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A Podcast From the GI Research Foundation

Visceral: Listen to Your Gut features the latest research updates and treatment options on specific digestive diseases. Episodes are presented by the physician-scientists and experts at the University of Chicago and feature compelling patient stories.

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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

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

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-Friendly Recipe: Pureed Parsnips with Olive Oil and Fresh Herbs

Gut-Friendly Recipe: Pureed Parsnips with Olive Oil and Fresh Herbs

Many parsnip recipes call for a great deal of rich butter and heavy cream… delicious, but also sometimes complicated for people with digestive diseases or other health concerns. In this recipe, you roast the parsnips before pureeing, which helps their unique flavor shine, and then add vegetable or chicken stock to create the classic velvety smooth texture. Finishing the dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a handful of chopped fresh herbs helps make this simple dish special-occasion-worthy, while also being easier to digest and gluten-free.

Gut-Healthy Recipe: Weeknight Ramp and Wonton Soup

Gut-Healthy Recipe: Weeknight Ramp and Wonton Soup

Foraged or found at farmers’ markets, ramps (also known as wild leeks or onions) offer a mild onion and garlic flavor and beautiful deep green hue, showing off the first colors of the spring season. A gluten-free recipe, this meal is a great choice for those with Celiac disease. As a plant-based, lower-calorie, low fat main course, it can also support many other healthy lifestyle goals.