AGA Research Foundation

The AGA Research Foundation is AGA’s charitable arm. Through the foundation, AGA offers research grants to young investigators to foster scientific discovery that will ultimately improve the care of patients with digestive diseases.

We Need Your Support

Research is the only way to advance our field and improve the understanding, prevention, treatment and cure of digestive diseases.

AGA is committed to supporting future research, but the availability of our awards depends on your funding. By funding a grant through the AGA Research Foundation, you can:

• Kickstart the research careers of creative young scientists working towards improving the health and outcomes of patients with digestive disorders.

• Help keep young investigators in research, during a time when federal research funding is limited.

• Showcase your commitment to advancing research, with the ultimate goal of finding new diagnostics and treatments for patients.

Recent Award Winners

See what industry support has meant to AGA Research Foundation grantees. Find out how you can support GI research with a grant in your company’s name.

Josephine Ni, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

“I would like to become an independent investigator and physician scientist who works at a large academic center. The AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease will allow me to develop at a critical time in my career as I acquire research experience and training as a physician scientist with the goal of transitioning to an independent investigator.”

Shrinivas Bishu, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

AGA-Pfizer Young Investigator Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

“I am grateful for being awarded the AGA-Pfizer Young Investigator Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The impact of this award on my career is significant since the preliminary data that could be generated from this study could be used (a) towards a National Institutes of Health K08 award or (b) to foundation funding with the long-term goal of developing these concepts and determine if changes in tissue resident memory T-cell function predict disease response.”

Bani Chander-Roland, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Hofstra School of Medicine, New York, NY

AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology

“It is an honor to receive the AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology. This award will provide me with support to dedicate the necessary effort to successfully expand on my prior work in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and functional bowel syndromes. This award will enable me to take the necessary first steps towards becoming an independent investigator, and has the potential to provide me with the skills, achievements, and scientific direction needed to successfully compete as a physician-scientist for future sources of funding.”

AGA’s Journals: Home for Groundbreaking GI Research


Gastroenterology is the premiere journal in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, with an impact factor of 18.187.


Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH) provides readers with a broad spectrum of themes in GI and hepatology, and ranks 7th of 78 journals in the field.



CMGH is AGA’s newest peer-reviewed journal, publishing impactful digestive biology research in GI, hepatology and pancreatology.

To learn more about Research, please contact Harmony Excellent, director of development.

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