NES 2022

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Date:  April 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

In collaboration with Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, IFFGD will be hosting an in-person Norton Education Series (NES): Irritable Bowel Syndrome Edition on April 23, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.  Venue details TBD. 

This page is updated regularly.  Check back daily for the latest information.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Session 1: Welcome by Program Chair

Darren M. Brenner, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Darren Brenner
Dr. Darren Brenner

Dr. Brenner is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology at Northwestern University and serves as Director of the Neurogastromotility, Co-Director of the Integrated Bowel Dysfunction program, and Director of the Motts Tonelli GI Physiology Laboratory. He is also an active Irene D. Pritzker Research Scholar.

Dr. Brenner focuses his clinical and research pursuits on a wide range of motility topics including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, opioid related constipation, fecal incontinence, and scleroderma. He has published more than 150 articles, abstracts, and online materials on these subjects, and has lectured both nationally and internationally in these areas. He acts as a reviewer and editor for multiple gastrointestinal (GI) peer-reviewed journals and is a current associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. 

Session 2: The Epidemiology, Symptomology, and Strategy of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Amy Kassebaum-Ledewski, PA-C, RD, MMS

**Coming Soon** Speaker bio and Presentation Overview

Session 3: Treatment Options for IBS-Mixed and IBS-Constipation

Mona Lalehzari, MD, 2nd year GI Fellow

**Coming Soon** Speaker bio and Presentation Overview

Session 4: Treatment Options for IBS-Diarrhea 

​Joy Liu MD, 3rd year Chief GI Fellow

Dr. Joy Liu
Dr. Joy Liu

Dr. Joy Liu is the chief gastroenterology fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology at Northwestern University. Dr. Liu’s clinical interests include disorders of gut-brain interaction such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and pelvic floor disorders, and she has published on these topics in peer-reviewed journals. She is the current Irene D. Pritzker Research Motility Fellow.

Presentation Overview: 
This presentation will review treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). Several medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as effective for treating abdominal pain and diarrhea. These medications have also been shown to be safe in follow-up analyses. We will discuss what these medications are and how they work. Dr. Liu will briefly discuss the role of dietary counseling and behavioral treatments, which may also be very effective. Patients should work together with their health providers to determine what treatment/treatments are best for their symptoms.

Session 5: Food and IBS – How Can Working with a Dietitian Help?

Bethany Doerfler, RD

**Coming Soon** Speaker bio and Presentation Overview

Session 6: Why Should I Work with a Behavioral Therapist?

Anjali Bakota, PhD, Asst. Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

**Coming Soon** Speaker bio and Presentation Overview

Session 7: Speaker Panel Discussion and Q & A

All Speakers

Post Program Event

IFFGD Hosted: Patient Networking and Social Hour 


An opportunity for patients and guests to socialize, get to know each other, share stories, and resources. 

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