Noncompetitive grants may be made from time to time by IFFGD. These discretionary awards support activities or research in line with our mission. They are awarded on a case-by-case basis that considers merit, program need, funding availability, and extraordinary circumstances. No program announcements are made. The decision to make these awards rests solely with IFFGD.
Pediatric Consortium for Research in Functional Gastrointestinal/Motility Disorders
Primary Investigator: Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Multi-year award.
Aims: To build an infrastructure that will allow the consortium to collect information from different participating centers using a user friendly, secure system; to complete research projects that are feasible in a relatively short period of time and which will create momentum for further larger, longitudinal research studies. Initial studies will involve centers chosen by the steering committee. Future studies will be open to any interested party who will submit a research proposal. Research proposals will be evaluated and prioritized by the steering committee.
Neuroenteric Research Program
Primary Investigator: Braden Kuo, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital. Multi-year award.
Aims: To build a center comprised of 4 key infrastructures working in close collaboration and interaction including clinical, human imaging, animal, and patient registry leading to a genomic/proteomics program for cyclic vomiting syndrome; to conduct medical translational research evaluating the fundamental mechanisms and therapeutic targets for disorders of gastrointestinal motility and sensation; to gain better understanding of mechanisms that underlie upper gastrointestinal (GI) motility that are involved in sensations of satiation, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain as seen clinically as upper GI dysmotilities, conditions of gut dysmotility and sensation such as gastroparesis, cyclic vomiting syndrome, functional dyspepsia, and abnormal feeding behaviors.
The Need for More Research – How You Can Help
IFFGD participates in and encourages support of scientific inquiry and research. Although the need has been demonstrated, functional GI disorder research remains severely underfunded.
There are a growing number of clinicians and investigators who are striving to learn more about functional gastrointestinal disorders. They need research funding. You can help. Working together, we can change the way these disorders are viewed, managed and treated. To know more about funding needs, visit: Need for Funding Research and How to Make a Difference.