Fund the Future of Digestive Diseases

On behalf of the GI Research Foundation Associates Board, thank you for taking the time to watch the video and support our virtual campaign for GI research. Thank you to Katie Bryan Rainey, Associates Board VP of Marketing, and the other volunteers who donated their time to honor Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner’s legacy.

Together, we raised nearly $9,000 and counting to support the field leaders of today and tomorrow in their research efforts. We are thrilled to be able to invest in heroes who have been fighting through a pandemic to give patients and their families earlier diagnoses, better treatments, and exceptional care as they search for underlying causes and cures for digestive diseases. 

But the Associates Board isn’t stopping here. Check back here for more updates on our plans for 2022.

The Associates Board

Since 1997, the young professionals of the Associates Board have raised more than $500,000 to fund groundbreaking research by future field leaders working to provide relief and hope for patients and families suffering from digestive diseases.

News from the Associates Board

2021 Associates Board Grant Recipients

This year, the Associates Board awarded a record $37,575 to four grant recipients. The 2021 cohort includes third-year pediatric Fellow Mora Puertolas, BA, MBBS; second-year pediatric Fellow Julia Kleinhenz, MD; third-year gastroenterology Fellow Ariel Halper Stromberg, MD, PhD; and post-doctoral scholar Madeleine Durkee, PhD.

Hitting a Home Run for GI Research

In 2021, the Associates Board held a drawing for a VIP Cubs experience and raised nearly $1,600 for GI research at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center.

Associates Board

The Associates Board hosts events throughout the year in support of researchers at the beginning of their careers. Past events include an annual cocktail party and “Team Up for GI Research” spin event. Check back for upcoming events!


Our volunteers are the heart of our mission. Help us prevent, treat, and cure digestive disease.