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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research Symposium

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Educate local and regional investigators and specialty providers about IBD-related research being undertaken at Penn State College of Medicine and facilitate scientific collaborations relating to IBD among basic, translational and clinical researchers.


U.S.-based physicians and researchers in the field of gastroenterology, as well as pharmacists and other interested health care professionals, may all benefit from attendance.

Overall Objectives

The overall goal of our conference is to improve the care and management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through the promotion and enhancement of IBD-associated research work at our institution and throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region. This will improve the care of patients with IBD by increasing healthcare providers’ knowledge of the emerging strategies for the treatment of IBD.

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe IBD-related research resources, current projects and opportunities for scientific collaboration related to IBD at Penn State College of Medicine.
  • Identify key topics relating to intestinal epithelial barrier function in IBD.
  • Discuss the impact of chronic inflammation and changes in the microbiome on the intestinal epithelial barrier and review new approaches being evaluated to assess the status of IBD-associated activity and/or associated complications.
  • Outline new diagnostic and treatment approaches being studied related to clinical issues associated with IBD and other related disorders.

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:05 a.m. | IBD Research at Penn State College of Medicine
  • 8:30 a.m. | Epithelial Barrier Function in IBD – Prashant Nighot, PhD, Chair of Session
    8:30 a.m. – Ravinder Gill, PhD
    9:20 a.m. – Prashant Nighot, PhD
    9:45 a.m. – Rana Al-Sadi, PhD
  • 10:10 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:35 a.m. | Vishal Singh, PhD
  • 11 a.m. | Keynote Presenter
    Sean Colgan, PhD
  • 11:50 a.m. | Lunch/Visit Exhibitors
  • 1 p.m. | Epithelial Health and the Microbiome – Greg Yochum, PhD, Chair of Session
    1 p.m. – Greg Yochum, PhD
    1:25 p.m. – Iryna Pinchuk, PhD
    1:50 p.m. – Emily Davenport, PhD
    2:15 p.m. – Guy Townsend, PhD
  • 2:40 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2:55 p.m. | Clinical and Translational Research in IBD – Matthew Coates, MD, PhD, Chair of Session
    2:55 p.m. – Arjun Jeganathan, MD
    3:15 p.m. – Paddy Ssentongo, MD, PhD
    3:40 p.m. – Andrew Tinsley, MD
    4:05 p.m. – Matthew Coates, MD PhD
  • 4:30 p.m.| Closing Remarks



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 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Consistent with AMA guidelines, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will receive a certificate verifying their participation in the activity. The certificate will indicate that the program was approved for 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).


There is no fee, but registration is required.

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Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


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 any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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