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Celebrities and Pro-Athletes Swing into A Winning All-Star Challenge!

Celebrities and Pro-Athletes Swing into A Winning All-Star Challenge!

On Monday, August 29th the GI Research Foundation hosted the Larry A. Pogofsky All-Star Challenge—On the Greens at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood. Pro-athletes – including Chicago greats Ozzie Guillen, Chris Chelios, Willie Gault and more – joined foursomes to honor Larry’s love of sports and continue his legacy of funding research to better treat, prevent and cure digestive diseases.

Should digestive diseases patients seek out anti-inflammatory foods?

Should digestive diseases patients seek out anti-inflammatory foods?

Inflammation is a key concern for people living with many different digestive diseases and other health concerns. Walnuts, turmeric, flaxseeds, green tea, broccoli sprouts, fatty fish, olive oil, among many, many, others, are all touted by different research studies (of varying rigor) as having anti-inflammatory properties.

Research Spotlight: How Do We Assess Cancer Risk, and Prevent Cancer, and Improve Mortality? Featuring Sonia Kupfer, MD

Research Spotlight: How Do We Assess Cancer Risk, and Prevent Cancer, and Improve Mortality? Featuring Sonia Kupfer, MD

Explains Kupfer, “Number one, we want to understand better how some of these chemopreventive agents are working. For example, there is good clinical-trials data that aspirin prevents colon cancer, specifically in Lynch syndrome. Now, we can look at how it works, and target those pathways. Secondly, we can determine who may respond best to which therapy, or who may have more response, and use that information to build more robust treatments. That’s the big vision here. But it’s early days right now.”

Meet Jackie Casey: New GIRF Executive Director Shares Her Story

Meet Jackie Casey: New GIRF Executive Director Shares Her Story

As a teenager, my brother began to suffer from what doctors then thought was ulcers as well. Blamed on diet and stress, his suffering went misdiagnosed and untreated for more than a decade. Finally, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. His disease was resistant to the new and evolving biologic treatments. His life and work suffered constant disruption. Eventually after hospitalizations, he would have surgery to remove part of his large intestine. After a six week stay in the hospital fighting sepsis and other complications, he would return home to begin another course of treatment for maintenance. This too would eventually fail. Another surgery resulted in an ostomy that has mostly eliminated his symptoms and given him his life back. 

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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.