The AGA Research Foundation funds 52 promising research projects

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Bethesda, MD (May 7, 2019) -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is thrilled to announce the 52 researchers selected to receive funding through the AGA Research Foundation Awards Program. The AGA Research Foundation will provide more than $3 million in research funding in the 2019 award year.

"The 2019 class of AGA Research Foundation awardees represents some of the most innovative and promising early-stage investigators working in the field of gastroenterology," said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair, AGA Research Foundation. "We're proud to support these individuals as they continue on their ultimate mission to improve the treatment and care of digestive disease patients through their discoveries."

Of the 2019 class of awardees, 40 percent are performing clinical research and 58 percent hold MD, MD/PhD or equivalent degrees. Forty-four percent of awardees are female and 8 percent are from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine. In line with the AGA Research Foundation's mission to support the next generation of researchers in digestive diseases, 88 percent of the 2019 awardees are early career investigators.

The AGA Research Foundation Awards Program recruits, retains and supports the most promising investigators in gastroenterology and hepatology. With AGA Research Foundation funding, recipients have protected time for research that will enhance the diagnosis, management, treatment and potentially cure of digestive disorders. AGA grants have launched the careers of investigators doing important work that translates to new patient care tools for clinicians and better outcomes for patients.

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

This year's awardees will be recognized during several AGA Research Foundation events at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019, taking place May 18-21 in San Diego, California.

AGA Research Scholar Award

Hui-Hua Chang, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Parambir Dulai, MD, University of California, San Diego
Rodney Infante, MD, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
Shailja Shah, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Michael Thompson, MD, PhD, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri

AGA-Bern Schwartz Family Fund Research Scholar Award in Pancreatic Cancer

Jason Pitarresi, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia

AGA-Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine Research Scholar Award in Pediatric Genomics

Amy Hemperly, DO, University of California, San Diego

AGA-Shire Research Scholar Award in Functional GI and Motility Disorders*

Eric Shah, MD, MBA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

*Funded by Shire Plc, now part of Takeda

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Xiao Tan, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

AGA-R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer

Alexander Brodsky, PhD, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence

AGA-Allergan Foundation Pilot Research Award in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Julia Ganz, PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing

AGA-Allergan Foundation Pilot Research Award in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Brian DeBosch, MD, PhD, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri

AGA-Boston Scientific Technology and Innovation Pilot Award

Patrick Yachimski, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer

Pawel Mazur, PhD, DSc, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award

Julian Abrams, MD, MS, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

Jatin Roper, MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology

Thiruvengadam Muniraj, MD, PhD, MRCP, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

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

Matthew Olson, PhD, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Shailja Shah, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Siddharth Singh, MBBS, MS, University of California, San Diego

AGA-Rome Foundation Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award

Joan Chen, MD, MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Arpana Gupta, PhD, The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

AGA-Moti L. & Kamla Rustgi International Travel Awards

Vera Peters, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

Clement Wu, MBBS, MRCP, M.Med, Singapore General Hospital

AGA Fellow Abstract of the Year

Muyiwa Awoniyi, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

AGA Fellow Abstract Prize

Jennifer Cai, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Amanda Cartee, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Nour Eissa, PhD, BVetMed, PGDip, MVSc, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Amy Engevik, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Lasha Gogokhia, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York

Houssam Halawi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Monika Laszkowska, MD, New York Presbyterian - Columbia University Medical Center

Rishi Naik, MD, MSCI, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Michael Schumacher, PhD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, California

Sarah Short, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Marianne Spalinger, PhD, University of California, Riverside

Priya Vijayvargiya, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Lan Ye, MD, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, Georgia

AGA Student Abstract of the Year

Amanda Ricciuto, MD, University of Toronto - Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Ontario, Canada

AGA Student Abstract Prize

Rachel Brown, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Sihan Ji, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Rishad Khan, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

David Kruchko, DO, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois

Raaj Mehta, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Anne Meyer, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Alberto Perez-Medina, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Stephanie Rock, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Samantha Savitch, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Erik Snider, MD, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

Yoojin Sohn, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Omar Viramontes, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles

Yiling Zhang, MBBS, Johns Hopkins University Bayview Campus, Baltimore, Maryland

More Information

View all AGA Research Foundation awards.

Learn more about how the AGA Research Foundation funds its awards program.https://www.gastro.org/foundation/our-donors>

Donate to the AGA Research Foundation.

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About the AGA Research Foundation

The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA's effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $51 million in research grants to more than 950 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 http://www.gastro.org/foundation.

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