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http://www.gastro.org/syndication/aga-research-foundation.rss en-us Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 News Clostridium difficile infection, Fecal microbiota transplant, Gut microbiome <p><img alt=”” src=”/about/people/council-sections/Eugene_B._Chang,_MD,_AGAF.jpg” style=”width: 176px; height: 201px; float: right; margin: 10px;” />We all know that antibiotics are a life-saving invention; however, microbiome experts like Eugene B. Chang, MD, AGAF, are concerned about overuse and how this can lead to the destruction of the gut bacteria necessary to maintain many aspects of health.</p> <p>In an interview with&nbsp;<a href=”http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-06-26/antibiotics-screwed-up-my-gut-now-what” target=”_blank”><em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em></a>, Dr. Chang &mdash; who is a scientific advisory board member for the <a href=”/about/initiatives/aga-center-for-gut-microbiome-research-education”>AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education</a>, as well as chair of the <a href=”/about/people/council-sections/microbiome-microbial-diseases-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract”>AGA Institute Council Microbiome &amp; Microbial Diseases in the Gastrointestinal Tract Section</a>&nbsp;&mdash; explains why overuse or careless use of antibiotics are problematic for future gut health and immunity.</p> <p>Dr. Chang notes that <a href=”/patient-care/procedures/fecal-microbiota-transplant-fmt”>fecal microbiota transplantation</a> is a promising treatment to restore healthy microbes in the gut, especially for difficult-to-treat conditions like <a href=”/patient-care/conditions-diseases/clostridium-difficile-infection”><em>C. difficile</em> infection</a>, but that, for now, the most widespread approach for healing the gut is food-based. The<em> <a href=”http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-06-26/antibiotics-screwed-up-my-gut-now-what” target=”_blank”>U.S. News &amp; World Report</a></em><a href=”http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-06-26/antibiotics-screwed-up-my-gut-now-what” target=”_blank”> article</a> continues to provide patients with advice on how diet can be the best intervention for gut health.</p> <p>Dr. Chang&rsquo;s commitment to gut microbiome research began roughly thirty years ago when he received one of AGA&rsquo;s first <a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>Research Scholar Awards</a> through the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>. Since his early microbiome discoveries, Dr. Chang&rsquo;s lab has grown to be a vital source of knowledge around the gut microbiome. His team&rsquo;s current work on the role of diet in altering the gut microbiome will provide clinicians with new information about how microbes affect patients.</p>AGA expert Dr. Eugene Chang spoke to U.S. News & World Report about how antibiotics alter the gut microbiome and the role of diet in restoring gut health. true true false false false 93 true false American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) expert Dr. Eugene Chang spoke to U.S. News &amp; World Report about how antibiotics alter the gut microbiome and the role of diet in restoring gut health. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/connecting-the-dots-between-antibiotics-diet-and-the-gut-microbiome http://www.gastro.org/news_items/connecting-the-dots-between-antibiotics-diet-and-the-gut-microbiome Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p>The <a href=”/foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> has partnered with the Rady Children&rsquo;s Institute of Genomic Medicine to establish the AGA-Rady Children&rsquo;s Institute of Genomic Medicine&nbsp;Research Scholar Award in Pediatric Genomics. This award will support one promising young investigator conducting research that utilizes genomics to enhance our fundamental understanding of childhood digestive diseases.</p> <p>This newly established award will provide $90,000 per year for three years to one investigator. The funded research must be conducted at Rady Children&rsquo;s Institute for Genomic Medicine in San Diego starting July 2018.</p> <p>Stay tuned for additional details and information on how to apply for this grant in summer 2017. More information on this new award is available on the <a href=”https://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/new-award-supports-early-career-investigator-of-childhood-digestive-diseases/” target=”_blank”>Rady Children's Hospital website</a>.</p>AGA is pleased to partner with the Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine to establish a new Research Scholar Award. true false true false false 87 true false AGA is pleased to partner with the Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine to establish a new Research Scholar Award. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/new-research-grant-will-support-pediatric-genomics-research http://www.gastro.org/news_items/new-research-grant-will-support-pediatric-genomics-research Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Press Release Research Funding AGA is thrilled to recognize 52 promising investigators with research funding. <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Contact:</strong> Rachel Shubert<br /> <a href=”mailto:media@gastro.org “>media@gastro.org</a><br /> 301-272-1603</p> <p><strong>Bethesda, MD (April 28, 2017)</strong> &mdash; The <a href=”/foundation”>American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation</a> is thrilled to award 52 researchers with research funding in the 2017 award year.</p> <p>&ldquo;The AGA Research Foundation has a proven track record of funding young investigators who subsequently achieve great success in research. We are confident that the 2017 class will be no exception,&rdquo; said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair, AGA Research Foundation. &ldquo;AGA is honored to invest in this year&rsquo;s award recipients and looks forward to seeing how each research project contributes to advancing the field of gastroenterology.&rdquo;</p> <p>The AGA Research Award Program serves to support talented investigators who are pursuing careers in digestive disease research. A grant from the AGA Research Foundation ensures that a major proportion of the recipient&rsquo;s time is protected for research.</p> <p>The awards program is made possible thanks to generous donors and funders contributing to the AGA Research Foundation. <a href=”https://netforum.gastro.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=AGARFDonation” target=”_blank”>Show your support for GI research</a>.</p> <p>Below are the 2017 AGA Research Foundation award recipients. To learn about upcoming research funding opportunities, visit <a href=”/awards”>www.gastro.org/awards</a>.</p> <p><strong>AGA Research Scholar Award </strong><br /> Silvia Affo, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY<br /> Michael Dougan, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston<br /> Jay Thiagarajah, MBBS, PhD, Boston Children&rsquo;s Hospital, MA</p> <p><strong>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease </strong><br /> Josephine Ni, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia</p> <p><strong>AGA-Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Award in Gastric Cancer </strong><br /> Jose Saenz, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO</p> <p><strong>AGA-Bernard Lee Schwartz Designated Research Scholar Award in Pancreatic Cancer </strong><br /> Florencia McAllister, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston</p> <p><strong>AGA-R. Robert and Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer </strong><br /> Zhibin Chen, MD, PhD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL</p> <p><strong>AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn and Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer </strong><br /> Sahar Nissim, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Hospital, Boston, MA</p> <p><strong>AGA-June and Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award </strong><br /> Kristle Lynch, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia</p> <p><strong>AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award </strong><br /> Gary D. Wu, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia</p> <p><strong>AGA-Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award </strong><br /> Jeannette Messer, DVM, PhD, The University of Chicago, IL</p> <p><strong>AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology </strong><br /> Bani Chander-Roland, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Hofstra School of Medicine,&nbsp;New York, NY</p> <p><strong>AGA-Pfizer Young Investigator Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease </strong><br /> Shrinivas Bishu, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor<br /> David Boone, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis<br /> Sarah Glover, DO, University of Florida, Gainesville</p> <p><strong>AGA-Rome Foundation Functional Gastroenterology and Motility Pilot Research Award </strong><br /> Gianluca Cipriani, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN<br /> Geoffrey Preidis, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX</p> <p><strong>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award </strong><br /> Jennifer Lai, MD, MBA, The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco<br /> Jill Smith, MD, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.</p> <p><strong>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award </strong><br /> Minghua Tang, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora</p> <p><strong>AGA Investing in the Futures Student Research Fellowship </strong><br /> Chandler Brown, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.<br /> Carlos Lodeiro, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine<br /> Alyssa Murillo, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine<br /> Kristeen Onyirioha, University of Texas San Antonio Health Sciences Center<br /> Gabriela Portilla Skerrett, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Puerto Rico<br /> Ray Ramirez, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk<br /> Rani Richardson, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia<br /> Nefertiti Tyehemba, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse<br /> Elsie Ureta, California State University of Los Angeles<br /> Carlos Zavala, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign</p> <p><strong>AGA-Moti L and Kamla Rustgi International Travel Award </strong><br /> Zahra Dantes, PhD, Gastroenterology Laboratory, Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM, Munich, Germany<br /> Magali de Bruyn, PhD, KU Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium</p> <p><strong>AGA-GRG Fellow Abstract of the Year </strong><br /> Parambir Dulai, MBBS, University of California, San Diego</p> <p><strong>AGA-GRG Fellow Abstract Prize</strong><br /> Edward Barnes, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill<br /> Daniel Duncan, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, MA<br /> Amy Engevik, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville<br /> Tossapol Kerdsirichairat, MD, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor<br /> Anne-Marie Overstreet, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis<br /> Shusuke Toden, PhD, Baylor University Medical Center/Baylor Research Institute, Houston<br /> Amy Tsou, MD, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital, MA<br /> Lavanya Viswanathan, MD, MS, Augusta University, GA<br /> Hongtao Wang, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston</p> <p><strong>AGA Student Abstract of the Year </strong><br /> Michael Laffin, MD, University of Alberta, Canada</p> <p><strong>AGA Student Abstract Prize </strong><br /> Lauren Cole, BS, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix<br /> Cindy Law, BSc, University of Ottawa, Canada<br /> Christopher Moreau, BS, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio<br /> Satish Munigala, MBBS, MPH, St. Louis University, MO<br /> Rajiv Perinbasekar, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore<br /> Chung Sang Tse, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN<br /> Anika Ullah, University of California, San Diego<br /> Kathy Williams, MS, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ<br /> Quan Zhou, MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s honorees will be recognized during several AGA Research Foundation events at Digestive Disease Week&reg; 2017, taking place May 6-9 in Chicago, IL.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Institute&nbsp;</h3> <p>The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.<a href=”http://www.gastro.org” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>AGA</a> on Facebook.&nbsp;<br /> <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&amp;gid=915257″ target=”_blank”>Join AGA on LinkedIn</a>.<br /> Follow us on Twitter <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>@AmerGastroAssn</a>.&nbsp;<br /> Check out our <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Research Foundation</h3> <p>The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA&rsquo;s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $47 million in research grants to more than 870 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at <a href=”/foundation”>www.gastro.org/foundation</a>.</p>Sun, 28 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000 false true false false false 85 true AGA is thrilled to recognize 52 promising investigators with research funding. http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/introducing-the-2017-class-of-aga-research-foundation-awardees http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/introducing-the-2017-class-of-aga-research-foundation-awardees Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 News Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Pediatric Gastroenterology <p>Brian J. DeBosch, MD, PhD, a pediatric researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was awarded the AGA-Gilead Sciences Research Scholar Award in Liver Disease at&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.ddw.org”>Digestive Disease Week&reg;&nbsp;(DDW) 2016.</a> Dr. DeBosch is using the award to help fund his study of the hepatic determinants of metabolic diseases, including&nbsp;non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).</p> <p>&quot;This generous award will provide critical protected time to build an outstanding research program focused on hepatic determinants of metabolic diseases, such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus and NAFLD,&quot; Dr. DeBosch said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I care for many patients with NAFLD, which is now the most common chronic liver disease in the world and is on pace to become the number one indication for liver failure and transplantation in the coming decade. The paucity of effective therapies for NAFLD persists, in part, due to lack of clear understanding of normal and deranged hepatic metabolism,&quot; he added.</p> <p>The award, supported by the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>, comes at a key time for Dr. DeBosch, who is transitioning from&nbsp;fellowship and post-doctoral research training to full independence as a GI researcher.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Dr. Brian DeBosch is studying the role of hepatic determinants in metabolic diseases. false false false false false 70 true false Dr. Brian DeBosch is studying the role of hepatic determinants in metabolic diseases. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/pediatric-gi-wins-liver-disease-award http://www.gastro.org/news_items/pediatric-gi-wins-liver-disease-award Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 News Gut microbiome, Innovation, Research Funding <p>The deadline for three research grants from the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> close this week on&nbsp;<strong>Jan. 6, 2017</strong>. Be sure to submit your application online to be considered.</p> <p>All grants with the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/research-funding”>Jan. 6 deadline</a> are open to both established and young investigators:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award</a> will provide $25,000 for one year to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award</a> is a one-year, $25,000 grant supporting pilot research projects in gastroenterology- or hepatology-related areas.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-medtronic-research-development-pilot-award-in-technology”>AGA-Medtronic Research &amp; Development Pilot Award in Technology</a> grant provides $31,000 for one year to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>These grants support pilot research projects in gastroenterology, the gut microbiome and development of novel devices or technologies. true false true false false 68 true false These grants support pilot research projects in gastroenterology, the gut microbiome and development of novel devices or technologies. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/three-research-grants-close-tomorrow http://www.gastro.org/news_items/three-research-grants-close-tomorrow Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Continuing Education, MACRA <p><em>Below is a holiday message from AGA Institute President Tim Wang, MD, AGAF</em></p> <p>Happy holidays from AGA! It is my great pleasure to send you this holiday greeting and share how AGA has been working for you throughout 2016. Looking into the new year, we know these are fluid and challenging times in medicine, with continued consolidation of hospitals and practices, changes in the physician payment system, and now, the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.<br /> <br /> Amidst all of these changes, AGA remains a strong advocate for the entire GI community, including clinicians, researchers and educators.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s how AGA is working for you:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Fighting for changes to MOC.</strong> AGA is pushing for an individualized process that is more relevant to gastroenterologists. Our <a href=”http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/91728831:7kcKHpbkN:m:1:2883745923:C6C6FB83DFF18FD0853F6C035B2D9617:r”>advocacy campaign</a> for implementing changes to maintenance of certification (MOC) continues. Changing the system is a top priority for AGA.</li> <li><strong>Protecting moderate sedation. </strong>Last year, CMS proposed cuts to reimbursement for moderate sedation. After working with many members and our GI sister societies, we <a href=”http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/91728832:7kcKHpbkN:m:1:2883745923:C6C6FB83DFF18FD0853F6C035B2D9617:r”>celebrated news</a> recently that there will be no financial impact for gastroenterologists who perform their own moderate sedation. &bull;</li> <li><strong>Preparing you for MACRA. </strong>In 2017, this policy ramps up the move away from a fee-for-service model. It is time to plan and prepare, and AGA has your back. The most important thing you can do now is focus on quality reporting. Moving forward, AGA is providing thought leadership and tools related to bundled payment models and practice expansions (look for an obesity model in the new year).</li> <li><strong>Supporting quality care</strong>. We all want to provide the best care to patients, and AGA supports clinicians with the<a href=”http://www.gastro.org/guidelines”> best-in-class, GRADE-level clinical guidelines</a> and shorter clinical practice updates, as well as a new suite of tools, the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/patient-care/patientinfo-center”>AGA PatientINFO Center,</a> to help clinicians share decision making with their patients.</li> <li><strong>Fostering discovery. </strong>Thanks to generous donors, the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> awarded more than $2.5 million dollars this year to 66 recipients, including eight research scholars. We are poised to grow our support of investigator-initiated research projects, particularly for early career researchers.</li> <li><strong>Driving innovation. </strong>Through the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/initiatives/aga-center-for-gi-innovation-technology”>AGA Center for GI Innovation &amp; Technology</a>, we help industry move new technology into the clinic. Our <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/initiatives/aga-center-for-gut-microbiome-research-education”>AGA Center for Microbiome Research &amp; Education</a> received an NIH grant to create a registry on the outcomes and utilization of fecal microbiota transplantation. The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/initiatives/aga-center-for-diagnostics-and-therapeutics”>AGA Center for Diagnostics &amp; Therapeutics</a> successfully held the first AGA Drug Development Conference on the therapeutic needs for diseases including EOE, gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia and GERD.</li> <li><strong>Bringing you the best GI journals.</strong> <a href=”http://www.gastrojournal.org/”><em>Gastroenterology</em></a> achieved an all-time high impact factor of 18.2 and <em><a href=”http://www.cghjournal.org/”>Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology</a></em> is now the most-read journal in our specialty for clinical practice information. Our basic science journal, <em><a href=”http://www.cmghjournal.org/”>Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology</a></em>, has been accepted for indexing in PubMed Central, making its research highly discoverable.</li> </ul> <p>I could go on and on, but I'm visiting India for the Indian Society of Gastroenterology's annual meeting, which is just one example of AGA&rsquo;s work around the world to educate GIs. Here in the U.S., I hope to see you at <a href=”http://www.ddw.org/home”>Digestive Disease Week&reg; 2017</a> in Chicago, IL. We&rsquo;re expecting our <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/news_items/save-the-date-2017-aga-postgraduate-course”>2017 AGA Postgraduate Course</a> to be one of the best ever. In the meantime, stop by the new AGA Community, a great spot to make virtual connections with colleagues.</p>Amidst all of the changes that 2016 has brought, AGA remains a strong advocate for the entire GI community, including clinicians, researchers and educators. false true false false false false false Amidst all of the changes that 2016 has brought, AGA remains a strong advocate for the entire GI community, including clinicians, researchers and educators. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/happy-holidays-here-s-how-aga-is-working-for-you http://www.gastro.org/news_items/happy-holidays-here-s-how-aga-is-working-for-you Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Gut microbiome, Innovation, Research Funding <p><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>The AGA Research Foundation</a> offers AGA members numerous funding opportunities to promote research and discovery in gastroenterology. Just after the new year &mdash; <strong>on Jan. 6, 2017</strong> &mdash;three of those opportunities are set to close. The foundation encourages any eligible researcher to submit an application as soon as possible to start your new year off right.</p> <p><strong>All grants with the Jan. 6 deadline are open to both established and young investigators:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award</a> will provide $25,000 for one year to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award</a> is a one-year, $25,000 grant supporting pilot research projects in gastroenterology- or hepatology-related areas.</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-medtronic-research-development-pilot-award-in-technology”>AGA-Medtronic Research &amp; Development Pilot Award in Technology</a> grant provides $31,000 for one year to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease.</li> </ul> <p>Complete information about these and other research awards are available on the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/research-funding”>AGA website</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p>Don’t waste any more time. Submit your application today. false false true false false 67 true false Don’t waste any more time. Submit your application today. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/jan-6-research-grant-deadline-approaching http://www.gastro.org/news_items/jan-6-research-grant-deadline-approaching Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Low-FODMAP Diet <p>Dr. Kyle Staller, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, was awarded one of the 2016 AGA Research Scholar Awards. He shared how he will use the funds from the research award, supported by the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>, to study early life risk factors in relation to IBS in adulthood.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am very grateful to the selection committee for recognizing my work and would like to thank the AGA Research Foundation and its donors for their generous support,&quot; Dr. Staller said.&nbsp;</p> <p>This fall, Dr. Staller <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-members-take-center-stage-at-ueg-week-2016″>presented his IBS research</a>&nbsp;at UEG week in Vienna, Austria, during the &quot;Rising Stars from Europe and the USA&quot; session. Keep reading below to find out more about the impact of the research on Dr. Staller's career.</p> <p><strong>How will this award affect you? </strong><br /> &ldquo;The AGA Research Scholar Award will allow me to evaluate the association of early life risk factors and risk of irritable bowel syndrome in a large, prospective cohort. To achieve this goal, we are undertaking a prospective study of the effect of diet and lifestyle in childhood and adolescence on risk of IBS in adulthood within the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS), a large cohort of 16,882 offspring of participants in the landmark Nurse&rsquo;s Health Study II,&quot; Dr. Staller noted.<br /> <br /> <strong>What does this award mean for your career? </strong><br /> &ldquo;This award will provide me with protected time to continue my work and complement my own research training with my mentor&rsquo;s expertise in chronic disease epidemiology. Moreover, this support is a critical step in allowing me to develop an infrastructure to support future research examining additional lifestyle risk factors for IBS. The rich experience, mentored training, and professional relationships that I will cultivate through this award will also position me to develop additional prospective multicenter cohorts to optimize IBS outcomes, predictive factors and effectiveness of therapy,&quot; he added.</p>Dr. Kyle Staller is researching the effect of diet and lifestyle in childhood in relation to adult-onset IBS. false false true false false 65 true false Dr. Kyle Staller is researching the effect of diet and lifestyle in childhood in relation to adult-onset IBS. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/2016-aga-research-scholar-award-supports-ibs-research http://www.gastro.org/news_items/2016-aga-research-scholar-award-supports-ibs-research Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Press Release Gut microbiome, Research Funding Dr. Wu received the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award for his work studying the impact of diet on the human gut microbiome. <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Contact:</strong> Rachel Shubert<br /> <a href=”mailto:media@gastro.org “>media@gastro.org</a><br /> 301-272-1603</p> <p><strong>Bethesda, MD (Dec. 7, 2016)</strong> &mdash; The <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> and The Dannon Company are pleased to recognize Gary D. Wu, MD, as the recipient of the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award for his project titled: &ldquo;Equol Production as a Model for the Impact of Diet on the Metabolome of the Gut Microbiota in Humans.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award,&rdquo; said Dr. Wu. &ldquo;The resources provided by this award will allow us to investigate models for small molecule generation by the gut microbiota that influence the plasma metabolome of the host. These models will be particularly important to understand the manner by which diet serves as a substrate for the gut microbiota to produce metabolites that ultimately have an impact on human health.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;The impact of the gut microbiome on human health is far-reaching, from benefits to our digestive and immune system to playing a key role as the core of our mind body connection, which is why investments to better understand this unique ecosystem are so critical,&rdquo; said Miguel Freitas, PhD, vice president of scientific affairs at The Dannon Company. &ldquo;Dannon has a long legacy of supporting education and innovative research around probiotics, nutrition and health, and we&rsquo;re pleased to build on that with this new microbiome-related award in partnership with AGA.&rdquo;</p> <p>With this award, Dr. Wu will receive a one-year, $20,000 research initiative grant to support his team&rsquo;s continued exploration into the microbiome, which will have tremendous impact on the future of health care.</p> <p>Dr. Wu is a long-time AGA leader, most recently serving as chair of the <a href=”/about/initiatives/aga-center-for-gut-microbiome-research-education”>AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education</a>. Dr. Wu is a Professor of Medicine, Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Chair in gastroenterology, and Co-Director of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program, at Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Institute&nbsp;</h3> <p>The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.<a href=”http://www.gastro.org” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>AGA</a> on Facebook.&nbsp;<br /> <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&amp;gid=915257″ target=”_blank”>Join AGA on LinkedIn</a>.<br /> Follow us on Twitter <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>@AmerGastroAssn</a>.&nbsp;<br /> Check out our <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Research Foundation</h3> <p>The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA&rsquo;s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $47 million in research grants to more than 870 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at <a href=”/foundation”>www.gastro.org/foundation</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About The Dannon Company</h3> <p>Headquartered in White Plains, New York, Dannon makes yogurt in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT, and Portland, OR, and offers more than 200 different flavors, styles and sizes of cultured refrigerated and frozen dairy products to serve the diverse needs of its retail and foodservice customers. Dannon brings health through food to as many people as possible via its wide offering of delicious and nutritious fresh and frozen yogurts. Dannon is committed to encouraging Americans to eat one yogurt every day with a convenient, popular and nutrient dense food as a simple step that can help Americans achieve healthy dietary patterns. Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, and Danone is the top-selling brand of yogurt worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. For more information, visit <a href=”http://dannon.com” target=”_blank”>dannon.com</a>.</p>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 false true false false false 65 true Dr. Wu received the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award for his work studying the impact of diet on the human gut microbiome. http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-and-the-dannon-company-recognize-microbiome-leader-dr-gary-wu http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-and-the-dannon-company-recognize-microbiome-leader-dr-gary-wu Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Colorectal Cancer, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Motility, Gut microbiome, IBD, Innovation, Motility disorders, Research Funding <p>Are you an early-career or established researcher looking for funding early next year? Eight grant deadlines are approaching in January 2017; make sure you&rsquo;re prepared to submit your application.</p> <p><strong>Jan 6. 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award</a> will provide $25,000 for one year to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award</a> is a one-year grant providing young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents $25,000 to support pilot research projects in gastroenterology-or hepatology-related areas.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-medtronic-research-development-pilot-award-in-technology”>AGA-Medtronic Research &amp; Development Pilot Award in Technology</a> grants $31,000 for one year to investigators to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Jan. 13, 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-rome-foundation-functional-gi-and-motility-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award</a> offers $50,000 for one year to early stage investigators, established investigators, postdoctoral research fellows and combined research and clinical fellows to support pilot research projects pertaining to functional GI and motility disorders.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-microbiome-junior-investigator-research-award”>AGA Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award</a> is a two-year award of $60,000 for junior investigators engaged in basic, translational, clinical or health services research related to the gut microbiome.</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-pfizer-pilot-research-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a> is a one-year, $30,000 award offered to established and young investigators to support pilot research projects related to IBD.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Jan. 20, 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-june-donald-o-castell-md-esophageal-clinical-research-award”>AGA-June &amp; Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award</a> is a one-year, $25,000 grant which provides research and/or salary support for junior faculty involved in clinical research in esophageal diseases.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-caroline-craig-augustyn-damian-augustyn-award-in-digestive-cancer”>AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn &amp; Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer</a> is a one-year, $40,000 award designed to support a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>We are also now accepting applications for the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship”>AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship</a>. This provides 10 awards at $5,000 for underrepresented minority undergraduate and medical school students to perform eight to 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases or nutrition. The deadline to apply is <strong>Feb. 3</strong>.</p>Apply for one of eight available grants from the AGA Research Foundation in January 2017. true false true false false 65 true false Apply for one of eight available grants from the AGA Research Foundation in January 2017. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/2017-research-grants-open-for-applications http://www.gastro.org/news_items/2017-research-grants-open-for-applications Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Motility, Gastric Cancer, Gut microbiome, IBD, Motility disorders, Pancreatic Cancer, Research Funding, Small Intestinal Cancer <p>Round out 2016 by preparing for a 2017 AGA Research Foundation grant. Eight grants are currently open for both established and young investigators, but all will close in January 2017. Make sure you&rsquo;re prepared to submit your application before the deadline.&nbsp;</p> <p>Complete information about these and other research awards is available at the links below and on the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/research-funding”>AGA website</a>. All recipients will be acknowledged at the Research Recognition Celebration at <a href=”http://www.ddw.org”>Digestive Disease Week&reg; 2017</a> in Chicago, IL.</p> <p><strong>Jan 6. 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award</a> will provide $25,000 to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-elsevier-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award</a> is a one-year grant providing young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents $25,000 to support pilot research projects in gastroenterology- or hepatology-related areas.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-medtronic-research-development-pilot-award-in-technology”>AGA-Medtronic Research &amp; Development Pilot Award in Technology</a> grants $31,000 for one year to investigators to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Jan. 13, 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-rome-foundation-functional-gi-and-motility-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award</a> offers $50,000 for one year to early stage investigators, established investigators, postdoctoral research fellows and combined research and clinical fellows to support pilot research projects pertaining to functional GI and motility disorders.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-microbiome-junior-investigator-research-award”>AGA Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award</a> is a two-year award of $60,000 &nbsp;for junior investigators engaged in basic, translational, clinical or health services research related to the gut microbiome.</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-pfizer-pilot-research-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a> is a one-year, $30,000 award offered to established and young investigators to support pilot research projects related to IBD.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Jan. 20, 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-june-donald-o-castell-md-esophageal-clinical-research-award”>AGA-June &amp; Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award</a> is a one-year, $25,000 grant which provides research or salary support for junior faculty involved in clinical research in esophageal diseases.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-caroline-craig-augustyn-damian-augustyn-award-in-digestive-cancer”>AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn &amp; Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer</a> is a one-year, $40,000 award designed to support a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer. &nbsp;</li> </ul>The next batch of research grants from the AGA Research Foundation are open for applications. false false true false false 62 true false The next batch of research grants from the AGA Research Foundation are open for applications. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/apply-for-these-2017-research-grants-before-they-close http://www.gastro.org/news_items/apply-for-these-2017-research-grants-before-they-close Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Recognition, Research Funding <p>Rani Richardson, who is currently a student at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, is the recipient of the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship” target=”_blank”>2016 AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship Award</a>. Richardson is interested in a career that involves integrating and exploring molecular and life sciences to advance modern medicine.<br /> <br /> Using the award, she plans to study the cytoskeletal intermediate filament proteins that are expressed in digestive-type epithelia, allowing her to better understand the molecular basis of GI diseases.<br /> <br /> This award has allowed Richardson to take a tremendous step in reaching her goals. She wants to practice medicine as a physician scientist, but also wants to strengthen the link between research and modern medical practices. She plans to create a career in medical research and develop more ways to make biomedical research meaningful for clinical health-care professionals, and ultimately for patients.<br /> <br /> Richardson thanks AGA and the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> for this fellowship, and said she intends to capitalize on the opportunity to the fullest extent.</p>Richardson is focusing on the molecular basis of GI diseases through her AGA Research Award. false false true false false 61 true false Richardson is focusing on the molecular basis of GI diseases through her AGA Research Award. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/upenn-student-awarded-2016-aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship http://www.gastro.org/news_items/upenn-student-awarded-2016-aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Barrett’s Esophagus, Endoscopy, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal manometry, Esophageal Motility, IBD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Transplantation, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cysts, Pancreatic Disorders, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Research Funding <p>AGA leaders in their respective fields attended the recent <a href=”https://www.ueg.eu/week/” target=”_blank”>UEG Week</a> in Vienna, Austria. There was a record attendance of 13,300&nbsp;with delegates from around the world. AGA members were highlighted in the &quot;Best of <a href=”http://www.ddw.org/home” target=”_blank”>Digestive Disease Week&reg; (DDW) </a>&quot; session, which saw more than 1,000 attendees.</p> <p>AGA President Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, co-chaired the session along with UEG President Michael P. Manns, MD. Other AGA speakers included:</p> <ul> <li>C. Richard Boland, MD, AGAF: GI Oncology</li> <li>Robert J. Fontana, MD: Liver</li> <li>Stuart J. Spechler, MD, AGAF: Esophagus and Upper GI</li> <li>Santhi Swaroop Vege, MD, AGAF: Pancreatic Disorders</li> <li>AGA Education and Training Councillor Deborah D. Proctor, MD: IBD</li> </ul> <p>Additionally, in the &quot;Rising Stars from Europe and the USA'&quot; session&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;co-chaired by Dr. Proctor and UEG Representative Luigi Riccardiello, MD &mdash;&nbsp;AGA Research Scholar Award holder Kyle Staller, MD, and UEG Rising Star 2016 Mira Wouters, MD, of Belgium discussed their latest research into the epidemiology and pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).</p> <p>Dr. Staller spoke about his ongoing research identifying adolescent dietary and lifestyle risk factors that play a role in the development of IBS in adulthood, potentially identifying adolescents at risk for IBS to be targeted for lifestyle interventions.</p>The Best of DDW® and Rising Stars sessions at the October conference highlighted a number of AGA members and their research. false false false false false 61 true false The best of DDW and Rising Stars sessions at the Vienna-based conference highlighted a number of AGA members and their research. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-members-take-center-stage-at-ueg-week-2016 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-members-take-center-stage-at-ueg-week-2016 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>Kimberly Agbo, a first-year medical student at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ, won the&nbsp;2016 AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Agbo discussed the award, presented by the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>, and how it will impact her as a student and in the future.</p> <p><strong>What does this award mean to you?</strong><br /> &ldquo;Winning the AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship has been one of the most exciting things that has happened to me since I entered medical school. To be chosen out of many prestigious applicants is humbling and I truly feel honored.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>How will this award affect you as a student? </strong><br /> &ldquo;This award is going to open a new door for me as a student. I have never had the opportunity to work in a research lab, but I look forward to this rewarding experience. The field of research has always been unknown to me, but now with this award, I will be able to work with a wonderful mentor, Dr. Vincent Yang at Stony Brook University. I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn from Dr. Yang.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>How will it affect your future career? </strong><br /> &ldquo;The skills and experiences that I gain will surely be useful to me throughout my career and catapult me into success. With this award, my future research endeavors may include DO/PhD.&rdquo;</p>The award, presented by the AGA Research Foundation, will provide Abgo with the opportunity to work in a research lab for the first time. false false true false false 55 true false The award, presented by the AGA Research Foundation, will provide Abgo with the opportunity to work in a research lab for the first time. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/kimberly-agbo-awarded-the-2016-aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship http://www.gastro.org/news_items/kimberly-agbo-awarded-the-2016-aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Crohn’s Disease, Gut microbiome, IBD, Research Funding <p>Ana Maldonado-Contreras, MSc, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, is the recipient of the 2016 <a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>AGA Research Scholar Award</a>. With this award from the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>, Dr. Maldonado-Contreras will focus on studying the intricate network of gut microbiota in relation to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).</p> <p>&ldquo;Understanding the link between resident intestinal bacteria and inflammatory response against it in IBD patients is particularly important in order to bridge scientific research findings into actual IBD treatments,&rdquo; Dr. Maldonado-Contreras&nbsp;noted.</p> <p>Building on her published observations demonstrating successful implementation of an anti-inflammatory diet improving patient outcomes for those suffering with IBD, her group will implement this diet as means to investigate its subsequent effect on inflammation. Results from this study will provide new insights into the central mechanism by which gut microbiota influences inflammation, thus advancing the understanding of the etiology of IBD and ultimately, treatment protocols.</p> <p>Dr. Maldonado-Contreras is grateful to the selection committee for recognizing her work and would like to thank the AGA Research Foundation and foundation donors for their generous support.</p> <p><strong>Interested in applying for a 2017 Research Scholar Award?&nbsp;<a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>Learn more and apply by Sept. 9</a>.</strong></p>Dr. Maldonado-Contreras’ research group will study the effects of an anti-inflammatory diet in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. false false true false false 52 true false Dr. Maldonado-Contreras’ research group will study the effects of an anti-inflammatory diet in patients with IBD. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/research-scholar-award-winner-zeros-in-on-microbiota-s-role-in-ibd http://www.gastro.org/news_items/research-scholar-award-winner-zeros-in-on-microbiota-s-role-in-ibd Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Gastric Cancer, IBD, Pancreatic Cancer, Research Funding <p>The deadline for the AGA Research Scholar Awards is fast approaching. Young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents must complete the online application by <strong>Sept. 9</strong> to be considered for one of these four awards: &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>Research Scholar Award</a> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-research-scholar-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a></li> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-bernard-lee-schwartz-foundation-research-scholar-award-in-pancreatic-cancer”>AGA-Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation Research Scholar Award in Pancreatic Cancer</a></li> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-gastric-cancer-foundation-research-scholar-award-in-gastric-cancer”>AGA-Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Award in Gastric Cancer</a> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <div><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Don&rsquo;t miss out on this $270,000 research funding opportunity. Apply through the online submission site; partially completed applications will be not be considered. If you are interested in more information about each award, visit the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/research-funding”>AGA website</a> or use the individual links above.&nbsp;</span></div>ICYMI: There are only a few days left to complete your online application. true false true true false 52 true false ICYMI: There are only a few days left to complete your online application. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/sept-9-deadline-for-four-research-scholar-awards http://www.gastro.org/news_items/sept-9-deadline-for-four-research-scholar-awards Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Crohn’s Disease, IBD, Ulcerative Colitis <p>Wa Xian, PhD, of the University of Texas Health Center, Houston, discussed how she will use the 2016 AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology to support her future research on IBD using stem cells.<br /> <br /> Read below to see more about Dr. Xian&rsquo;s research or visit the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation page</a> to learn more about the award.</p> <p><strong>How will you use the funds from this award? </strong><br /> &ldquo;The research support accompanying this award will be employed to leverage new technology developed in my laboratory for capturing &ldquo;ground state&rdquo; stem cells of the intestinal tract for the study of IBD.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>How will capturing &ldquo;ground state&rdquo; cells aid the study of IBD? </strong><br /> &ldquo;The ability to routinely clone ground state stem cells from endoscopic biopsies of patients with IBD will provide an unlimited source of patient-specific stem cells representing very precise regions of the colon and terminal ileum and ultimately the development of stem cell lines from entire cohorts of patients linked to defined clinical histories. These model systems will [allow] unprecedented insights into whole genome expression profiles, genetic and epigenetic landscapes, and provide a platform for identifying molecules and pathways associated with chronic disease and testing new therapies based on them.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong>&nbsp;What does this award mean to you? </strong><br /> &ldquo;As an assistant professor and basic stem cell scientist, this award represents my first funding support towards the very dynamic and important problem of inflammatory bowel diseases.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the AGA Research Foundation for awarding me the 2016 AGA-Covidien Research and Development Pilot Award,&rdquo; Dr. Xian added.<br /> &nbsp;</p>The 2016 AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award will support Dr. Wa Xian. false false false false false 51 true false The 2016 AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award will support Dr. Wa Xian. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/ibd-stem-cell-research-funded-by-aga-research-foundation http://www.gastro.org/news_items/ibd-stem-cell-research-funded-by-aga-research-foundation Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Gastric Cancer <p>The 2015 <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-r-robert-sally-funderburg-research-award-in-gastric-cancer”>AGA R. Robert &amp; Sally D. Funderburg Research Award</a> will help winner Richard J. DiPaolo, PhD, explore the development of gastric cancer through his research.</p> <p>This award will support Dr. DiPaolo, of St. Louis University, MO, and his team in their research investigating how chronic inflammation influences gastric epithelial cells as they undergo changes from normal cells to cancer cells.</p> <p>Dr. DiPaolo&rsquo;s research focuses on understanding the interaction between immune cells and epithelial cells through the secreted proteins cytokines. Cytokines secreted by immune cells bind to receptors on epithelial cells and express genes that may prevent or promote cancer development. A better understanding of cytokine involvement with gastric cancer may improve strategies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.</p> <p>Dr. DiPaolo is honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Award, which is presented by the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>.</p>Dr. DiPaolo’s research focuses on understanding the interaction between immune cells and epithelial cells. false false true false false 48 true false Dr. DiPaolo’s research focuses on understanding the interaction between immune cells and epithelial cells. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/richard-dipaolo-receives-2015-research-award-in-gastric-cancer http://www.gastro.org/news_items/richard-dipaolo-receives-2015-research-award-in-gastric-cancer Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p>Did you know that you can honor a family member, friend or colleague whose life has been touched by GI research through a gift to the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>? Your gift will honor a loved one and support the AGA Research Awards Program while giving you a tax benefit; any charitable gift can be made in honor or memory of someone.</p> <p><strong>A Gift Today </strong></p> <p>An outright gift will help fund the AGA Research Awards Program. Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax. Members who contribute $5,000 or more annually for five years will become members of the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation/contribute/aga-legacy-society”>AGA Legacy Society</a>. Gifts may be made through honoraria if so desired. AGA Legacy Society members are recognized as the foundation&rsquo;s most generous individual donors and are considered lifetime members.</p> <p><strong>A Gift Through Your Will or Living Trust </strong></p> <p>You can include a gift in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or &mdash; more commonly &mdash; a percentage of your estate will pass to the AGA Research Foundation following your death in honor of your loved one. A bequest gift of $50,000 or more qualifies for membership in the AGA Legacy Society.</p> <p>For more information on how to give and recognize your loved one, contact Harmony Excellent at 301-272-1602 or <a href=”mailto:hexcellent@gastro.org”>hexcellent@gastro.org</a>.</p>Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. false true false false false 47 true false Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/honor-a-loved-one-and-support-the-aga-research-awards-program http://www.gastro.org/news_items/honor-a-loved-one-and-support-the-aga-research-awards-program Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Gastric Cancer, IBD, Pancreatic Cancer, Research Funding <p>Two additional Research Scholar Awards are now included in the 2017 AGA research funding portfolio for young investigators. The new awards include:</p> <ul> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-bernard-lee-schwartz-foundation-research-scholar-award-in-pancreatic-cancer”>AGA-Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation Designated Research Scholar Award in Pancreatic Cancer</a>.</li> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-gastric-cancer-foundation-research-scholar-award-in-gastric-cancer”>AGA-Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Award in Gastric Cancer</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Additionally, the call for applications is open for:</p> <ul> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>AGA Research Scholar Award</a>.</li> <li><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-research-scholar-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a>.</li> </ul> <p>The application deadline for all four awards has been extended to <strong>Sept. 9, 2016</strong>. Each award provides $90,000 per year for three years (total $270,000) to a young investigator conducting research in digestive diseases. View eligibility requirements, selection criteria and details about the application process for each award using the links above.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Ensure a major portion of your time is protected for pancreatic cancer and gastric cancer research. false false true false false 46 true false Ensure a major proportion of your time is protected for pancreatic cancer and gastric cancer research. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/two-additional-research-scholar-awards-announced http://www.gastro.org/news_items/two-additional-research-scholar-awards-announced Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Crohn’s Disease, IBD, Research Funding, Ulcerative Colitis <p>AGA has announced several new research grants designed to support investigators studying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Information is provided below. For more information on these and other open awards from the AGA Research Foundation, visit the r<a href=”/Research-Funding”>esearch funding section of the AGA website</a>.</p> <p><a href=”/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-research-scholar-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”><strong>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Awards in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</strong></a><br /> This award will provide $90,000 per year for three years (total $270,000) to three young investigators working toward independent research careers with a focus on IBD. Interested researchers should apply to AGA by Aug. 26.</p> <p><a href=”/press_releases/2016/7/5/aga-and-pfizer-inc-call-on-scientists-to-offer-new-approaches-to-ibd-research”><strong>AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</strong></a><br /> This grant will provide a one-year grant of $30,000 to support pilot projects proposed by investigators interested in exploring new research directions in IBD. This award will provide non-salary funds for new investigators to help establish their research careers or, for established investigators, it will support pilot projects that represent new research directions. The application deadline is Jan. 13, 2017.</p>Thanks to generous grants from Takeda and Pfizer, several new IBD research grants are now open to applications. false false false false false 44 true false Thanks to generous grants from Takeda and Pfizer, several new IBD research grants are now open to applications. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-research-foundation-announces-new-ibd-grants http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-research-foundation-announces-new-ibd-grants Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Motility disorders, Research Funding <p>Meenakshi Rao, MD, PhD, of Columbia University, New York, NY, aims to use the funds from the 2016 AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award to explore treatments of functional GI disorders by determining the basis of sexual dimorphism in the enteric nervous system. AGA congratulates Dr. Rao on winning this prestigious award.<br /> <br /> Dr. Rao has focused her research in molecular neuroscience to understand the enteric nervous system and how dysfunction might contribute to functional GI disease. Her work has revealed that functional GI disorders, such as IBS, may have completely different pathophysiology in men and women due to differing regulation of GI motility.<br /> <br /> The AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award will provide research support and resources as Dr. Rao moves forward in her independent research program focused on studying the enteric nervous system. Dr. Rao is deeply grateful to the <a href=”https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjelNzJz9_NAhWM7CYKHX6JAqgQFggnMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gastro.org%2Fabout%2Faga-research-foundation&amp;usg=AFQjCNEo6jTMgwkZdj4A3NSakIh–mO8qQ&amp;sig2=cp2IY6_z_4jV18tpfdAaYA&amp;bvm=bv.126130881,d.eWE”>AGA Research Foundation</a> and Takeda Pharmaceuticals for this recognition and support.</p>With her AGA award, Dr. Rao will explore how enteric nervous system dysfunction might contribute to functional GI disease. false false true false false 44 true false With her AGA award, Dr. Rao explores how enteric nervous system dysfunction might contribute to functional GI disease. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/meenakshi-rao-awarded-for-neurogastroenterology-research http://www.gastro.org/news_items/meenakshi-rao-awarded-for-neurogastroenterology-research Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Press Release Crohn’s Disease, IBD, Research Funding, Ulcerative Colitis Pfizer will fund three research grants to support innovative research projects related to IBD. <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Contact:</strong> Rachel Shubert<br /> <a href=”mailto:media@gastro.org “>media@gastro.org</a><br /> 301-272-1603</p> <p><strong>Bethesda, MD (July 5, 2016)</strong> &mdash; The AGA Research Foundation and Pfizer Inc. are teaming up to offer three research grants to support innovative research projects related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).</p> <p>The new <a href=”/press_releases/2016/7/5/aga-and-pfizer-inc-call-on-scientists-to-offer-new-approaches-to-ibd-research”>AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a> will support pilot projects proposed by investigators interested in exploring new research directions in IBD. This award will provide non-salary funds for new investigators to help establish their research careers or, for established investigators, it will support pilot projects that represent new research directions.</p> <p>&ldquo;To continue to improve the diagnosis and treatment of IBD, we need innovative researchers with new approaches,&rdquo; said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair of the AGA Research Foundation. &ldquo;This kind of scientific exploration has the potential to make a tremendous impact on the future of health care. The AGA Research Foundation sincerely thanks Pfizer for its support and commitment to stimulating new lines of research.&rdquo;</p> <p>The AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease will provide a one-year grant of $30,000 to an investigator at any stage of his or her career to support a pilot research project related to IBD. Pfizer has committed to support one award each year for three years (three recipients total). Applicants interested in applying should visit the <a href=”/grants/aga-pfizer-pilot-research-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA website</a>.</p> <p>The deadline for applications is Jan. 13, 2017, with a funding date of July 1, 2017. The AGA Research Awards Panel will select recipients based on novelty, importance, feasibility, environment, institutional commitment and the overall likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent, more substantial grants.</p> <p><a href=”/info_for_patients/2014/12/12/understanding-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>IBD</a>, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, impacts more than 5 million people worldwide. While researchers have made great strides in understanding IBD, additional work remains to better understand the causes of IBD and the most effective treatment options.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Institute&nbsp;</h3> <p>The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.<a href=”http://www.gastro.org” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>AGA</a> on Facebook.&nbsp;<br /> <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&amp;gid=915257″ target=”_blank”>Join AGA on LinkedIn</a>.<br /> Follow us on Twitter <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>@AmerGastroAssn</a>.&nbsp;<br /> Check out our <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Research Foundation</h3> <p>The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA&rsquo;s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $47 million in research grants to more than 870 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at <a href=”/foundation”>www.gastro.org/foundation</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About Pfizer Inc: Working together for a healthier world&trade;</h3> <p>At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. For more information, please visit us at <a href=”http://www.pfizer.com” target=”_blank”>www.pfizer.com</a>. In addition, to learn more, follow us on Twitter at <a href=”https://twitter.com/pfizer?lang=en” target=”_blank”>@Pfizer</a> and <a href=”https://twitter.com/pfizer_news?lang=en” target=”_blank”>@Pfizer_News</a>, <a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/company/1185?trk=vsrp_companies_hero_name&amp;trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A884966841465415633629%2CVSRPtargetId%3A1185%2CVSRPcmpt%3Ahero” target=”_blank”>LinkedIn</a> and like us on Facebook at <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/Pfizer/” target=”_blank”>Facebook.com/Pfizer</a>.</p>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 false false false false false false Pfizer will fund three research grants to support innovative research projects related to IBD. http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-and-pfizer-inc-call-on-scientists-to-offer-new-approaches-to-ibd-research http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-and-pfizer-inc-call-on-scientists-to-offer-new-approaches-to-ibd-research Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Gastric Cancer, Gut microbiome, IBD, Research Funding <p>The <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> is excited to announce the start of its 2017 Research Grants cycle. This year the foundation will be awarding over $2 million in research funding to support researchers within gastroenterology and hepatology. Now is your chance to apply.</p> <p>There are four grants with deadlines in August. Follow the links below to learn more or visit the <a href=”/research-funding”>AGA website</a> for the full list.</p> <p><strong>Deadline: Aug. 12, 2016</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-r-robert-sally-funderburg-research-award-in-gastric-cancer”>AGA-R. Robert &amp; Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer</a>: This award provides $50,000 per year for two years (total $100,000) to an established investigator working on novel approaches in gastric cancer research.&nbsp;</li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-dannon-gut-microbiome-in-health-award”>New! AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award</a>: A one-year, $20,000 research initiative grant offered to an established investigator who has contributed significant advances toward understanding the role and impact of the gut microbiome on health and well-being.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Deadline: Aug. 26, 2016&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>Research Scholar Award (RSA)</a>: This grant enables young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents to develop independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major portion of their time is protected for research.&nbsp;</li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-research-scholar-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>New! AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a>: This award provides $90,000 per year for three years (total $270,000) to young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents working on research related to IBD.</li> </ul>Calling all researchers: learn more about how you can apply for funding this year. false false true false false 43 true false Calling all researchers: learn more about how you can apply for funding this year. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/mark-your-calendar-2017-aga-grants-cycle-announced http://www.gastro.org/news_items/mark-your-calendar-2017-aga-grants-cycle-announced Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Press Release Crohn’s Disease, IBD, Research Funding, Ulcerative Colitis Three new grants will support inflammatory bowel disease research projects with the potential to improve patient care. <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Contact:</strong> Rachel Shubert<br /> <a href=”mailto:media@gastro.org “>media@gastro.org</a><br /> 301-272-1603</p> <p><strong>Bethesda, MD (June 23, 2016)</strong> &mdash; Thanks to a generous grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc., the AGA Research Foundation is thrilled to announce three new research grants to fund young investigators working on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) projects. This funding will provide qualified scientists with the opportunity to make discoveries that will lead to improvements in patient care.</p> <p>The <a href=”/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-research-scholar-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Awards in Inflammatory Bowel Disease</a> will provide $90,000 per year for three years (total $270,000) to three young investigators working toward independent research careers with a focus on IBD. Interested researchers should apply to the AGA by Aug. 26.</p> <p>&ldquo;The AGA Research Foundation is very grateful to have Takeda&rsquo;s support for promising young researchers at a very vulnerable stage in their careers,&rdquo; said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair of the AGA Research Foundation. &ldquo;Inflammatory bowel disease offers exciting opportunities for research, and we look forward to seeing how these three award recipients will advance our understanding of this serious digestive disease.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=”/patient-care/conditions-diseases/ibd”>IBD</a>, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, impacts more than 5 million people worldwide. Often diagnosed in adolescent years, IBD can have a profound impact both physically and psychologically. Research to improve speed of diagnosis, expand treatment options and find evidence-based tools to help support patients can help ease the burden and advance the future of IBD care.</p> <p>&ldquo;Takeda is proud to partner with the AGA Research Foundation to present three research scholar awards in IBD,&rdquo; said Karen Lasch, MD, executive medical director, gastroenterology, Takeda. &ldquo;As we look to the future, there is great promise with significant IBD research underway, but a strong need still exists for further scientific and clinical understanding. Providing young research investigators with the support they need to drive innovation and discovery is critical.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interested researchers can learn more by visiting the <a href=”/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-research-scholar-award-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA website</a>. The deadline for applications is Aug. 26, 2016, for funding beginning July 1, 2017. The AGA Research Awards Panel is looking for individuals in the beginning years of their careers who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.</p> <p>The overall objective of the AGA Research Scholar Award (RSA) is to enable young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents to develop independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Institute&nbsp;</h3> <p>The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.<a href=”http://www.gastro.org” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>AGA</a> on Facebook.&nbsp;<br /> <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&amp;gid=915257″ target=”_blank”>Join AGA on LinkedIn</a>.<br /> Follow us on Twitter <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>@AmerGastroAssn</a>.&nbsp;<br /> Check out our <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Research Foundation</h3> <p>The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA&rsquo;s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $47 million in research grants to more than 870 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at <a href=”/foundation”>www.gastro.org/foundation</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About Takeda</h3> <p>About Takeda Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) is a global, R&amp;D-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its research efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapeutic areas. It also has specific development programs in specialty cardiovascular diseases as well as late-stage candidates for vaccines. Takeda conducts R&amp;D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology, central nervous system and gastroenterology, as well as its presence in emerging markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. More than 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit <a href=”http://www.takeda.com/news” target=”_blank”>http://www.takeda.com/news</a>.</p>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 false false false false false false Three new grants will support inflammatory bowel disease research projects with the potential to improve patient care. http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-and-takeda-pharmaceuticals-u-s-a-inc-announce-new-grants-for-ibd-researchers http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-and-takeda-pharmaceuticals-u-s-a-inc-announce-new-grants-for-ibd-researchers Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Press Release Research Funding AGA is proud to recognize the 2016 research award winners during a celebration at DDW®. <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>Contact:</strong> Rachel Shubert<br /> <a href=”mailto:media@gastro.org “>media@gastro.org</a><br /> 301-272-1603</p> <p><strong>San Diego, CA (May 20, 2016)</strong> &mdash; At Digestive Disease Week&reg; 2016, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation will honor its 2016 class of research award winners. The AGA Research Awards Program serves to support talented investigators who are pursuing careers in digestive disease research. A research grant from the AGA Research Foundation ensures that a major proportion of the recipient&rsquo;s time is protected for research.</p> <p>&ldquo;The AGA Research Foundation received a record number of applications in 2016 from young investigators working to advance our understanding of digestive and liver diseases,&rdquo; said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, incoming chair of the AGA Research Foundation. &ldquo;AGA is proud to invest in these 66 talented scientists and looks forward to seeing how each of their research projects will ultimately lead to better care for patients suffering from digestive disorders.&rdquo;</p> <p>The AGA Research Awards Program is made possible thanks to the foundation&rsquo;s generous donors. To show your support for GI research, visit <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/donateonline” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org/donateonline</a>.</p> <p>Below are the 2016 AGA Research Foundation award recipients. To learn about upcoming research funding opportunities, visit <a href=”/awards”>www.gastro.org/awards</a>.</p> <p><strong>Research Scholar Awards </strong><br /> Silvia Giugliano, PhD, University of Colorado, Denver<br /> Adam D. Gracz, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill<br /> Ana Maldonado-Contreras, MSc, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester<br /> Kyle Staller, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston</p> <p><strong>AGA-CCFA-Janssen Research Award in IBD Epigenetics Research </strong><br /> Theresa Alenghat, MD, PhD, Cincinnati Children&rsquo;s Hospital Medical Center, OH</p> <p><strong>AGA-Athena Troxel Blackburn Research Scholar Award in Neuroenteric Disease </strong><br /> Maxime M. Mahe, MS, PhD, Cincinnati Children&rsquo;s Hospital Medical Center, OH</p> <p><strong>AGA-Gilead Sciences Research Scholar Award in Liver Disease </strong><br /> Brian J. DeBosch, MD, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO</p> <p><strong>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Neurogastroenterology</strong><br /> Meenakshi Rao, MD, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY</p> <p><strong>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Gut Microbiome</strong><br /> Lea Ann Chen, MD, New York University Langone Medical Center</p> <p><strong>AGA-Boston Scientific Career Development Technology and Innovation Award </strong><br /> Guan Xu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor</p> <p><strong>R. Robert &amp; Sally D. Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer </strong><br /> Richard J. DiPaolo, PhD, St. Louis University, MO</p> <p><strong>AGA Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award </strong><br /> Ting-Chin D. Shen, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia</p> <p><strong>AGA-Rome Foundation Pilot Award in Functional Gastroenterology and Motility </strong><br /> Ans Pauwels, MPharmSc, PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Flanders, Belgium<br /> Izumi Kaji, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles/CURE</p> <p><strong>AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn and Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer </strong><br /> Costas A. Lyssiotis, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor</p> <p><strong>AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology </strong><br /> Wa Xian, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston</p> <p><strong>AGA Elsevier Pilot Research Award </strong><br /> Barbara Jung, MD, AGAF, University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> Kirk Wangensteen, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia</p> <p><strong>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award </strong><br /> Mohamad Mokadem, MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City</p> <p><strong>AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowships </strong><br /> Kimberley Agbo, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ<br /> Uzoamaka Aniagba, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis<br /> Deborah Ehie, Missouri State University, Springfield<br /> Elizabeth Edouard, Mt. Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD<br /> Pierre B. Leconte, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA<br /> Safra A. Mohamed, Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN<br /> Danelvis Paredes, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan<br /> Rani Richardson, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia<br /> Roberto Solis, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock<br /> Oscar Tovar-Camargo, Texas A&amp;M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan<br /> Alexander Worix, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale<br /> Madelaine A. Yuchang Bauzon, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis</p> <p><strong>AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowships (high school) </strong><br /> Enea Cominelli, University School, Hunting Valley, OH<br /> Anna M. Dang, Skyline High School, Front Royal, VA<br /> Jacob Duijser, University School, Hunting Valley, OH<br /> Sophia Izhar, Hinsdale Central High School, IL<br /> Bryce Liao, James Logan High School, Union City, CA<br /> Michael J. Moore, Henry Herbert Dow High School, Midland, MI<br /> Vijaya L. Sundaram, Hurricane High School, UT<br /> Ashley N. Watson, Howard High School, Ellicott City, MD</p> <p><strong>AGA/AGA-GRG Fellow Abstract Prizes </strong><br /> Dustin A. Carlson, MD, MS, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL<br /> Laura Edgington-Mitchell, PhD, Monash Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Parkville, Australia<br /> Basavaraj Kerur, MD, Hasbro Children Hospital, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI<br /> George Kunnackal John, MBBS, MSc, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD<br /> Nabil Mansour, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX<br /> Katsuyuki Miyabe, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN<br /> Saowanee Ngamruengphong, MD, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD<br /> Gopanandan Parthasarathy, MBBS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN<br /> Amit Patel, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis<br /> Eric Shah, MD, MBA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor<br /> Sarah P. Short, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN<br /> Mimi Chang Tan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX</p> <p><strong>AGA-APFED Abstract Awards in Eosinophilic GI Disease Research</strong><br /> Paul Dobria, University of Illinois at Chicago<br /> Alison Goldin, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA</p> <p><strong>AGA Student Abstract Prizes </strong><br /> Javier Aguilera-Lizarraga, MSc, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Flanders, Belgium<br /> Aimee Alexoff, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Chicago, IL<br /> Dafne Balemans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Flanders, Belgium<br /> Patricia Costacurta, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN<br /> Ping He, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, NY<br /> Karissa Kao, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor<br /> Michael Laffin, MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada<br /> Cindy Law, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada<br /> Kimberley van der Sloot, University of Groningen, Netherlands<br /> Thomas Van Stappen, PharmD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Flanders, Belgium<br /> Yun Wang, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia</p> <p><strong>AGA-Moti L. and Kamla Rustgi International Travel Awards </strong><br /> Valentina Discepolo, MD, University of Naples Federico II, Italy<br /> Sudarshan Paramsothy, MBBS (Hons I), MRCP, FRACP, St Vincent's Hospital Clinical School, South Wales, Australia</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Institute&nbsp;</h3> <p>The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.<a href=”http://www.gastro.org” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>AGA</a> on Facebook.&nbsp;<br /> <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&amp;gid=915257″ target=”_blank”>Join AGA on LinkedIn</a>.<br /> Follow us on Twitter <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>@AmerGastroAssn</a>.&nbsp;<br /> Check out our <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About the AGA Research Foundation</h3> <p>The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA&rsquo;s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $47 million in research grants to more than 870 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at <a href=”/foundation”>www.gastro.org/foundation</a>.</p> <h3 style=”color:#aaa;font-style:italic;”>About Digestive Disease Week&reg;</h3> <p>Digestive Disease Week&reg; (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the AGA Institute, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 21-24, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center, CA. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at <a href=”http://www.ddw.org” target=”_blank”>www.ddw.org</a>.</p> <p>Follow us on Twitter <a href=”https://twitter.com/ddwmeeting” target=”_blank”>@DDWMeeting</a>; hashtag #DDW16. Become a fan of <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/DDWMeeting?fref=ts” target=”_blank”>DDW on Facebook</a>.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 false true false false false 38 true AGA is proud to recognize the 2016 research award winners during a celebration at DDW®. http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-research-foundation-announces-2016-class-of-research-award-winners http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/aga-research-foundation-announces-2016-class-of-research-award-winners Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation” target=”_blank”>AGA Research Foundation&rsquo;s</a> charitable <a href=”http://gastro.planmylegacy.org/rollover-now-permanent”>individual retirement account (IRA) rollover</a> allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 using funds from your IRA without undesirable tax effects.</p> <p>By making a gift this year of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the AGA Research Foundation, you can see your philanthropic dollars at work. You are jump starting the legacy you would like to leave and giving yourself the joy of watching your philanthropy take shape. Your gift will also assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases.<br /> <br /> You may contribute funds from your IRA if:&nbsp;<br /> &bull; You are age 70-and-a-half or older at the time of the gift.<br /> &bull; You made a gift of any amount up to $100,000 in 2015 or by January 1, 2016, which may count retroactively for 2015.<br /> &bull; You make a gift of any amount up to $100,000 on or before December 31, 2016, to qualify for 2016.<br /> &bull; You transfer funds directly from an IRA.<br /> &bull; You transfer the gifts outright to one or more qualified charities, but not to supporting organizations or for gift annuities, charitable trusts, donor-advised funds or any gift from which you receive a personal benefit.<br /> <br /> If you are interested in this unique opportunity to help further our mission, or want to learn more on IRA rollover? <a href=”http://gastro.planmylegacy.org/rollover-now-permanent” target=”_blank”>Read our FAQ</a>.</p>Your gift will also assist in furthering basic digestive disease research. false false false false false 30 true false Your gift will also assist in furthering basic digestive disease research. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-the-aga-research-foundation-with-an-ira-charitable-rollover-1 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-the-aga-research-foundation-with-an-ira-charitable-rollover-1 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>It's easier than you think to make a difference that will help future generations. One of the simplest and most effective ways to make a difference is by leaving the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation” target=”_blank”>AGA Research Foundation</a> a percentage of your estate.</p> <p>Including a gift of a percentage of your estate or a percentage of your residual estate ensures that your donation will remain proportionate to your estate size, no matter how it fluctuates over the years.</p> <p><strong>Making Your Gift</strong><br /> <span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>These are two popular ways to leave a percentage of your estate to the AGA Research Foundation:&nbsp;</span></p> <ol> <li><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”><strong>Include a gift in your will or living trust.</strong> By putting aside a percentage of the assets in your will or trust &mdash; from 1 to 100 percent &mdash; you can leave a legacy while making sure your family has the security they may need in the future.</span></li> <li><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”><strong>Name us as partial beneficiary of your retirement plan assets or life insurance.</strong> By dividing up your assets in percentages, you can benefit loved ones and us. To make this type of gift, simply contact the administrator of your retirement account or insurance company for a change-of-beneficiary form today. </span></li> </ol> <p><strong><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Learn More</span></strong><br /> <span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>&nbsp;A gift of any size from your estate can make a big difference at the AGA Research Foundation. To learn more about these or other flexible options to extend your support, visit </span><a href=”http://gastro.planmylegacy.org” style=”line-height: 1.6;” target=”_blank”>http://gastro.planmylegacy.org</a><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”> or contact Harmony Excellent at 301-272-1602 or </span><a href=”mailto:hexcellent@gastro.org” style=”line-height: 1.6;”>hexcellent@gastro.org</a><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>.</span></p>There are two popular ways to leave a percentage of your estate to the AGA Research Foundation and impact future GI research. false true false false false 29 true false There are two popular ways to leave a percentage of your estate to the AGA Research Foundation and impact future GI research. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/small-but-mighty-a-donation-to-the-aga-research-foundation http://www.gastro.org/news_items/small-but-mighty-a-donation-to-the-aga-research-foundation Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>Did you know that you can honor a family member, friend or colleague whose life has been touched by GI research through a gift to the AGA Research Foundation? Your gift will honor a loved one and support the AGA Research Awards Program while giving you a tax benefit; any charitable gift can be made in honor or memory of someone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Gift Today</strong><br /> An outright gift will help fund the AGA Research Awards Program. Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax. A cash gift of $25,000 or more qualifies for membership in the AGA Legacy Society, which recognizes the foundation&rsquo;s most generous individual donors.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Gift Through Your Will or Living Trust</strong><br /> You can include a bequest in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or &mdash; more commonly &mdash; a percentage of your estate will pass to the AGA Research Foundation following your death in honor of your loved one. A bequest gift of $50,000 or more qualifies for membership in the AGA Legacy Society.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on how to give and recognize your loved one, visit the&nbsp;<a href=”/contribute”>AGA website</a>&nbsp;or contact Harmony Excellent at 301-272-1602 or&nbsp;<a href=”mailto:hexcellent@gastro.org”>hexcellent@gastro.org</a>.</p>Your gift can honor a loved one and assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. false false false false false 25 true false Your gift can honor a loved one and assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/memorial-and-honorary-gifts-a-special-tribute-1 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/memorial-and-honorary-gifts-a-special-tribute-1 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation&rsquo;s</a> charitable individual retirement account (IRA) rollover legislation allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 using funds from your IRA, without undesirable tax effects.<br /> <br /> By making a gift this year of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the AGA Research Foundation, you can see your philanthropic dollars at work.You are jump starting the legacy you would like to leave and giving yourself the joy of watching your philanthropy take shape. Additionally, your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases.<br /> <br /> <strong>You may contribute funds from your IRA if:</strong></p> <ul> <li>You are 70-and-a-half years or older at the time of the gift.</li> <li>You made a gift of any amount up to $100,000 in 2015 or by Jan. 1, 2016, which may count retroactively for 2015.</li> <li>You make a gift of any amount up to $100,000 on or before Dec. 31, 2016, to qualify for 2016.</li> <li>You transfer funds directly from an IRA.</li> <li>You transfer the gifts outright to one or more qualified charities, but not to supporting organizations or for gift annuities, charitable trusts, donor advised funds or any gift from which you receive a personal benefit.</li> </ul> <p>If you are interested in this unique opportunity to help further our mission or want to learn more about IRA rollovers, read our <a href=”http://gastro.planmylegacy.org/rollover-now-permanent”>FAQ</a>.</p>Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. false true false false false 23 true false Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-the-aga-research-foundation-with-an-ira-charitable-rollover-2 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-the-aga-research-foundation-with-an-ira-charitable-rollover-2 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p>A variety of awards for students and trainees have quickly approaching deadlines. Mark your calendar for the following awards offered by the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>:</p> <ul> <li><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>The <a href=”/grants/aga-eli-edythe-broad-student-research-fellowship-s”>AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship</a>: Offers $2,500 stipends to high school students who spend time performing research in digestive diseases or nutrition for a minimum of 10 weeks. As a summer fellowship, the research must take place between May and August. The application deadline is <strong>Feb. 12, 2016</strong>.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”><a href=”/grants/aga-aga-grg-fellow-travel-and-abstract-of-the-year-awards”>AGA &amp; AGA-GRG Fellow Travel Awards and Abstract of the Year</a>: Travel awards are available to fellows who submitted first authored abstracts selected by AGA for presentation at Digestive Disease Week&reg; (DDW). The application deadline is <strong>Feb. 26, 2016</strong>.</span></li> <li><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”><a href=”/grants/aga-moti-l-kamla-rustgi-international-travel-awards”>AGA-Moti L. &amp; Kamla Rustgi International Travel Awards</a>: This award provides $750 to two young basic, translational or clinical investigators residing outside of North America to support their travel and related expenses to attend DDW. The application deadline is <strong>Feb. 26, 2016</strong>.</span></li> <li><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”><a href=”/grants/aga-student-abstract-prizes”>AGA Student Abstract Prizes</a>: Travel awards will be given to high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students who have submitted abstracts chosen by AGA to be presented during DDW. The application deadline is <strong>March 4, 2016</strong>.</span></li> </ul> <p>Curious what a highly eligible candidate looks like? View the 2015 winners for each award on the respective Web pages. Complete information about these and other research awards are available on the <a href=”/research-funding”>AGA website</a>.</p>Check out four grants that may be able to help you achieve your goals. false false true false false 22 true false Are you a student looking to conduct summer research or a fellow interested in traveling to DDW? Check out four grants that may be able to help you achieve your goals. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/student-and-trainee-research-award-deadlines-in-february http://www.gastro.org/news_items/student-and-trainee-research-award-deadlines-in-february Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>Did you know that you can honor a family member, friend or colleague whose life has been touched by GI research through a gift to the AGA Research Foundation? Your gift will honor a loved one and support the AGA Research Awards Program while giving you a tax benefit; any charitable gift can be made in honor or memory of someone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Gift Today</strong><br /> An outright gift will help fund the AGA Research Awards Program. Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax. A cash gift of $25,000 or more qualifies for membership in the AGA Legacy Society, which recognizes the foundation&rsquo;s most generous individual donors.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A Gift Through Your Will or Living Trust</strong><br /> You can include a bequest in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or &mdash; more commonly &mdash; a percentage of your estate will pass to the AGA Research Foundation following your death in honor of your loved one. A bequest gift of $50,000 or more qualifies for membership in the AGA Legacy Society.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on how to give and recognize your loved one, visit the <a href=”/contribute”>AGA website</a>&nbsp;or contact Harmony Excellent at 301-272-1602 or <a href=”mailto:hexcellent@gastro.org”>hexcellent@gastro.org</a>.</p>Your gift can honor a loved one, support the AGA Research Awards Program and also give you a tax benefit. false true false false false 21 true false Your gift can honor a loved one, support the AGA Research Awards Program and also give you a tax benefit. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/memorial-and-honorary-gifts-a-special-tribute-2 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/memorial-and-honorary-gifts-a-special-tribute-2 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p>The <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> will again award the <a href=”/grants/aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship”>AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship</a>, which funds 12 summer fellowship awards of $5,000 each for underrepresented minority students who are interested in digestive disease or nutrition-related research. Highly qualified students will have the opportunity to work with top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. The award incudes a stipend to offset housing and travel costs.</p> <p>Eligible candidates include African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Alaska natives and natives of U.S. Pacific Islands who are undergraduates or medical school students at accredited U.S. institutions. Candidates must plan on performing eight to 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases or nutrition during the summer of 2016, and may not hold similar salary support awards from other agencies.</p> <p>The application deadline is <strong>Feb. 5, 2016</strong>. This award is supported by NIDDK (R25DK096968).</p> <p>Students are also encouraged to apply for:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href=”/grants/aga-eli-edythe-broad-student-research-fellowship-s”>AGA Eli &amp; Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship</a>, which offers $2,500 stipends to high school students to spend time performing research in digestive diseases or nutrition for a minimum of 10 weeks. As a summer fellowship, the research must take place between May and August. The application deadline is <strong>Feb. 12, 2016</strong>.</li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-student-abstract-prizes”>AGA Student Abstract Prizes</a>: Eight travel awards of $500 each will be given to high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students who have submitted abstracts chosen by AGA to be presented during Digestive Disease Week&reg; (DDW). The application deadline is <strong>March 4, 2016</strong>.</li> </ul> <p>Complete information about these and other research awards is available on the <a href=”/research-funding”>AGA website</a>. Prize recipients will be acknowledged at the Research Recognition Celebration during DDW.</p>The AGA Research Foundation is awarding student grants for summer research and travel to DDW® 2016. false false true false false 20 true false The AGA Research Foundation is awarding student grants for summer research and travel to DDW® 2016. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/secure-student-funding-opportunities-in-2016 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/secure-student-funding-opportunities-in-2016 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>Sometimes it's difficult to be as charitable as you want to be when your budget is tight and the future is uncertain &mdash; after all, your family comes first. But by utilizing your long-term plans, you can make a gift to the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> that will benefit our future without affecting your income today. Here are three ways to make your gift:</p> <ul> <li><strong>A gift in your will or trust.</strong> Known as a bequest, this form of giving is accomplished simply by including a few sentences in your will or living trust. If you've already created your will, your estate planning attorney can easily make an amendment to your will called a codicil.</li> <li><strong>A gift of a percentage of your retirement plan assets.</strong> One of the most tax-wise ways to support our mission after your lifetime is to name the AGA Research Foundation as the primary or contingent beneficiary of a portion of your retirement plan. (The portion that you leave to family members could eventually be taxed at rates up to 39.6 percent, and even higher if estate taxes are assessed, whereas charitable organizations such as the AGA Research Foundation receive your gift without owing taxes.)</li> <li><strong>A gift of a percentage of your life insurance death benefits. </strong>You already know you can use life insurance to make sure your family is financially secure if anything should happen to you. But did you know you can meet this goal while also using a portion of your policy to benefit our work?</li> </ul> <p>Consider naming the AGA Research Foundation as a partial beneficiary for a percentage of your policy, while retaining ownership of the policy (and thus the right to change the beneficiary designation at any time during your life). For example, you might consider designating 90 percent of the death benefit to your family and the remaining percentage to the AGA Research Foundation.</p> <p><strong>Learn More </strong><br /> To learn more about these or other flexible options to extend your support, visit the <a href=”http://gastro.planmylegacy.org”>AGA website</a>.</p>You can make a gift to the AGA Research Foundation that will benefit our future without affecting your income today. false true false false false 20 true false You can make a gift to the AGA Research Foundation that will benefit our future without affecting your income today. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/invest-in-gi-research-3-gifts-that-cost-you-nothing-today http://www.gastro.org/news_items/invest-in-gi-research-3-gifts-that-cost-you-nothing-today Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 News <p>The <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation&rsquo;s</a> charitable individual retirement account (IRA) rollover legislation allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 using funds from your IRA, without undesirable tax effects.<br /> <br /> By making a gift this year of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the AGA Research Foundation, you can see your philanthropic dollars at work.You are jump starting the legacy you would like to leave and giving yourself the joy of watching your philanthropy take shape. Additionally, your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases.<br /> <br /> <strong>You may contribute funds from your IRA if:</strong></p> <ul> <li>You are 70-and-a-half years or older at the time of the gift.</li> <li>You made a gift of any amount up to $100,000 in 2015 or by Jan. 1, 2016, which may count retroactively for 2015.</li> <li>You make a gift of any amount up to $100,000 on or before Dec. 31, 2016, to qualify for 2016.</li> <li>You transfer funds directly from an IRA.</li> <li>You transfer the gifts outright to one or more qualified charities, but not to supporting organizations or for gift annuities, charitable trusts, donor advised funds or any gift from which you receive a personal benefit.</li> </ul> <p>If you are interested in this unique opportunity to help further our mission or want to learn more about IRA rollovers, read our <a href=”http://gastro.planmylegacy.org/rollover-now-permanent”>FAQ</a>.</p>Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. false true false false false 19 true false Your gift will assist in furthering basic digestive disease research, which can ultimately advance research into all digestive diseases. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-the-aga-research-foundation-with-an-ira-charitable-rollover-3 http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-the-aga-research-foundation-with-an-ira-charitable-rollover-3 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Fecal microbiota transplant, IBD, Research Funding <p>Janelle C. Arthur, PhD, received the 2015 Caroline Craig Augustyn &amp; Damian Augustyn grant in digestive cancer. She is using the<a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation”> AGA research award funding</a> to support her investigation into the microbiota of IBD patients to help better understand IBD, IBD-associated dysplasia and colorectal cancer in IBD patients. Dr. Arthur is an a<span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>ssistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the&nbsp;</span>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.</p> <p>&nbsp;&quot;It is now generally believed that IBD patients harbor an altered microbiota from healthy individuals. One consistently observed alteration is an increased abundance of<em> Escherichia </em>coli bacteria.<em> E. coli </em>are a highly diverse group, and little is known about which <em>E. coli </em>characteristics contribute to health vs. disease,&quot; Dr. Arthur noted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Arthur and her team have developed a novel approach employing molecularly tagged <em>E. coli </em>strains isolated from IBD patients. Using fecal microbiota transplantation in sterile mice, they plan to rapidly quantify individual <em>E. coli</em> strains using modern high-throughput sequencing.</p> <p>&nbsp;&quot;Support from the Augustyn family is integral to establishing this novel approach and obtaining future independent funding from agencies such as the NIH and AGA,&quot; she added.</p> <p>Learn more about this award on the AGA Research Foundation section of the&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.gastro.org/research-funding”>AGA website</a>&nbsp;and nominate someone today for the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-caroline-craig-augustyn-damian-augustyn-award-in-digestive-cancer”>2016 </a><a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-caroline-craig-augustyn-damian-augustyn-award-in-digestive-cancer”>Caroline Craig Augustyn &amp; Damian Augustyn Award</a>.&nbsp;</p>Janelle Arthur, PhD, and her team have developed a novel approach employing molecularly-tagged E. coli strains isolated from IBD patients. Janelle Arthur, PhD, and her team have developed false false false false false 18 true false Janelle C. Arthur, PhD, plans to use the 2015 Caroline Craig Augustyn and Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer to support her investigation into the microbiota of IBD patients. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/grant-winner-investigates-links-between-e-coli-ibd-and-digestive-cancer http://www.gastro.org/news_items/grant-winner-investigates-links-between-e-coli-ibd-and-digestive-cancer Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Motility, Gastric Cancer, Gut microbiome, Motility disorders, Research Funding <p>Six grant deadlines are approaching in January 2016; make sure you&rsquo;re prepared to submit your application by the deadline. Awards are available for both established and young investigators.&nbsp;</p> <p>AGA is now accepting online applications through the new Grants Management System, which streamlines the application submission process and will be used to facilitate grant reviews.</p> <p>Apply now for:</p> <ul style=”margin-left: 40px;”> <li>The <a href=”/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award</a> will provide $25,000 to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome. The application deadline is <strong>Jan. 15</strong>.</li> <li>The <a href=”/grants/aga-elsevier-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award</a>. A one year grant providing young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents $25,000 to support pilot research projects in gastroenterology-or hepatology-related areas. Two award recipients will be selected. The deadline is <strong>Jan. 15</strong>.&nbsp;</li> <li>The <a href=”/grants/aga-rome-foundation-functional-gi-and-motility-disorders-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award</a>. This research initiative grant for $50,000 for one year is offered to early stage investigators to support pilot research projects pertaining to functional GI and motility disorders. This award is jointly sponsored by the Rome Foundation and AGA. The deadline is <strong>Jan. 15</strong>.</li> <li>The <a href=”/grants/aga-caroline-craig-augustyn-damian-augustyn-award-in-digestive-cancer”>AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn &amp; Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer</a>. One award of $40,000 will support a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer. The deadline is <strong>Jan. 29</strong>.</li> <li>The <a href=”/grants/aga-covidien-research-development-pilot-award-in-technology”>AGA-Covidien Research &amp; Development Pilot Award in Technology</a>. This $30,000 research initiative is offered to investigators to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease. The award also includes a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the 2016 AGA Technology Summit. The deadline is <strong>Jan. 29</strong>.</li> <li>The <a href=”/grants/16th-aga-june-donald-o-castell-md-esophageal-clinical-research-award”>16th AGA-June &amp; Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award</a>, a $25,000 grant, which provides research and/or salary support for junior faculty involved in clinical research in esophageal diseases. The deadline is <strong>Jan. 29</strong>.</li> </ul> <p>We are also now accepting applications for the <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/grants/aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship”>AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship</a>. This provides 12 awards at $5,000 for underrepresented minority undergraduate and medical school students to perform eight to 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases or nutrition. The deadline to apply is<strong> Feb. 5</strong>.</p> <p>Complete information about these and other research awards is available on the <a href=”/research-funding”>AGA website</a>. All recipients will be acknowledged at the Research Recognition Celebration at <a href=”http://www.ddw.org”>Digestive Disease Week&reg; 2016</a> in San Diego, CA.</p>View details for six grants with deadlines in January 2016. false false true false false 15 true false Grants Management System, AGA, AGA research grants, research grants, Digestive Disease Week, DDW http://www.gastro.org/news_items/apply-for-2016-research-grants http://www.gastro.org/news_items/apply-for-2016-research-grants Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p><img alt=”” src=”/journals-and-publications/Save-the-date-white3_opt.jpg” style=”width: 232px; height: 123px; float: right;” />Tuesday, Dec. 1, is Giving Tuesday &mdash;&nbsp;a global day dedicated to giving back. It&rsquo;s when we all come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This Giving Tuesday, please be sure to make a generous gift to the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation/contribute”>AGA Research Foundation</a>.</p> <p>Your gift is vital. With your support, we can create a self-sustaining endowment that ensures annual research funding for young investigators. Together, we can help make important discoveries that improve care for patients with digestive diseases.&nbsp;<span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Without your support, we risk researchers leaving the GI field and the stoppage of any real progress in digestive disease research. </span></p> <p>You can make a difference. To help the AGA Research Foundation support future young researchers, <a href=”/donateonline”>donate today</a>.</p>Give a gift to the AGA Research Foundation on the national day of giving. false true false false false 16 true false AGA Research Foundation, AGA, giving tuesday http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-talented-investigators-on-giving-tuesday http://www.gastro.org/news_items/support-talented-investigators-on-giving-tuesday Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Esophageal Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Gut microbiome, Research Funding <p>AGA is now accepting online applications for AGA Research Foundation grants through the new Grants Management System. The online system will streamline the application submission process and will be used to facilitate grant reviews. The application period is now open for the following grants due January 2016:</p> <ul> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-elsevier-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award</a></li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-elsevier-gut-microbiome-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award</a></li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-rome-foundation-functional-gi-and-motility-disorders-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award</a></li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-caroline-craig-augustyn-damian-augustyn-award-in-digestive-cancer”>AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn &amp; Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer</a></li> <li><a href=”/grants/aga-covidien-research-development-pilot-award-in-technology”>AGA-Covidien Research &amp; Development Pilot Award in Technology</a></li> <li><a href=”/grants/16th-aga-june-donald-o-castell-md-esophageal-clinical-research-award”><span style=”line-height: 20.8px;”>AGA-June &amp; Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award</span></a></li> </ul> <p>Please visit the research funding section of the <a href=”/research-funding”>AGA website</a>&nbsp;and look for the blue &ldquo;Apply Now&rdquo; button under each grant opportunity.</p>We’ve moved the application process for research grants online. false false false false false 16 true false We’ve moved the application process for research grants online. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-now-accepts-online-applications-for-research-foundation-grants http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-now-accepts-online-applications-for-research-foundation-grants Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p><strong>Sept. 25, 2015</strong>, is the deadline to submit your application for an <a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>AGA Research Scholar Award (RSA)</a>. RSAs enable young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents to develop independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Recipients will receive $270,000 over three years to support this objective and will be acknowledged at the Research Recognition Celebration at Digestive Disease Week&reg; 2016.</p> <p>See the 2015 RSA recipients and complete award details on the <a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa”>AGA website</a>.</p>Junior investigators: protect your research time by applying for an AGA Research Scholar Award. true false true false false 10 true false Junior investigators: protect your research time by applying for an AGA Research Scholar Award. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/final-call-for-career-development-award-applications http://www.gastro.org/news_items/final-call-for-career-development-award-applications Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Colorectal Cancer <p><img alt=”” src=”/about/aga-research-foundation/grant-recipients/Jeffrey_K._Lee_Awardee_172.jpg” style=”width: 172px; height: 172px; float: right;” />Jeffrey K. Lee, MD, MAS, of the University of California, San Francisco, discussed the impact that the 2015 AGA Research Scholar Award will have on both his current research, which focuses on colorectal cancer, and his future research and career.</p> <p>&quot;I would like to thank the AGA Institute, <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>the AGA Research Foundation</a>, and the selection committee for this generous award, which will be an invaluable asset to the start of my career as a young clinical investigator in the field of colorectal cancer prevention research,&quot; Dr. Lee said.</p> <p><strong>How will the Research Scholar Award impact your research?</strong></p> <p>&quot;The AGA award will allow me to evaluate the long-term risk of colorectal cancer in patients after colonoscopic polypectomy according to polyp characteristics in a large community-based cohort.&nbsp;Colorectal cancer remains a significant public health concern in the United States and worldwide, but there is limited data available in the literature to determine the optimal timing of a follow-up surveillance colonoscopy after the initial screening exam, particularly for patients with adenoma,&quot; he noted.</p> <p><strong>How will this award influence your career?</strong><br /> &quot;It will help me achieve my long-term goal of becoming an independent investigator generating and implementing evidence on effective strategies for optimizing colorectal cancer screening. Specifically, through this award I will be able to acquire the necessary training in the design and conduct of population-based cohort studies, medical informatics and advanced statistical methods, which will lay a solid foundation to successfully compete for future NIH funding,&quot; Dr. Lee added.</p>The 2015 AGA Research Scholar Award will help Jeffrey K. Lee, MD, MAS, with his long-term goal of becoming an independent investigator. false false true false false 10 true false The 2015 AGA Research Scholar Award will help Jeffrey K. Lee, MD, MAS, with his long-term goal of becoming an independent investigator. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/2015-scholar-award-supports-crc-research http://www.gastro.org/news_items/2015-scholar-award-supports-crc-research Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Press Release Crohn’s Disease, IBD, Research Funding, Ulcerative Colitis Research made possible by a grant from AGA, CCFA and Janssen. <p style=”text-align: right;”><strong>CONTACT:&nbsp;</strong>Rachel Steigerwald<br /> 301-272-1603<br /> <a href=”mailto:media@gastro.org”>media@gastro.org</a></p> <p style=”text-align: right;”>Erin Stoeber<br /> 646-943-7458<br /> <a href=”mailto:estoeber@ccfa.org”>estoeber@ccfa.org</a></p> <p><strong>Bethesda, MD (Aug. 26, 2015)</strong> &mdash;&nbsp; The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), in partnership with the Crohn's &amp; Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen), announced today that Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, was awarded with the 2015 AGA-CCFA-Janssen Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Epigenetics Research.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Dr. Alenghat, the inaugural recipient of this award, will receive $100,000 per year for three years to study the role of epigenetics in the development of IBD.&nbsp;</span><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Epigenetics &mdash; referring to modifications of DNA and DNA-associated proteins due to any number of patient and environmental factors &mdash; is an active area of research in IBD and a wide range of other diseases. The promise of epigenetics comes from the knowledge that epigenomic changes regulate gene expression in response to environmental triggers without altering the genetic sequence. Therefore, epigenetics represent an important, potentially reversible, target for IBD treatments.</span></p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>&ldquo;With this grant, I will have the resources to conduct both basic and translational research initiatives to test how bacteria trigger changes in the epigenome during the development of IBD,&rdquo; said Dr. Alenghat, who serves as assistant professor in the division of immunobiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. &ldquo;These novel insights may guide the development of more effective and tailored therapeutic approaches for managing IBD.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Specifically, Dr. Alenghat will be testing the hypothesis that dysregulation of epigenomic modifications, in combination with alterations in the microbiota, drive the development and progression of IBD. </span></p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>More than 1.6 million Americans live with Crohn&rsquo;s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two diseases that fall under the IBD umbrella. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract (mouth to anus), while ulcerative colitis only occurs in the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, fatigue and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Learn more in the <a href=”/info_for_patients/2014/12/12/understanding-inflammatory-bowel-disease”>AGA patient brochure</a>. </span></p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>AGA, CCFA and Janssen <a href=”/press_releases/2015/2/13/new-partnership-provides-support-for-epigenetics-research-in-crohn-s-disease-and-ulcerative-colitis”>announced</a> this award opportunity in February 2015.</span></p> <h3>About the American Gastroenterological Association</h3> <p>The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. <a href=”http://www.gastro.org” target=”_top”>www.gastro.org</a>.</p> <p>Like <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/AmerGastroAssn” target=”_blank”>AGA</a>&nbsp;on Facebook.<br /> <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&amp;gid=915257″ target=”_blank”>Join AGA on LinkedIn</a>.<br /> Follow us on Twitter <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/amergastroassn” target=”_blank”>@AmerGastroAssn</a>.<br /> Check out our <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/amergastroassn”>videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <h3>About the AGA Research Foundation</h3> <p>The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA&rsquo;s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $45 million in research grants to more than 830 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at <a href=”http://www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation” target=”_blank”>www.gastro.org/about/aga-research-foundation</a>.</p> <h3>About the Crohn's &amp; Colitis Foundation of America</h3> <p>The Crohn's&amp; Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA&rsquo;s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit <a href=”http://www.ccfa.org” target=”_blank”>www.ccfa.org</a>, call 888-694-8872, like us on <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/ccfafb” target=”_blank”>Facebook</a>, find us on <a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/company/crohn%27s-?-colitis-foundation-of-america” target=”_blank”>LinkedIn</a> or follow us on <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/ccfa” target=”_blank”>Twitter</a> and <a href=”http://pinterest.com/ccfa/” target=”_blank”>Pinterest</a>.</p> <h3>About the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies</h3> <p>At Janssen, we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we develop innovative products, services and healthcare solutions to help people with serious diseases throughout the world. Beyond its innovative medicines, Janssen is at the forefront of developing education and public policy initiatives to ensure patients and their families, caregivers, advocates and healthcare professionals have access to the latest treatment information, support services and quality care. Please visit <a href=”http://www.janssen.com” target=”_blank”>www.janssen.com</a> for more information.</p>Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 false false true false false 10 true Research made possible by a grant from AGA, CCFA and Janssen. http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/epigenetics-research-the-key-to-unlocking-personalized-ibd-treatments http://www.gastro.org/press_releases/epigenetics-research-the-key-to-unlocking-personalized-ibd-treatments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Gut microbiome <p><img alt=”” src=”/about/aga-research-foundation/grant-recipients/Rodney_D._Newberry_Awardee_172.jpg” style=”width: 172px; height: 172px; float: left; margin: 10px;” />Rodney D. Newberry, MD,&nbsp;plans to use the AGA-Providence Food Intolerance&nbsp;Research Award, which he received earlier this year from the AGA Research Foundation, to support his&nbsp;investigation into&nbsp;how environmental factors increase food allergy incidence and severity, with a specific focus on children.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Alterations in feeding and the microbiota in a specific time in early in life&nbsp;may&nbsp;underlie the dramatic increase in childhood food allergies,&quot; according to Dr.&nbsp;Newberry, who is a professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The AGA-Providence Food Intolerance&nbsp;Research Award will provide essential support to continue these innovative&nbsp;studies&nbsp;at a critical time, and without this support, we would be unable to&nbsp;continue&nbsp;studies in this much-needed area of research,&quot; he added.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Newberry hopes to develop&nbsp;prevention and&nbsp;treatment&nbsp;suggestions for&nbsp;childhood food allergies through this research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation&nbsp;and the&nbsp;upcoming application deadlines for the 2016 awards on the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA<span style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”>&nbsp;Research Foundation</span> website.</a></p>Dr. Newberry hopes to develop prevention and treatment suggestions for childhood food allergies through this research. false false false false false 9 true false Dr. Newberry hopes to develop prevention and treatment suggestions for childhood food allergies through this research. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/rodney-newberry-receives-providence-food-intolerance-research-award http://www.gastro.org/news_items/rodney-newberry-receives-providence-food-intolerance-research-award Sun, 09 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Research Funding <p style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”>The&nbsp;<a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation/contribute/aga-legacy-society”>AGA Legacy Society</a>&nbsp;honors individuals who have chosen to benefit the&nbsp;<a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>&nbsp;through a significant current or planned gift. AGA Legacy Society members show their gratitude for what funding and research has brought to our specialty by giving back, and research is made possible through their support.&nbsp;</p> <p style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”><strong>Interested in joining?<em>&nbsp;</em>Some additional benefits of membership include:</strong></p> <ul style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”> <li>Permanent listing in the Membership Roll of Honor (with permission).</li> <li>Listing in the AGA Institute's President's Awards booklet and other AGA publications (with permission).</li> <li>Invitation to Annual Donor Event at Digestive Disease Week&reg; (DDW).</li> <li>Framed Legacy Society certificate and AGA&nbsp;Research Foundation lapel pin.</li> </ul> <p style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”><strong>A Gift Today:&nbsp;Donors to the AGA Research Foundation may join the Legacy Society by either:</strong></p> <ul style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”> <li>Pledging to contribute $25,000 or more in cash or securities within a five-year period.</li> <li>Providing for a contribution of $50,000 or more through a deferred gift (planned gift) such as a bequest, a charitable trust, a gift of life insurance, or others.</li> </ul> <p style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”>To learn more, visit the&nbsp;<a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation/contribute/aga-legacy-society”>AGA Legacy Society website</a>.</p>Donors to the AGA Research Foundation can join the AGA Legacy Society in one of two ways. false false false false false 2 true false Donors to the AGA Research Foundation can join the AGA Legacy Society in one of two ways. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/become-an-aga-legacy-society-member-today http://www.gastro.org/news_items/become-an-aga-legacy-society-member-today Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Motility disorders, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Research Funding <p><img alt=”” src=”/about/aga-research-foundation/grant-recipients/Miranda_A.L._van_Tilburg_Awardee_172.jpg” style=”width: 172px; height: 172px; float: left; margin: 5px;” /></p> <p>Miranda A.L. van Tilburg, PhD, from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is one of two deserving winners of the 2015&nbsp;<a href=”/grants/aga-rome-foundation-functional-gi-and-motility-disorders-pilot-research-award”>AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award</a>. We asked Dr. van Tilburg a couple of questions about her research goals.</p> <p><strong>What does your current research focus on?</strong><br /> My research focuses mainly on pediatric functional GI disorders (FGIDs) and includes developing and testing behavioral treatments as well as examining the role of parent-child interactions in symptom maintenance. In addition, I am investigating the role of mitochondrial DNA in chronic pain disorders.</p> <p><strong>How will you use this grant from the AGA Research Foundation and the Rome Foundation?</strong><br /> This grant will allow&nbsp;me to test and validate the future Rome IV criteria. The validation of the Rome IV pediatric diagnostic criteria can be expected to have an immediate impact on the clinical management of children with FGIDs and to facilitate research on these disorders by providing investigators with a validated and widely-accepted set of diagnostic inclusion criteria.</p> <p><strong>How will this award impact your personal research career?</strong><br /> This research on Rome IV diagnostic criteria will provide me with the foundation I need to enter two new and exciting areas of research.&nbsp;The first area is the study of FGIDs in infants and toddlers. More than one quarter of children ages 0 to 3 years old suffer from FGIDs, but this age group has received very limited scientific attention. Research is needed on pathophysiology and evidence-based treatments for this age group.</p> <p>Another new area I plan to enter is cross-cultural research in pediatric FGIDs. Although studies in adults have suggested important differences in prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of FGIDs in different regions of the world, data in children are largely lacking. Children have a limited understanding of health and disease, and limited use of words for symptoms compared to adults, which challenges cross-cultural research. In addition, children are exposed to different pathogens, diets, parenting techniques and stress levels across cultures, which may affect FGIDs.</p> <p><strong>Why is this research important?</strong><br /> Pediatric FGIDs are common, afflicting up to one in four children worldwide. Diagnoses are symptom-based, and valid diagnostic criteria and validated questionnaires are of the utmost importance for clinical use and scientific research into the causes, consequences and treatments of these disorders.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. van Tilburg would like to express her gratitude to the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>, its donors and the Rome Foundation for this recognition and validation of her work.</p>”The AGA-Rome funding will allow me to make important contributions that will benefit children with FGIDs and venture into new and important areas of research.” false false true false false 5 true false &quot;The AGA-Rome funding will allow me to make important contributions that will benefit children with FGIDs and venture into new and important areas of research.&quot; http://www.gastro.org/news_items/dr-van-tilburg-conducts-important-pediatric-gi-research-with-aga-grant http://www.gastro.org/news_items/dr-van-tilburg-conducts-important-pediatric-gi-research-with-aga-grant Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Gastric Cancer, Gut microbiome, Motility disorders, Research Funding <p>Don&rsquo;t miss upcoming deadlines to apply for funding from the AGA Research Foundation. Yearly grants foster scientific discovery and the application of new knowledge to improve the care of patients with digestive disease.</p> <p>Applications are due in August for the following grants:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>New! <a href=”/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-international-research-scholar-award-in-neurogastroenterology”>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Neurogastroenterology</a>:</strong> This award provides $90,000 per year for three years (total $270,000) to a young investigator working in the field of neurogastroenterology. The application deadline is <strong>Aug. 14, 2015</strong>.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>New! <a href=”/grants/aga-takeda-pharmaceuticals-international-research-scholar-award-in-gut-microbiome-research”>AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Gut Microbiome Research</a>:</strong> This award provides $90,000 per year for three years (total $270,000) to a young investigator studying the role of the gut microbiome in the function or diseases of the digestive system. The application deadline is <strong>Aug. 14, 2015</strong>.</li> <li><strong><a href=”/grants/aga-r-robert-sally-funderburg-research-award-in-gastric-cancer”>AGA-R. Robert &amp; Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer</a>:</strong> This award provides $50,000 per year for two years (total $100,000) to an established investigator working on novel approaches in gastric cancer research. The application deadline is <strong>Aug. 21, 2015</strong>.</li> </ul> <p>Visit the <a href=”/research-funding”>AGA website</a> to view all of the awards and to apply. Some of the awards listed above are recurring on a yearly basis; check out past recipients listed on each individual award page to learn more about their funded research.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Three grants from the AGA Research Foundation have deadlines in August 2015; don’t miss your opportunity to get up to $270,000 in funding. false false true false false 6 true false Three grants from the AGA Research Foundation have deadlines in August 2015; don’t miss your opportunity to get up to $270,000 in funding. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/researchers-in-north-america-get-funding-now http://www.gastro.org/news_items/researchers-in-north-america-get-funding-now Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Pancreatic Cancer, Research Funding <p><img alt=”” src=”/about/aga-research-foundation/grant-recipients/Christina_A._Twyman_Saint_Victor_Awardee_172.jpg” style=”width: 172px; height: 172px; float: right; margin-left: 10px;” />AGA would like to highlight Christina A. Twyman-Saint Victor, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania, a proud recipient of the&nbsp;2015 <a href=”/grants/research-scholar-award-rsa” style=”line-height: 1.6;”>AGA Research Scholar Award</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Twyman-Saint Victor's&nbsp;research focuses on pancreatic cancer, which has a dismal prognosis and is expected to be the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2020. Despite advances in its management, most patients are resistant to treatment and the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment plays an integral role in this resistance.</p> <p>Dr. Twyman-Saint Victor and her team are exploring a novel treatment option designed to harness&nbsp;the immune response using immunotherapy and radiotherapy to create an anti-tumor immune response. Despite promising results in their animal models, resistance to treatment still occurs. To better understand mechanisms of resistance to combined radiotherapy and immunotherapy, this project will investigate how mechanistically radiotherapy affects response to immunotherapy. The information gained will be used to devise rationale and novel treatment regimens for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma that can be applied to the development of clinical trials.</p> <p>Dr. Twyman-Saint Victor would like to thank the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a> for supporting her research as she transitions to an independent physician-researcher.</p> <p>If you'd like to support young researchers such as Dr.&nbsp;Twyman-Saint Victor, <a href=”https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=75701″>make a donation to the AGA Research Foundation</a>.</p>Here’s how one young investigator is using her grant from the AGA Research Foundation. false false false false false 5 true false Here’s how one young investigator is using her grant from the AGA Research Foundation. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-funded-researcher-explores-novel-treatment-option-for-pancreatic-cancer http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-funded-researcher-explores-novel-treatment-option-for-pancreatic-cancer Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Cancer of the Gallbladder and Bile Ducts, Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Research Funding, Small Intestinal Cancer <p>Your AGA Research Foundation gifts support Alicia A. Frieburg, from University of Iowa, who received the 2015 AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship Award.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am deeply honored to receive the AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship Award and I would like to thank AGA and the AGA Research Foundation donors for providing such a unique opportunity for those of us who otherwise would not have the means to explore scientific research. As a nursing student, being well-versed in scientific research has profound implications on how I will communicate health findings with my future patient community.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This summer I will be working with Dr. Goel to explore the use of epigenetics in understanding GI cancers and using botanicals to prevent these cancers. I am particularly drawn to this research because epigenetics is such an up-and-coming area to be researched and I am excited to delve into its involvement in disease prevention. Furthermore, I am enthusiastic for the use of plant botanicals to prevent cancer, as ultimately good health will depend on the power of diet.&rdquo;</p> <p>Learn more about the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation”>AGA Research Foundation</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href=”/grants/aga-investing-in-the-future-student-research-fellowship”>AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship Award</a>.</p>Nursing student Alicia A. Frieburg will explore this question during an AGA-funded summer fellowship. false false false false false 5 true false Nursing student Alicia A. Frieburg will explore this question during an AGA-funded summer fellowship. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/can-plant-botanicals-prevent-cancer http://www.gastro.org/news_items/can-plant-botanicals-prevent-cancer Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Colorectal Cancer, Research Funding <p><img src=”/about/aga-research-foundation/Xue_Photo_2_opt.jpg” style=”padding-bottom: 10px; padding-right: 10px; float: left; width: 172px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; height: 172px;” />Your AGA Research Foundation gifts support Xiang Xue, PhD, from University of Michigan, who received the 2015 AGA Research Scholar Award for his work: understanding the mechanisms of iron-driven colon tumorigenesis.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am greatly honored to receive the 2015 AGA Research Scholar Award and would like to thank selection committee for their recognition of my work and the foundation members who generously contributed to this award. I am receiving this grant at a very critical stage in my career. This funding will facilitate the further development of my academic career in GI physiology and disease. My research focuses on mechanisms, which drive the progression of colon cancer. The role of cell metabolism in colon cancer has been well studied. However, understanding mechanisms and significance of micronutrient metabolism in cancer are not known. Several large epidemiological studies show a direct correlation between high systemic iron levels and colon cancer risk. Previously we reported that dysregulation of local iron homeostasis by the transcription factor HIF2<em>&alpha;</em>&nbsp;is a major pathway in driving the progression of colon cancer. Currently the precise mechanisms leading to increased intratumoral iron and the role iron plays in colon carcinogenesis are still unclear. This fellowship provides me with the opportunity to fill these important gaps to provide novel therapeutic targets for colon cancer treatment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Learn more about the <a href=”/about/aga-research-foundation” target=”_top”>AGA Research Foundation</a>.</p>Your AGA Research Foundation gifts support Dr. Xiang Xue from University of Michigan. false false false false false 5 true false Your AGA Research Foundation gifts support Dr. Xiang Xue from University of Michigan. http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-award-recipient-seeks-to-fill-crc-research-gaps http://www.gastro.org/news_items/aga-award-recipient-seeks-to-fill-crc-research-gaps Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 News Cirrhosis, Liver Transplantation <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>The AGA Research Foundation awarded </span><span style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”>Juan Gonzalez-Abraldes&nbsp;</span><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>the 2015&nbsp;</span><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award, which he will use </span><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>to better understand the pathophysiology of portal hypertension in cirrhosis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Specifically,&nbsp;</span><span style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”>Dr. Gonzalez-Abraldes</span><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>&nbsp;will investigate the role of the gut derived metabolite propionate in the pathogenesis of portal hypertension.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style=”line-height: 1.6;”>Dr. Gonzalez-Abraldes, who recently moved to North America, said he is very thankful to the AGA Research Foundation for the grant, which&nbsp;</span><span style=”line-height: 20.7999992370605px;”>will be &quot;instrumental&quot; in moving forward on his research in portal hypertension.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>false false false false false false false http://www.gastro.org/news_items/resear http://www.gastro.org/news_items/resear