In honor of Dr. B Li’s retirement in 2016, the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association created a new education initiative to help train new professional leaders in the treatment and research of CVS.

The fund is focused on assisting medical and graduate students, residents, fellows, and post-doctoral students in broadening their experiences and skills in the study of CVS.

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The fund is focused on assisting medical and graduate students, residents, fellows, and post-doctoral students in broadening their experiences and skills in the study of CVS.

Dr. B Li was one of the physicians instrumental in starting CVSA. He has greatly advanced our understanding of CVS's pathology, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Li's influence extends nationally and internationally. A teacher at heart, Dr. Li has mentored and trained young medical investigators, many of whom are now studying CVS.

The B Li Young Professional Development Fund seeks to encourage young clinicians and researchers to study and treat CVS in children and adults.

CVSA is excited to be partnering with the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) to create the B Li Young Investigator Award. This award is the first initiative to be launched from CVSA’s B Li Young Professional Development Fund. The award will be $750 prize to go toward registration fees for travel to NASPGHAN’s annual meeting as well as a complimentary two-year CVSA professional membership.

This award will be given each year to the best research abstract about functional GI disorders by a young professional.“Functional” GI disorders are disorders of gut-brain interaction where no structural abnormalities can be found. Examples of functional GI disorders include nausea and vomiting disorders (such as CVS), motility disorders, and centrally mediated disorders of GI pain. CVSA hopes that raising awareness of CVS within the functional GI field will lead more young professionals to consider working on CVS related research questions.

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