Michael Gershon Wins AGA Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic Science

March 10, 2022

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recently recognized Michael Gershon, MD, professor of pathology and cell biology, with the AGA Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic Science, for his major accomplishments in basic science research, which have significantly contributed to the understanding of the enteric nervous system. 

Created in 1968, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic Science recognizes an individual whose accomplishments in basic research have significantly advanced the science and practice of gastroenterology. Since 2013, the prize has been awarded annually.

There have been few if any areas of enteric neurobiology that have not been influenced by Dr. Gershon’s research, who is considered by many to be the “father of enteric neurobiology.” Dr. Gershon’s discoveries around the role serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) plays in intestinal physiology have led to the development and application of some of the most commonly used drugs in the field of gastroenterology for treating adult gut motility disorders. Overall, his work has produced 437 peer-reviewed papers, influential reviews and his best-selling book “The Second Brain,” published in 1998. 

Congratulations to Dr. Gershon!