L-R: Wendy Shih, Emeran Mayer, Elizabeth Videlock, Suzanne Smith, Lin Chang (Director), Nancee Jaffe, Swapna Joshi
L-R: Wendy Shih, Emeran Mayer, Elizabeth Videlock, Suzanne Smith, Lin Chang (Director), Nancee Jaffe, Swapna Joshi

Mission
To establish a state-of-the-art research and patient-centered care program that works to diagnose, treat and understand the root causes of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders to improve the lives of patients suffering from these medical conditions

Background and Rationale

  • Functional GI and motility disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, dyspepsia, gastroparesis and chronic abdominal pain are the most commonly diagnosed GI conditions in clinical practices.
  • Patient care is provided at the UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic where patients can be seen by a multidisciplinary team of dedicated physicians, nurses, and a dietitian who specialize in GI disorders and apply a holistic approach designed to bring a broader and more in-depth dimension to patient care. The physicians are internationally renowned experts in the science, diagnosis and treatment of brain-gut disorders.
  • The research program will use cutting edge scientific techniques to identify biologic markers to diagnose and predict treatment response in patients with functional GI disorders, including IBS.

Disease Areas
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Constipation, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS), Dyspepsia, Gastroparesis, Bowel Incontinence

Key Investigators and Healthcare Professionals
Lin Chang, Swapna Mahurkar-Joshi, Elizabeth Videlock, Emeran A Mayer, Kirsten Tillisch, Lynn Connolly, Suzanne Smith, Stephanie Yee, Nancee Jaffe

Funding
NIDDK, Industry, Foundation