2024 ACG Research Grants Infographic

2024 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant

The ACG Junior Faculty Development Award is a three-year award of $450,000, designed to support a junior faculty member of outstanding promise to establish an independent, productive career in gastroenterology or hepatology. This award of $150,000 per year for each of three years provides salary support for protected time to young investigators at critical points in their career development.

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Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
Initiating Colorectal Cancer Screening in Unscreened Individuals 45 to 54
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Jennifer M. Kolb, MD, MS
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Preventing Post-Endoscopy Esophageal Adenocarcinoma in Barrett’s Esophagus
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Jorge D. Machicado, MD, MPH
University of Michigan
Towards a Precision Medicine Approach to Treat Pain in Chronic Pancreatitis
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Kara Wegermann, MD
Duke University
Lipid Metabolite Profiles and Cardiovascular Events in Persons with HIV (PWH) who have Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Steatotic Liver Disease (MASLD)

2024 ACG Established Investigator Bridge Funding Award

The ACG Established Investigator Bridge Funding Award is a two-year award supporting 30% protected time as bridge funding for established investigators. This bridge funding grant of $150,000 per year for 2 years is designed to support researchers principally focused on digestive or liver diseases, and to sustain their competitive, patient-oriented research programs during a gap in federal program funding.

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Renumathy Dhanasekaran, MD, PhD
Stanford University
Molecular Determinants of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Disparities Among Hispanic Patients
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Randy Longman, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine
Defining a Fiber-Responsive Functional Microbiome to Treat Ulcerative Colitis

2024 ACG Leonidas Berry Health Equity Research Award

The Leonidas Berry Health Equity Research Award (HERA) was re-named in honor of the life and legacy of Leonidas H. Berry, MD, MACG, ACG’s first African American member (1946) and champion of social change to de-segregate hospitals and medical schools. This award is a two-year award with funding up to $75,000 ($50,000 year-one, $25,000 year-two based on progress) to support actionable science that will translate to reducing health and/or healthcare disparities, thereby promoting health equity.

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Jin Ge, MD, MBA
University of California, San Francisco
Applying Large Language Models-Driven Natural Language Processing to Better Understand the Influence of Social Determinants of Health on Disparities in Liver Transplantation

2024 ACG/ASGE Epidemiologic Research Award

in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

The joint ACG/ASGE Epidemiologic Research Award in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy supports up to $50,000 for research projects involving the use and outcomes of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy using the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC).

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Lovekirat Singh Dhaliwal, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Impact of Social Determinants of Health in Barrett’s Esophagus Surveillance and Management: An Analysis using the GIQuIC database

2024 ACG Clinical Research Awards

Each year, the Institute offers Clinical Research Awards, in the amount of $50,000 for original clinical research. In 2024, 2 investigators were funded.

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Hisham Hussan, MD, FACG
University of California, Davis
Analyzing Sex-Specific Changes in Colorectal Cancer Pathways After Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
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Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
Clinical and Microbial Effects of Xylooligosaccharide Prebiotics for the Induction of Remission in Ulcerative Colitis *

*ACG/J&J Clinical Research Award

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has provided unrestricted support to the ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education. In recognition, the ACG/J&J Clinical Research Award is designated after the ACG Research Committee has made its grant decisions and the awardees have accepted.

2024 ACG Clinical Research Award Pilot Grant Recipients

Each year, the Institute offers Clinical Research Pilot Awards, in the amount of $15,000 for original clinical research. In 2024, 2 investigators were funded.

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Brian T. Li, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Family-Based Epidemiological Study of Helicobacter pylori Prevalence in the United States
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Swetha Parvataneni, MD
Indiana University Health
Harnessing the Patient Perspective to Improve Emergency Department Utilization in Cirrhosis

2024 Medical Resident Clinical Research Award

The ACG Medical Resident Clinical Research Award is a one-year award in the amount of $10,000 for original clinical research. For 2024, 7 investigators were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Robert C. Chase, MD
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Diaphragmatic Breathing for the Treatment of Bloating and Distension: a Prospective Pilot Study
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Lizeth Cifuentes, MD
University of Pittsburg Medical Center
Bridging Genetics and Metabolism for Colon Health in Alaska Native Populations
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Davis A. Hartnett, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Comparison of Esophageal Gene Expression Between Allergic and Non-Allergic Phenotypes in Eosinophilic Esophagitis
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Benjamin D. Liu, MD
Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center
GERD development among patients starting glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists: a single center study
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Joshua Norman, MD
Stanford University
Risk Stratification of Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma for Liver Transplant Allocation
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Sanjana Verma, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Assessing the Impact of Varied Alcohol Consumption Patterns on the Development of Cirrhosis through Longitudinal Transient Elastography Measurements
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Xiaohan Ying, MD
New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell
Medication Utilization and Pricing for Patients With Viral Hepatitis

2024 Medical Student Research Award

The ACG Medical Student Research Award is an award for first, second, or third-year medical students, of up to $5,000 for a 6-10 week summer research project in gastroenterology or hepatology. For 2024, 5 medical students were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Abid Anwar, BS
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Investigating Mitochondrial Dysfunction-Induced Inflammation in Biliary Organoids from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Patients
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Insa Mannstadt, BS, BA
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
How Sociodemographic Factors May Influence The Impact of Gut Microbiome-Based Treatments
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Catherine Tang, AB
New York University Langone Medical Center
Impact of Mild Endoscopic Disease Activity on Short-term Clinical and Quality of Life Outcomes in Older Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Haakim Waraich, BARSC-MD
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia
Comparison of Safety and Efficacy of Endoscopic Biliary Stents for Malignant Biliary Strictures: A Systemic Review and Meta-analysis
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Tian Zhang, BS
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Effects of Esophageal Monitoring and Interventions on Lung Transplant Patients