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ASGE Foundation: Research

Research is the key to medical advancements and improved patient care. ASGE Foundation-funded research leads to the development of new techniques, devices, and applications that make endoscopy safer, more comfortable, and more effective for diagnosing and treating digestive disorders. The Foundation funds novel, focused and practical research projects that can be completed in an aggressive timeframe. The results are expeditiously translated into substantial improvements in patient care.

Research isn’t what most of our members do every day. But the truth is research has improved the quality of care we are able to deliver for our patients by:

  • Defining and improving the role of colonoscopy in prevention and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
  • Enhancing endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening GI bleeding, preventing the need for surgery in many high-risk patients.
  • Developing and refining endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for accurate diagnosis and staging of both GI cancers (esophagus, stomach, pancreas colon, and rectum) and non-GI cancers located in the thorax and abdomen. Directing the proper use and timing of surgery for patients with these common malignancies.
  • Improving the safety and quality of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which benefits patients who have complicated gallstone disease, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer. Thus lessening the need for more invasive and riskier interventions including surgery.
  • Providing the scientific basis for the more than 80 practice guidelines and technology assessments that ASGE members use daily in their care of patients.

Each year an increasing number of quality proposals submitted to the ASGE Research Committee must go unfunded due to lack of available resources. Opportunities to answer important questions and improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical endoscopic services may be substantially delayed or lost entirely—opportunities to leverage other funding sources may be lost as well.

ASGE is particularly interested in endoscopic research pertaining these important patient care issues:

  • Assessing and demonstrating the value and outcomes of screening colonoscopy compared to emerging screening modalities
  • Better defining the prognosis and best treatment of Barrett’s esophagus.
  • Measuring the comparative effectiveness of competing technologies, therapies and imaging
  • Continuing to refine endoscopy training, credentialing and simulation
  • Studying endoscopic issues specific to under-represented minorities
  • Continuing to measure and improve quality and efficiency in endoscopy
  • Continuing to study patient preparation and anesthesia monitoring in endoscopy
  • Furthering the development of NOTES®, endosuturing procedures and novel endoscopic treatments for obesity
  • Developing novel applications for EUS, ERCP, and other endoscopically guided imaging and interventions
  • Continuing to fund translational outcomes studies clarifying the role of virtual microscopy

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