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Welcome to 2015! For over two decades IFFGD has worked to inform, assist, and support those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs). In 2014 we awarded $120,000 in grants to support research into idiopathic gastroparesis; received additional Congressional support for The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act; launched our first mobile app, IBS Info; and saw the signing into law of the National Pediatric Research Network Act. These efforts were made possible by the support we received from the diverse community of patients and families, physicians, industries, and policy makers who share the common goal of improving the well-being of all those affected by these disorders.

As we begin a new year and a new Congress, we look forward to all the ways we will continue to work with the FGIMD community to raise awareness and improve treatment outcomes for people with these disorders.

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Online IBS Survey

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you can help improve doctor-patient interactions that lead to more effective care and treatment.

IFFGD, together with the University of Michigan and the Drossman Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, is seeking people with IBS to take part in the research study.

Your participation in this survey will help in training physicians to provide better care for all patients.


Melissa's Advocacy Story

In 2014, new DHA advocate Melissa launched a fundraiser with her online store (www.gpfight.com) to raise money for gastroparesis research. Donating 10% of the sales of her merchandise - totes, hats, sweatshirts, and other GP gear - she surpassed her initial goal of $500 to raise $640.

Learn more about Melissa's experiences with gastroparesis and her fundraising activities.
Not So Sweet:
Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency

Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency or CSID describes a condition that affects a person's ability to digest certain sugars. Individuals lacking the enzymes that break down sucrose (a sugar found in fruits, as well as simple table sugar) and maltose (the sugar found in grains) commonly experience symptoms of bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and excess gas production.

Learn more about this little known GI condition.  

IFFGD, a nonprofit organization, and its grassroots arm, the Digestive Health Alliance (DHA), rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.


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