Research Prize

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UEG Research Prize

UEG awards € 100,000 each year 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 2023 is open until April 17, 2023.


Research Prize

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 (2018, 2019, and/or 2020). 
  • 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 (2016-2020) will not be accepted.  
  • The prize will be awarded to the same recipient only once.
  • 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
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Neil Henderson wins UEG Research Prize 2022

Neil Henderson is awarded the distinguished UEG Research Prize 2022 for his outstanding project “Using integrated single cell genomics and spatial transcriptomics approaches to identify the key therapeutic targets driving the progression of human NASH”.

The exciting and novel vision of his proposal is to unravel the complexity of how the multiple cell lineages inhabiting the human NASH fibrotic niche interact to regulate and drive the progression of human liver fibrosis . In the outlined research project, he aims to investigate the dynamic cellular composition of the human liver fibrotic niche during NASH-induced fibrosis progression, and whether relevant therapeutic targets change dependent on fibrosis stage. 

Over the last twenty years, Prof. Henderson has used basic science combined with translational research approaches to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving liver fibrosis. His work has been recognised by the award of prestigious prizes and invited lectures such as the United European Gastroenterology Rising Star Award (2014) and the Hans Popper Basic Science State-of-the-Art Lecture, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (2021).

Neil Henderson is a group leader/Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, investigating to harness single cell genomics and spatial transcriptomics approaches to decode human liver fibrosis.

Watch the talk of Neil Henderson at UEG Week 2022.

Research Prize Awardee 2022
  • Past awardees
Past awardees

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”
Watch his presentation given at UEG Week 2019

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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