IBD Educational Symposium

Event Date: January 6th, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
282 Washington Street, Ground Floor Conference Rooms
Hartford, CT 06106


The goal of this event is to educate recently and previously diagnosed patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and their families about these disorders and their treatments. You will hear about our current understanding of why these diseases occur, present and future therapies, psychosocial health, the role of integrative medicine, and hot topics in nutrition.

There will also be a specialized session for patients ages 16 and over. Facilitated by our psychologist, this interactive forum will provide an opportunity for older adolescents and young adults with IBD to share and learn new strategies to maximize resilience and success at the end of high school, during college, and into emerging adulthood.

This educational conference will take place in the Conference Rooms adjacent to the One World Café seating area
(on the ground floor of the hospital). Parking will be validated.


This symposium is free, but registration is required. To register, please contact Petra Amrein at 860.545.8056 or via email by January 2, 2018.

Symposium Program

8:30 – 9 am
Registration and Refreshments

9 – 9:30 am Keynote Presentation
Updates in IBD
Jeffrey S. Hyams, MD, Director, Division of Digestive Diseases, Hepatology and Nutrition; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

9:30 – 9:50 am
The Brains in Your Guts: Why Psychosocial Health Matters so Much in IBD
Bradley Jerson, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Division of Digestive Diseases, Hepatalogy and Nutrition;Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

9:50 – 10 am Break

10 – 11 am Breakout Sessions (20 minutes each)

1. Hot Topics in Nutrition
2. Integrative Medicine
3. Research and Emerging Therapies

10 – 11 am Kids and Tweens Workshop

11 – 11:10 am The Role of Philanthropy

11:10 – 12 pm College Break Out Session
1. Parent break-out panel
2. Patients aged 16 and over

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