Grant Recipients

ACG Clinical Research Awards 2016

The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $1,032,064 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastroenterology. For 2016, the ACG Institute will support three Junior Faculty Development Grants, at an overall level of $600,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2016 Clinical Research Awards will go to 18 investigators for a total of $407,238.

Founded in 1994, the Institute has provided funding to 596 investigators for research directly relating to the clinical gastrointestinal practice with funding of just over $17.5 million. Thanks to generous support of ACG members and from industry, the ACG Institute has a dedicated source of funds to support clinical research and education priorities.

2016 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant – $300,000 each

The ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant is a three-year award designed to support a junior faculty member or mid-career clinical investigator of outstanding promise to establish an independent, productive career in gastroenterology or hepatology. This award of $100,000 per year for each of three years provides salary support for protected time to young investigators at critical points in their career development.

The ACG Board of Trustees approved the two awards recommended by the ACG Research Committee from their review of an excellent field of applicants:

Jessica R. Allegretti, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Altered Bile Salt Composition Secondary to Intestinal Dysbiosis: Mechanisms Underlying Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infections

Siddharth Singh, MD, MS, University of California San Diego
Impact of Obesity on Disease Course and Treatment Response in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

2016 ACG Clinical Research Awards

Each year, the College offers Clinical Research Awards of up to $35,000 for original clinical research. The mission of the ACG Clinical Research Awards program is to fund innovative research that is patient-care oriented. The Committee also considers proposals for pilot awards of up to $10,000 within this category. Selected for funding for 2016:

Andrew S. Allegretti, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
In-depth Understanding of Hepatorenal Syndrome and Potential Therapies

Jose D. Debes, MD, MS, University of Minnesota
The Role of Progesterone Receptor Mutations in Hepatitis E Infection in Immunosuppressed Hosts

Prasad G. Iyer, MD, MS, FACG, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Influence of Central Obesity on the Esophageal Epithelial Barrier

Zhenghui G. Jiang, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Adenosine deaminase 2 in the Fibrosis of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Katsuyuki Miyabe, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic Rochester
The Role of the Biliary and Gut Microbiome in the Progression of Cholangiocarcinoma and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Aldo J. Montano-Loza, MD, MSc, PhD, University of Alberta
Diagnostic Significance and Prognostic Implications of Chemokine-Cytokine Profiles in Autoimmune Hepatitis

Ali Rezaie, MD, MSc, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
The Development of IBS and the Role of Autoantibodies in Military Personnel Pre- and Post-Deployment

Laura Targownik, MD, MSHS, University of Manitoba
Using Linked Population-Based Administrative Datasets to Evaluate Maternofetal Outcomes among Women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Sachin B. Wani, MD, University of Colorado
A Prospective Multi-Center Study Evaluating Endoscopy Competence among Gastroenterology Trainees in the Era of the Next Accreditation System

Ju Dong Yang, MD, MSc, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Detection of Actionable or Predictive Tumor DNA Mutations in Peripheral Blood (Liquid Biopsy) from Patients with Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA)

2016 ACG Clinical Research Awards
Pilot Grants up to $10,000

Nitin Aggarwal, MD, Cleveland Clinic
The Role of Buspirone in Functional Dysphagia

Veeral H. Ajmera, MD, University California, San Francisco
The Association Between Serum NKG2D Ligands and Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis

Siwar Albashir, MD, McMaster University
Reducing Anxiety in Patients Undergoing First-time Colonoscopy: A Pilot and Feasibility Study for Randomized Controlled Trial

Khurram Bari, MD, University of Cincinnati
A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Budesonide as an Alternative to Prednisone for Liver Transplant Immune Suppression

Bryan G. Sauer, MD, MSc, University of Virginia
Evaluation of the New American Gastroenterological Association Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Asymptomatic Neoplastic Pancreatic Cysts through Use of Modeling

Itishree Trivedi, MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Adaptation of a Quality Improvement Toolbox for Young Adults with IBD

Serre-Yu Wong, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Pre-inflammatory Host-Microbial Changes in Crohn’s Disease Patients with NOD2 Mutations

James L. Buxbaum, MD, University of Southern California
Pilot Study of Quantitative Contrast Enhanced Endoscopic Ultrasound for Evaluation of Pancreatic Lesions

2016 ACG “Smaller Programs” Clinical Research Award

Given the ACG Institute’s aims to stimulate and support excellent clinical GI research, while at the same time maintaining an ongoing commitment to fund the best science, funds under the new category of Clinical Research Award established in 2011 are intended to make the promise of a research career more broadly available by targeting investigators at smaller training programs.

The recipient for 2016 is:
Ransome Eke, MD, PhD, MPH, Greenville Health System
EoE Smoking Exposure Study