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The American Gastroenterological Association’s Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition Honors Outstanding Women for Their Contributions to Digestive Health

Bethesda, MD (March 12, 2008) – The American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2008 Outstanding AGA Women in Science who are being recognized for their exemplary contributions to digestive disease science. These women will be honored through the endowment of the new Sara Jordan Research Scholar Award in their names. Sara Jordan was the AGA’s first woman president.

“The AGA Foundation is pleased to honor the 2008 Outstanding AGA Women in Science who have made outstanding contributions to the field of digestive disease science through clinical education, scholarship, research and patient care,” said Sidney Cohen, MD, AGAF, Chairman of the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition. “We are proud to have such a distinguished group of women serving their communities and participating in leadership roles nationally and internationally.”

The 2008 Outstanding AGA Women in Science are:

  • Kim E. Barrett, PhD, AGAF, Professor of Medicine & Dean of Graduate Studies, University of California, San Diego
  • Christine Ann Cartwright, MD, Professor of Medicine, tanford University Medical School
  • Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia
  • Susan Amber Cummings, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, AGAF, Chief of Gastroenterology, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Anna Mae Diehl, MD, Professor of Medicine & Director, Division of GI, Duke University Medical Center
  • Joanne M. Donovan, MD, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Research, Genzyme Corporation
  • Rosemarie L. Fisher, MD, Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Barbara B. Frank, MD, FACG, FASGE, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Carla H. Ginsburg, MD, MPH, AGAF, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, Professor of Medicine; Chief, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, University of Illinois
  • Susan J. Henning, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Anna S. Lok, MD, AGAF, FRCP, Professor of Internal Medicine; Director of Clinical Hepatology, University of Michigan Health System
  • Shelly C. Lu, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Integrative & Molecular Physiology, University of Michigan Health System
  • Lopa Mishra, MD, Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Georgetown University
  • Ann Ouyang, MBBS, FACP, FACG, AGAF, Graham H. Jeffries Professor of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dawn Provenzale, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
  • Helen E. Raybould, PhD, BSC, Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Ellen J. Scherl-Harbus, MD, FACP, AGAF, Director, Jill Roberts IBD Center; Professor of Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical Center
  • Helen M. Shields, MD, AGAF, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Yvette Taché, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Joanne A. P. Wilson, MD, FACP, AGAF, Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
  • Jacqueline L. Wolf, MD, AGAF, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Teresa L. Wright, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Roche Molecular Systems

Honorees will be recognized at a reception to be held during Digestive Disease Week® (DDW®) on Sunday, May 18, 2008 in San Diego. To learn more, please contact Barbara Lardizabal.

The Sara Jordan Research Scholar Award will be awarded once every three years to a qualified individual pursuing research related to digestive diseases. The award will help the recipients establish independent, productive research careers and will be part of the Foundation’s Research Scholar Awards portfolio.

The AGA Research Scholar Awards address the critical problem of a lack of funding for entry-level researchers in gastroenterology. At a time of unparalleled scientific and clinical opportunity, the field of gastroenterology faces a significant decline in the number of gastroenterologists entering academic research careers. Although the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports a significant amount of gastroenterology research, it rarely funds young investigators working independently without a research track record. Additionally, NIH gastroenterology research funding is proportionately much smaller than for diseases with less similar health impact (such as HIV/AIDS or breast cancer).


The Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition

The Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition (FDHN) is foundation of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). The Foundation’s ultimate mission mirrors that of the AGA: to improve the human condition through understanding, preventing, diagnosing and curing digestive diseases. Separately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of AGA physicians and the lay public, the Foundation raises funds for research and public education. Donors to the Foundation include a significant number of AGA physicians, patients and family members of those who suffer from digestive diseases, and the pharmaceutical industry. To learn more about the AGA Foundation or to make a contribution, please visit www.fdhn.org.
 

The American Gastroenterological Association

The AGA is dedicated to the mission of advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology. Founded in 1897, the AGA is one of the oldest medical-specialty societies in the U.S. The AGA’s more than 16,000 members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. For more information, visit www.gastro.org.

 


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