Grants & Awards

The following grants and awards are available to members of the CGS in the year 2012/13:

Application Deadlines

Program Deadline
CGS/ Iams Eukanuba Professional development Awards (GUT SKI/GUT SEA and DDW Travel Awards) October 15th 2014
CGS/Waltham Research Grant October 15, 2014
CGS Veterinary Student Summer Research Scholar Program February 1st, 2015
CGS Digestive Disaese Week travel awards
January 15th 2015

CGS/ Waltham Research grants - Program Description

Winner of the CGS/Waltham research Grant 2014

The Board of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 CGS/Waltham grant. The applications were judged by CGS Board members and the grant was revoewd by the Waltham Ethical Review Committee.

This year's grant was awarded to Dr. Samantha Parkinson from the University of Tennessee for her project: Analysis of oral acid suppressants for treatment of feline acid related disorders. Congratulations to Dr. Parkinson and her mento DR. Katie Tolbert!

Many thanks to Waltham for their continued support of our research grant!

We are also pleased to let you know that both sponsored stidues have resulted in peer reviewd publications, the links can be found here:

Parkinson paper:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvim.12493/abstract;jsessionid=70B99FFBFF0A6AC4574A3B749E0EFAC5.f01t03

Minamoto paper:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19490976.2014.997612?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&

Dear Colleagues:

The Board of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) is pleased to announce the CGS/Waltham Research grant for 2015. Applications are now being solicited for proposals in veterinary and comparative gastroenterology. The proposed project must have clinical application in a veterinary species. Also, studies must conform to the ethical principles of Waltham (see below). Informed owner consent must be obtained from all participants in a clinical trial. Prior to funding these ethical principles must be addressed.

CGS members in training (must be in good standing, i.e., dues must have been paid for the current membership year) are eligible to apply (with their mentor serving as the institutional principal investigator; the mentor must also be a CGS member in good standing). The maximum dollar amount for this grant is $8,000 (no indirect costs will be paid by the CGS and no more than 10% of the grant may be used for travel to a major meeting to present the study results). Funds will be available February 1, 2014. Submissions must be received by e-mail (attachment) by October 15, 2014. Please send your submission to Peter Kook, the at-large member of the CGS Board (peterhendrikkook@gmail.com).

The proposal should be accompanied by a cover letter (e-mail attachment) that details the eligibility of the applicant to receive this grant. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the CGS Board and other volunteer CGS members. The winner will be announced by February 1, 2014. Grants are generally 1-year but no-cost extensions of up to 6 months will be considered.

A final report must be submitted to the secretary of the CGS by the end of the term of the grant.

Proposal guidelines are attached. Proposals must be limited to five pages (the title page is not included in the 5-page limit). Review emphasis will be placed on a quality proposal with clear and concise objectives, well-planned methods, relevance to the CGS, and a reasonable budget. The Board does not provide written reviews or commentaries to applicants regarding their proposals.

If your project involves live vertebrate animals or recombinant DNA, you will need to seek the appropriate institutional approvals. We strongly suggest that you seek institutional approval for your project while the proposal is under review so you can submit a copy of the fully approved clearance letter(s) before the funding is released.

Please send email questions to peterhendrikkook@gmail.com.

On behalf of the CGS, I would like to express our SINCERE APPRECIATION to WALTHAM by way of Karyl J Hurley, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), DECVIM-CA; Global Scientific Affairs, WALTHAM; MARS PET CARE for sponsoring this award!

CGS Veterinary Student Summer Research Scholar Award- Proposals are due by February 1st, 2015

please send your proposals to Peter Kook Email: pkook@vetclinics.uzh.ch


Winners of the CGS Veterinary Student Summer Research Scholar Program 2015


Gena Esposito is a a student (class of 2018) under the mentorship of Dr. Jan Suchodolski, the title of their project is "Measurement of fecal metabolites in dogs with chronic enteropathy". Rebecca Timmons is a student (Class of 2017) under the mentorship of Dr. Craig Webb, the title of their project is "In vitro Optimization of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Treatment of Chronic Enteropathy in Dogs".

Congratulations to Gena Esposito and Rebecca Timmons!



Application Process:

A CGS member in good standing (i.e., dues must be currently paid up), who is interested and willing to serve as a mentor, should identify a first or second year veterinary student willing to work in an area of mutual research interest in veterinary or comparative gastroenterology. A mentor must agree to provide a supportive learning atmosphere with consistent supervision and direction given to the student. The student must commit to working full-time on the research project including attending all laboratory and research meetings. The mentor must make sure that they will be in town for the majority of the summer research period and will arrange for supervision during any absences. The program provides a 12 week hands-on research experience for students with all levels of research background.

The faculty mentor and student will write a research application of no more than 3 pages to be submitted to Peter Kook, the at-large member of the CGS Board (peterhendrikkook@gmail.com).  Proposals longer than 3 pages will not be reviewed and will be disqualified on that basis. Proposals will be reviewed by members of the CGS Board and other volunteer CGS members. The proposed project must have clinical application in a veterinary species. Please delineate the exact responsibilities of the student in the application.  If the project involves live vertebrate animals, you will need to describe the animal use in detail and seek the appropriate institutional approvals (institutional approval is also needed for recombinant DNA proposals). We strongly suggest that the applicant seek institutional approval of their project while the proposal is under review so that a copy of the fully approved clearance letter(s) can be submitted before the funding is released. Informed owner consent must be obtained from all participants in clinical trials. Terminal studies or live-animal experiments that are considered excessively invasive will not be eligible for funding. A final report must be submitted to the secretary of the CGS within 2 months from the end of the program. This report should contain the results and conclusions of the study. Also, the mentor and/or student are encouraged to attend the annual Winter meeting of the CGS (GutSki or GutSea) or the CGS luncheon at the ACVIM Forum to present the report.

Proposals are due by February 1st, 2015.  Successful mentors and applicants will be contacted by February 15th, 2015. Review emphasis will be placed on a quality proposal with clear and concise objectives that can be accomplished within 12 weeks, well planned methods, and clinical relevance to gastroenterology.

Please note: The maximum dollar amount for each award grant is $8,000.00. No indirect costs will be paid by CGS. $5,000.00 should be considered part of a stipend for the student and $3,000.00 is to be allocated for consumables by the mentor. This is not to be confused with a salary, i.e., payment is not by the hour. If the student is looking for a summer job to supplement their income, this is not the right project for them. The emphasis of this program is to expose the student to GI research and to give them an opportunity to gather hands on experience, i.e., this will be a learning experience on top of which the student will get substantial pocket money.

Proposal Guidelines:

1.         Title:  A brief, clear specific designation of the subject of the research topic. The title should reflect the objective(s) and scope of the proposal. Accurately describe the research contemplated in 80 spaces or less.

2.         Mentor's name, address, affiliation, telephone, FAX, and e-mail address

3.         Student’s name, address, affiliation, telephone, FAX, and e-mail address

4.         Rational (introduction and background relevant to project)

5.         Hypothesis

6.         Specific aims

7.         Methods and materials

8.         Supplies needed

9.         Expected results

10.       Pertinent references (no more than 5).

11.       The proposal should not exceed 3 pages in length.



No budget is required.  It is expected that the mentor will provide the majority of laboratory supplies required to complete the research.


Winners of the CGS-Iams/Eukanuba professional development awards 2015 (Gutsea 2015)

The Board of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) is pleased to announce the winners of the CGS/Iams-Eukanuba Professional Development Awards for travel to GutSea 2015, which will be held at the Robert’s Grove Resort in Belize from March 7th to March 11th 2015.

Dr. Samantha Parkinson, second year small animal internal medicine resident at the University of Tennessee

Dr. Agostino Buono,  PhD student at Texas A&M University

Dr. Allison Kendall, Purdue University, Indiana, and Dr. Alison Manchester, University of Wisconsin


Each award covers travel related expenses up to $1,500, kindly sponsored by P&G PetCare.

 

CGS/Iams-Eukanuba professional development awards 2015 (DDW 2015)- now closed for applications!

The Board of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) is pleased to announce the CGS/Iams-Eukanuba Professional Development Awards - Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) Travel Awards. Digestive Disease Week is the world's largest and most prestigious gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery. Every year it attracts more than 14,000 physicians, researchers and academics from around the world who desire to stay up-to-date in the field. In 2015 the meeting will be held in Washington DC, from May 16th to May 19th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As always, DDW promises to be very exciting and the CGS Board would like to encourage everyone to attend this excellent meeting. For more information please visit www.ddw.org.  Although these awards are named the DDW Travel Awards, it is left to the applicant to select an internationally recognized gastroenterology research meeting for participation. However, continuing education meetings are not eligible.

CGS members in training (must be in good standing, i.e., dues are currently paid up) are eligible to apply for these CGS/Iams-Eukanuba Professional Development Awards. There will be two Travel Awards for up to $1500 each. If you are a CGS member, please encourage your mentees to attend this meeting and apply for a DDW Travel award. If you are a CGS member in training and you would like to attend DDW this year, please send your application to Peter Kook, the at-large member of the CGS Board (peterhendrikkook@gmail.com) by e-mail attachment by January 15th 2015, which is the submission deadline. The application shall include your current CV and a letter that explains how this meeting would benefit your career. Applicants should state how many years they have completed of the total number of years of their program.  Previous winners of a CGS Travel Award are not eligible for reapplication.


Proposals will be reviewed by members of the CGS Board and other volunteer CGS members. Two awards will be given as follows: 1) one award for a member in training in their first year of clinical training (i.e., a first year resident or intern) and, 2) one award for a member late in their clinical training program or in research training. If one of the two award categories does not receive any applications or if the Board decides that none of the applicants should receive the award in that category, then the Board can decide to transfer the award to a second person in the other category for that one year. The Board is interested in funding candidates who express and/or demonstrate interest in a future career in GI clinical and/or research areas.

The winner will be announced by February 1, 2015. Winners will need to submit a report to the secretary of the CGS for publication in the CGS newsletter after the meeting.

Please send questions to peterhendrikkook@gmail.com.



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