Crohn's And Colitis IBD Education Day and Bingo for Bowels
- Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
- Strand Union Building, Ballroom C - view map
RSVP(includes all information including schedule): http://online.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/SWMontana2019
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Education Day and Bingo for Bowels to be held on MSU campus, Sunday, March 3.
The Southwest Montana Crohn’s and Colitis Community and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Bozeman Health GI Clinic and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity are hosting a day of education, March 3 from 1-5pm in SUB Ballroom C on the MSU campus for the public to learn about inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn’s and Colitis.
Nearly 1.6 million Americans live with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 25, IBD is often a challenge for young adults. The Southwest Montana Crohn’s and Colitis Community, along with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Bozeman Health GI Clinic and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation are hosting an education day and fundraiser, Sunday, March 3 from 1-5 to share information about these diseases, as well as to raise money for research and support services.
The event will begin with an overview of IBD and a question and answer period with professionals from Bozeman Health GI Clinic. Dr. Andrew Gentry, nurses Kelly Dykman and Hilary Porter and office manager Samantha Bohrman will discuss diagnosis, treatments and challenges; and take audience questions.
MSU Extension Food and Nutrition specialist, Brianna Routh will then discuss nutrition and how individuals can access resources and information to help them find the unique dietary needs that best support their personal health.
The second half of the presentations will include MSU faculty and research associates from the Walk Lab and the Kominsky Lab. Dr. Seth Walk will present, “The Bugs in Your Belly and What They Do”. Microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract provide important ‘services’ including protection from infection, delivery of essential nutrients and immune system functioning. This background information will help the audience understand how the gut microbiome might influence gut inflammation and diseases like IBD.
Next, Dr. Heather Grifka-Walk will discuss how the human immune system directly interacts with the microbiome of the gut. This session will include results from an ongoing project in the Kominsky Lab, where mice are protected from individual injury because of a protective ‘magical’ microbiome. This presentation will cover the potential of how this research might be used to tailor microbiome therapies to individual patients.
Dr. Doug Kominsky will conclude with a presentation of how the body, and the gut microbiome, receive nutrients and energy from food. Some foods contain important precursors that the microbiome changes into active metabolites that influence the health of the intestine and immune cells. This interaction between diet, the gut microbiome and the intestine are all key to IBD.
The education day will conclude with a brief presentation by Dylan DeLay, a Junior in elementary education at MSU, member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s National Council of Collegiate Leaders. Dylan will talk about resources available through the Foundation, including Camp Oasis, a weeklong summer camp for kids with IBD aged 8-17, and information for college-aged individuals and their families.
Following Education Day, the group will host an hour of Bingo designed to raise funds for Camp Oasis and ongoing research through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Donations will be accepted online at: fundraise.ccfa.org/fundraiser/1552927 or at the event. Refreshments will be served. Registration for the event is requested at: online.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/SWMontana2019. For more information, contact Dylan DeLay at 406-570-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.