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UPMC Offers Free Gastroenterology Education Program for Young Adults with Crohn’s & Colitis

WHAT: People with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD) and their loved ones are invited to learn about caring for their health as they transition into adulthood. Special lectures will address cutting edge disease treatments and pain management, as well as tips for managing the disease at work, at college and in new life experiences.
All are welcome to attend this free program. Registration is required. Please RSVP to or 412-802-6696. Information about free parking is available during registration.
WHY: Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have IBD, with more than 30,000 new patients diagnosed each year—most diagnosed before the age of 35. IBD is an inflammatory disease that damages the digestive tract, most commonly the intestines. Most patients experience pain and related digestive issues, and some require surgery.   
WHO: Lectures by and discussions with:
• Sandra Kim, M.D., co-director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, discussing pediatric-to-adult transitions.
• Marc Schwartz, M.D., gastroenterologist at UPMC Digestive Disorders Center, discussing IBD research advancements.
• Deborah Grice Conway, Ph.D., UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine, discussing mind-body approaches to treatment.
• Student panel of young adult IBD patients will share advice and support based on their experiences.
WHEN: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 28
WHERE: Mary Jo Howard Dively Auditorium, John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, One Children’s Hospital Drive, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15224
Note to Media: To cover this event, prearrangements must be made by contacting Ashley Trentrock at 412-586-9776 or

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