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AGA and Pfizer Inc. call on scientists to offer new approaches to IBD research

American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (July 5, 2016) -- The AGA Research Foundation and Pfizer Inc. are teaming up to offer three research grants to support innovative research projects related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The new AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease will support pilot projects proposed by investigators interested in exploring new research directions in IBD. This award will provide non-salary funds for new investigators to help establish their research careers or, for established investigators, it will support pilot projects that represent new research directions.

"To continue to improve the diagnosis and treatment of IBD, we need innovative researchers with new approaches," said Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH, AGAF, chair of the AGA Research Foundation. "This kind of scientific exploration has the potential to make a tremendous impact on the future of health care. The AGA Research Foundation sincerely thanks Pfizer for its support and commitment to stimulating new lines of research."

The AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease will provide a one-year grant of $30,000 to an investigator at any stage of his or her career to support a pilot research project related to IBD. Pfizer has committed to support one award each year for three years (three recipients total).

Applicants interested in applying should visit the AGA website. The deadline for applications is Jan. 13, 2017, with a funding date of July 1, 2017. The AGA Research Awards Panel will select recipients based on novelty, importance, feasibility, environment, institutional commitment and the overall likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent, more substantial grants.

IBD, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, impacts more than 5 million people worldwide. While researchers have made great strides in understanding IBD, additional work remains to better understand the causes of IBD and the most effective treatment options.


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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

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