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Gut-Healthy Recipe: Arepas with Chicken and Cheese

Gut-Healthy Recipe: Arepas with Chicken and Cheese

In this recipe, arepas are cooked with a small amount of fat, and made thinner and crispier, for a lighter take on this traditional recipe. A small amount of shredded chicken adds easy-to-digest protein, and a topping of guacamole and colorful vegetables makes for a festive and satisfying New Year’s meal.

A Closer Look: Research Processes at the University of Chicago Medicine Featuring Michael Charlton, MBBS

A Closer Look: Research Processes at the University of Chicago Medicine Featuring Michael Charlton, MBBS

““Perhaps our greatest strength in basic science research is with the microbiome [e.g., the bacteria that live in the gut]. We helped develop an animal model for liver disease that become one of the most widely utilized in the world, as it recreates lipid diseases in mice. That enables us, in the lab, to study causes of the liver disease and also ways to prevent and reverse it. In particular, Dr. Eugene Chang’s work with the Duchossois Family Institute [at the University of Chicago Medicine], discovered that mice that don’t have any microbes, animals that have been bred to be germ-free, and live in germ-free facilities, are totally resistant to fatty liver disease.”

Moving the Needle: Forward, to the Future!

Moving the Needle: Forward, to the Future!

On Thursday, December 2nd, more than one hundred GIRF supporters joined the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center online for the second presentation of Moving the Needle: An Update on GIRF’s Impact. Eight esteemed physician scientists shared latest research updates informing the treatment and care of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease, colon cancer, celiac disease, as well as the impact of the gut microbiome on depression and anxiety.

Gut-Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Pudding—with Tofu

Gut-Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Pudding—with Tofu

“Fortified tofu can be a great way to increase calcium intake. Patients with IBD who have been on steroids are at increased risk of decreased bone mass, and adequate calcium intake is important for maintaining bone mass. Tofu is also a great way to increase calcium for individuals who may be avoiding or limiting dairy products or animal proteins. Making holiday desserts with tofu can also increase their protein, and make them more filling.”

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GIRF In the News: Preparing for the Next Pandemic – Featuring David T. Rubin, MD

GIRF In the News: Preparing for the Next Pandemic – Featuring David T. Rubin, MD

On January 14, 2022, David T. Rubin, MD, Joseph B. Kirsner Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the UChicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center and GIRF Lead Scientific Advisor, shared insights on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on healthcare workers, the Omicron and future variants, the possibility of herd immunity, and planning for future pandemics on Steve Dale’s Other World on WGN Radio.