Founded in 1997, the GI Research Foundation’s Associates Board is made up of professional volunteers and emerging leaders united by determination and dedication to educating our communities on the prevention, treatment, and cures for digestive diseases. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Associates Board focuses on funding cutting-edge research by supporting diverse physicians and scientists early in their careers through its Young Investigator Awards program.

This year, the Associates Board awarded a record $40,000 to four University of Chicago grant recipients.

2023 Young Investigator Awards Recipients:

  • Alan Hutchinson, MD, PhD:  Interaction of body composition and the microbiome in liver disease ($10,000)
  • Deepinder Kaur, PhD:  Role of Akkermansia muciniphila in mucosal healing—a potential microbial therapeutic approach to IBD ($10,000)
  • Alexander Little, PhD:  Bacterial anaerobic respiration and rational bile acid design ($10,000)
  • Gregory Malnassy, PhD:  Targeting the unfolded protein response to enhance PanNETs radiosensitivity ($10,000)


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