April 29, 2016

Dr. Kane on Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis

New Sherman Prize Rewards Outstanding Achievements in Addressing the Challenges of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

by Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, ACG Treasurer and Member of Sherman Prize Selection Committee

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to play a role in bringing important resources and services to the GI community. This month, I’m excited to share information about the Sherman Prize, a new program that I’m involved in that seeks to recognize and honor exceptional and pioneering achievements in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

There are many unsung heroes in the GI community who have made amazing contributions advancing patient care, medical research, and public service in the field of Crohn’s and colitis – and the Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis represents an opportunity to honor and reward this work.

This year, the Sherman Prize will award two or more prizes of $100,000 to health care professionals, medical researchers, public health advocates, or educators who have dedicated significant effort to improving the understanding and management of Crohn’s and colitis. In addition, a $25,000 Sherman Emerging Leader Prize will be awarded to an individual whose work may be less far along, but who demonstrates high potential in the field. These generous prizes are designed to provide flexible funding to award winners to advance their important work. The Sherman Prize is made possible by the Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation, which established the Sherman Prize with the hope of inspiring greater advances in the understanding and treatment of these terrible diseases.

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