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Norton Education Series

We are excited to announce the Nancy and Bill Norton Patient Education Series (NES), which launched in 2020. The NES program, named for our founders Nancy and Bill Norton, is a tribute to the tremendous work they have done for the GI community. This multi-media educational program is designed to equip patients with chronic gastrointestinal (GI) illness with education and resources to help them navigate life. Each meeting will include a multitude of activities, such as lectures, Q&A panels, patient stories, lifestyle presentations, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities. Make sure to follow us on our social media or check back here for updates!

Next NES Event: To Be Determined

Previous NES Events

Norton Education Series: The Gut Microbiome

October 7th, 2023, IFFGD offered a free in-person event.

About this Event

In collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, IFFGD hosted a complimentary edition of the NES program dedicated to Gut Microbiome – its overall health and related illnesses

Norton Education Series: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Program 

April 22, 2022, IFFGD offered a free in-person event.

About this Event

In collaboration with Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, IFFGD hosted an in-person Norton Education Series (NES) to help equip people with the tools they need to manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Norton Education Series: IFFGD’s 30th Anniversary 

November 6th and November 7th, 2021, IFFGD offered a free virtual Norton Education Series with a Pediatric Bonus.

About this Event

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, we hosted a very special virtual edition of the Norton Education Series (NES). The Nancy and Bill Norton Patient Education Series Event: IFFGD’s Thirtieth Anniversary Edition was mix of pre-recorded videos and a live feed that took place Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th. William Chey, MD will Chair the Program Committee and Lin Chang, MD and John Pandolfino, MD served as Co-Chairs for this event. The Program Committee joined Ceciel Rooker, IFFGD President, in co-hosting the event.

Norton Education Series: Diet, Nutrition and Digestive Health

October 11, 2020 IFFGD Kicked off the Nancy and Bill Norton Patient Education Series virtually at the University of Michigan in their Food for Life Kitchen

About this Event

The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) along with the University of Michigan Gastrointestinal Department partnered with the Food for Life Kitchen for a Norton Education Series event. The event discussed how the foods we eat affect our bodies and overall health. Better nutrition choices play a role in improving: Digestion – GERD – IBS – Constipation.

Gut Matters 101: From top to bottom; Shanti Eswaran, MD

An overview of the parts and functions of the digestive system. Learn about the location and function of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine (small bowel), pancreas, liver, gallbladder, colon, and rectum, and the common disorders associated with each.

Gut Matters 102: How the gut works in relation to food, nutrition basics; Amanda Lynett, RDN

An overview of the importance of nutrition to the human body and the impact on gastrointestinal disorders. Learn about the nutritional components and value of food and the advantages to making knowledgeable food choices.

Kitchen Demonstration; Emily Haller, MS, RDN with Chef Sheree Thibault

Join Chef Thibault and registered dietitian, Emily Haller, as they demonstrate three gut friendly recipes.

Sugar: Friend or Foe?; Emily Haller, MS, RDN

An overview of the different sugars and their impact on the human body. Learn about the different types of sugar, how much we should consume, how the body processes them, and how they could impact gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

Burning Questions on Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Symptoms; Joan Chen, MD MS

An overview of symptoms associated with upper gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Learn about different GI disorders impacting the GI system, their symptoms including alarm symptoms, and dietary and lifestyle changes that can help.

Living your BEST IBS Life: Practical Tools to Beat the Battle with your Bowels; Justin Brandler, MD

An overview of tools and information to help empower irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients. Learn ways to partner with your healthcare provider and make the most of your GI visits. In addition, receive information on treatment options including diet, medication, supplements, and more.

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Constipation: Symptoms, evaluation, causes, and treatment; Kimberly Harer, MD ScM

An overview of constipation from onset to treatment. Learn about constipation including who is most likely to experience it, why, talking to your healthcare provider and options for treatment and lifestyle changes.

My Patient Story; Erin Slater, RDN

An illness experience story from IFFGD advocate and registered dietitian, Erin Slater. Learn about Erin’s journey from symptom onset, to diagnosis, and finally treatment.

The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders gratefully acknowledges Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Abbvie Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of the Nancy and Bill Norton Patient Education Series.

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