A true gem in the world of IBS resources is the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders. The center is part of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Its founders and current co-directors are two of the world's top IBS experts, Douglas A. Drossman, MD and William E. Whitehead, Ph.D.
What It Offers:
The scope of activities within the center are amazingly impressive:
- Patient Care: Treatment is available to individuals who suffer from functional GI disorders through a multi-disciplinary team and according to a biopsychosocial approach.
- Research Studies: Research into the causes and treatment of GI disorders is ongoing. If you are interested in serving as a subject, click here.
- Training: Training occurs on site as well as through the provision of educational materials and continuing education for health professionals.
- Patient Education: The center offers public education through many modalities: written materials, workshops and online activities.
Free Online Chats:
An especially nice service of the UNC Center is their free monthly online chats. The chats take place typically on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:00 to 10:00 PM EST. Each chat begins with an information video followed by a live chat with a expert in the field. To join in on the chat, all you do is click on this link ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time so that you can watch the video before the chat begins. The archive page provides links to the video portion of all previous chats.
My Bottom Line:
The UNC Center is an impressive and much-needed IBS resource. One can only wish that were more places that offered the breadth and quality of services that this center offers.