Visiting Research Professorship

The CAG Visiting Research Professorship is offered annually (though not awarded each year) to a member of CAG who is a proven teacher and an outstanding researcher. This award allows a member, who is an outstanding researcher, to visit six or more centres across the country. The CAG will support air travel and the host centres will be responsible for associated visit costs. The CAG Visiting Research Professor is available as a benefit to CAG members, largely in academic institutions. For information on scheduling a visit to your centre please contact Joanne Ardron (CAG National Office).

 

2019-2020 Award Recipient

Dr. Samantha Gruenheid, McGill University

Montréal, QC

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2018-2019 CAG Visiting Research Professor

Dr. Premysl Bercik, MD

Dr. Bercik graduated as MD from Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia. He obtained his doctorate degree from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied neural control of gastrointestinal motility. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University focusing on animal models of functional gastrointestinal diseases.

Currently, he is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and director of Complex Motility and Celiac Clinics at McMaster University. His basic and clinical research, funded by CIHR and NIH, investigates the role of intestinal bacteria in gut-brain axis signaling, and its relevance to functional gastrointestinal and gluten-related disorders. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers, with current h-index of 38.

 

Potential topics of presentation:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome: the role of diet and gut microbiota
  • Microbiota-gut-brain axis: from gut dysfunction to anxiety and depression

 

Selected publications:

De Palma G, Blennerhassett P, Lu J, Deng Y, Park AJ, Green W, Denou E, Silva MA, Santacruz A, Sanz Y, Surette MG, Verdu EF, Collins SM, Bercik P. Microbiota and host determinants of behavioural phenotype in maternally separated mice. Nature Communications 2015; 6:7735.


Pinto-Sanchez MI, Ford AC, Avila CA, Verdu EF, Collins SM, Morgan D, Moayyedi P, Bercik P. Anxiety and depression increase in a stepwise manner in parallel with multiple FGIDs and symptom severity and frequency. The American Journal of Gastroenterology 2015; 110(7):1038-48.


De Palma G, Lynch MD, Lu J, Dang VT, Deng Y, Jury J, Umeh G, Miranda PM, Pigrau Pastor M, Sidani S, Pinto-Sanchez MI, Philip V, McLean PG, Hagelsieb MG, Surette MG, Bergonzelli GE, Verdu EF, Britz-McKibbin P, Neufeld JD, Collins SM, Bercik P. Transplantation of fecal microbiota from patients with irritable bowel syndrome alters gut function and behavior in recipient mice. Science Translational Medicine 2017; 9(379).


Pinto-Sanchez MI, Hall GB, Ghajar K, Nardelli A, Bolino C, Lau JT, Martin FP, Cominetti O, Welsh C, Rieder A, Traynor J, Gregory C, De Palma G, Pigrau M, Ford AC, Macri J, Berger B, Bergonzelli G, Surette MG, Collins SM, Moayyedi P, Bercik P. Probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 reduces depression scores and alters brain activity: A pilot study in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gastroenterology 2017;153(2):448-459.

Please submit this form if you are interested in having Dr. Bercik visit your centre.

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Application Process

Step One: Nomination - Deadline is August 31 11:59 PM ET

Nominators are required to submit an online nomination form. Nominators must be CAG members.

Submission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE that you must submit the online application form INCLUDING uploading of all required documents (in .pdf format), in one single step; you are not able to save your application and return to it at a future date, rather it must be completed all at one time.

During your completion of the nomination form you will be asked to upload required documentation; you must have these .pdf documents prepared, finalized, and ready to upload when you begin the online form.
1. Letter of Support
2. CV of the Nominee

Upon successful submission you will be directed to a webpage that confirms the successful submission and within a short period of time you will receive an email from the CAG National Office confirming receipt of your submission. If this does not occur, please contact the CAG National Office immediately.

 

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Step Two: Review

CAG Research Affairs will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Board, who will make the final decision regarding recipients. Selection will be based on the research records of candidates.

Step Three: Approval

Only the award recipient will be notified via email. The award is presented at CDDW™.

Previous Award Recipients