IBS Impact has been contacted directly by Olafur Palsson, PsyD of the University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders. Dr. Palsson is the primary organizer of the “Evening With the Experts” online chat series, and the presenter for the upcoming December online chat, as non-gastrointestinal symptoms associated with IBS are one of his areas of research at the Center.
He reports that for this month’s chat, rather than having the video presentation component first available during the scheduled chat hours, as has been the past practice, he will make it available on the chat page in advance, on the morning on December 6. He also plans to post a questionnaire on non-GI symptoms that is used in IBS research (the Recent Physical Symptoms Inventory), as an optional “self-test” that chat participants or others with IBS can complete if they wish in order to compare their own symptoms instantly to norms for others with IBS in general and people without IBS.
To reiterate, this free online chat will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern time. Dr. Palsson’s video presentation will be shown first, followed by live chat with him for the remainder of the scheduled time. These events are not designed for diagnosis or treatment, but are opportunities to interact directly with leading clinicians and researchers in the field of functional gastrointestinal or motility disorders, such as Dr. Palsson, and to educate yourself on accurate, state of the science information regarding IBS or other FGIMDs. The chat page can be accessed by going to the UNC home page for the Center, and clicking on the chat icon at the far right of the lower row of icons.
Prior to December 6, the icon will link to the announcement for this chat and others scheduled for the near future. The symptom questionnaire and Dr. Palsson’s video are scheduled to be uploaded to the page on the morning of December 6. UNC online chat videos are generally 30-40 minutes long, so hopefully this will allow more interested people to view it at a time convenient to them. That evening, about 10 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled chat, the icon will change to indicate when the online connection is active and participants may click to enter the chat.
For the previous announcement of the “IBS Beyond the Bowel” chat, see the November 28 post on this blog. For general information on the UNC chats, see the July 29 post. For more on IBS and non-GI symptoms or overlapping conditions, including a link to an article by Dr. Palsson and William E. Whitehead, PhD the co-director of the Center at UNC, please see the September 6 post.