AGA Research Foundation Support Enabled University of Puerto Rico Fellow to Present at DDW®

March 21, 2013

Veroushka BallesterYour AGA Research Foundation gifts support Veroushka Ballester, MD, for work at the University of Puerto Rico, who received the 2012 AGA - Horizon Pharma Fellow Abstract Prize.

“Receiving the 2012 AGA Horizon Pharma Fellow Abstract Prize was a true honor. This award contributed greatly to my professional growth. As a first year fellow at the University of Puerto Rico Gastroenterology Program, the opportunity to present at DDW® was very fulfilling. It allowed me to interact with experts in the field and gave me the exposure to up-to-date information and state of the art research projects. The opportunity definitely provided me with a diversity of enriching experiences, which reinforced my interest in continuing a career in research. I have been working on research projects, specifically with IBD, since my residency in internal medicine. My research project, Genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Puerto Rico, was made in collaboration with Cedar Sinai Medical Genetics Institute, making it a unique experience. I had the opportunity of working with an outstanding group of professionals that reinforced the importance of teamwork and commitment and who became my role models. Furthermore, this award helped solidify my interest in pursuing a research and an academic career.”

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