The Associates Board

Founded in 1997, the Associates Board is made up of professional volunteers and emerging leaders united by determination and dedication to educating our communities in the prevention, treatment and  cure for digestive diseases. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, we focus on funding leading-edge research by supporting diverse physicians and scientists early in their careers.

Associates Board Annual Cocktail Party:

Reunited for GI Health

September 23, 2022|7:00 – 9:00 PM|Radisson Blue Aqua

Was a Smash Success!

Thank You

After two long years apart, due to the pandemic, our annual cocktail party was back last Friday – live and in person. We had a blast celebrating with you and raising tens of thousands of dollars for the GI research projects for current and future field leaders. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors and everyone who joined us for fun and games on Friday. Check out our event photos and highlights in the slideshow.

We’ll see you at our next event soon! Check back soon for updates!

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

The Huiras Family

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The Logan Family

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Howard Grill

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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.

Funding the Future of Digestive Diseases

In 2021, the Associates Board raised more than $10,000 in their virtual campaigns to support the field leaders of today and tomorrow in their research efforts.

A special thank you to Katie Bryan Rainey, Associates Board member, for offering her Senior Line Producer services, and to the other volunteers who donated their time, services, and expertise to honor Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner’s legacy and raise funds for the GI leaders of today and tomorrow through the Fund the Future Virtual Campaign.

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.