ASGE Grants, Awards and Workshops - General Information

  • ASGE membership at time of submission is a requirement of eligibility for grants and awards.
  • The number and type of awards granted each year is contingent on available funds.
  • Only electronic single PDF applications will be considered.

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM CST, Friday, December 14, 2018

ASGE Research Awards are offered to investigators (MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent) for projects in basic, translational and clinical research with a relationship to gastrointestinal endoscopy. The ASGE is particularly interested in research pertaining to (in no particular order): colorectal cancer screening, Barrett's esophagus, endoscopy training, health disparities, quality measurement and improvement, endoscope reprocessing and infection control, endoscopic sedation/anesthesia, bowel preparation, novel endoscopic treatments for obesity, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and other endoscopically-guided imaging/interventions. The research committee will consider funding pilot projects if there is an explicit outline for subsequent projects, and their funding plan (e.g. NIH, VA Merit), based on the preliminary data generated by the proposed pilot. 

NYSGE Florence Lefcourt Endoscopy Research Award [.pdf]
Application Deadline 5:00 PM CST, Friday, December 14, 2018

The New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NYSGE) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation are currently accepting applications for the Florence Lefcourt Endoscopy Research Award to support projects related to endoscopy. Such projects may include but are not limited to technical endoscopy research, clinical endoscopy research, outreach or population studies related to endoscopy, and any disease diagnosis or management area that involves endoscopy.

Awardee Spotlight

Headshot Buscaglia Jonathan

"Receiving the ASGE Endoscopic Research Award has, in many ways, changed the focus of my academic career.  The grant funding from the ASGE allowed me to work with world class pancreatic cancer researchers, thereby giving me the chance to develop my personal goal of performing translational research on a disease in which I am passionate about making a difference. This initial work as created several other opportunities for me in regards to endoscopic research and pancreatic cancer, and I am excited to work with my colleagues on these various projects--all of which stemmed from my ASGE research award."
Jonathan Buscaglia, MD
Stony Brook University Medical Center

ASGE Research Awards 2014-2018


Endoscopic Research Awards
Joseph Anderson, MD
Dartmouth Medical School/ White River Junction VAMC
Optimizing quality measure recommendations for colorectal cancer screening to reduce the incidence of interval colorectal cancer: Data from the New Hampshire Colonoscopy registry

Christopher Chapman, MD
University of Chicago    
Liquid Biopsy of the Portal Vein Using Endoscopic Ultrasound for Next Generation Sequencing of circulating tumor DNA for Therapeutic and Prognostic Stratification in Pancreatic Cancer 

Cadman Leggett, MD
Mayo Clinic-Rochester
The use of Volumetric Laser Endomicroscopy to Predict Recurrence of Barrett’s Esophagus following Complete Eradication of Intestinal Metaplasia

Heiko Pohl, MD and B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD

VA White River Junction/Medical University of South Carolina
Video based assessment of endoscopic mucosal resection skills and impact on clinical outcomes

David Vera, MD
University of California, San Diego        
Molecular Imaging for Adenoma Detection during Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Florence Lefcourt Award
Peter Liang, MD
NYU School of Medicine/ VA NY Harbor Manhattan Medical Center
Assessing the effect of offering a blood-based colorectal cancer screening test on screening adherence and colonoscopy completion in patients who have refused colonoscopy and FIT

Endoscopic Research Award
Koushik K. Das, MD
Washington University
Evaluation and Validation of the Biomarker mAb Das-1 in Precancerous Pancreatic Cystic Lesions

Dennis M. Jensen, MD
UCLA /West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center
Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of Standard Endoscopic Hemostasis Compared to OVESCO for Severe Non-variceal UGI Hemorrhage

Tonya R. Kaletnbach, MD, MS, FASGE
San Francisco VA
Training for COMPLETE Polyp Resection During Colonoscopy – Improving COmpetency and Metrics for PoLypectomy Skills Using Evaluation Tools and VidEo Feedback

Salvatore Oliva, MD
University of Rome
A Non-invasive Endoscopic Follow-up of the Entire Gastrointestinal Tract in Pediatric Chrohn's Disease: The Advent of Pan-enteric Capsule Endoscopy

Anna Tavakkoli, MD

University of Michigan
The Appropriate Use of Endoscopy in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Endoscopic Research Award
Vani Konda, MD
Baylor University Medical Center
Nanocytology as a Tool to Improve Risk Stratification in Barrett’s Esophagus

Felix W. Leung, MD
VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
A prospective RCT to Show Water-Exchange Cap Assisted Colonoscopy Significantly Increases ADR Compared with Water Exchange

Tilak U. Shah, MD
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
Pilot Study Assessing the Efficacy of Neoadjuvant Liquid Spray Cryoablation for Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer

Andrew W. Yen, MD

Sacramento VA Medical Center
Underwater Resection of Non-pedunculated Colorectal Lesions: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Endoscopic Research Award
Jonathan Buscaglia, MD
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Pancreatic Organoids form EUS-Guided Core Biopsy: Assembling a living Piobank of Resectable and Non-Resectable Pancreatic Cancers

Successful creation of pancreatic cancer organoids by means of EUS-guided fine-needle biopsy sampling for personalized cancer treatment. 
Tiriac H, Bucobo JC, Tzimas D, Grewel S, Lacomb JF, Rowehl LM, Nagula S, Wu M, Kim J, Sasson A, Vignesh S, Martello L, Munoz-Sagastibelza M, Somma J, Tuveson DA, Li E, Buscaglia JM.
Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Jun;87(6):1474-1480. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.12.032. Epub 2018 Jan 9. PMID: 29325707

Sachin Wani, MD
University of Colorado
Rapid Assessment of Trainee Endoscopy Skills (RATES) Study: A Prospective Multicenter Study Evaluating Competence in EUS and ERCP Among Advanced Endoscopy Trainees

Florence Lefcourt Award
Robin Mendelsohn, MD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Safety of Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Recurrent of Refractory Clostridium Difficile Infection in Patients with Solid Tumors

Infection Control Award
Ashley Faulx, MD

Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Utility of perirectal Swab Assays for Detection of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms Contaminating Duodenoscopes

Deepak Gopal, MD

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Optimizing recovery of Pathogenic Organisms from duodenoscopes

Rahul Pannala, MD
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) detection in patients undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancertography (ERCP): Feasibility and accuracy of a point-of-care test

Mandeep Sawhney, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School
Prospective randomized double-blinded trial comparing 3 duodenoscope high-level disinfection and sterilization procedures

Harmnder Singh, MD
University of Manitoba
Prevention of biofilm formation in duodenoscopes

Endoscopic Research Award

Vikesh Singh, MD
Johns Hopkins University
A randomized trial of rectal indomethacin and papillary spray of epinephrine versus rectal indomethacin to prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis in high risk patients

Ikuo Hirano, MD
Northwestern University
Determination of clinical correlates and remodeling consequences of eosinophilic esophagitis using a novel endoscopic classification and grading system for esophageal features

Klaus Mönkemüller, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Development and validation of a novel and simple ex-vivo biologic ERCP training model

Anthony Teoh, MD
Prince of Wales Hospital
Endosonography-guided gallbladder drainage (EGBD) versus percutaneous cholecystostomy (PTC) in patients suffering from acute cholecystitis that are unsuitable for surgery. A randomized controlled trial.

Quality in Endoscopic Research Award
Salman Nusrat, MD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Use of Diphenhydramine as an Adjunctive Sedative for Colonoscopy in Chronically on Opioids

Grant Receipt Follow-up Report

The ASGE Foundation and the ASGE Research Committee would like to sincerely thank all of the past grant recipients willing to take the time to provide valuable feedback about the outcomes of their ASGE-funded research projects. Please print out a follow-up report and fax the completed form to (630) 573-0691.

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