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The Brain-Gut Interactions Laboratory has been strongly dedicated to the mentoring of postdoctoral PhD and MD fellows for decades, and has contributed to the training of the first generation of successful PhD and clinician-scientist neurogastroenterologists. This dedication is exemplified by Dr. Taché receiving the Mentoring Award from the American Gastroenterological Association Council of Neurogastroenterology & Motility (research section) during the 2013 Digestive Diseases Week in Orlando. (Story in Beyond the Scope Spring 2013). Dr. Taché also was asked to contribute an article titled Personal Perspective on Mentoring to a section on mentoring, education and training in an issue of the Gastroenterology journal. She serves as co-director of the NIH DK007180 T32 research training grant directed by Dr. Dennis Jensen.

Past trainees

The Brain-Gut Interactions Laboratory has provided mentoring in neurogastroenterology to more than 60 trainees who come from 17 countries: Japan (16), France (10), USA (9), Germany (6), Canada (5), China (4), South Korea (3), Spain (3), Hungary (3), UK (2), Austria (2), Poland (1), Ukraine (1), Democratic Republic of Congo (1), Ethiopia (1), Turkey (1), Taiwan (1) and Norway (1). Many of these trainees now hold leadership positions and are pursuing research and teaching careers in basic and clinical departments at their universities of origin, or in pharmaceutical industries.

Past trainees include:

  • Ana Cristina Da Silva Gomes, PhD: University of Bergen, Norway
  • Maria Dolores Barrachina, PhD: Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Bruno Bonaz, MD, PhD: Professor, Hepato-Gastroenterology Division, University Hospital, Grenoble, France
  • Tamer Coskun, MD, PhD: Senior Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company, Carmel, California
  • Guillaume Gourcerol, MD, PhD: Professor, Department of Physiology, Digestive Tract Research Group (ADEN EA 4311) and European Institute for Peptide Research (IFRMP23), University Hospital of Rouen, Rouen, France
  • Toshio Ishikawa, MD, PhD: Professor, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Chiba, Japan
  • Michèle Gué, PhD: Professor, University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
  • Hiroshi Kaneko, MD, PhD: Professor, Biopsychosocial Medicine, Hoshigaoka Maternal Hospital, Nagoya, Japan
  • Marcel Miampamba, PhD: Associate Director, In-Vivo Pharmacology Avelas Biosciences, San Diego
  • Vincent Martinez, DMV, PhD: Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Mulugeta Million, DVM, PhD: Professor, Department of Medicine, Digestive Disease Division, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Hubert Mönnikes, MD, PhD: Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, Martin-Luther-Krankenhaus, Berlin, Germany
  • Agatha Mulak, MD, PhD: Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland; Council Member of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
  • Ted Pappas, MD: Vice Dean for Medical Affairs, Duke University School of Medicine; Distinguished Professor of Surgical Innovation and Chief, Division of Advanced Oncologic and GI Surgery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Helen Raybould, PhD: Professor and Former Chair, Department of Physiology, UC Davis, Davis, California
  • Gerard Thiefin, MD: Head of Multidisciplinary Medical-Surgical Department at Reims University Hospital and Teacher-Researcher, CNRS, Reims, France
  • Masashi Yoneda, MD, PhD: Professor and Chair, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Aichi Medical University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Andreas Stengel, MD, PhD: Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany
  • Ganna Tolstanova, PhD: Associate Professor, Kiev National Shevchenko University, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Lixin Wang, MD, PhD: Research Physiologist, VA West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California