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ALF Research Awards Program

Research is integral to the work of the American Liver Foundation (ALF) and is essential to improving treating and finding a cure for liver disease.

Since 1979, the Research Awards Program has provided more than $26 million in research funding. Over 825 qualified scientists and physicians have pursued careers in liver disease research and treatment as a result of receiving these grants early in their careers.

The American Liver Foundation is proud to support these research efforts and is hopeful that they will bring us closer to finding a cure for liver disease.

Contact us here for any questions about these research awards.


2018 Research, Fellowship and PBC Awards

Application Deadline: Friday, December 15th, 2017

Recipient Notification: May 2018

Award Start Date: July 1, 2018

Applications are reviewed by leaders in the field of hepatology. Scores are based on the scientific merit of the research proposal and commitment to a career in hepatology. The number of awards and fellowships granted is contingent on the number of qualified applicants and available funding.

The American Liver Foundation provides equal opportunity for all research and fellowship award applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender,sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.

Download the RFP Prospectus here.


2018 Liver Scholar Award

The Liver Scholar Award is a three-year, $75,000 per year ($225,000 total) basic science award that encourages early career investigators to pursue a career in liver related research. The goal is to provide the scientists with support at an early stage of their careers to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist. The additional research experience provided by this award is intended to enable them to successfully compete for research grants from national sources, particularly the National Institutes of Health.

While applications on all liver-related research topics will be considered, the following are of extremely high interest: biliary atresia and primary biliary cirrhosis.

Download the 2018 Liver Scholar Award application guidelines

Download the 2018 Liver Scholar Award application form

2018 Liver Scholar Award submission form

Have questions about the award process? Check out our Research Awards FAQs here.


2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award is a one-year award of $12,500 that supports MD, PhD, and MD/PhD postdoctoral fellows in their first or second year of appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow or trainee, and who seek professional development, additional training and experience in liver research.

While applications on all liver-related research topics will be considered, the following are of extremely high interest: biliary atresia, primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Download the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award information below:

2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award Application Guidelines

2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award Application Form

2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award Submission Form

Have questions about the award process? Check out our Research Awards FAQs here.


2018 PBC Fund for the Cure Award

The PBC Fund for the Cure Award is a one-year award of $100,000 that provides support for a faculty member to initiate a project that addresses a novel and important research question related to the process by which Primary Biliary Cholangitis attacks the liver. The proposed investigation may involve basic, clinical or translational research. The award supports investigational work related, but not limited to pathophysiological studies, clinical trials and applications, or assessment of new diagnostic and/ or therapeutic modalities. The number of PBC Fund for the Cure Awards is contingent upon available funding.

Download the 2018 Liver Scholar Award information below:

2018 PBC Fund for the Cure Award Application Guidelines

2018 PBC Fund for the Cure Award Application Form

2018 PBC Fund for the Cure Award Submission Form

Have questions about the award process? Check out our Research Awards FAQs here.

Are there any funding opportunities for pre-doctoral students at the American Liver Foundation?

Currently there are no funding opportunities for pre-doctoral students.

 


Must my project focus on basic science? Can I submit a project focused on clinical studies?

Either basic science, or clinical studies are eligible for funding.

 


My fellowship program is 3 year program but my second and third years are dedicated to research training. I am currently in my 3rd year of the program. Does this make me ineligible for the Postdoctoral Award?

The amount of years of actual research training is counted, so you are still eligible.

 


One of our transplant doctors is interested in submitting for a Liver Scholar Award however his salary is already covered so he would like to hire a tech and purchase supplies instead of using the award solely for his salary support. Would that be acceptable?

No, the Liver Scholar Award must be used for salary support only.

 


Can I apply for both a Liver Scholar Award and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award?

No, you must apply for one or the other.

 


I am a faculty member but my job title is Postdoctoral Associate. Prior to this appointment, I was a post-doctoral fellow for 2 years. Am I still eligible for a Liver Scholar Award?

If you are a faculty member then you can apply. Clearly state in your commitment letter from your department chair that you have a faculty appointment.


The 2017 Recipient of the ALF Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award

Dr. Arun Sanyal
Dr. Arun Sanyal is a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Molecular Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He has been a physician-scientist for 25 years and his research has spanned the spectrum of translational science from basic discovery to first in humans and advanced phase clinical trials and regulatory aspects of drug development. He has extensive experience and expertise in team science, and has recently further applied these to alcoholic liver disease and am leading several specific efforts in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) funded TREAT consortium. He recently established the Liver Forum which provides a neutral platform for FDA, EMA and other stakeholders in fatty liver disorders to work collaboratively on the regulatory science required to accelerate drug development in liver disease. This further requires substantial consensus building and team science.

2016
Scott L. Friedman, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2015
Anna Suk-Fong Lok, MD

University of Michigan Health System

2014
Raymond Schinazi, PhD, DSc

Emory University, Center for AIDS Research

2013
Charles M. Rice, PhD

The Rockefeller University

2012
Allan W. Wolkoff, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

2011
Robert H. Purcell, MD

National Institutes of Health

2010
George K. Michalopoulos, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

2009
Snorri S. Thorgeisson, MD, PhD

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

2008
Neil Kaplowitz, MD

University of Southern California School of Medicine

2006
Roberto J. Groszmann, MD

West Haven VA Medical Center, West Haven, CT

2004
Nelson Fausto, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

2002
Harvey J. Alter, MD

National Institutes of Health

2001
Nancy L. Bucher, MD

Boston University School of Medicine

2000
David A. Shafritz, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

1999
James L. Boyer, MD

Yale University, New Haven, CT

1998
Irwin M. Arias, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

1997
Francis V. Chisari, MD

The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA


Past Research and Fellowship Award Recipients

American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar Award
$75,000 annually/3 years; $225,000 total

Graham Brady, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

Role of the nuclear lamina in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Mentor: M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD


Charles Trey, MD Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
$12,500/1 year

Yongfeng Song, MD, PhD
University of Connecticut

ZEB1/EpCAM Axis in LncRNA H19-Mediated Cholestasis
Mentor: Li Wang, PhD


NASH Fatty Liver Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
$12,500/1 year

Mariana L. Acuña, PhD
Cornell University

ACOT12-Mediated Acetyl-CoA Degradation in the Pathogenesis of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Mentor: David E. Cohen, MD, PhD


American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award
$12,500/1 year

Enis Kostallari, PhD
Mayo Clinic

PDGFR-alpha trafficking through hepatic stellate cell-derived extracellular vesicles
Mentor: Vijay H. Shah, MD


Irwin M. Arias, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
$12,500/1 year

Paul J. Wrighton, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School

How Liver Stiffness Promotes Liver Cancer
Mentor: Wolfram Goessling, MD, PhD


Alexander M. White, III Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
$12,500/1 year

Kazuki Takeshi, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Mass Production of iPS-derived Hepatocytes to engineer Autologous Liver Graft
Mentor: Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez, MD, PhD


Hans Popper Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
$12,500/1 year

Ruisi (Rose) Wang, PhD
The Rockefeller University

Novel stem cell approaches to explore hepatic stellate cell biology
Mentor: Charles M. Rice, PhD


American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award
$12,500/1 year

Liuyi Hao, PhD
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The role of ATF4 in alcoholic hepatitis
Mentor: Zhanxiang Zhou, PhD


American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award
$12,500/1 year

Barent N. DuBois, PhD
Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Effect of acute-on-chronic liver failure on drug metabolism in the brain.
Mentor: Reza Mehvar, PharmD, PhD


Herman Lopata Memorial Hepatitis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
$12,500/1 year

Chun-Hao Huang, PhD
The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley

Understanding cellular immune response to viral translation during liver damage
Mentor: Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD


American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award
$12,500/1 year

Wei Wang, MD
New York University School of Medicine

Role of gamma delta-T cells in the pathogenesis of NASH
Mentor: George Miller, MD

Hepatitis Fund for the Cure Liver Scholar Award

Holly Ramage, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Characterizing the Role of Host Cell Ubiquitylation Machinery in HCV Infection
Mentor: Sara R. Cherry, PhD


NASH Fatty Liver Disease Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Michele Alves-Bezerra, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Phospholipid-mediated control of hepatic insulin signaling
Mentor: David E. Cohen, MD, PhD


Herman Lopata Memorial Hepatitis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Joshua A. Jackman, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Engineering Platform for Deciphering Inositol-Binding Domains in Hepatitis C Virus
Mentor: Jeffrey S. Glenn, MD, PhD


Thomas E. Starzl, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Negin Karimian, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

A Novel Approach to Improve Organ Viability and Availability before Orthotopic Liver Transplantation
Mentor: Korkut Uygun, PhD


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