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 UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders

The UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders was established in 1994 by its Co-Directors -- Douglas A. Drossman, MD and William E. Whitehead, PhD -- as a center of excellence within the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Center has evolved into a multidisciplinary patient care, research, training, and public education initiative with an annual budget of $1.8 million and a base of 32 faculty, investigators and staff, in addition to visiting and collaborating scholars.

UCLA/CURE Neuroenteric Disease Program

The new Center has evolved from existing research programs at UCLA and at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System (GLAVAHS), in particular the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center, the UCLA/CURE Neuroenteric Disease Program under Dr. Emeran Mayer, and the Brain Gut Research Program under Y. Taché. Drs. Mayer and Taché are the P.I. and co-P.I. of the new center grant.

The core of CNS/WH is the newly funded NIDDK P50 SCOR Center grant "Women's Health and Functional Visceral Disorders Center." The new center which closely links investigators based at UCLA and the VAGLAHS, is the only NIH-funded center in the area of brain-visceral interactions and the first DK Women's Center. It focuses on research into the bi-directional mechanisms by which the central nervous system and the viscera interact in health and disease. A particular focus is on the neurobiological mechanisms by which stress modulates these brain-visceral interactions, on mind/brain/body interactions and on sex-based differences in this modulation.

The Cleveland Clinic: Gastroenterology and Hepatology:

(Best Hospitals 2004: U.S. News & World Report names The Cleveland Clinic one of the nation's top four hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey.)

The Center for Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders diagnoses and treats patients with motor abnormalities of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon). Some of these problems are among the most common health concerns. It’s estimated that constipation affects up to 10 million Americans, while approximately 20 million Americans suffer from the opposite problem, fecal incontinence.

The center provides the latest and most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for bowel incontinence. Diagnostic tests available include several types of manometric techniques, electrical recording from the stomach and nerve conduction tests. If necessary, additional tests are provided by the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Departments.

Patients seen at the center are offered medical therapy and biofeedback training exercises, or surgical treatment in the departments of general surgery or colorectal surgery.

In addition to patient care, our staff participates in patient and medical education and clinical research. When appropriate, patients can participate in new treatment trials conducted at the Cleveland Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic

Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract and liver. It is the largest practice of its kind in the United States. In any given year, members of the Division perform approximately 30,000 minimally invasive, endoscopic procedures in state-of-the-art facilities.

Through a divisional infrastructure organized around interest groups oriented toward disease processes, organ systems, procedures or patient groups, clinical expertise is integrated with the newest forms of established and experimental diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Outpatients and patients in the hospital are cared for by teams of physicians and allied health personnel with broad expertise in all forms of gastroenterological and hepatobiliary diseases.

Because of our recognition that high-quality care depends upon scientific discovery, major research programs at the basic, applied, and translational levels exist to generate new knowledge that ultimately benefits patients.

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