Dr. Ana Maldonado-Contreras wins AGA Research Scholar Award: 5 highlights

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester's Ana Maldonado-Contreras, MSc, PhD, won the 2016 AGA Research Scholar Award.

Here are five highlights:

1. The AGA Research Foundation presented Dr. Maldonado-Contreras with the award.

2. Dr. Maldonado-Contreras will study gut microbiota's role in inflammatory bowel disease.

3. She will use her previous research, which shows an anti-inflammatory diet enhanced patient outcomes for those with IBD.

4. Dr. Maldonado-Contreras and her team will build on this research, implementing the diet to see if it impacts inflammation in IBD patients.

5. She hopes her study will reveal a greater understanding of IBD's etiology, which will aid treatment protocol development.

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