The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $1,926,744 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastroenterology. For 2021, the ACG Institute will support two Junior Faculty Development Awards, at an overall level of $900,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2021 ACG Clinical Research Awardees include one Mid-Career Bridge Award, a new award type at an overall level of $300,000 for established investigators who have experienced a lapse in federal funding which requires a short-term bridge funding to sustain the investigator’s robust research program. The new joint ACG/ASGE Epidemiologic Research Award in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, is supporting one investigator at up to $50,000 to support research for projects involving the use and outcomes of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy using GIQuIC. The 2021 Clinical Research Awards (including Pilot Awards) will go to 7 investigators, for a total of $279,790. The Medical Resident Awards and Medical Student Awards will go to 5 investigators – for a total of $37,075.

2021 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant

The ACG Junior Faculty Development Award is a three-year award, newly increased this year to $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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Eileen Carpenter, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
The Tumor Immune Microenvironment and Pancreatic Cancer Chemoresistance
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Nicole Rich, MD
UT Southwestern
Sex and Gender Disparities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence and Prognosis

2021 ACG Mid-Career / Senior Clinical Scientist Bridge Funding Award

The ACG Mid-Career/ Senior Clinical Scientist Bridge Funding Award is a new award category offered this year, it is a two-year award, totaling $300,000, that provides bridge funding for established investigators who have experienced a lapse in federal funding to support their science while they are between federal grants. This award of $150,000 per year for two years provides protected time to allow investigators to bridge to federal funding.

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Johane Allard, MD
Toronto General Hospital
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Relationship between Hepatic Gene Expression, Intestinal Microbiome and Disease Severity

2021 ACG/ASGE Epidemiologic Research Award in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

The new 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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Jason Dominitz, MD, MHS
University of Washington School of Medicine
Comparison of Colonoscopy Quality Metrics Among Individuals Undergoing Diagnostic Colonoscopy for an Abnormal Fecal Occult Blood Test, Abnormal FIT-DNA Test or Average Risk Screening Colonoscopy in a National Colonoscopy Registry

2021 ACG Clinical Research Awards

Each year, the Institute offers Clinical Research Awards, in the amount of $50,000 for original clinical research. In 2021, 5 investigators were funded.

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Freddy Caldera, DO, MS
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Immunogenicity and Safety of a COVID 19 Vaccine in Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Liver Transplant Recipients
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Girish Hiremath, MD, MPH
Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Metagenomics and Metatranscriptomics to Unravel Host-Microbiome Cross-talk in Children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis
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Neil Marya, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Development and Validation of a Cytology-based Convolutional Neural Network Model for the Diagnosis of Cholangiocarcinoma
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Amanda Muir, MD, MTR
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Evaluating Eating Behaviors in Children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis
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Robert Wong, MD, MS, FACG
Stanford University School of Medicine/Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Evaluating Epidemiology and Outcomes of Patients with Hepatitis B Virus and Tuberculosis Co-Infection Across Two Unique Hepatitis B Cohorts

2021 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 2021, two investigators were funded.

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Michael Li, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Predictors and Outcomes of Steroid-Refractory Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Hepatitis
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Guilherme Piovezani Ramos, MD
Mayo Clinic
The Use of the Metabolome to Improve Clinical Outcomes in Checkpoint Inhibitor Associated Colitis

2021 Medical Resident Clinical Research Award

The ACG Medical Resident Clinical Research Award is a new one-year award in the amount of $10,000 for original clinical research. For 2021, 3 investigators were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Chansong Choi, MD, MS
Mayo Clinic
Exploration of Sarcopenia Index (SI) Among Patients with Cirrhosis
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Roupen Djinbachian, MD
University of Montreal
Effect of Serrated Polyps at Index Colonoscopy on Risk of Metachronous High-Risk Adenomas
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Achintya Singh, MBBS, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Predictors for Recurrence of Ampullary Polyps after Endoscopic Papillectomy: A Multicenter, Retrospective Study

2021 Medical Student Research Award

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 2021, 2 medical students were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Chung-Heng (Peter) Liu, BS, MS
Drexel University College of Medicine
Clinical Predictors of Intensive Care Unit Transfer in Admitted Patients with Cirrhosis
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Matthew Zhao, BS
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
The Role of Chronic Kidney Disease in the Development of Hepatic Encephalopathy Following Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Placement for Refractory Ascites