Innovations in biomedical technology – from modern endoscopic devices and techniques to harnessing the microbiome to prevent and treat disease – have fundamentally changed the way in which we practice medicine and significantly improved the lives of our patients. In our February issue, we are pleased to highlight the launch of AGA’s GI Opportunity Fund, a new investment vehicle that provides AGA members and others a direct pathway to support development of promising, early-stage innovations by funding carefully vetted, cutting-edge start-up companies. We hope you will enjoy learning more about this exciting new initiative, which recently made its first major investment.
I want to thank GIHN Associate Editor Dr. Janice Jou for agreeing to spearhead this new column as its section editor – again, we invite you to nominate your colleagues, mentees, and others to be featured in future Member Spotlight columns.
We also highlight several recent papers published in AGA’s flagship journals, including a study assessing clinical outcomes and adverse events in patients receiving oral vs. colonic fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for recurrent C. difficile infection, and another evaluating the cost-effectiveness of earlier colorectal cancer screening in patients with obesity. On the policy front, we summarize GI-relevant portions of the $1.7 trillion FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, signed into law on Dec. 30, 2022, by President Biden, and assess its impact on Medicare payments, continuation of support for telehealth/virtual care, and NIH-funding. We hope you enjoy reading these and other articles presented in our February issue.
Don’t forget to register for DDW 2023, May 6-9, 2023, in Chicago – general registration is now open!
Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc