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2016-2017 Grant Awardees

2016-2017 Grant Awardees | ASCRS

Limited Project Grants

Limited Project Grants (LPGs) provide funding of up to $50,000 to provide an investigator the opportunity to pursue research interests specifically germane to the field of colon and rectal surgery. In order to maintain a portfolio of funded LPGs that address the broad field of colon and rectal surgery, no specific area of inquiry (topic) is emphasized, nor preferentially funded. Clinical and basic science projects are considered on their own merits.

Spring 2016

George J Chang, MD, Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Accelerated Enhanced Recovery Following Minimally Invasive Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Jesse Joshua Smith, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Rectal Cancer Modeling and Mechanisms of Chemoresistance

Spring and Fall 2017

Jennifer Holder-Murray, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Postoperative Changes in the Skin Microbiome of Colorectal Surgery Patients

Evie Carchman, MD, The Board of Regents of the UW System
P13K/Mtor Inhibition to Prevent Anal Carcinogenesis and Treat Anal Dysplasia

Career Development Awards

Career Development Awards (CDAs) provide young staff financial support for initiating and developing academic careers in the field of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Research may be in any subject of direct relevance to the pathophysiology, care and management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, or anus. Funding is $75,000 each year for two years.

Spring 2017

Jesse Joshua Smith, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Rectal Cancer Modeling and Mechanisms of Chemoresistance

Research in Robotic Surgical Technology Grant

The Research in Robotic Surgical Technology Grant provides an investigator the opportunity to pursue research interest, specifically germane to robotic surgical technology in the field of colon and rectal surgery.

Summer 2017

Fergal J Fleming, University of Rochester Medical Center
Total Healthcare Utilization Costs Following Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Yi-Quin Nancy You, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Inflammatory Response and Circulating Tumor Elements After Robotic Surgery for Colorectal Cancer

Steven Lee-Kong, Columbia University Medical Center
Effects of a Simulation-based Robotic Surgery Training Curriculum on Operative Performance

Anne Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
Haptic Feedback During Robotic Pelvic Dissection on Autonomic Function Preservation

General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant

General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grants are meant to attract General Surgery Residents or recent graduates of such programs into the field of colon and rectal surgery by providing opportunities to engage in clinical or laboratory-based research focused on diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.

Spring 2016

Taryn Elyse Hassinger, University of Virginia
Novel Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping Technique in Early Stage Rectal Cancer

Ira Leeds, Johns Hopkins University
Preoperative Patient Optimization Prior to Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Sydney Anne Hammond, University of Manitoba
Effect of an Educational Intervention on Endoscopic Adenoma

Spring 2017

John Alverdy, MD, University of Chicago
Effects of the Microbiome on the Metastatic Potential of Colorectal Cancer Following Surgical Excision    

Marylise Boutros, MD, Jewish General Hospital
Loop Ileostomy and Colonic Lavage for Fulminant Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Fahima Dossa, MD, University of Toronto
Addressing Barriers to the Uptake of Mesh for Primary Prevention of Parastomal Hernias

Brooks Rademacher, MD, University of Wisconsin
Improving the Response to Chemoradiotherapy for Anal Cancer In Vitro 

Kyle Sheetz, MD, University of Michigan
Healthcare Payment Reform and the Quality and Costs of Minimally Invasive Colectomy

Benign Request for Proposal

Through the RFP Program, the Research Foundation intends to encourage the conduct of well-designed clinical trials leading to a definitive answer to a specific colorectal program.  The goal of the Research Foundation’s RFP program is to foster outstanding research in specific areas of colorectal diseases or disorders leading to the improvement and management of common, yet understudied, colorectal questions.  Pilot studies or phase I, II, or III trials are all appropriate clinical study designs.  A peer review mechanism with emphasis on scientific merit will be used to rate proposals.

Fall 2017

David Stewart, The Pennsylvania State University
Microbial Community Structure and Meta-transcriptomics in C. Difficile Infection

Clinical Trials Award

Awards for clinical trials are determined by the Research Foundation Board of Trustees. These awards are given for work determined to be of significant value to the specialty and align with the goals of the Foundation.

Fall 2017

Patricia Sylla, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Multicenter Phase II Study of Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) With Laparoscopic Assistance for Rectal Cancer

Medical Student Research Initiation Grant

Medical Student Research Initiation Grants are meant to allow medical students to participate in clinical or laboratory-based research focused on diseases of the colon, rectum and anus during the summer months.

Spring 2017

Katherine Fleshner, St. Michael’s Hospital
Surgeons' Perspectives on the Use of Prophylactic Mesh for the Prevention of Parastomal Hernias

Jessica Lie, Jewish General Hospital
Preoperative Biopsies as a Prognostic Tool in Rectal Cancer? Correlating Intratumoral Budding and Response to Chemoradiation

Kevin Cofer, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Effect of ERAS on Reducing Disparities and Improving Outcomes for African-American Patients with IBD

Molly Kelly, MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Adjusting to Life with a Stoma

Nivethan Vela, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Lap vs Open Resection for Colorectal Cancer: Population Study of Post-op Outcomes

SSAT and Research Foundation Joint Award

This joint award is designed to assist in the development of young faculty members of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) who want to develop an active research program in colorectal diseases. The goal of this project is to foster stronger fellowship between these two societies through greater scientific collaboration and more comprehensive young faculty mentorship.

Winter 2017

Pasithorn A Suwanabol, MD, Regents of the University of Michigan
Earlier Introductions to Palliative Care in Older Adult Patients Undergoing High-Risk Colorectal Surgery

Training in Research Methodology

This award aims to provide an opportunity for a graduating colon and rectal surgery resident to attend either the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) Career Development Course or Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course.

Spring 2017

Emily Miraflor, MD, University of California
Training in Research Methodology Grant