AHPBA Research Development Grant

Announcing the AHPBA 2020 Research Development Grant

Deadline: Monday, December 30, 2019

The purpose of this award is to provide the opportunity for Junior faculty (less than 7 years from fellowship training graduation) to perform research during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. The research can be clinical, outcomes, translational, or basic science, but must focus on the liver, pancreas, or biliary tree. Applicants must have some form of protected time to conduct said research, and the project must be feasible to complete within the one-year award timeframe. The amount of the award is $30,000.


  • Applicant must be an AHPBA member or candidate member in good standing
  • Applicant must have attended at least one AHPBA meeting within the last two years (2018 and/or 2019 AHPBA Annual Meetings) Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis for extenuating circumstances.
  • Applicant cannot hold major independent funding award (R01 or equivalent major DOD, NSF, or foundation award), but may hold K or other Career Development Award(s)

Application Checklist:
1. Applicant CV/bio-sketch (5 page limit, NIH format)

2. Upload Research Proposal (Format: 3 pages maximum with figures embedded; excluding references, minimum 11 pt Arial font with 0.5″ margins; exceptions for figure legends which must be reasonably legible to include the following components)

  • Project narrative (limit 3 sentences)
  • Background information & Preliminary Data (embedded figures and tables – limit 10)
  • Methods and design
  • Significance/Innovation

3. Upload Research Project Budget

  • Budget justification (limit 1 page)
    Note: Indirect Costs are not allowed

4. Upload Literature cited (1-page limit)

5. Brief Personal Statement (350 words max)

  • Please describe your career goals and what you have put in place to develop your personal research

6. Upload Appropriate institutional approvals (e.g., IRB, IACUC (Animal Studies Committee) approval letters)
7. Upload 2 Letters of Support

  • 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”. Letter must also confirm that some form of protection will occur for this project to be successful).
  • Letter of support from a professional or personal reference that can speak to your commitment to HPB surgery, commitment to research, and ability to complete the project.


Joshua Leinwand MD, MSE

NYU Langone

The Microbiome and Regulation of Hepatic Immunity

Lawrence Delrosario MD

University of Michigan

Diabetes-Mediated Enhancement of Pancreatic Tumorigenesis: Exploring The Role of Adipocyte-Cancer Crosstalk


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


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

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Derek J. Erstad, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Molecular MR imaging of Desmoplasia after Neoadjuvannt Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

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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

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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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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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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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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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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


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


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


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


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


Ethicon HPB
Jennifer Lynn Irani, MD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Role of CEACAM6 in Pancreatic Cancer Invasion


Ethicon HPB
Shiva Sarraf-Yazdi, MD

Duke University Medical Center

Anti-angiogenic Therapy of Murine Liver Metastases by Tie2 Inhibition


Ethicon HPB
Charles M. Vollmer, MD

University of Toronto

Characterization of a Novel Translocation Breakpoint in Pancreatic Cancer


Ethicon HPB
Nicole Chandler, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Overcoming Chemoresistance in Human Pancreatic Cancer