The Ontario Association of Gastroenterology (OAG) will annually award ten (10) travel stipends each of One Thousand Canadian Dollars (CDN$1,000) for trainee members to apply towards travel to an accredited national or international meeting whose primary focus is gastroenterology or hepatology. Examples of eligible meetings include CDDW, DDW, AASLD The Liver Meeting, ILC Liver Congress, UEGW, etc.
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This award is designed to encourage research during clinical training and provide a foundation for research activities after gastroenterology training has been completed. The long-term goal is to stimulate research interests (basic science or clinical) in gastroenterology residents and also promote full-time faculty involvement in the research training of residents.
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Dr. Katherine Prowse completed her medical training at MUA after a four year B.Sc. in Chemistry at Dalhousie University. At Northeast Ohio Medical University/Akron Children's Hospital, she completed her core Paediatric residency program and Paediatric Gastroenterology fellowship at McMaster University. She is currently in her final year of the Clinical Investigator Program at McMaster University. She is conducting research on the Influence of Antidepressants in Pregnancy on the Microbiome of the Offspring. She is also pursuing her Masters of Medical Science focusing on the microbiome, predictive genomics and metabolomics exploring their involvement in intestinal inflammation under the supervision of Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe.
Liver disease often progresses slowly and silently and flies below the radar in terms of public awareness. Despite the covert nature of liver disease, the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) recently issued an alarming new warning that 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease.
Established in 1969, the CLF was the first organization in the world dedicated to improving the liver health of all Canadians through liver research, education, patient support and advocacy. Today, the CLF remains the leading non-profit funder of liver research in Canada, providing support for research into causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the liver.
In recognition of the CLF’s dedication to “bringing liver research to life” for all Canadians, and in an effort to help foster the next generation of liver researchers in this country, the Ontario Association of Gastroenterology (OAG) has chosen to support the 2017 CLF Summer Studentship Program. The OAG is sponsoring one CLF Summer Studentship to be awarded to a student in Ontario whose project is related to hepatobiliary research. The call for applications was issued in early February 2017 and the application deadline is March 31, 2017. The CLF expects to receive a number of well-deserving applications and very much looks forward to awarding this special OAG-sponsored CLF Summer Studentship in May 2017.