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The mission of the AGA Institute Research Policy Committee (RPC) is to promote basic and clinical research in gastroenterology and hepatology. Over the last year, the RPC has engaged in several activities to further this mission. First, the RPC offered the AGA Institute Governing Board formal recommendations regarding prioritization and allocation of AGA’s endowment for […]

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AGA Community is an online forum, library and directory that launched in April 2016, providing a secure, AGA member-only network to connect colleagues based on their professional interests. The social platform creates a progressive year-round forum for collaboration with peers outside of the conference, lab, classroom or clinic. It has naturally evolved into a sounding […]

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Change. An old adage stipulates it is the one true constant in life, or, stated another way, “Change is inevitableexcept from a vending machine” (Robert Gallagher). On behalf of our new Board of Editors, we are honored, humbled and excited to oversee the next editorship team for Gastroenterology. The next iteration of Gastroenterology’s Board of […]

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Timothy Wang, MD, AGAF, of Columbia University began his term as the 111th president of AGA Institute immediately after Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016 this May. Dr. Wang has been an active AGA member since 1986, serving on the AGA By-Laws Committee, AGA Public Policy Committee and most recently as chair of the AGA Institute Research […]

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Since the Human Microbiome Project1 launched in 2008, we’ve learned from hundreds of studies that the microbiome — all of the bacteria, archaea, viruses and fungi that live on us and in us — is associated with human disease. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and obesity are some examples of interest to gastroenterologists where the microbiome […]

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The strength of professional associations like AGA depends on the contributions of its volunteer members. Traditionally, membership volunteerism has taken the form of a hierarchical structure consisting of governing boards, committees and task forces. These bodies often require that volunteers have a high level of specialization and make significant time commitments, two things that early-career […]

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In September 2015, 52 gastroenterologists from 24 states met on Capitol Hill. Our goal was two-fold — to brief members of the U.S. Congress and their staffers about the potentially regressive effects of the proposed Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cuts to colonoscopy reimbursements, and also to advocate for increases to NIH research funding. As […]

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Established in 2014, the AGA Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics joins the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology and the AGA Center for Microbiome Research and Education as the third center of the AGA Institute. The center’s mission statement, which was recently approved by the AGA Institute Governing Board, is “to support the development […]