World Congress at ACG2017

Symposium 5A: Approaches to Acute and Chronic Diarrhea

Symposium 5A: Approaches to Acute and Chronic Diarrhea

Wednesday, October 18
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Valencia Ballroom BC (Level 4)

Category: Small Intestine

Maria T. Abreu

Director, Crohn's & Colitis Center; Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Dr. Abreu, Martin Kalser Chair in Gastroenterology, is a Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology and the Director of the Crohn's & Colitis Center at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She completed her medical degree at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; did postdoctoral training including an internship and residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and participated in a clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she also trained in molecular and cancer biology. She was an Associate Professor of Medicine with Mount Sinai School of Medicine prior to returning to the Miller School of Medicine as Chief of Gastroenterology and Professor of Medicine. She is currently the Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Center at UM, Professor Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Abreu is a member of the American Board of Gastroenterology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is the current council chair of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the largest and most academic of gastroenterology societies. She is an advisory board member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Dr. Abreu was the Co-Director of the AGA's 2011 Spring Postgraduate course and was the 2014 President of the Florida Gastroenterology Society. Dr. Abreu's most recent appointment is as the Deputy Chair of the International Organization for the Study of Inflammable Bowel Disease (IOIBD). Dr. Abreu's accomplishments in the field of research include an interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and host-bacterial interactions. Her basic research interests include host-bacterial interactions and the role of toll-like receptor signaling in intestinal inflammation and colon cancer. Her translational work is focused on genotype-phenotype relationships in IBD and prediction of response to medical therapies.


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Michael J.G. Farthing

Hon Professor Medicine
University College London
London, England, United Kingdom

Michael Farthing is Honorary Professor and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCL Medical School, University College London. He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex until 2016, Principal of St George’s, University of London, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Bart’s and the London. He graduated from the University College Hospital Medical School and undertook training posts in Cambridge, London and Boston, USA.

His major research interests include the pathogenesis of intestinal infection and inflammation, the mechanisms and control of intestinal secretion and the relationship between brain and gut function. His research involved examination of the neuro-immune control of epithelial cell fluid and ion transport, especially where it relates to enterotoxin-mediated secretory diarrhoea and the discovery of new therapeutic targets for its control.

He was editor of Gut from 1996-2002 and is an editorial board member of several international gastroenterology journals. He has served as President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and President of United European Gastroenterology. He has taken an active interest in research and publication integrity and in misconduct in biomedical research. He was founding chairman of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) between 1998 and 2003. He is Vice Chair and a member of the Board of the UK Research Integrity Office. He is a member of the governing board of the UK medical regulator, The General Medical Council.


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