• About GIRF
    The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation (GIRF) supports dedicated physicians and scientists in the Sections of Gastroenterology at The University of Chicago Medicine as they work to improve the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as colon and pancreatic cancer, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, liver disease and many others which affect the lives of so many men, women and children.
  • About GIRF
    By providing timely and critical funding, GIRF enables the highest caliber of professional researchers to maintain a fast pace of scientific discovery.
  • Research
    GIRF provides critical seed money necessary to get projects off the ground so researchers can pursue larger federal grants. This aspect of GIRF’s fundraising efforts is unique among medical charitable foundations.
  • Research
    Just a few of the GI Section’s accomplishments supported by GIRF include:

    • Discovery of the first gene associated with Crohn’s Disease
    • Discovery of the role of microRNA in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and colon cancer
    • Role of vitamin D in inflammation and cancer
    • Use of Endoscopic Mucosal Resections for Esophageal, Stomach,
       and Colon Cancer
    • First to perform a living donor liver transplant from parent to child

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