Research Prize

UEG Research Prize 2021

UEG awards € 100,000 each year for excellence in basic science, translational or clinical research.

By donating 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 is closed. Applicants will be informed by June 2021.

Research Prize Awardee 2019 - Silvio Danese

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.

Stefan Schreiber wins UEG Research Prize 2020

Stefan Schreiber is awarded the distinguished UEG Research Prize 2020 for his outstanding project “Therapeutic mechanisms of controlled-ileocolonic-release nicotinamide (CICR-NAM) in IBD”.

His research interests include the molecular genetics and pathophysiology of chronic intestinal inflammation, the clinical development of new therapies for IBD and the discovery of mechanisms that control ageing. He is joint editor of some famous international journals in IBD and genetics and he has to his credit more than 950 original publications in different leading scientific journals.

He is a member of many organizations, such as the American Gastroenterological Association, the European Society of Clinical Investigation, the Scientific Committee of the German Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, the German Society for Internal Medicine and the German Society for Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Disorders. Stefan Schreiber is the director of the Department of Internal Medicine I and head of the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology, both at Kiel University. He is also the speaker of the German DFG cluster of excellence “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation” (PMI).

Awardee presentation on occasion of UEG Week Virtual 2020

Research Prize 2020 Stefan Schreiber
  • Past awardees
Past awardees

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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Application is open until April 30, 2021

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