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 the faculty and staff of the IBD Center. Visiting faculty included early career scientists as well as more senior academics.
During their three days with the team, participants in this training program spent time with David T. Rubin, MD; Russell D. Cohen, MD; Joel Pekow, MD; Sushila Dalal, MD; Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, and the other members of the IBD Center. They learned best practices for clinical practice, endoscopy, inpatient care, and establishing and maintaining research programs. They met with research leaders, Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, Eugene Chang, MD, and A. Murat Eren, PhD, who presented their current research and answered questions. Pathologist Shun-Yan Xiao, MD, PhD, led the visitors on a tour of the pathology facilities and served as a host for the guests during a night out in Chicago’s Chinatown.
The visiting physicians were very interested in difference between Western and traditional Asian diets as related to the development of IBD, as well as the latest science regarding treatment options, some of which are not widely used in Asia.
Explained David T. Rubin, MD, “We truly value the opportunity to share what we have learned about IBD with our colleagues all over the world—these programs help build our global IBD community, and foster better care for patients everywhere.”
The University of Chicago IBD Center is designated as a Center of Excellence for the care of patients living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and is dedicated to finding a cure for these diseases. This program was funded by Janssen Asia Pacific.
Written by Annie Gomberg, University of Chicago