Professor Fergus Shanahan

Gastroinestinal Immunology

Host-bacterial interactions in the gut

Under (medical) graduate

1975 Dillon Memorial Prize for Pharmacology & Therapeutics, NUI, University College Dublin

1975 First Place, Irish Inter-University Clinico-Pathology Competition (team member)

1976 Leonard Prize (Medicine), Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

1977 Gold Medal in Medicine, Mater Misericordiae Hospital,  Dublin, Ireland


Post (medical) graduate

  • Travelling Studentship in Medicine of National University of Ireland (1982-1984).
  • Canadian Foundation for Ileitis/Colitis 'Promising Young Investigator' Award. 1982
  • AGA Research Training Award.  (June/85-July/86)
  • State-of-the-art Lecture & Medal, the Irish Society of Gastroenterology:  Lecture title:  'Inflammatory bowel disease: modern concepts of pathogenesis & treatment', November 1993.
  • The 35th Graves Lecture & Medal sponsored by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and Health Research Board of Ireland.  Lecture title:  "Inflammatory bowel disease: from molecular mechanisms to new therapeutic strategies" Dublin, March 8, 1995
  • State-of-the-Art Lecture, American Gastroenterological Association, DDW Orlando May 1999.  “Pathogenetic insights and new therapies in inflammatory bowel disease”
  • UCLA Schwabe annual invitational lecture “IBD – an internet of genes, bacteria and T cells.’ and Arthur D. Schwabe visiting lectureship, University of California at Los Angeles, USA (June 28th, 2000).
  • Sidney Truelove Lecture. “Probiotics – treatment of the future”. Oxford Sept 11, 2000.
  • State-of-the-Art Lecture, American Gastroenterological Association, DDW Atlanta May 2001.  “Non-endoscopic diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease”
  • State-of-the-Art Lecture, American Gastroenterological Association, DDW, San Francisco May 2002.  “Cellular and Molecular Basis of Probiotic Effects in Intestinal Disorders”
  • Melrose Lecture at Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow 2003 "Role of Bacteria in IBD"
  • 36th annual Kushlan Lecture and visiting professorship Yale school of medicine, New Haven, Feb 2nd, 2005 "Making Microbes work for Mankind".

Qualifications: MD, BSc, FRCPI, FRCP (UK), FACP, FRCP(C)


Additional Roles:

Director of Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork

Director of BioSciences Institute, University College Cork

Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist, Cork University Hospital


Brief Outline of Previous Posts:

1991 - 1993 Director, UCLA Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programme
1989 - 1993  Associate Prof. of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 
1985 - 1993  Medical staff attending physician, UCLA Center for the Health Sciences 
1985 - 1991 Co-Director, UCLA Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programme 
1987 - 1989  Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCLA 
1985 - 1987  Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCLA 
1983 - 1985  Fellowship Gastroenterology, UCLA 
1981 - 1983  Fellowship Immunology, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada 

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