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May 27, 2020

The AGA Research Foundation provides over $2 million in funding to promising researchers

The AGA Research Foundation funded 17 awards in the 2020 awards cycle. 
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Bethesda, MD (May 27, 2020) — The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is excited to announce the 17 researchers selected to receive funding through the AGA Research Foundation Awards Program. The 2020 award year will provide $2.2 million in research funding to support outstanding investigators working on projects that will enhance our understanding of gastrointestinal and liver conditions and ultimately lead to better treatment options for patients with digestive disorders.   

“The awardees this year have research projects that span the entire digestive tract. These projects have the potential to transform the field,” said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair, AGA Research Foundation. “We are excited to continue the foundation’s support of gifted early career researchers and look forward to seeing how their research evolves with this funding.”  

Of the 2020 class of awardees, half are women and 12% are from racial or ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. In line with the AGA Research Foundation’s mission to support the next generation of researchers in digestive diseases, 71% of the 2020 awardees are early career investigators. Approximately one-third are performing clinical research.   

The AGA Research Foundation Awards Program recruits, retains and supports the most promising researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. With funding from the foundation, recipients have protected time to take their research to the next level.

The AGA awards program is made possible thanks to generous donors and funders. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation at http://foundation.gastro.org.  

RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARDS

AGA RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARD 
  • Andrea Geisz, PhD, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Massachusetts 
  • Haifa Mtaweh, MD, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada 
  • Long H. Nguyen, MD, MS, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston 
  • Shuang Wang, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City
 
AGA-GASTRIC CANCER FOUNDATION BEN FEINSTEIN MEMORIAL RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARD IN GASTRIC CANCER 
  • Samuel J. Klempner, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 
 
AGA-TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARD IN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE 
  • José Ordovas-Montañes, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts 

 

SPECIALTY AWARDS

AGA-CAROLINE CRAIG AUGUSTYN & DAMIAN AUGUSTYN AWARD IN DIGESTIVE CANCER 
  • Peter S. Liang, MD, MPH, New York University Langone Health, New York City  
 
AGA-R. ROBERT & SALLY FUNDERBURG RESEARCH AWARD IN GASTRIC CANCER 
  • Ajay Goel, PhD, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Monrovia, California  

 

PILOT AWARDS

AGA-ALLERGAN FOUNDATION PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE 
  • Chun-Jun Guo, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City  
 
AGA-ALLERGAN FOUNDATION PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE 
  • Jun Wu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
 
AGA-ELSEVIER PILOT RESEARCH AWARD 
  • Hien Dang, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  • Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
 
AGA-PFIZER PILOT RESEARCH AWARD IN INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE 
  • Mallory Chavannes, MD, MHSc, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California 
  • Trevor M. Darby, PhD, MS, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia  
  • Michael Howitt, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine, California   
 
AGA-ROME FOUNDATION FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL AND MOTILITY DISORDERS PILOT RESEARCH AWARD 
  • Nitin Kumar Ahuja, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 
  • Bindu Chandrasekharan, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia   

 

More information

View all AGA Research Foundation awards
Learn more about AGA Research Foundation. 
Donate to the AGA Research Foundation. 

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301-272-0025 

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About the AGA Research Foundation 

The AGA Research Foundation is the cornerstone of AGA’s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundation, has provided more than $58 million in research grants just over 1,000 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 foundation.gastro.org

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