AGA Research Foundation announces 2016 class of research award winners

May 20, 2016

San Diego, CA (May 20, 2016) -- At Digestive Disease Week® 2016, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation will honor its 2016 class of research award winners. The AGA Research Awards Program serves to support talented investigators who are pursuing careers in digestive disease research. A research grant from the AGA Research Foundation ensures that a major proportion of the recipient's time is protected for research.

"The AGA Research Foundation received a record number of applications in 2016 from young investigators working to advance our understanding of digestive and liver diseases," said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, incoming chair of the AGA Research Foundation. "AGA is proud to invest in these 66 talented scientists and looks forward to seeing how each of their research projects will ultimately lead to better care for patients suffering from digestive disorders."

The AGA Research Awards Program is made possible thanks to the foundation's generous donors. To show your support for GI research, visit

Below are the 2016 AGA Research Foundation award recipients. To learn about upcoming research funding opportunities, visit

Research Scholar Awards

AGA-CCFA-Janssen Research Award in IBD Epigenetics Research

AGA-Athena Troxel Blackburn Research Scholar Award in Neuroenteric Disease

AGA-Gilead Sciences Research Scholar Award in Liver Disease

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Neurogastroenterology

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Gut Microbiome

AGA-Boston Scientific Career Development Technology and Innovation Award

R. Robert & Sally D. Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer

AGA Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award

AGA-Rome Foundation Pilot Award in Functional Gastroenterology and Motility

AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn and Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer

AGA-Medtronic Research and Development Pilot Award in Technology

AGA Elsevier Pilot Research Award

AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award

AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowships

AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowships (high school)

AGA/AGA-GRG Fellow Abstract Prizes

AGA-APFED Abstract Awards in Eosinophilic GI Disease Research

AGA Student Abstract Prizes

AGA-Moti L. and Kamla Rustgi International Travel Awards
About the American Gastroenterological Association

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.

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About the AGA Research Foundation

The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA's effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $47 million in research grants to more than 870 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at

About DDW®

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the AGA Institute, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 21-24, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center, CA. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at

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