Awareness Activities & Accomplishments
IFFGD was started by one person struggling with the challenges imposed by a chronic GI disorder. Others, from all walks of life, soon joined. We fight to improve the daily lives of persons affected by chronic digestive troubles.
IFFGD works to direct public attention to the gastrointestinal (GI) functional and motility disorders. People with symptoms of these disorders don't always connect them to a recognized condition. They may try to self-treat. Recognizing chronic symptoms, and seeking medical attention for a correct diagnosis is important.
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Chronic digestive or bowel related disorders affect millions of people of all ages and walks of life. But they are not a topic that most feel comfortable talking about. IFFGD provides information about symptoms and disorders that people don't know there are words for. We help persons talk to a doctor and find support.
For people affected by gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, IFFGD provides information, assistance, and support. We . . .
- Publish state-of-the-art information about understanding the disorders
- Increase awareness among care providers and the public about the medical and personal issues faced by those affected
- Fight for more research
- Provide our members with a voice where it counts:
- To the U.S. Congress which appropriates funding of research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- To researchers in industries and institutions around the world
- To clinicians who care for and treat patients
Working with Professionals in health care and industry, IFFGD forms alliances in support of treatment, scientific inquiry, and clinical care. We . . .
- Initiated and sponsor the biennial International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for clinicians and investigators
- Developed the Functional GI Disorders Education Program Guide to facilitate community education programs
- Provide a resource of information about quality of life issues and the needs of people affected
- Participate in conferences and symposiums
- Provide patient support, assistance, and education
- Encourage support of scientific inquiry
- Support research
We work to direct public attention to the functional GI and motility disorders. We are regularly featured or referenced in popular magazines, newspapers, television and radio programs, and journals as a source of information about functional GI and motility disorders.