitochondria-protective targets for adjuvant IBD therapy”

2020: Stefan Schreiber, Kiel University, Germany
Research Project: “Therapeutic mechanisms of controlled-ileocolonic-release nicotinamide (CICR-NAM) in IBD”
Watch presentation given at UEG Week Virtual 2020

2019: Silvio Danese, Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan
Research Project: "The gut virome as a trigger for IBD: from metagenomics to pathogenesis”

2018: Cisca Wijmenga, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), The Netherlands
Research Project: "A celiac mucosal barrier-on-chip model to investigate its role in initiation of celiac disease”
Watch the interview with Cisca Wijmenga.
Read more about Cisca Wijmenga and women in UEG in the UEG Journal.

2017: Jesper Lagergren, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden
Research Project: “The aetiology, prevention and treatment of oesophageal cancer”
Watch the interview with Jesper Lagergren.

2016: Ernst J. Kuipers, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Research Project: “Hidden in plain sight: the opportunities for targeted surveillance and intervention for early gastric neoplasia”

2015: Jan Tack,University of Leuven, Belgium
Research Project: “Role of nutrients and tastants in determining the gastric accommodation (GA) reflex and the control of meal volume tolerance in health and disease"

2014: Rebecca Fitzgerald, Medical Research Council, Cancer Cell Unit, and Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge (UK), NIHR Research Professor
Research Project: "Combination of quantifiable genomic assays with a patient friendly non-endoscopic cell retrieval device called Cytosponge™ for management of patients with Barrett’s oesophagus"

2013: Ian Tomlinson, Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford, United Kingdom
Research Project: "The roles of bone morphogenetic protein pathway genes in the normal and neoplastic intestines"

2012: Ludvig M. Sollid, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Research Project: “Antibody Response in Coeliac Disease”

2011: Pierre-Alain Clavien, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
Research Project: “Liver regeneration – extending the potential of the liver after major surgery”

2010: Hans Clevers, Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Research Project: “Develop techniques for ex vivo expansion and transplantation of stem cells from the human intestinal tract"

2009: Jean Frédéric Colombel, Hopital Claude Huriez, Lille,France
Research Project:"ORIGIN: Observing Relatives, Immunity, Genetics and the mIcrobiome before the onset of Crohn’s disease"

2008: Markus Neurath, University of Mainz, Germany
Research Project:"Molecular imaging of the intestinal immune system in IBD"

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