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Imran Aziz awarded the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Rising Star Award 2021

Updated on: 29 Mar 2021   First published on 25 Jan 2021

Imran AzizWe’re delighted to share the news that BSG member Imran Aziz has been awarded the highly prestigious United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Rising Star Award 2021!

This extremely competitive two-stage process involves the most promising young academic clinician scientists from across the country being selected by their national gastroenterology societies (e.g. BSG), and then put forward for the UEG scientific committee who then select the very best from across Europe. Imran has been awarded the rising star on the basis of his excellent academic track record and ongoing high-calibre work within the field of functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Very few individuals receive such an international accolade and are recognised leaders within their field, and this is a testament to all the hard work Imran has put in over the last decade. The award has filled us and his colleagues in Sweden with immense pride. We’re sure you will all feel the same in congratulating him on this fantastic achievement. They may be the only unit in the UK to have done this twice.

We’re not only delighted for him but it also brings further international recognition and accolades to their directorate as a whole. It is also very good news for the patients of Sheffield. Hopefully when restrictions are over he and his team can go out and celebrate his success properly.

For those who are interested in the details, please have a look at the UEG Rising Star Awards website. We hope for more to be successful from their directorate in the future.


Biography

Dr Imran Aziz

Dr Imran Aziz qualified in Medicine (Honours) from the University of Sheffield in 2004. He then undertook general medical and specialist gastroenterology training until 2016, whilst also completing a post-graduate degree on functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs), such as irritable bowel syndrome. Following this, Imran undertook a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in FGIDs at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He returned back to Sheffield in October 2018 as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist. He conducts multi-collaborative clinical research trials focusing on improving the lives of patients with FGIDs, whilst also supervising medical and PhD students. His work has subsequently been published in major journals, with him lecturing both nationally and internationally.

Dr Aziz has recently been awarded the highly prestigious United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Rising Star Award 2021. This extremely competitive two-stage process involves the most promising young academic clinician scientist from across the country being selected by their national gastroenterology societies, and then put forward for the UEG scientific committee – who then select the very best from across Europe. Imran has been awarded the rising star on the basis of his excellent academic track record and ongoing high-calibre work within the field of FGIDs. Dr Imran Aziz has commented “It’s a surreal feeling to have received this amazing award. Such humbling accolades are only possible when patients and colleagues team up to do the very best research, so I hope we continue on this journey together to make a difference. They also require inspirational role models and mentors, and I have been blessed to have had Professor David Sanders (Sheffield) and Magnus Simren (Gothenburg, Sweden) supporting me over the years. I am extremely grateful to be part of a wonderful and vibrant team.”

Professor David Sanders, Head of the Academic Department of Gastroenterology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, commented, “This is a truly fantastic achievement. Very few individuals receive such an international accolade and are recognised leaders within their field, and this is a testament to all the hard work Imran has put in over the last decade. The award has filled me, the local gastroenterology team, and his other colleagues in Sweden with immense pride. Following our recent Centre of Excellence award from the World Endoscopy Organisation, this brings further international recognition and accolades to our directorate as a whole, and is very good news for the patients of Sheffield. I hope his success will also inspire the next generation of clinician scientists.”


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