Virtual Course - Rome Foundation Global Study of Disorders of
Gut-Brain Interaction:
Clinical Applications
A Series of Virtual Symposium - Rome Foundation Global Study of
Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction: Clinical Applications
Course Director - Ami Sperber, MD, MSPH 
Global Epidemiology Program Director
Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
For Gastroenterologists, Internists, Family Physicians and GPs,
Advanced Practice Practitioners, GI Mental Health Providers
Course Director -
Ami Sperber, MD, MSPH 
Global Epidemiology Program Director
Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israelmi Sperber 
For Gastroenterologists, Internists, Family Physicians and GPs, Advanced Practice Practitioners, GI Mental Health Providers

A Rome Foundation Continuing
Medical Education program
Course Structure: 
  • 8 sessions of 90 minutes each, via Zoom
  • Pre-recorded presentations with live panel conclusions with Q&A
  • ​The sessions are available on-demand for registered participants
Course Aims: 
  • Present the aims, methodology, conduct, results, and future benefits from the Rome Foundation Global Epidemiology Study (RFGS) of the Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI)
  • Present and discuss the DGBI by anatomic region (Esophageal, Gastroduodenal, Bowel, and Anorectal) in terms of:
    • Results from the RFGS for that region
    • Provide a cased based approach using the Multidimensional Clinical Profile (MDCP) to address the main regional disorders 
  • Implications of the study:
    • To address: Rome IV vs. Rome III for IBS, overlapping DGBI, post-infection IBS and Functional Dyspepsia, abdominal bloating/distension, diet and nutrition,  psychosocial factors, and healthcare utilization
    • Regional and cross-cultural differences in DGBI
  • ​Future directions and the Rome V process
    • What are the implications of the RFGS for Rome V?
    • How can researchers conduct studies using the RFGS database?

Click below to view the
Worldwide Prevalence and Burden of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders,
Results of Rome Foundation Global Study

View the Rome Foundation Global Studies paper

On-Demand Virtual Symposium Sessions (8)

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Chicago, IL - Oct. 5-6, 2019
Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport

Reservations for October 4, 5, 6, 2019 are to be made by using the Reservation link, or calling the
 1-877-865-5322 and referencing the group name or use the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport website using the code RMF to book a guest room. 

The reservations should be booked no later than September 27, 2019. 

Reservations need to be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival to avoid being charged 1-night room and tax. 
Los Angeles, CA - Feb. 8-9, 2020
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel

Reservations for February 7, 8, 9, 2020 are to be made by using the Reservation link for $124 USD per night. 

The reservations should be booked no later than 
Friday, January 10, 2020. 

Reservations need to be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival to avoid being charged 1-night room and tax. 
For Questions about this program,
Contact Johannah Ruddy:
Faculty Speakers:
Ami Sperber, MD, MSPH
Global Epidemiology Program Director,
Faculty of Health Sciences Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer-Sheva, Israel
Shrikant I. Bangdiwala, PhD, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence 
and Impact 
McMaster University
Population Health Research Institute
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Giovanni Barbara, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medical and Surgical Science
University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy
A.J. Bredenoord, M.D., Ph.D.Consultant Gastroenterologist, Amsterdam Univ Medical Center, Professor of Neurogastroenterology & Motility, Univ of Amsterdam
Lin Chang, MD
David Geffen School of 
Medicine at UCLA 
William Chey, MD
University of 
Michigan Health System
Douglas Drossman, MD
UNC School of Medicine and Drossman Gastroenterology, Chapel Hill, NC
Ronnie Fass, MD, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Chairman Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Head of Esophageal and Swallowing Program MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Ohio
Uday C. Ghoshal, MD*
Department of Gastroenterology
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI)
Lucknow, India
Laurie Keefer, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Brian Lacy, MD
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL
Olafur S. Palsson, PsyD
Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
John Erik Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG, AGA 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Satish Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP (UK), FACG, AGAF
Professor of Medicine at Augusta University, USA
Max J. Schmulson W., MD, RFF, Professor of Medicine
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 
Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Magnus Simrén, MD, PhDProfessor of Gastroenterology
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Jan Tack, MD, PhD, RFF
Professor of Medicine
Head, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Head of Clinic, Department of Gastroenterology
University Hospital KU Leuven
Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID)
Leuven, Belgium

Arnold Wald, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health
About the Rome Foundation
The Rome Foundation is an independent not for profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides support for activities designed to create scientific data and educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI). Our mission is to improve the lives of people with DGBI.

Over the last 20 years, the Rome organization has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the DGBIs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.
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