Membership in the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center is open to clinicians and researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center/Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center and their affiliated institutions who have an interest in GI Research. Submit your membership application today!

View a list of our current members along with current and past pilot recipients

Full Member

Full members are full-time faculty at an affiliated Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center member institution - Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center, or MD Anderson Cancer Center. These members are primarily committed to conducting research in the area of gastrointestinal development, infection and injury and have current funding through the NIDDK, NIH, or other grant agency. Full members are expected to participate regularly in center activities, and to play a leading role in enhancing the research as well as training of other investigators with interests in GI research.

All core members are key investigators for the DDC and they have three additional criteria: all full members have externally, peer-reviewed GI-related research funding, are actively involved in GI-research related to the theme of the center and have interacted with at least one other key investigator. These members receive the full range of membership benefits including subsidized services from all DDC research cores. 

Associate Member I

An Associate Member I is a current or past Pilot Feasibility Awardee. Through support from the center, it is expected that these investigators might develop their research programs and make a more substantial commitment to GI research that will help the center achieve its goals. These members qualify for subsidizes services from all of the DDC research cores.

Associate Member II

An Associate Member II is a junior faculty who is developing their GI research careers or established faculty whose research and expertise complement the theme of our center. Some associate members are working in the area of the theme of our center but are not funded at the present time. Associate members are encouraged to apply for the Pilot and Feasibility (P/F) program if eligible per NIDDK guidelines and to use the center core facilities. Through support from the center, it is expected that these investigators might develop their research programs and make a more substantial commitment to GI research that will help the center achieve its goals.

Affiliate Members

Affiliate Members is a faculty or other research personnel in the TMC or Galveston who would like to receive information about the DDC but do not fully or actively participate in the activities of the center. 

Additional Information

The Internal Advisory Committee of the DDC gives approval for membership on a monthly basis. Membership statuses are reviewed annually. If you have questions about membership or would like to check on the status of your membership application, please contact, Sara Tristan, DDC Administrator, at escamill@bcm.edu or 713-798-3478. 

Benefits of Membership

Membership in the DDC has many benefits, including:

  • Subsidized services from all DDC cores (Full Members Only) 
  • Apply for Pilot Feasibility Funds
  • Information related to GI research and research opportunities
  • Obtain guidance/help with grant applications and research challenges
  • Obtain information about new, collaborative studies or methods developed in our cores