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.  Contributing to this fund is a way to encourage young investigators to research CVS and other functional GI disorders that need attention.

Dr. Li retired as Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin in 2017.  Dr. Li is an expert in cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) and spearheaded the effort to define and standardize the diagnostic and management protocols. He has served as medical advisor to the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association for 25 years as well as was a cofounder of CVSA.  He coauthored the NASPGHAN CVS guidelines published in 2008. He has received National Institute of Health funding for his research, has published extensively on CVS and given more than 100 Grand Rounds (Grand rounds originated as part of residency training wherein new information was taught and clinical reasoning skills were enhanced. Grand rounds today are an integral component of medical education. They present clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or interesting cases. They are also sometimes utilized for dissemination of new research information.) on the topic.

Dr. Li joined Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 2006 as Professor of Pediatric and Director of Pediatric Fellowship Education. He developed a robust 3-year Joint Fellowship Curriculum to fulfill core competencies in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and leadership development for 78 concurrent fellows in 13 subspecialty programs.

Dr. Li’s passion for teaching was evident early in his academic career. While a junior faculty member at UW-Madison, he was awarded clinical teacher of the year.  It only seems fitting that CVSA funded a scholarship in his honor to educate young investigators.  (Excerpted and revised from Master Educator Award letter written by Manu R. Sood and Laurie N. Fishman)

The Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (CVSA) Young Investigator Prize in honor of B Li in Functional GI Disorders has been developed to promote the pursuit of research in these conditions. This award will be given to a young investigator submitting an outstanding scientific abstract focusing on basic science, clinical investigation or outcomes research in the following conditions: Cyclic vomiting syndrome, aerophagia, rumination syndrome, functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, or functional abdominal pain (submissions for any other condition must have a written justification for inclusion in this category). Award decisions are made by NASPGHAN.

The investigator must be:

1) less than ten years beyond fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition or from receiving a PhD.

2) first author

3) a member of NASPGHAN.

Recipients of the B Li Award:


PREDICTORS OF HOSPITALIZATION FOR CHILDREN WITH CYCLIC VOMITING SYNDROME Zeyad Abdulkader, Neetu Bali, Karla Vaz, Desalegn Yacob, Carlo Di Lorenzo, Peter Lu. Gastroenterology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Summary of Abstract Conclusion: We found that in addition to young age and male gender, patients who presented to the ED more than 24 hours after their episode started were significantly more likely to be hospitalized than those presenting within 12 hours. Similarly, we found that a patient’s likelihood for hospitalization significantly increased the longer they waited for their first IV anti-emetic following arrival to the ED. To read the full abstract, Click here and go to page 38.