Professor Aziz completed his undergraduate medical training in his native Pakistan in 1983. After this, he came to the United Kingdom for higher medical training. He started his research career at the University of Manchester and obtained his PhD in 1996. He is now Professor of Neurogastroenterology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor Aziz’s research focuses on understanding the neurophysiological basis of human brain-gut communication. He has made an important contribution to the understanding of how gut pain is processed in the brain, and how both inflammation/injury to gut nerves and psychological factors can lead to the development of chronic gut pain.
Professor Aziz has received national and international awards for his research including the British Society of Gastroenterology Research Gold Medal and the American Gastroenterology Association, Janssen Award for Basic and Clinical Research. He has published numerous original articles in medical journals such as Nature, Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Lancet and Gastroenterology. Until March 2007 he held the position of Chairman, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and is a member of the Association of Physicians and Surgeons of UK and Ireland. He has recently finished his tenure as a member of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility executive committee and also as a member of the United European Gastroenterology Federation education committee.