IFFGD develops professional symposia aimed at promoting education and awareness among professionals from multiple disciplines who treat gastrointestinal disorders and incontinence.

The biennial International Symposium on Functional GI Disorders, first held in 1995, was the first international meeting designed to communicate new knowledge in the field of functional GI disorders. This symposium has been described as “an educational jewel,” attracting hundreds of scientists and health care professionals from around the world with an interest in functional GI and motility disorders in both adults and children. Dr Drossman has been the Program chair for this Symposium since its inception and has played a vital role not only in ensuring its strong content, but as a speaker as well.  The following is a portion of the 2013 conference held in Milwaukee WI on April 12-14th.

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10th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Plenary Audio Recordings

Below are links to audio recordings from selected Plenary sessions from the 10th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders held April 12-14, 2013, in Milwaukee, WI.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

AM Plenary: Clinical Approach

Moderator: Douglas A. Drossman, MD

Global Epidemiology – Eamonn Quigley, MD

What’s New in Pathophysiology of FGIDs – Giovanni Barbara, MD

Integrated Approach to FGIDs – Douglas A. Drossman, MD


AM Plenary: Hot Topics

Moderator: William D. Chey, MD, AGAF, FACG

What is the Link Between the Gut Microbiome and FGIDs – Willem M. de Vos, PhD

Food and GI Symptoms: Effects on Permeability, Immunology, Motility, and Sensation – Elena Verdú, MD, PhD

Manipulating the Gut Microbiome as a Treatment Strategy for FGIDs – Magnus Simrén, MD, PhD


PM Plenary: Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity, and FGIDs

Co-Moderators: Gary Mawe, PhD & Keith A. Sharkey, PhD

Emerging Topics in Neurogastroenterology and Motility – Keith A. Sharkey, PhD

Neurogenesis in the Adult Enteric Nervous System – Michael D. Gershon, MD

Visceral Hypersensitivity – Stephen J. Vanner, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Pain, Emotion, and Interoception – Irene Tracey, BA, MA (Oxon), PhD, FRCA


AM Plenary: State-of-the-Art on What’s New in Pediatric FGIDs

Moderator: Paul Hyman, MD

What’s New in Pathophysiology of Pain Predominant FGIDs – Christophe Faure, MD

What’s New in Pathophysiology of Defecation Disorders – Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH

What’s New in Diagnosis of Upper GI Tract FGIDs – Manu Sood, MD

What’s New in Diagnosis of Defecation Disorders – Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

AM Plenary: Clinical Application

Moderator: Lin Chang, MD

Maximizing the Physician/Patient Relationship – Albena Halpert, MD

Central Pharmacological Treatments for FGIDs – Douglas A. Drossman, MD

New and Emerging Treatments of the Gut – William D. Chey, MD, AGAF, FACG

Behavioral Treatments for FGIDs – Laurie Keefer, PhD