The Emerging Leaders Council

Founded in 1997, the Emerging Leaders Council 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.

News from the Emerging Leaders Council

Visit our leadership page

2023 Young Investigator Awards

2023 Young Investigators Grant Recipients

In 2023, we awarded a record $40,000 to four grant recipients. The 2023 cohort includes Alan Hutchinson, MD, PhD, Deepinder Kaur, PhD, Alexander Little, PhD, and Gregory Malnassy, PhD.

Funding the Future of Digestive Diseases

In late 2023, the Emerging Leaders Council raised more than $23,000 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.

Cocktail Party

Emerging Leaders Council

The Emerging Leaders Council 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.