The Functional GI Disorders Program provides multidisciplinary training and education in patient-centered care and clinical and translational research.

Clinical Training
Medical students, medical residents, GI fellows, and dietitian students learn about the management of patients with functional GI and motility disorders while seeing patients with our GI faculty including Drs. Chang, Tillisch and Mayer at the UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic. They also have the opportunity to work with our GI dietitian, Nancee Jaffe.

Research Training
The Center mentors undergraduate students, medical students, residents, GI fellows, post-doctoral scientists, and visiting scientists on a number of research projects.

This includes advanced statistical and computational technologies to analyze multimodal brain imaging data. Several research opportunities exist to learn and apply multivariate analyses and biological system based approaches including supervised and unsupervised machine learning tools to integrate multimodal brain imaging data sets with other large scale biological data sets including microbiome, genetics, and autonomic measures. This research provides the means to integrate and decipher large amounts of multivariate neuroimaging data to subgroup patients based on objective biological markers, and characterize central nervous system alterations for further pathophysiological investigations targeting treatment of chronic pain.

If you are interested in learning more about clinical or research training, please contact the Center at (310) 206-0192 or