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

Apply by April 21, 2020.



Research Prize Awardee 2019: Silvio Danese

Silvio Danese is awarded the distinguished UEG Research Prize 2019 for his outstanding project “The gut virome as a trigger for IBD: from metagenomics to pathogenesis”.

His main research area of interest is the investigation of the fundamental mechanisms underlying IBD pathogenesis, while his daily clinical activity is related to IBD service. He is actively involved in many international clinical trials in IBD and has published more than 400 papers in several journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Gastroenterology, Gut, Journal of Clinical Investigation. 

He is a member of many organizations related to the IBD field, including the European Crohn´s and Colitis Organization (ECCO), of which he has been President since February 2018. 

Silvio Danese is a Gastroenterologist at Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan, and Professor in Gastroenterology at Humanitas University, Italy. He is Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center in the Division of Gastroenterology. Silvio Danese trained in Gastroenterology at Policlinico Gemelli, Rome and graduated as a PhD, working from 2001 to 2004 in Dr. Claudio Fiocchi’s laboratory at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 

  • 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 (2017, 2018 and/or 2019).
  • There must be at least 5 years between the receipt of the prize and the planned retirement of the awardee.
  • Applications from departments that received a grant in the previous 5 years (2015-2019) will not be accepted.
  • The prize will be awarded to the same recipient only once.

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Applicants will be informed about the status of their application by end of April, 2020.

  • 2018 - Professor 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 - Professor Jesper Lagergren, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden
    Research Project: “The aetiology, prevention and treatment of oesophageal cancer”
    Watch the interview with Jesper Lagergren.

  • 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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