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The American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation is the charitable arm of the AGA and plays an important role in medical research by providing grants to young scientists at a critical time in their career.

“I am beyond excited to be able to continue my journey as a young physician-scientist with the funding support. I truly understand that my career would not be possible without those who generously support scientific research. I am humbled at the opportunity to contribute to something larger than myself. As such, I am extremely grateful to the AGA Research Foundation and its donors who continue to support this vision of a future where suffering related to digestive diseases has been eliminated,” said Brian A. Sullivan, MD, a 2021 AGA Research Scholar Award recipient, who is a physician-scientist who aspires to lead a collaborative research program and develop more effective strategies for colorectal cancer prevention.

Brian A. Sullivan, MD, a 2021 AGA Research Scholar Award recipient, is with Duke University in North Carolina

Dr. Brian Sullivan

In the past decade alone, we’ve witnessed seminal work in colorectal cancer genetics and a renaissance in the understanding of inflammatory bowel syndrome and the gut microbiome. However, continued progress in advancing the treatment and cure of digestive diseases is at risk because of cuts in government spending. Without help from other funding sources, young investigators are struggling to continue their research, build their research portfolio, and obtain federal funding.

Your contribution makes a difference

With donations from AGA members, we can provide young researchers with a secure, ongoing stable source of funding that drives advancement in the diagnosis, treatment and cure of digestive diseases. Everyone benefits from GI research developed by dedicated investigators.

Michael Camilleri, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Michael Camilleri

“I donated to the AGA Research Foundation to ensure the vitality of our specialty, and to fund the research of future generations of gastroenterologists. Funding from organizations like the AGA Research Foundation is crucial for young scientists and gastroenterologists to launch their careers. At the start of my career, I received two AGA research awards. As a grateful recipient of such funding, I felt it was my turn to support the mission of the organization that I regard as my academic home away from home institution,” said Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF, chair of the AGA Research Foundation and AGA Past President.

Many breakthroughs have been achieved through gastroenterological and hepatological research over the past century, forming the basis of the modern medical practice. Join fellow AGA members by contributing to this tradition of discovery.

Make a tax-deductible donation to the AGA Research Foundation at or by mail to 4930 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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