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The Mentoring Program at DDW 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please look for future emails about this program for 2021.

The Rome Foundation is pleased to announce that our Young Investigator Mentoring Program will once again be offered in 2021. It gives all researchers in the early stages of their careers the opportunity to present proposed research pertaining to neurogastroenterology or motility disorders to international experts in the field. They will review the proposals, identify pitfalls or opportunities, and give advice and guidance to the selected applicants.

The program will be conducted by Dr. Jan Tack, President of the Foundation and Professor of Medicine, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, Dr. Magnus Simren, Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Gothenberg, Gothenburg, Sweden, and Dr. Xiucai Fang, Professor of Medicine, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.

The Foundation invites all young investigators—those who have completed their medical or graduate training not more than seven years prior to applying—to submit an application to present their research plan (or studies in the very early stages) at a meeting to be held May 2021 at DDW in Chicago, Illinois. All types of research studies (basic science, clinical investigations, epidemiological and socioeconomic or psychosocial studies) are eligible. There are no geographic or age restrictions. Applicants must be able to fund their travel to DDW.

Selected applicants will each have 15 minutes to present their research, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Up to five applicants will be accepted.

The application form is at below.  Application deadline is March 13, 2021. Address any questions to

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