IBS/functional gastrointestinal and motility/gut-brain interaction research is being done all over the world at numerous academic medical centers in diverse countries on every continent.  Some have specific IBS or functional GI programs. Others conduct their research within the context of larger departments and disciplines like gastroenterology, neurology, psychology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine, chronic pain, pharmacology, dietetics, etc. Still others have individual researchers, clinicians or faculty members who are interested in or are recognized by their professional peers for groundbreaking work related to IBS or disorders of gut-brain interaction in general. Many senior-level experts have lived and worked in more than one country or collaborated with colleagues in various nations over the course of their careers, while other researchers are students or promising junior faculty members. It would be impossible to provide a complete list of every individual researcher, facility or country, but here are links to many of those with easily accessible websites in English for some of the countries and regions from which this site receives many visitors. To read the full blog post from which this page is adapted, see Yes, Researchers All Over the World Are Actually Studying Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

In the United States: The University of North Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, UCLA G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, Cedars-Sinai GI Motility ProgramNorthwestern University, University of Michigan Functional Bowel Disorders Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, State University of New York at Buffalo Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Boston University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard University), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Dartmouth College), Vanderbilt University Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Program, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University), Houston Methodist Hospital (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian, Texas A&M and the University of Houston), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, Marshall University.

In Canada: University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Ottawa,  McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Calgary, University of Alberta

In the United Kingdom: University of Nottingham, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of Leeds,  Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Kings College, London, Health Psychology,

In Ireland: University College, Cork, Trinity College, Dublin,  National University of Ireland, Galway

In Australia: Monash University, University of Newcastle, Macquarie University, University of Sydney, University of Adelaide,  Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia

In New Zealand: University of Otago

The GENIEUR.EU network composed of members from 24 European countries, Australia, Chile, Israel and the United States to study genetic influences in IBS. In most countries, researchers from several different universities, institutes or hospitals are involved.

Current and former presidents and board members of the Rome Foundation from 12 countries.

Current scientific advisory board of IFFGD from 10 countries

 IMAGINE (Inflammation, Microbiome, and Alimentation: Gastro-Intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects) Chronic Disease Network is studying irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research of the Canadian Institute of Health Research. This nationwide network currently includes 17 academic medical centers and 75 researchers.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 4 Big Questions
by Michelle Grayson, senior supplements editor
Nature, 19 May 2016

Article preview is open access; includes detailed chart of 4 major areas of current IBS research.

Last update to Research page and all links verified: December 2023