2015 James W. Freston Conference: A Renaissance in the Understanding and Management of IBS

Aug. 29 & 30, 2015
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, IL
Register online

Join your fellow researchers and clinicians in an intimate setting to explore the latest insights on diagnosing and phenotyping IBS patients. Key thought leaders will also delve deeper in to current and emerging treatments comprising of dietary, behavioral and pharmacologic approaches.

This is your opportunity to connect and engage with more than 100 scientists, clinicians and other health-care professionals to foster future collaboration and expand your professional network. Young investigators will also have the opportunity to present their research and interact with leading research scientists in a collaborative and mentoring fashion.

ANMS 10th Postgraduate Course

Register for the Freston Conference and receive a discount to attend the ANMS 10th Postgraduate Course on GI Motility and Neurogastroenterology in Clinical Practice. A discount code will be provided in your registration confirmation. You must register through ANMS to redeem the code. 

The course will be held prior to the start of the Freston Conference at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, IL. Learn more about the course.

Who Should Attend

GI fellows and post-doctoral fellows in training; basic, translational and clinical researchers; clinicians

Course Directors

Lin Chang, MD, AGAF
University of California, Los Angeles
Margaret M. Heitkemper, PhD, RN
University of Washington, Seattle

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the current and evolving novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in IBS.
  • Understand the role of luminal factors such as intestinal permeability and microbiota in IBS.
  • Appreciate concepts of chronic stress and brain-gut interactions on animal models and clinical phenotypes within IBS.
  • Gain insight on the genetic and epigenetic approaches in IBS.

Registration Information

Online registration ends Aug. 21, 2015. You must register on site after this date. Early Bird*
(by May 25)
(by Aug. 21)
Late/On Site
(Aug. 29 & 30)
AGA Member $347 $397 $497
Nonmember $447 $497 $597
AGA Member Trainee/Student $01 $50 $150
Nonmember Trainee/Student2 $147 $197 $297

If you do not receive a confirmation in your email after registering, contact agacouncil@gastro.org.

Refund Policy

A written cancellation request must be faxed to AGA Member Services at 301-272-1774, or emailed to member@gastro.org, by Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. There is a $50 processing fee for cancellations received on or before Aug. 7. Refunds will be processed upon cancellation, minus the fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline, and "no shows," will not be issued a refund.

Not an AGA member? Submit a completed membership application with your course registration and pay the AGA member rate.

1AGA member trainees/students: You must provide a credit card with your registration. Your card will only be charged in the event that you incur a cancellation fee.

2Nonmember trainees: You must complete the trainee certification form.

*If applying for AGA membership, your application must be received no later than May 18, 2015, to qualify for the AGA member early rate.

**If applying for AGA membership, your application must be received no later than Aug. 14, 2015, to qualify for the AGA member standard rate.

Submit an Abstract for Poster Presentation

Share your IBS research in a small, relaxed environment and receive valuable feedback from expert faculty and your peers.

Students, trainees and junior faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentation to agacouncil@gastro.org. The deadline to submit is Thursday, July 2, 2015. Abstract notifications will be sent out via email on Thursday, July 23.

Travel Awards

Travel awards will be provided to 15 individuals (students, trainees and selected junior faculty) who submit outstanding abstracts for poster presentation as determined by the conference organizing committee.


Reservation Deadline: Aug. 5, 2015

Room blocks have been reserved for attendees at the following hotel.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Toll-free: 877-303-0104

Room rate: $175 single/double per night, plus 16.4% tax.

Make your reservation online or by calling the toll-free number provided above. Be sure to mention that you are attending the 2015 Freston Conference to receive the discounted rate. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card or one night’s deposit. Hotel deposit is refundable if the reservation is canceled 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

CME Information

The AGA Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education  to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AGA Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Information

Contact agacouncil@gastro.org or call 301-941-2640.

For questions or concerns regarding registration contact AGA Member Services at member@gastro.org.


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