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IFFGD/Digestive Health Alliance Care Locator

Directories of health care professionals who specialize in or express an interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS. Covers the United States and several other countries.  Newly online in the fall of 2011.


Archive of Selected Evening With The Experts Educational Presentations
The Evening with the Experts was a monthly live 2-hour online chat discussion with experts on functional gastrointestinal disorders,


Educational Videos on IBS, Functional GI Disorders and Effective Doctor-Patient Communications

(some for people with IBS and others for health care professionals)

From the Drossman Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, founded by Douglas Drossman, MD, FACG.  Also founder and co-director emeritus of the University ofNorth Carolina Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, as well as founder and president of the Rome FoundatFion, and numerous other clinical, research and academic roles in the international functional GI field over the past 40 years.


International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inc. (IFFGD)

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Excellent videos from the IFFGD

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UK National Health Service National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Medical Centers that specialize in IBS


The UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders:

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.

Within ten years, the UNC 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.


News: UNC Receives NIH Grant

Five-Year NIH Grant on Mind-Body Interactions and Health
September 2004

Chapel Hill, NC - The UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster interdisciplinary research on the interactions among the mind and body in health and disease. The Center will receive a total of $4.3 million over a five-year period to establish a Gastrointestinal Biopsychosocial Research Center focused on the causes and treatment of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.

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 grant has significant implications for a better understanding of such common gastrointestinal disorders as irritable bowel syndrome, Functional dyspepsia and common urological disorders such as irritable bladder syndrome ("interstitial cystitis"). In addition, a major research focus is on neurobiological mechanisms underlying the greater vulnerability of women to develop some of these disorders.

The center grant involves investigators and consultants from four different institutions: UCLA, VAGLAHS, Ohio State University and University of Pittsburgh who are interacting closely to accomplish the principal goals of the proposed studies.

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.

Departments & Services

Written Information from the Cleveland Clinic

Mayo Clinic IBS Information

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.

Mayo Clinic IBS Information


Gastroenterology and Hepatology

IBS Information

Association for Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

The Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD), is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in existence with a focus on digestive motility diseases and disorders. The organization is most unique in that it is an international non-profit organization which brings together patients, family members, physicians, nurses, basic science and clinical researchers, pharmaceutical and diagnostic corporate representatives, home healthcare professionals, nutritionists, biotech industrialists, other organizations, and those in the community interested in digestive motility diseases and disorders through a variety of resources and programs. It is an organization which focuses on education, the dissemination of information, advocacy, outreach, research, and support.


Gastroenterological  Society of Australia (GESA)  Clinical Update (Professional Guidelines),  2006  



IBS Impact blog post 15 Common Misconceptions That Shouldn’t Exist About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


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