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Basic Science at DDW® 2018

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is excited to congratulate the recipients of the DDW Basic Science Travel Awards. Twenty basic scientists were selected from a pool of applicants to receive a $1,000 travel grant to attend DDW 2018.

Expert members of DDW’s sponsoring societies worked together to select the award winners, who are early-career researchers serving as first or presenting authors of basic science abstracts accepted for presentation at DDW 2018. A full list of the award winners can be found below.

Attending DDW 2018? Be sure to attend the below winners’ abstract presentations and attending the  DDW Basic Science Quick Shots Session on Saturday, June 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 143 of the convention center to learn more about their innovative work. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and congratulate these pioneering researchers.


DDW 2018 Basic Science Travel Award Winners


 Jonathan T. Busada, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Alexandra Chang-Graham, BA, MD/PhD Student, Baylor College of Medicine

Amy C. Engevik, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jennifer C. Jones, MS, PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Runping Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University

Vanessa Mitsialis, MD, Fellow in Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ranjan Preet, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas

Nicolette J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Resident Physician/PGY-2, Yale New Haven Hospital

Joshua Royal, MSc, PhD Student, University of Louisville

James K. Ruffle, MBBS, Trainee Medical Doctor and Honorary Research Fellow in Neurogastroenterology, Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Benjamin D. Shogan, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago

Joshua J. Thompson, BS, MD/PhD Student, Vanderbilt University

Werna Uniken Venema, MS, MD/PhD Candidate, UMCG

Elizabeth J. Videlock, MD, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, UCLA

Praveen Vimalathas, BS, Lab Manager/Research Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital

Banrida Wahlang, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Louisville

Ting Yu, PhD, Research Scholar, University of Michigan

Tianhao Zhou, BS, PhD Student, Texas A&M Health Science Center

Iris Zhuang, BS, Medical Student, Baylor College of Medicine

Winnie Zou, BS,MD/PhD Student, Baylor College of Medicine


More Basic Science at DDW 2018


Interested in exploring more Basic Science at DDW 2018? Use DDW Tracks to search all sessions across all societies for the Basic Science sessions that interest you. Read below for a sampling of high-level Basic Science session details:

Session TitleSession TypeDate
Mechanisms of Intestinal Injury and RepairResearch SymposiumMay 2
Obesity and the MicrobiomeClinical SymposiumMay 2
Cancer Therapeutics and Mechanisms of ResistanceResearch ForumMay 2
Tuft and Paneth Cells: Dueling Roles in Innate and Acquired ImmunityState-of-the-Art LectureMay 3
Developmental Biology of the Gastrointestinal TractResearch SymposiumMay 3
AGA Basic Science PlenaryPlenary SessionMay 3
A Primer on Animal Models for IBDBreakfast with the ExpertMay 3
Gastrointestinal Stem Cell PlasticityResearch SymposiumMay 4
Novel Approaches to Developing GI Cancer ModelsMeet-the-Professor LuncheonsMay 4
Stem Cell BiologyResearch ForumMay 4
Microbial-Induced Alterations of Intestinal TransportState-of-the-Art LectureMay 5
Inflammatory, Proliferative and Adaptive Responses of the Intestinal EpitheliumResearch ForumMay 5
The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis in Health and DiseaseResearch ForumMay 5

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