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The COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has dramatically changed life here and abroad. Among the many sweeping and unprecedented changes is GIRF’s rescheduling of its annual ball from May 30, 2020 to October 31, 2020. While disappointing to all of GIRF’s members, it is just one of many steps taken to reduce the…

Written by Anna Gomberg, featuring Beth Wall, RD Everyone eats, and most everyone makes choices to try to keep their bodies healthy. But when it comes to nutrition, there are many unanswered questions that keep dietitians like UChicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center’s Beth Wall, RDN-AP, hard at work examining the complexities of the human diet,…

Written by Anna Gomberg Illinois legalized recreational marijuana on January 1, 2020, changing the landscape for many living with chronic digestive diseases already using medical marijuana to relieve pain or nausea. While these patients have experienced access issues and product shortages, this sea change in policy may have also reduced barriers to use—since legalization, applications…

The human microbiome is a complex ecosystem made up of bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic organisms. In recent decades, scientists have recognized that the microbiome is a factor in inflammatory bowel diseases and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Support from GIRF is enabling A. Murat Eren, PhD, known as “Meren,” and his team to use sophisticated computational…

The University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center welcomed nine distinguished physicians and scientists from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong for a three-day training program, November 18-20, 2019. These researchers came from major academic medical centers all over East Asia, including Peking Union University, Hong Kong University, and Tongji University in Shanghai, to learn from…

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