UCC’s Professor Fergus Shanahan, MD, FACG, was awarded the prestigious “David Sun” Lecture at the American College of Gastroenterology annual Postgraduate course in San Diego recently.
Some 2,500-3,000 people attended his lecture titled “Gut Microbes: From Bugs to Drugs.”
The David Sun Lectureship in Postgraduate Education was established by Mrs Sun in memory of her husband, Dr David Sun, an outstanding gastroenterologist and investigator. The Lecturer, with a distinguished background in gastroenterology or an allied field, is chosen in recognition of his/her contribution to science and clinical medicine.
Fergus Shanahan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCC and Director of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), a UCC/Teagasc Research Centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry, focusing on gastrointestinal health and development of therapies for debilitating disorders such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and food poisoning (http://apc.ucc.ie).
Presenting the award, Professor Eamonn Quigley, the first non-American President of the American College of Gastroenterology and Professor of Medicine & Human Physiology at UCC, said: “Fergus’s timely lecture was a showpiece for Irish research and was received with great enthusiasm by the huge audience. It was the right lecture at the right time, given that this topic has become so hot in gastroenterology. It was very appropriate also after the very successful joint conference of the American College of Gastroenterology and Irish Society of Gastroenterology held in Killarney recently while Fergus was President of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology.”
Picture shows: American College of Gastroenterology President, Professor Eamonn Quigley, presenting a plaque to Professor Fergus Shanahan on the occasion of his delivering the "David Sun" lecture.2nd November 2009