The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $2,218,535 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastroenterology. For 2022, the ACG Institute will support four Junior Faculty Development Awards, at an overall level of $1,800,000—an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2022 ACG Clinical Research Awardees include two Health Equity Research Awards, a NEW award category to support actionable science that will translate to reducing health and/or healthcare disparities, thereby promoting health equity, and will provide $97,022 in funding. The 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 2022 Clinical Research Awards (including Pilot Awards) will go to 8 investigators, for a total of $231,589. The Medical Resident Awards and Medical Student Awards will go to 8 investigators, for a total of $64,924.

2022 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant

The ACG Junior Faculty Development Award is a three-year award, newly increased 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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Sarah Lieber, MD, MSCR
University of Texas Southwestern
Survivorship After Liver Transplantation: Mapping Phenotypes to Identify At‐Risk Survivors Needing Intervention
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Emily Lopes, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Unaffected First‐Degree Relatives
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Nikhilesh Mazumder, MD, MPH
University of Michigan
The Application of Artificial Intelligence, Bedside Monitoring, and Patient Reported Outcomes to Improve Patient Safety and Symptom Relief After Paracentesis
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Amelie Therrien, MD, MSc
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Heterogeneity and Clinical Significance of Mast Cells in Celiac Disease and Other Gluten-Related Disorders

2022 ACG Health Equity Research Award

The Health Equity Research Award is a new award category offered this year, it is a one-year award, totaling $50,000, to support actionable science that will translate to reducing health and/or healthcare disparities, thereby promoting health equity.

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Maya Balakrishnan, MD, MPH
Baylor College of Medicine
Improving Outcomes Among Mexican and Central American Patients with NAFLD
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Rachel Issaka, MD, MAS
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
A Pilot Video Intervention to Decrease Fear of Colonoscopy in a Safety‐Net Healthcare System

2022 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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Seth Crockett, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assessing Variability in Polypectomy Practices and Post‐Polypectomy Adverse Events Among US Endoscopists: Towards Defining Metrics for Polypectomy Quality

2022 ACG Clinical Research Awards

Each year, the Institute offers Clinical Research Awards, in the amount of $50,000 for original clinical research. In 2022, 5 investigators were funded.

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Imran Aziz, MD
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and University of Sheffield
Randomized Trial: Effectiveness and Acceptability of Dietary Therapies in Functional Dyspepsia
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Phillip Gu, MD*
Cedars‐Sinai Medical Center
Thinking Outside the Bowel: The Prognostic Potential of the Mesentery for Post‐Operative Recurrence in Crohn’s Disease
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Daniel Freedberg, MD, MS
Columbia University Medical Center
How the Brain and the Gut Determine Post‐COVID‐19 Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Millie Long, MD, MPH, FACG
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Risk of Skin Cancer with Novel Biologic Therapies in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Yael Nobel, MD
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
The Gut Microbiome in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

*ACG/BMS Clinical Research Award

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

2022 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 2022, 3 investigators were funded.

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Joy Chang, MD, MS
University of Michigan
Evaluating the Value and Use of GI OnDEMAND: A Pilot Study of a Digital Nutrition Intervention
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Christopher Chu, MD
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Muscular Ultrasonography as a New Measure of Sarcopenia and Malnutrition in Children
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Rajesh Shah, MD, MS
Baylor Scott and White
Impact of Biofilms and Microbial Composition on Cancer Outcomes in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer

2022 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 2022, 5 investigators were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Erik Anderson, DO, PhD, MS
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Detection of Circulating Tumor DNA from Colorectal Cancer Patient Sera Using Primer Extension PCR
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Abel Joseph, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Deep Learning System for Differentiation of Malignant from Benign Lymph Nodes on EUS Staging of Esophageal Cancer: A Pilot Study
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Lovekirat Dhaliwal, MD
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Incidence and Predictors of Barrett’s Esophagus after a Negative Index Endoscopic Evaluation: An Analysis Using the GIQuIC Database
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Alexandra Willauer, MD
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Modeling Viral Replication in Vitro Using Human Liver Organoids Derived from Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells: A Pilot Study to Determine the Effects of Sex on NTCP Receptor Expression
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Richard You Wu, MD, PhD
University of Toronto
The Impact of Maternal Disease on Human Milk Oligosaccharide Expression and Neonatal Outcomes in Pregnant Women with IBD

2022 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 2022, 3 medical students were funded. This award separately supports travel to the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Pierce L. Claassen, BS
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
A Single‐Center Study Evaluating the Demographic Features, Diagnostic Work‐Up, Management, Health Outcomes, and ICD‐10 Diagnostic Accuracy of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a Veteran Population
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Shahrin Islam, BS, MS
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Using Telehealth to Improve the Quality of Care Delivered to Veterans with Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
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Michael H. Le, BS, MS
The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
State and County‐Level Prevalence and Forecasting of Chronic Liver Disease in the United States