The Overall Goal of the UCLA:DDRCC is to promote disciplinary research in the molecular and cell biology, physiology and pathophysiology of the digestive system, foster collaboration and facilitate training, education and recruitment of new investigators.  

The specific aims of the Pilot and Feasbility Program are :

1. To provide funds for innovative research relevant to the UCLA:DDRCC research program leading to extramural funds.

2. To foster the career development of junior investigators in digestive disease research,

3. To recruit individuals from different areas of research non-related to gastroenterology but with expertise that can be applied to digestive diseases research and benefit the UCLA:DDRCC members,

4. To facilitate and promote collaboration between UCLA:DDRCC members and PFS awardees.