Category Archives: Advocacy

IFFGD 2019 National Advocacy Event in Washington DC Scheduled for June 24-25, 2019

The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization for IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders has announced its annual event in Washington, DC for June 24-25, 2019. Traditionally, during this event delegation of IFFGD staff, gastroenterology professionals and affected people and their families meets with members of Congres to raise awareness and advocate …

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11 Years and 12 IBS Awareness Months: More Forward Momentum for the IBS Community 2018-2019

by Nina Pan, IBS Impact founder and primary blogger for IBS Impact. Six years ago, on April 24, 2013, I wrote a post for IBS Awareness Month that began with some reflections on my personal experiences with IBS, as well as my motivations for IBS Impact. At that time, I had been living with IBS for …

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Guest Post From Australia For IBS Awareness Month: IBS- A Personal and Professional Journey

IBS Impact is pleased this week to welcome guest blogger Joanna Baker, APD, RN from Melbourne, Australia to share her personal and professional experiences as a person with IBS and a professional in the field for IBS Awareness Month 2019. We thank her for her time and insights. Joanna is a foodie, a dietitian and …

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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month 2019

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. IBS affects, depending on the source, at least 25 million and perhaps up to 58 million women, men and children in the United States and anywhere from 9-23% of the population in different countries on every continent of the world.  In the U.S, this prevalence exceeds that of diabetes, chronic …

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Digestive Disease Week 2019 Offering Travel Grants to Advocates with GI Disorders: Deadline is March 8, 2019

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is a major international professional conference for clinicians, researchers, educators, trainees, and students in gastroenterology, hepatology, gastrointestinal surgery, endoscopy, and other related digestive disease sub-fields. It is traditionally held annually in May or June. DDW 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, May 18-Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in San Diego, California, USA. For …

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Veterans with IBS and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders 2018

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the U.S. This year, as the date falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on Monday, November 12 as a federal holiday. It is also the traditional day on which many entities highlight veterans’ issues. U.S. veterans and current military service members who have been deployed in …

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Co-Sponsors HR 1187 for Functional GI Research

According to IFFGD and the official Congressional legislative database Congress.gov, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-at large) is the latest member of the House of Representatives to sign on in October 2018 as a co-sponsor of the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2017. Congresswoman Norton is serving her fourteenth term representing, Washington, …

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Seeks Public Comment on Prucalopride for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) and Tegaserod for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) by October 16, 2018

UPDATE:  10/19/2018: The Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee voted to recommend approval of both of the medications under consideration below. This does not mean that the medications have the full approval of the FDA and can be made available yet. However, it is a positive step forward in the process toward full approval.   On Wednesday, …

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IFFGD Virtual Advocacy Day, September 26, 2018, Needs U.S Citizens to Advocate for Functional GI Research

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) has announced that Virtual Advocacy Day 2018 is coming soon on September 26, 2018. Virtual Advocacy Day is IFFGD’s annual day on which it encourages U.S. citizens to contact their members of the federal House of Representatives in support of the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research …

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Representative Perlmutter of Colorado Co-Sponsors HR 1187 for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders

According to IFFGD and the official Congressional legislative database Congress.gov, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7) signed on in early July 2018 as a co-sponsor of the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2017. Representative Perlmutter is serving his sixth term as a member of the House of Representatives. He represents Colorado’s 7th district …

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