Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been honored with the Steven C. Beering Award for his seminal contributions to establishing the field of human microbiome research. His research has revealed a vital relationship between the tens of trillions of microbes that live in the human gut and a person’s health status.
Members of Gordon’s lab have focused on addressing the global health challenges of obesity and childhood malnutrition by developing a new understanding of the interactions between dietary ingredients and gut microbes. They also are developing new approaches to promote the healthy assembly of the gut microbial community during the first several years of life, when building such communities appears to be essential to good health.
Gordon, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, received the award Sept. 20, from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Established in 1983, the Beering Award is given annually to an individual whose research contributions have led to outstanding advances in the biomedical sciences. The award is named for Steven C. Beering, MD, who served as dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and later led Purdue University for 17 years as its president. Six past Beering awardees later received Nobel Prizes.
“It is a great honor to receive this award, which recognizes the work of an inspiring group of talented PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and staff who have worked in the lab over the years, and the many wonderful collaborators who we have been fortunate enough to interact with during this period,” Gordon said.
The original news release was published at Washington University’s New Hub: Gordon receives Beering Award