There is much to be learned about functional GI and motility disorders. Whether a person is newly diagnosed, has lived with symptoms for years, is a lawmaker who is just learning about the affects of these disorders, or is a professional with a lot of experience researching them, so much more information is needed to find answers for those living with these chronic conditions. This month we are giving you a glimpse in to what is happening in research, and also providing a platform for you to take action to ask for support for more of it. Thank you for being an active part of the digestive health community. 
Advocacy Twitter Chat TODAY at 4:30 PM EST

IFFGD will be hosting a Twitter chat today, June 30th, at 4:30 PM EST to talk about our ongoing advocacy activities, including Virtual Advocacy Day! Read more about Advocacy Day later in this newsletter and join us today on Twitter using #IFFGDchat to talk about what advocacy means to you and the advocacy goals of the functional GI community.
The latest in research: reports from Digestive Disease Week
Last month we attended Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the largest meeting of GI professionals and researchers in the world, in Washington, DC. So much information about what is happening in research and treatments in the field of GI is presented at this meeting. We want to share a little about what we learned with you. 


Virtual Advocacy Day - 
July 21, 2015
Join us and make the voices of the digestive health community heard! On July 21, 2015 call, email, and tweet your Congressional Representatives - educate them about The Functional GI and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 2311)Tell your story and illustrate the needs of those with these chronic conditions. Your participation can help move this key legislation forward in Congress and make a difference for the digestive health community!

The first cosponsor for The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act of 2015!

Representative Andr Carson from the 7th District in Indiana has once again signed on to cosponsor The Functional GI and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 2311)! We are looking forward to sharing more news of new cosponsors as advocacy work in this area continues.
IFFGD presents testimony to House Committee on 2016 NIH appropriations
Making the needs of the digestive health community known is a key issue for IFFGD. This spring our president and founder, Nancy Norton, submitted written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding funding and research for Fiscal Year 2016 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

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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