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Research Foundation

Research Foundation of the ASCRS

The primary mission of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is to raise and award funds to support research and educational programs related to colon and rectal diseases.

The Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons has raised over $5,000,000 toward research in the field of colorectal surgery. These funds are available through grants to members of the Society.

Donate to the Research Foundation of the ASCRS

The Research Foundation is proud to present awards each year honoring exceptional contributions to the field of colon and rectal surgery.  In conjunction with the ASCRS, they honor those who have made exceptional contributions to the education and career development of trainees and other colleagues through their commitment to both clinical and scholarly pursuits. 

The Research Foundation provides grants and scholarship opportunities each year providing the necessary funding to do research which has resulted in the investigation of a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases and has helped to develop surgical techniques pertinent to the care of colorectal patients.  

The ASCRS International Scholarship Awards and Travel Scholarship Awards are provided annually to applicants wishing to further their education and experiences through opportunities that would otherwise not have been available to them.  The scholarship receipients were able to further their career and advance their research allowing them to reach new levels of success.  

In addition, the Research Foundation sponsors annual symposia and lectureships at the national meeting to educate the membership on relevant research.  In this rapidly changing medical era, the Research Foundation endeavors to keep the practicing colorectal surgeon at the forefront of colorectal care by discovering new clinical treatments made possible by supporting the best clinical and laboratory based research.  Members of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery are invited to explore ways to volunteer to their time or to make a donort to support the Foundation's ongoing activities.

Research Foundation Board of Trustees

The Research Foundation Board of Trustees supervises, controls and directs the business and affairs of the Foundation.  It determines its policies and actively promotes its purpose and the mission to support research and educaitonal programs. The Research Foundation consists of a 13 member Board of Trustees and three committees.  

Research Foundation Committees

The committees support and further the mission of the Research Foundation by implementing the strategic goals and objectives.  The Research Committtee is responsible for reviewing the scientific merit of grant applications for the Research Foundation. The Young Researchers Committee focuses on the selection of a surgeon who has met the criteria for the Mentor Award, to develop the Research Forum at the ASCRS Annual Meeting which highlights developing areas of research that have clinical relevance for the care of patients with colorectal diseases, and to choose a winner of the best “Works in Progress” at the Research Forum.  Finally, the Fundraising Assistance Committee is a group of surgeons and grateful patients, dedicated to the creation of novel funding resources to benefit the ASCRS Research Foundation.