Annual Scientific Meeting

What Causes Functional GI Disorders? The Latest Data and Insights (AJG Lecture)

Monday, October 8
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Terrace Ballroom 2-3 (level 400)

Category: Functional Bowel Disease

The AJG Lecturer is chosen by the co-editors of The American Journal of Gastroenterology with approval from the ACG Educational Affairs Committee and Board of Trustees.

Learning Objectives:

Nicholas J. Talley

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research
University of Newcastle
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Laureate Professor Nicholas J. Talley AC, MB BS (Hons)(NSW), M MedSc (Clin Epi)(Newc), MD (NSW), PhD (Syd), FRACP, FAFPHM, FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAHMS, is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is an expert clinician, educator and researcher, with extensive experience as a leader in the medical and University sectors. Professor Talley has published over 900 original and review articles in peer-reviewed literature, and is considered one of the world's most influential clinician-researchers (H index 130 Scopus). He is also a leading medical educator and the author of the highly regarded textbooks Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine. In June 2014, Professor Talley was inaugurated as one of the first 15 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS). Professor Talley was formerly Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, where he held the rank of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, and was the Foundation Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital for nearly a decade. Professor Talley is a Senior Staff Specialist and gastroenterologist at John Hunter Hospital and attends clinic and lists on a weekly basis. He currently holds adjunct research appointments as Professor at Mayo Clinic, the University of North Carolina, and the Karolinska Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (and President), the Royal College of Physicians (both London and Edinburgh), the American College of Physicians, the ACG and the AGA. In 2018, he was honoured with the Companion of the Order of Australia for "For eminent service to medical research, and to education in the field of gastroenterology and epidemiology, as an academic, author and administrator at the national and international level, and to health and scientific associations."


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Brian E. Lacy

Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD, FACG, is currently Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to that he was Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and Director of the GI Motility Laboratory at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Lacy's clinical and basic science research interests focus on disorders of gastrointestinal motility, with an emphasis on irritable bowel syndrome, achalasia, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, acid reflux disease, constipation, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and visceral pain. He is the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters on gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional bowel disorders. Dr. Lacy is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and is a member of a number of different scientific organizations, including the ACG, AGA, and the American Motility Society. Dr. Lacy is the co-author of a book for the general public on acid reflux disease, "Healing Heartburn," is the author of "Making Sense of IBS," a book for the general public on irritable bowel syndrome, and also edited and authored the book, "Curbside Consultations in IBS" for physicians and other health care professionals. Dr. Lacy received his doctorate in cell biology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Lacy was a resident in internal medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he continued his training as Chief Resident and as a fellow in gastroenterology. He is board certified in gastroenterology and hepatology.


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Brennan M. Spiegel

Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System; Cedars-Sinai Site Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); Assistant Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA, US

Dr. Brennan Spiegel is Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System. Dr. Spiegel has published numerous medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology and directs the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), where he oversees a team that investigates how digital health technologies, including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media, can improve the value of healthcare delivery. Beyond developing digital health innovations, Dr. Spiegel's group conducts psychometric, health-economic, epidemiologic, and qualitative research across a wide range of healthcare topics. As a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Field Advisory Committee, Dr. Spiegel is also focused on developing valid and reliable endpoints for clinical trials. His research team receives funding from the NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Veterans Administration, PCORI and industry sources. Dr. Spiegel's clinical research focuses on acid-peptic disorders, colon cancer screening, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, diverticular diseases, and functional bowel disorders. His overall research is defining strategies that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care for patients with digestive diseases.


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