Grant Recipients

ACG Clinical Research Awards 2018

The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education is pleased to announce the award of $1,512,145 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastroenterology. For 2018, the ACG Institute will support four Junior Faculty Development Grants, at an overall level of $1,200,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers. The 2018 Clinical Research Awards will go to 10 investigators for a total of $312,145.

Founded in 1994, the Institute has provided funding to 626 investigators for research directly relating to the clinical gastrointestinal practice with funding of just over $19.9 million. Thanks to generous support of ACG members and from industry, the ACG Institute has a dedicated source of funds to support clinical research and education priorities.

2018 ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant – $300,000 each

The ACG Junior Faculty Development Grant is a three-year award 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.

The ACG Board of Trustees approved the four awards recommended by the ACG Research Committee from their review of an excellent field of applicants:

Megan Adams, MD, JD, MSc, University of Michigan
Promoting High-Value Use of Endoscopic Sedation

Parakkal Deepak, MBBS, MS, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Triangular Phenotyping and Response Assessment in Small Bowel Crohn’s Disease using MRE and Novel Proteomic Biomarkers

Girish Hiremath, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Label Free Determination of Biomolecular and Biochemical Signatures in Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Bench to Bedside Application of Raman Spectroscopy

Rena Yadlapati, MD, MSHS, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Determining Best Practices for Reflux Associated Laryngeal Symptoms

2018 ACG Clinical Research Awards

Each year, the College offers Clinical Research Awards, in the amount of $50,000 for original clinical research. The mission of the ACG Clinical Research Awards program is to fund innovative research that is patient-care oriented. The Committee also considers proposals for pilot awards of up to $15,000 within this category. Selected for funding for 2018:

Ajay Bansal, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
Molecular Signatures of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma in Circulating Esophageal-Specific Exosomes

James Buxbaum, MD, University of Southern California
Quantitative Parameters of Pancreatic Contrast EUS Pancreas

Mohammad Nasser Kabbany, MD, Cleveland Clinic
The Effects of Gut Microbiota and FMO3 on Choline Bioavailability in Children with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Stacy Menees, MD, MS, University of Michigan
Low FODMAP Plus PEG 3350 for the Treatment of Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Constipation

Suraj Patel, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Identifying the Genetic Drivers of Lean Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

◊ Puneeta Tandon, MD, MSc(Epi), University of Alberta
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Stress Reduction Intervention in Crohn’s Disease (CD): A Randomized Controlled Trial

2018 ACG Clinical Research Awards
Pilot Grants up to $15,000

◊ Jana Al Hashash, MD, MSc, University of Pittsburgh
Patterns of MUC1 Expression in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), PSC-Related Cholangiocarcinoma, and Sporadic Cholangiocarcinoma

Jennifer Horsley-Silva, MD, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Use of Mucosal Impedance in Evaluation of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease after Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy

Patricia Pringle, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fecal Microbiota Transplant as a Treatment for Hepatic Encephalopathy

Priya Vijayvargiya, MD, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Simplifying the Diagnostic Testing for Bile Acid Malabsorption

◊ ACG / Takeda 2018 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.