The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $707,420 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastro­enterology. For 2019, the ACG Institute will support one Junior Faculty Development Grant, at an overall level of $300,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2019 Clinical Research Awards will go to 12 investigators, including one for a Smaller Programs Clinical Research Award, for a total of $407,420.

2019 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant Recipient

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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Dustin Carlson, MD, MSCI
Northwestern University
Biomechanical Assessment of the Esophagogastric Junction and Application of Predictive Analytics to Enhance Evaluation of Functional Dysphagia

2019 ACG Clinical Research Award Recipients

Each year, the Institute offers Clinical Research Awards, in the amount of $50,000 for original clinical research. In 2019, 7 investigators were funded.

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Eileen Carpenter, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
Using Endoscopic Fine Needle Biopsies of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma for Precision Medicine
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Sonia Friedman, MD, FACG*
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Long-Term Motor and Cognitive Function in the Children of Women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Hamed Khalili, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
A Single-Cell Survey of Large Intestine in Microscopic Colitis
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Ellen Kuenzig, PhD*
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
Predictors, Patterns and Outcomes of Opioid Use in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG
University of Minnesota & Minneapolis VAHCS
Maximizing Detection of Right Sided Adenomas and Sessile Serrated Adenomas Through a Polyp Detection Poster: A Prospective Controlled Study in a Large GI Community Practice
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Elena Stoffel, MD, MPH
University of Michigan
Dysregulation of Notch Signaling Pathway in Young Onset Colorectal Cancer
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Nicole Welch, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Protein Supplementation Targeting Window of Anabolic Opportunity to Prevent Hepatic Encephalopathy

2019 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 2019, 4 investigators were funded.

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Rana Abraham, MD, MS
Rush University Medical Center
Defining the Mechanisms of Constipation In Parkinson’s Disease
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Nneka Ufere, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Advance Care Planning Video Decision Support Tool for Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease
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Xiao Jing Wang, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Establishment and Validation of a New Protocol and Normative Values for the Evaluation of Gastric Emptying and Gastric Accommodation in Bariatric Surgery Patients
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Jonathan Xia, MD, PhD
Northwestern University
Metabolic Biomarkers as Predictors of NASH Recurrence After Liver Transplant

2019 ACG "Smaller Programs" Clinical Research Award Recipient

In addition, the Institute offers “Smaller Programs” Clinical Research Awards in the amount of $35,000, specifically aimed at supporting junior faculty at smaller GI training programs in the United States and Canada. The objective of this award is to generate excellent clinical research from a more varied group of institutions and to make this support meaningful and productive.

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Vu Nguyen, MD, MS
Carilion Medical Center – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Endoscopic Ultrasound Helps Differentiate and Monitor Disease Activity in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

*ACG / Takeda 2019 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.