Research Prize

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 crucial impact on digestive health.

Complete criteria for applicants and selection process.

Application is closed. Applicants will be informed about the status of their application by the end of June 2018



  • Active, well-established senior researchers at the height of their active career, whose science has had or will have 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.
  • Recipients must have been mentioned at least once as (co-)author of an abstract submitted to UEG Week in the past 3 years (2016, 2017 and/or 2018).
  • There must be at least 5 years between the receipt of the prize and the planned retirement of the awardee.
  • The prize will be awarded to the same recipient only once.

Jesper Lagergren is awarded the distinguished UEG Research Prize 2017 for his outstanding project “The aetiology, prevention and treatment of oesophageal cancer”. The overarching goal of his research is to improve clinical practice and to contribute with an improved prognosis to future patients’ survivorship.

The prize money will support him to extend his research projects towards large-scale and well-designed studies and with these prerequisites given, Professor Lagergren aims to positively influence clinical decision-making.

Jesper Lagergren, is currently serving as Professor and Consultant of Surgery at the department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2016, he is also member of the Nobel Assembly. In parallel, he is Professor and Chair of Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer at King's College London and Honorary Consultant of Surgery at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. He is leading collaborating research groups at Karolinska Institutet and King’s College.

Professor Jesper Lagergren is an internationally renowned surgeon. His research focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of oesophageal and gastric cancer and related disorders, such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and obesity. He has been author of nearly 300 peer reviewed scientific articles.

Watch the interview with Jesper Lagergren.

Presentations from UEG Week 2017 can be found on UEG Week 24/7.

  • 2017 - Professor Jesper Lagergren, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden
    Research Project: “The aetiology, prevention and treatment of oesophageal cancer”

  • 2016 - Professor 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 - Professor Jan Tack,University of Leuven, Belgium
    Research Project: “Role of nutrients and tastants in determining the gastric accommodation (G
    A) reflex and the control of meal volume tolerance in health and disease"
  • 2014 - Professor 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 - Professor 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 - Professor Ludvig M. Sollid, University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, Norway
    Research Project: “Antibody Response in Coeliac Disease”

  • 2011 - Professor 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"

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

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UEG Research Board


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