Fiocchi Celebrated for Exceptional Research Mentorship


Claudio Fiocchi, MD, Lerner Research Institute Department of Inflammation and Immunity, has been honored by the American Gastrological Association's Section on Immunology, Microbiology & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IMIBD) with its Research Mentor Award.

The award will be presented as part of the IMIBD abstract plenary session during "Digestive Disease Week" June 2-5, 2018 in Washington, DC. He joins a select group of 13 national honorees from the AGA Sections this year.

The prestigious award recognizes AGA members who have made lifelong efforts dedicated to mentoring trainees in gastroenterology. As Dr. Fiocchi also holds a joint appointment in Cleveland Clinic's Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, his lab—which investigates immune events related to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis—offers trainees basic and clinical research perspectives.

Bioinformatics tools are now used to query and integrate the many complex factors in gastrointestinal disorders—including genomic, epigenomic, transriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and microbiome information—to build a comprehensive molecular map of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). He coined the term "IBD Interactome" to describe the underlying disease network.

Among his many publications are novel results co-authored with colleagues and trainees in such journals as Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology and Hepatology, New England Journal of Medicine, Gut, and, of course, Gastroenterology. Dr. Fiocchi serves in editorial capacities for such journals as the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.