2013-08-27 15:35:02 UTC

Your AGA Research Foundation Gifts Further GERD Research

Aug. 29, 2013

DunbarYour AGA Research Foundation gifts support Kerry B. Dunbar from Dallas VA Medical Center, who received AGA's 2013 June & Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award.

“By studying the relationship of esophageal inflammation, cytokines and motility changes, we hope to gain further insight into whether motility abnormalities associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are a primary or secondary phenomena and potentially identify further targets for treatment.”

DunbarYour AGA Research Foundation gifts support Kerry B. Dunbar from Dallas VA Medical Center, who received AGA's 2013 June & Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award.

“I am honored to receive the 2013 June & Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award from the AGA Research Foundation. I would like to thank the AGA Research Foundation for their interest in my work and the foundation donors for their generosity.”

“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is very common and esophageal inflammation leads to production of cytokines in the esophageal mucosa. Abnormal esophageal motility is frequently seen in patients with GERD, and the cause of these motility changes is unclear. Our study will investigate the role of esophageal mucosal cytokines on motility changes and inflammation in the esophagus of patients who develop erosive esophagitis. By studying the relationship of esophageal inflammation, cytokines and motility changes, we hope to gain further insight into whether motility abnormalities associated with GERD are a primary or secondary phenomena and potentially identify further targets for treatment. I am truly grateful for receiving the Castell Esophageal Clinical Research Award, which will provide protected time and funding for research supplies, and be a great benefit to my career as a clinical researcher.”

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