Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD
Director, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience (CNSR)
Co-Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center
Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases Division of Digestive Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Mayer received his MD/PhD degree from the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich, Germany, completed 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 the bidirectional communication between the brain and the gut in health and disease. He is recognized as one of the leading investigators in the world of brain gut microbiome interactions in GI disorders, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders and obesity. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1989.
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.