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Farncombe Institute scientists put in spotlight of international science conference

Published: October 6, 2014

They're talking guts and they've got the glory. Researchers of Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University are in the spotlight at a large international conference.

The institute and its six senior scientists will be featured during an afternoon-long symposium on Tuesday Oct. 7 of the Pan American Congress of Gastroenterology being held in Buenos Aires.

The conference for gastroenterologists of North, Central and South America is held only once every four years and it is considered a prestigious scientific congress, said Dr. Steve Collins, a gastroenterologist and director of the institute.

"This is a real coup, as it's very unusual for researchers from one institution to be given an entire symposium. This puts us among the very top in this discipline. This is a very well attended congress."

The opportunity to highlight the research of the Farncombe institute was arranged by former institute director and gastroenterologist Dr. Paul Moayyedi.

Speakers from the Farncombe Institute at the conference:

  • Dr. Paul Moayyedi will talk about fecal transplants as a treatment for ulcerative colitis.
  • Dr. David Armstrong will talk about food sensitivity in gastrointestinal disease.
  • Dr. Elena Verdu will lecture on how diet and the microbiome interact.
  • Dr. Premysl Bercik will talk about probiotics, the microbiome and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Dr. Steve Collins will lead the discussion on the gut-brain axis.
  • Dr. Mike Surette will talk about the flora in the gut and its relationship to ulcerative colitis.

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