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Research Updates

On Thursday, December 2, 2021 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. Select presentations can be found below.

Can stem cells change how we treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Presented by Cambrian Liu, PhD

Can gut bacteria impact outcomes of liver disease?

Presented by Matthew Odenwald, MD, PhD

Can we improve patient outcomes by learning from our experience?

Presented by Kinga Skowron Olortegui, MD

Educational Webinars

Gut Instinct Educational Webinars feature the latest research updates and treatment options from the physician-scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center. If you are interested in learning more about an upcoming webinar or sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at (312) 332-1350.

Special Topics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Presented by Alyse Bedell, PhD, Sushila Dalal, MD, and Joel Pekow, MD

May 2021

Understanding IBD: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Presented by Russell D. Cohen, MD

February 2021

COVID-19 and IBD: School, Work, and Vaccines

Presented by David T. Rubin, MD

September 2020

Yoga, Breathing, and Meditation

Yoga, breathing, and meditation practices designed by experienced yoga teacher, Gina Norman of Kaia Yoga, and an IBD patient-physician, to complement your medical treatment and inspire you to continue exploring the exercises in your local community classes.

“As an IBD patient and a physician, my first yoga classes were daunting, and I was skeptical that yoga and meditation could help me. Thankfully, I persisted, and I continue to benefit and grow from my yoga practice with every class that I attend. I wanted to introduce this therapy to other IBD patients.  Together with my doctor and GIRF, we created a safe way for all types of IBD patients to explore and enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation. The program is intended to complement your medical treatment and to inspire you to further explore yoga and meditation in classes in your local community.”

Biana Lanson, MD

Gut-Friendly Recipes

Yoga, breathing, and meditation practices designed by experienced yoga teacher, Gina Norman of Kaia Yoga, and an IBD patient-physician, to complement your medical treatment and inspire you to continue exploring the exercises in your local community classes.

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.

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.”