Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD, FRCPI, DCH, AGAF, was awarded the Senior Investigator, Pediatric Science Award at the 9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in early April. Dr. Jadcherla is one of five investigators to receive a research award from The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFHD). IFFHD presents research awards to investigators who have completed an MD or PhD, who has demonstrated a record of research activities and are currently active in investigating basic or clinical aspects of functional GI or motility disorders.
IFFGD initiated its research awards program in 2003. Since then, the foundation has given 30 research awards to both new and established investigators who have a record of research interest in basic mechanisms or clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.
IFFGD Research Award recipients are determined by a Selection Committee comprised of internationally recognized experts in the field. The awards are presented to active investigators who are striving to broaden the medical community's understanding of functional gastrointestinal or motility disorders while laying the foundation for more and better treatment options for patients.
“The program was developed to encourage young investigators to focus on functional GI and motility disorders and to acknowledge more senior investigators for their contributions to the field,” said Nancy Norton, founder and president of IFFGD.
Dr. Jadcherla is an attending Neonatologist, affiliated with the sections of Neonatology and Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and director of The Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is a principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Jadcherla’s research focuses on maturational and dysfunctional mechanisms of neonatal feeding disorders. His clinical research works to define the mechanisms of feeding failure and airway compromise in developing infants and to pave the way for objective evidence-based diagnosis and therapeutic intervention particularly in neonatal dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and chronic lung disease of infancy. The Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program at Nationwide Children’s strives to improve feeding related quality of life among high risk neonates, lowers burden of care and hospital costs.
Based in Milwaukee, International Foundation Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) is a non-profit education and research organization that addresses issues surrounding life with functional GI and motility disorders. IFFGD helps improve care by enhancing awareness, education and promoting research into treatments and cures for digestive disorders.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Dr. Jadcherla resides in New Albany, Ohio.