2016-05-13 12:31:18 UTC

AGA Recognized By White House for Commitment to the Gut Microbiome

May 13, 2016

The White House acknowledged AGA’s new microbiome section and our microbiome research funding opportunities.

Since establishing the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education in 2012, AGA has been committed to leading the medical community in its exploration of the gut microbiome and its impact on health and disease. We are thrilled to be honored by the White House for this commitment to advancing microbiome research.

In a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announcement — issued on May 13 — the White House acknowledged AGA’s new microbiome initiatives, which include:

  • Increased investment in microbiome research: in the upcoming year, AGA will invest $100,000 to support early-career investigators through new microbiome-focused grants, provided by the AGA Research Foundation. The following three microbiome awards are now accepting applications:
    • AGA–Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award — AGA’s newest award will offer a $20,000 educational grant to an investigator who has contributed significant advances towards understanding the role and impact of the gut microbiome on health and well-being. More information is available in this Dannon press release.
    • AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award — This grant will provide $25,000 for one year to an early stage or established investigator to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.
    • AGA Microbiome Junior Investigator Research Award — This award provides $30,000 per year for up to two years to a junior investigator engaged in research related to the gut microbiome. AGA will consider a diverse range of research practices, which include basic, translational, clinical or health services investigation.
  • New AGA Institute Council section: AGA has created a new Microbiome & Microbial Diseases in the Gastrointestinal Tract section to enhance connections and collaborations among AGA members interested in the gut microbiome. Moving forward, this section will be charged with the development of all microbiome-related programming for Digestive Disease Week®. Join this section by updating your section affiliations on the My AGA page of Gastro.org.
  • Clinical microbiome meeting: in the spring of 2017, the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education will host its first annual meeting for health-care professionals on the practical clinical applications of the microbiome. Stay tuned for more information on this program.

AGA is thrilled to join the National Microbiome Initiative and we look forward to continued work to advance research and education around the gut microbiome.

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