Dr. Hamed Khalili, MD, MPH received a Clinical Research Investigator-Initiated Award from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation for his project "Epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among US Black Women" with Dr. Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa. This study will 1) expand our understanding of the burden of IBD and critical lifestyle and social factors associated with the disease among Black women, a critical knowledge gap in the field; 2) increase awareness of IBD among providers and Black individuals through dissemination of our work; 3) build the necessary infrastructure for developing a novel disease model for studying IBD among Black individuals incorporating lifestyle (e.g diet and physical activity), biological (e.g. genetics and microbiome) and contextual (e.g. neighborhood SES and social stressors) factors
Dr. Daniel DiGiacomo, MD, MPH was selected for the MGH ECOR Fund for Medical Discovery Population Healthcare Sciences Research Fellowship Award to study the non-infectious gastrointestinal complications of predominant antibody deficiency using nationwide data from Sweden. He has also recently obtained funding through Pfizer to provide educational outreach on diagnosing and managing primary immunodeficiency in underserved populations.
Dr. Emily Lopes, MD, MPH was awarded one of four 2022 Junior Faculty Development Grants from the American College of Gastroenterology for her project, "Prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Unaffected First‐Degree Relatives," which aims to understand if adherence to certain dietary and lifestyle factors can help prevent the development of IBD in high-risk individuals such as those who have a family member with IBD.