AHPBA Research Fellowship Grants

The Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association is pleased to sponsor two AHPBA Research Fellowship Grants. The purpose of this award is to provide the opportunity for a resident or fellow to spend one year of full time research under the mentorship of an AHPBA member. Residents or fellows who have completed at least two years of post-graduate training in a surgical discipline are eligible to apply. The research can be clinical, outcomes, translational, or basic science, but must focus on the liver, pancreas, or biliary tree. The amount of each award is $30,000.

The Deadline to Submit an AHPBA Research Grant for 2019 has expired. Please check back in the summer for more information.

Application Checklist:

  1. Applicant CV/bio-sketch (5 page limit, NIH format)
  2. AHPBA Mentor bio-sketch (5 page limit, NIH format)
  3. Research Proposal (this should be written by the resident/fellow with guidance from the mentor)
    • Synopsis
    • Significance of this research
    • Optional figures, tables or charts upload (10 files max)
    • Background information
    • Preliminary observations
    • Methods and design
    • Data analysis
    • Upload Research Project Budget
    • Budget justification
    • Literature cited (1-page limit)
    • Brief Personal Statement (limited to 350 words). Please describe your career goals and articulate how this project will contribute to them.
  4. Appropriate institutional approvals (e.g., IRB approval letter, IACUC (Animal Studies Committee) approval letter.
  5. Letter of support from the mentor, which must be an AHPBA member
  6. Letter of support from the department chair (The letter must indicate that “Fellowship funds will not be used for overhead and that the monies provided are for salary and direct costs only”)
  7. Endorsing letters from two (2) colleagues. The individuals may or may not be members of the AHPBA (include with application).

Winners will be announced at #AHPBA19

2018

Bradley A. Krasnick MD

Washington University/ Barnes Jewish Hospital

A Humanized Mouse Model of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Mohammad Raheel Jajja MD

Emory University

Peptide Nanoprobes For Multi-Receptor-Targeting and Optical Imaging of Colorectal Liver Metastases

2017

Alexander Gaidarski, MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Role of p16 in Sensitivity to MEK Inhibition in Pancreatic Cancer

Georgios Gemenetzis, MD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Circulating tumor cells in pancreatic adenocarcinoma: effect of cancer-directed therapy and ex vivo modeling

2016

Derek J. Erstad, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Molecular MR imaging of Desmoplasia after Neoadjuvannt Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Nicholas G. Berger, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Determination of Xanthohumol inhibits Notch signaling in vivo and increases the survival and reduces tumor progression in HCC liver xenograft

2015

Samer Tohme, MD

University of Pittsburgh

The Role of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Liver Sterile Inflammation

Supported By: AHPB Foundation

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Ashton Connor, MD

University of Toronto

Genomic and Transcriptomic Characterization of Pancreatic Cancer

Supported By: AHPBA

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2014

Jonathan Hernandez, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Characterization of Dormancy and Outgrowth for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer in the Liver

Supported By: AHPBA

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2013

Physiology/Biology Research Grant
Stephanie Greco, MD

New York University School of Medicine - Department of Surgery

Regulation of Acute Pancreatitis by C-type Lectin Receptors

Supported By: AHPBA

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2012

Oncology Research Grant
Kevin Soares, MD

Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgery

Combinatorial Immunotherapy and the Manipulation of Tumor Microenvironment in the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Supported By: AHPBA

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2011

Oncology Research Grant
Michele Babicky, MD

University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Targeting the RON Tyrosine Kinase Receptor in Pancreatic Cancer

Supported By: AHPBA

2008

Surgical Technology Assessment and Outcomes Research Grant
Peter Nau, MD

The Ohio State University Medical Center Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Development of a Novel Repair Technique for latrogenic Common Bile Duct Injuries with a Biosynthetic Absorbable Graft

Supported By: Covidien and AHPBA

Physiology/Biology Research Grant
Kendra D. Conzen. MD

Washington University

The Role of HMGB1 in Steatotic Livers following Ischemia/Reperfusion

Supported By: Ethicon, Inc. and AHPBA

Oncology Research Grant
Wigdan Al-Sukhni

University of Toronto

An analysis of germline genomic copy-number variation to identify disease-associated gene(s) in familial pancreatic cancer

Supported By: Sanofi Aventis and AHPBA

2007

Covidien Surgical Technology Assessment
Lia Roque Assumpcao, MD

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

Application of Novel, High Resolution, and Freehand Ultrasound Elasticity Imaging in Liver Surgery

Sanofi-anventis HPB Oncology
Bedabrata Sarkar, MD

University of Michigan Medical School

Characterization of Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells

Ethicon HPB Physiology/Biology
Lee Ocuin, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Immune Activation of Human Liver Dendritic Cells

2006

Ethicon HPB Physiology/Biology
Luis Garcia, MD

The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Targeted Inhibition of VEGF Prevents Development of Tumor Antigen-Specific T-Cell Tolerance in the Murine Liver

Sanofi-aventis HPB Oncology
Jon Cardinal, MD

University of Pittsburgh

Crossroad in Cancer Signaling: Regulation of Human iNOS Expression by the WNT B-Catenin Path

2005

Ethicon HPB Physiology/Biology
Sunil K. Geevarghese, MD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Role of Mitochondrial Calcium Management in Hepatic Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury following Syngeneic Rat Liver Transplantation

Sanofi-aventis HPB Oncology
Jon Dorfman, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Positron Emission Tomography to Monitor HSV-2 Viral Oncolysis

2004

Ethicon HPB
Jennifer Lynn Irani, MD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Role of CEACAM6 in Pancreatic Cancer Invasion

2003

Ethicon HPB
Shiva Sarraf-Yazdi, MD

Duke University Medical Center

Anti-angiogenic Therapy of Murine Liver Metastases by Tie2 Inhibition

2002

Ethicon HPB
Charles M. Vollmer, MD

University of Toronto

Characterization of a Novel Translocation Breakpoint in Pancreatic Cancer

2001

Ethicon HPB
Nicole Chandler, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Overcoming Chemoresistance in Human Pancreatic Cancer