Director, Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress
Dr. Mayer received is MD/PhD degree from the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich, Germany, did his residency at the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, and his GI fellowship training at the UCLA/VA Wadsworth Training Program. Dr. Mayer has a career long interest in clinical and research aspects of brain body interactions, with a longstanding focus on brain gut interactions in health and disease. Besides being a widely recognized expert for functional GI disorders, he is also recognized as one of the leading investigators in the world of chronic visceral pain and of the brain gut axis.
Dr. Mayer has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1989. He is currently PI of a NIH Center grant on sex differences in functional GI disorders, on a consortium grant of brain bladder interactions, and on two RO1 grant, one on brain gut interactions in IBS, and one on the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy on the brain. He has published 330 peer reviewed articles in the leading GI and Neuroscience journals, including 100 reviews and book chapters and has co-edited three books. He is currently working on a lay book on the interactions between the gut micro biome and the brain. Dr. Mayer is the director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, and co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center. He was a regular member of the NIDDK CIMG study section from 2010-2015, has been president of the Functional Brain Gut Group, and Associate Editor of Gastroenterology.