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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research Symposium

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The goal of this event is promoting awareness and collaboration between scientists and clinicians.

Overall Objectives

  • Discuss research at Penn State College of Medicine.
  • Build collaborations.
  • Develop pilot projects using an IBD biobank.
  • Discuss latest advances in IBD research.

Poster Abstract Submissions

Submit an abstract

Investigators who submitted a poster abstract should receive a confirmation within 48 hours. If you submit a poster abstract but do not receive a confirmation in that time, email Stacy A. Snyder at



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 7.5 hours of approved continuing medical education.


There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Keynote Speakers

A head-and-shoulders photo shows Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD, of The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD

A head-and-shoulders professional photo shows Nicholas Zachos, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University.

Nicholas Zachos, PhD

A head-and-shoulders photo shows Maayan Levy, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Maayan Levy, PhD

Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD
Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology
The Mount Sinai Hospital
New York

Nicholas Zachos, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Md.

Maayan Levy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.


Penn State Health faculty

  • Walter Koltun, MD
  • Thomas Ma, MD, PhD
  • Prashant Nighot, MVSc, PhD
  • Iryna Pinchuk, PhD
  • Greg Yochum, PhD
  • Vikash Singh, PhD
  • Guy Townsend, PhD
  • Alberto Travagli, PhD
  • Kofi Clarke, MD
  • Matt Coates, MD, PhD
  • Andrew Tinsley, MD


  • 7:30 a.m. | Registration/Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:05 a.m. | A Colorectal Disease Biobank for Scientific and Translational Discoveries
    Walter Koltun, MD
  • 8:20 a.m. | IBD Research at Penn State College of Medicine
    Thomas Ma, MD, PhD
  • 8:45 a.m. | Epithelium/Microbiome/Immunity
    Intestinal Epithelial Functions in Host Microbiome Interactions
    Maayan Levy, PhD
  • 9:30 a.m. | Epithelium/Microbiome/Immunity
    Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Signaling in IBD: Turning a foe into a friend
    Prashant Nighot, MVSc, PhD
  • 9:55 a.m. | Epithelium/Microbiome/Immunity
    MyD88 Signaling in Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Role in Mucosal Tolerance and IBD
    Iryna Pinchuk, PhD
  • 10:20 a.m. | Break/Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. | Keynote: Can We Prevent IBD?
    Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. | Poster Session
  • 1 p.m. | Organoid/Epithelial Regeneration
    Modeling Human Enteroids to Study the Pathogenesis of IBD
    Nicholas Zachos, PhD
  • 1:45 p.m. | Organoid/Epithelial Regeneration
    Regulation of the Intestinal Epithelium by Tristetraprolin
    Greg Yochum, PhD
  • 2:10 p.m. | Organoid/Epithelial Regeneration
    IGF2BP1 Maintains Intestinal Homeostasis by Regulating Occludin
    Vikash Singh, PhD
  • 2:35 p.m. | Organoid/Epithelial Regeneration
    Harnessing the Gut Microbiota to Survey the Intestinal Glycan Content
    Guy Townsend, PhD
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Exhibitors
  • 3:15 p.m. | Clinical/Translational Research
    A Neurobiological Perspective on Necrotizing Enterocolitis
    Alberto Travagli, PhD
  • 3:40 p.m. | Clinical/Translational Research
    Dysplasia Detection and Chromoendoscopy in IBD
    Kofi Clarke, MD
  • 4:05 p.m. | Clinical/Translational Research
    Influences and Impact of Hypoalgesia in IBD
    Matt Coates, MD, PhD
  • 4:30 p.m. | Clinical/Translational Research
    Under-Recognized Complications of IBD
    Andrew Tinsley, MD
  • 4:55 p.m. | Closing Remarks
  • 5 p.m. | Adjournment

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