WVU to host educational program on inflammatory bowel diseases

Uma Sundaram, M.D., to give presentation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine will host an educational program on inflammatory bowel diseases Saturday, July 11.

Uma Sundaram, M.D., section chief of digestive diseases at WVU, will present “Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: What Every Patient Needs to Know,” which will consist of an interactive presentation and a question-and-answer session. The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the Fukushima Auditorium near the WVU Health Sciences Learning Center.

Topics of discussion will include:

  •  overview of inflammatory bowel diseases
  •  recognition of symptoms and the importance of diagnosis
  •  review of current therapies and emerging research
  •  management of disease and emotional wellness and resources

The program is a presentation of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and is open to patients, families and caregivers living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There is no cost to attendees.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic digestive disorders of the intestines. These illnesses are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, because many of their symptoms and complications are similar. It is estimated that some 1.4 million Americans suffer from IBD, with approximately 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

To register, call 412-823-8272 ext. 221 or see www.ccfa.org/chapters/wpawv.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 06-26-09

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