How to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Effectively: Expert Update for Health Professionals

On Nov. 2, the UNC Center for GI and Motility Disorders is hosting a symposium that will bring together the world's leading experts in the field of medicine and psychology to speak about current treatment practices for the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

This event will be held at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Multiple topics will be discussed including; etiology of IBS, pharmacological treatment options, probiotics, antibiotics, and diet, effective psychological interventions, and the Rome Criteria in clinical practice.

Participation for this event will be available in three formats; (1) CME / CEU in-person (2) CME / CEU a live streaming video webinar, and (3) non-CME/CEU online webinar.  Online participants can register for free if they do not need certificate of attendance or CEU / CME credits.  In-person participation is limited to 60 slots - so space is limited. Individuals who wish to participate online will have the same opportunity to interact with the speakers by submitting questions online that will be addressed during the discussion panels after each section has been completed.

The symposium will also benefit psychologists by describing cognitive behavior therapy, hypnosis, and complementary medicine techniques that have proven effectiveness in IBS. Psychologists will also learn how to collaborate with gastroenterologists in the management of these patients.

  • Speakers for the IBS Symposium Include;
    • William Whitehead, PhD - Etiology of IBS; The modular questionnaires as an aide for diagnosis.
    • Douglas Drossman, MD - Essentials of a productive Doctor - Patient Relationship; What is new in Rome IV: The multidimensional clinical profile.
    • William Chey, MD - Standard Pharmacological Treatment Options
    • Lin Chang, MD - Psycho-Pharmacological Therapies
    • Magnus Simren, MD - The Case for Probiotics and Antibiotics
    • Sheila Crowe, MD - The Case for Diet
    • Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): What is it, who benefits, and how well does it work?
    • Olafur Palsson, PsyD - Hypnosis Treatment: What is it, who benefits, and how well does it work? How to make a successful referral for psychological treatment.
    • Laurie Keefer, PhD - Other psychological interventions (Including Mindfulness and relaxation interventions)

Registration Fees/Target Audience:

  • Physicians (MD, DO): $100
  • Psychologists: $75
  • Mid-Level Providers
    (NP, PA, RN)
    Interns, Residents $50

7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ 7.75 Contact Hours (Category A) for NC Psychologists 0.78 CEU for Other Health Care Professionals