Grant Recipients

ACG Clinical Research Awards 2014

The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $,1,082,165 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastroenterology. For 2014, the ACG Institute will support three Junior Faculty Development Grants, at an overall level of $675,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2014 Clinical Research Awards will go to 15 investigators for a total of $407,165. Included among this group is one award under the “Smaller Programs” Clinical Research Award established in 2011.

Founded in 1994, the Institute has provided funding to 558 investigators for research directly relating to the clinical gastrointestinal practice with funding of just over $15.1 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.

2014 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant – $225,000 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 $75,000 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 three awards recommended by the ACG Research Committee from their review of an excellent field of applicants:

Manish, Gala, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Identifying High-Risk Genes for Pancreatic Cancer through Multicancer Signatures

Ashwani K. Singal, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Translational Bioenergetics in Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease

Linda C. Cummings, MD, Case Western
Medication and Perioperative Effects on Esophageal Cancer Outcomes

2014 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 2014:

Julian A. Abrams, MD, Columbia University
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Clostridium difficile Infection in Children 

Darwin L. Conwell, MD, Ohio State
Dietary Soy Isoflavones in Chronic Pancreatitis: Investigating the Anti-inflammatory Effects of Food Innovation Science on Gastrointestinal Disease 

Siddharth Singh, MD, Mayo Clinic
Comparative-Effectiveness of Different Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor-α agents in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Puneeta Tandon, MD, University of Alberta
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Twelve Weeks of Home-Based Exercise Training in Patients with Child Pugh Class A and B Cirrhosis

Ajay Bansal, MD, Kansas City VA
Circulating Exosomes and their MicroRNA Profiles in Barrett’s Esophagus

Ma Somsouk, MD, UCSF, Reconstitution of the Gut Microbiome to Reduce Systemic Inflammation During Treated HIV Infection

Sahil Mittal, MD, Baylor
Effectiveness of Antiviral Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection

Leila Neshatian, MD, Mayo
The Effect of Ranolazine on Gastrointestinal Motor Function and Pain in Patients with Diarrhea Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D)

Jessica E. Ravikoff, MD, Brigham & Women’s
Investigation of Dysbiosis and Bile Salt Composition Associated with C. difficile Infection

Carole, Macaron, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Expression of Annexin A10 in Serrated Polyps May Predict the Development of Metachronous Neoplasia

2014 ACG Clinical Research Awards
Pilot Grants up to $10,000

Rabindra R. Watson, MD, UCLA
Effects of Endoscopic Transoral Outlet Reduction (TORe) on Body Weight, Oral Glucose Tolerance and Satiety in Patients with Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Failure and Weight Regain

Stefany Honigbaum, MD, Johns Hopkins
The Role of LOXL2 in Fibrosing Pediatric Lung and Liver Disease

Benjamin N. Stein, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock
A Pilot, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Promethazine for Treatment of Diabetic Gastroparesis

Prachi S. Biyani, MD, University Hospitals, Cleveland
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treatment of Chronic Antibiotic Dependent Pouchitis

2014 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 2014 is:

Raluca, Vrabie, MD, Winthrop University, Mineola, NY
Optimizing Inpatient Inflammatory Bowel Disease Management through a Computerized Physician Order Entry System