The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $1,516,742 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastro­enterology. For 2020, the ACG Institute will support four Junior Faculty Development Awards, at an overall level of $300,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2020 Clinical Research Awards will go to 7 investigators, for a total of $253,049. The Medical Resident Awards and Medical Student Awards – new this year – will go to 9 investigators – for a total of $63,693.

2020 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant

The ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant is a three-year award in the amount of $300,000, 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.

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Kimberly Harer, MD, ScM
University of Michigan
Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) to Identify Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in Adult Gastroenterology Patients
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Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH, MSCE
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Improving Surgical Risk Prediction in Patients with Cirrhosis
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Ju Dong Yang, MD, MS
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Extracellular Vesicle as a Novel Circulating Biomarker for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

2020 ACG Clinical Research Awards

Each year, the Institute offers Clinical Research Awards, in the amount of $50,000 for original clinical research. In 2020, 3 investigators were funded.

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Vipul Jairath, MD, PhD
Western University
Development and Validation of a Novel Disease Activity Index for Pouchitis
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Bryan Sauer, MD, MSc (Clin Res)*
University of Virginia
Identifying Food Triggers in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) through Serum and Tissue IgG4 Levels
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Sachin Wani, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Study of Compliance, Practice Patterns, and Barriers REgarding Established National Screening Programs for Barrett’s Esophagus: SCREEN-BE

2020 ACG Clinical Research Award Pilot Grant Recipients

The Institute also considers proposals within the Clinical Research Award category for pilot awards of up to $15,000. In 2020, 4 investigators were funded.

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Ankush Kalra, MD
University of California, Irvine
Dietary Counseling and Culinary Medicine in Gastroenterology Fellowship Training
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Raaj Mehta, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Discovery of Gut Microbial Pathways for 5-ASA Metabolism
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Daniel Schupack, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester
The Role of Colonic Mucosal Colonization of C. difficile in Recurrent C. difficile infection
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Amelie Therrien, MD, MS
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Involvement of Mast Cells in Symptomatic Celiac Disease

2020 Medical Resident Clinical Research Award (up to $10,000)

The ACG Medical Resident Clinical Research Award is a new one-year award in the amount of $10,000 for original clinical research. For 2020, 5 investigators were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Jonathan Downie, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Colon Cancer Evolution in MUTYH Heterozygotes
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Stephen Firkins, MD
The Ohio State University
A Cloud-hosted Artificial Intelligence Algorithm for the Automated Detection of Polyps During Colonoscopy: A Pilot Study
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Eric Lorio, MD
UT Health San Antonio
Pediatric ERCP: A Multi-Pronged Examination of Short-Term and Long-Term Outcomes
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Jesus Luevano, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Functional and Transcriptional Consequences of Aspirin Use on the Human Fecal Microbiome
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Chiraag Kulkarni, MD
Stanford University
Outcomes of Infections in Patients with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: An Analysis of the Effect of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Status

2020 Medical Student Research Award (up to $5,000)

The ACG Medical Student Research Award is a new 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 2020, 4 medical students were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Nia Adeniji, M. Eng
Stanford School of Medicine
Prognostic Role of Tumor-Associated Macrophages in Hepatocellular Carcinoma
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Jordyn Feingold, MAPP
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Empowered Transitions: Understanding the Experience of Transitioning to Adult Care Among Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Their Parents Using Photovoice
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Soham Rege, BS
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Provider Recommendations after Surveillance Colonoscopy in Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study
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Sho Yoshitake, BS
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Comparison of Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Statins in the Chemoprevention of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Meta-analysis

*ACG / Takeda 2020 Clinical Research Awards
Takeda has provided unrestricted support to the ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education. In recognition, the ACG/Takeda Clinical Research Awards are provided to qualifying investigators. The ACG/Takeda Clinical Research Award is designated after the ACG Research Committee has made its grant decisions and the awardees have accepted.