McMaster University

McMaster University

Premysl Bercik, MD

Premysl Bercik

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine


Year of appointment: 2008

Research Areas

  • Functional gastrointestinal diseases
  • Gastrointestinal motility
  • Visceral sensitivity
  • Gut-brain axis


  • The role of low-grade inflammation in the pathophysiology of gut dysfunction
  • The effect of gut inflammation on CNS function and gut-brain axis
  • The role of microbiota in functional GI diseases
  • Development of new techniques to study gastrointestinal motility, including videofluoroscopy image analysis and magnet-tracking
  • The role of antro-pyloro-duodenal coordination in gastroparesis


  • CIHR Grant "Intestinal Microbiota and Gut-Brain Axis". Principle investigators: SM Collins and P Bercik. 2009-2014
  • AFMNet Grant: Determination of the efficacy and substantiation of health claims associated with prebiotics and their use in human nutrition; impacts on human physiology, well-being and gastro-intestinal communities. Co-investigator. Principle investigators: M Kalmokoff. 2009-2013 Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of Canada: "Intestinal Microbiota and the Increased Sensitivity to Colitis in Depression". Principle investigator. 2009-2012
  • Industry sponsored grant: "Effect of N3001 on anxiety and depression in patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS: a pilot study". Principle investigator. Sponsor: Nestec Ltd, Switzerland. 2009-2011
  • McMaster University Department of Medicine Internal Career Award. 2008-2011
  • AFP Internal Career Research Award, Department of Medicine, McMaster University. 2008-2011
  • Industry sponsored grant: "Mechanisms of action of N3001 on the gut-brain axis". Co-investigator. Sponsor: Nestec Ltd, Switzerland. 2008-2010
  • Evaluation of effects of probiotics on gut and brain. Co-investigator, PI: SM Collins. Sponsor: Nestle Research Institute 2008-2009
  • Effect of probiotics on anxiety and depression in patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS. Principal Investigator. Nestle Research Institute. 2008-2009
  • Hamilton Health Sciences Young Investigator Research Award. 2005
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