Supporting gastroenterology-related research is a flagship program within the CAG. The CAG Research Program is a key element of CAG’s mandate and is essential for a vibrant association to lead the way in healthcare delivery.
The Research Program, offered by the CAG, with the support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and valued industry partners, provides exceptional opportunities for gastrointestinal researchers in Canada. As a key element of the program, CIHR -- the Government of Canada's health research investment agency – provides supplemental funding for industry commitments.
Funding is available to CAG members at all training levels, including:
- postdoctoral PhD and MD research fellows
- gastroenterology residents
- summer students
The program has been a great success, both in terms of generous support from industry, research output and the number and quality of alumni who have secured faculty positions in Canada. From inception through 2017, over 600 research awards have been supported. This amounts to more than $34 million worth of the highest quality research in the field of gastroenterology in Canada.
The significant impact of this research program on research training and advancement of Gastroenterology in Canada has been published in two key papers [McKay DM et al. Can J Gastroenterol 2003;17:437-9 & Sherman PM et al. Can J Gastroenterol 2013;27:717-20 ]