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A letter from Dr. Robert S. Sandler, MPH, AGAF


Dear Colleagues,

Where would clinical practice be today without GI research?

The way we diagnose and treat patients is thanks to years of research. But as you know, federal research funding is at risk. Promising, early-stage investigators find it increasingly difficult to secure funding and many leave the field because they are unable to sustain a research career.

This is bad news for digestive health patients and the clinicians who care for them.

As a member of the GI community, you understand the need to continually advance the science and practice of gastroenterology. You understand the physical, emotional, and financial costs of digestive diseases. And you understand the tremendous value of research to advance patient care.

At a time when we are on the brink of major scientific breakthroughs, there is a growing gap in federal funding for research. Many well-qualified young investigators cannot get government funding. Gifts to the AGA Research Foundation this year directly supported 52 talented investigators. Despite this success, over 200 other innovative and promising research ideas went unfunded.

I am asking you to support a cause important to me and equally important to you. You can help fill the funding gap and protect the next generation of investigators by joining me in supporting the AGA Research Foundation through a personal gift.

Every dollar is a step new treatments. To cures impacting patients’ lives. To new generations of talented investigators in digestive disease research.

Please help us continue our efforts by making your tax-deductible donation. Donate today at

Thank you in advance for your support and best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season and successful New Year.

Three easy ways to give

Online: the mail:

AGA Research Foundation

4930 Del Ray Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814

Over the phone: 301-222-4002

All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of U.S. law.

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