Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program aims to promote career development and training through providing a fertile intellectual environment for interaction, exchange and collaboration; among investigators within the Division of Digestive Diseases, with other similar Centers and with the broader research community to mutually benefit from the expertise that is essential to, and aligns with, the mission of the Center. The Enrichment Program will also  promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the CU-DLDRC.

The Enrichment Program is led by Jianwen Que, MD, PhD, and Rebecca Haeusler, PhD and as part of its activities, will organize the monthly seminar series, as well as the Annual Retreat, meetings, and workshops.


Jianwen Que, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
Columbia University

Seminar Series and Annual Retreat

The CU-DLDRC hosts a twice monthly seminars that will feature researchers in the field of digestive diseases from the CU-DLDRC as well as other institutions, organized by the Enrichment Program. The goal is to highlight the research of CU-DLDRC members, in particular new investigators; stimulate collaboration and crossfertilization within the CU-DLDRC;  and encourage innovation and the exchange with other centers by inviting outside experts. Twice a year, there will be “trainee day“, with short talks selected from postdocs and PhD students from CU-DLDRC member labs.

The Annual Retreat will highlight research and activities of CU-DLDRC members including new investigators and P/F awardees and also include two external keynote speakers on Day 1. The Retreat will also have a Poster Session for students, postdoctoral fellows, and trainees as a preparatory module to train them for future conferences and scientific meetings. On Day 2, the Internal and External Advisory Board will review the CU-DLDRC activities, productivity and effectiveness and provide specific recommendations to the CU-DLDRC leadership.

Training and Grantsmanship

The Enrichment program will work with the CU-DLDRC cores to provide regular hands-on training for CU-DLDRC members and their labs; provide the opportunity for “mini-sabbaticals” at other DDRCCs to learn specific digestive disease relevant methodologies and promote collabrations; and provide access to career grantsmanship seminars and activities as well as individual career and grantsmanship consultations.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Enrichment program will promote DEI in the CU-DLDRC by (A) reviewing DEI in its membership and all activities, including P/F awards; (B) promoting DEI through expanding its membership and suggesting speakers and activities that promote DEI; (C) by providing training opportunities for DEI members and trainees in grantsmanship and career development. DEI activities in the Enrichment Program and the entire CU-DLDRC will be overseen by DEI delegate Rebecca Haeusler.