2003 DumitrascuBy: Dan L. Dumitrascu, MD, PhD, Mihaela Stanculete, Adriana Farcas, and Debora Nechifor, Third Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Iuliu Hatieganu" Cluj, Romania

Dr. Dumitrascu is the recipient of the 2003 IFFGD Research Award for International (Developing Nation) Investigator. Dr. Dumitrascu's main interests are in functional and motility gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, epidemiology, and clinical trials. He has produced over 120 papers and authored or contributed to 15 books. He authored the first Romanian book on GI manometry and was the first East European to join the Functional Brain Gut Research Group. He is also the associate editor of the Romanian Journal of Gastroenterology and a member of the editorial committees of several journals in Romania and France.

Summary

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disabling condition that impairs the quality of life of patients. A psychological feature called psychosocial adjustment to illness allows some patients to better cope with their illness. Psychosocial adjustment to illness can be quite significantly impaired with many chronic conditions, including IBS.

Quality of life is frequently impaired in patients with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. The self-perception of the quality of life depends on the patients' own abilities to cope with the distress of the illness. Usually individuals who are better able to adjust to their illness perceive the quality of life as being higher.

A poor psychosocial adjustment to illness, in turn, reflects a more severe impairment of the quality of life. The adjustment to illness is impaired to varying degrees in all patients with GI illnesses including those with upper gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as IBS.

Patients with IBS showed impaired psychosocial adjustment to illness and reported worse scores in certain quality of life domains. However, the impairment of the adjustment to illness is not specific to the patients with IBS only. It seems that the impaired adjustment to illness is not a feature of gastrointestinal suffering, but is rather a consequence of chronic illness.

Poor illness adjustment also means low quality of life. The approach to patients with impaired psychosocial adjustment to illness should include work with patients as a means to help improve coping strategies.

Research Awards
2013 Award Recipients
Enrico Corazziari, MD
Jan Tack, MD, PhD
Gary Mawe, PhD
Ashley Blackshaw, PhD
Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD
Niranga Manjuri Devanarayana, MD
Report from Lukas Van Oudenhove, PhD: Solving the Biopsychosocial Puzzle in Functional Dyspepsia
Muriel Larauche, PhD
2011 Award Recipients
Report from Ronnie Fass, MD: Sleep and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Million Mulugeta, PhD
Adrian Miranda, MD
Samuel Nurko, MD
Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD
Shaman Rajindrajith, MD
2009 Award Recipients
Satish Rao, MD
Emeran Mayer, MD
Javier Santos, MD
Report from Martin Storr, MD, PhD: Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: New Insights in Enteric Regulation
Report From Miguel Saps, MD: Functional Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents
2007 Award Recipients
Report from Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD: Symptom Based Psychology for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Report from Magnus Simrén, MD, PhD: Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Searching for Underlying Causes
Report from Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS: Diagnostic Testing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Theory vs. Reality
Report from Sylvie Bradesi, PhD: Role of the Central Immune System in Functional Disorders
Paul E. Hyman, MD
Report from Miranda A. L. van Tilburg, PhD: Home Based Guided Imagery to Treat Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain
Report from Fernando Azpiroz, MD, PhD: Understanding Intestinal Gas
2005 Award Recipients
Report from Yvette Tache, PhD: Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unraveling the Code
Report from Shaheen Hamdy, MRCP, PhD: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia -- Disorders and Conditions that Disrupt Swallowing
Report from Michael A. Pezzone, MD, PhD: Chronic Pelvic Pain and the Overlap of Pelvic Pain Disorders
Report from Bridget R. Southwell, PhD: Research into Treatment-Resistant Constipation in Children
Report from Rachel Rosen, MD, MPH: Symptoms Arising from Non-Acid Reflux in Children
2003 Award Recipients
Report from William E. Whitehead, PhD: Summary of Clinical Research Activities
Jyoti N. Sengupta, PhD
Report from Caroline Elder Danda, PhD: Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Assessment and Treatment
Report from Terry Buchmiller-Crair, MD: Using the Fetal Gastrointestinal Tract to Overcome Neonatal Disease
Report from Dan L. Dumitrascu, MD, PhD: The Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Report from Klaus Bielefeldt, MD, PhD: Understanding Pain and Discomfort in Functional GI Disorders
Research Grants
IFFGD Competitive Grants
2014 IFFGD Idiopathic Gastroparesis Research Grants
Leo Cheng, PhD
Braden Kuo, MD, MSc
Richard McCallum, MD
2008 IFFGD Competitive Research Grants
IFFGD Noncompetitive Grants
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How to Make a Difference
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Guide to Randomized Clinical Trials
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