2014-10-09 14:35:00 UTC

AGA and CCFA Team Up to Educate and Empower IBD Patients

Bethesda, MD (Oct. 9, 2014) — The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) have joined together to produce an educational webcast series for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Know Your IBD: Webcast Series for Patients will provide disease-specific information and discuss biologic therapy in IBD.

“With more than 1.4 million Americans affected by IBD, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to managing Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis,” said Jane E. Onken, MD, MHS, AGAF, chair of the AGA Institute Education and Training Committee. “This program is designed to help patients better understand their disease and treatment options, empowering them to play a more active role in their health-care decisions and improve their quality of life.”

Webcast 1 — Understanding Crohn’s Disease
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
8-9:15 p.m. ET
Speaker: Raymond Cross, MD, MS, AGAF
Topics covered:

  • Review Crohn’s disease and its effects on the body.
  • Discuss current treatment options, including medications and surgery.
  • Learn tips for managing Crohn’s disease.
  • Share resources to answer patient questions.

Webcast 2 — Understanding Ulcerative Colitis
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
8-9:15 p.m. ET
Speaker: Millie Long, MD, MPH
Topics covered:

  • Review ulcerative colitis and its effects on the body.
  • Discuss current treatment options, including medications and surgery.
  • Learn tips for managing ulcerative colitis.
  • Share resources to answer patient questions.

Webcast 3 — What to Know About Biologic Therapy in IBD
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
8-9:15 p.m. ET
Speaker: Corey Seigel, MD, MS
Topics covered:

  • Review the use of biologic therapy in Crohn’s and colitis.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of therapy.
  • Discuss importance of adherence.
  • Share resources to help patients monitor their disease.

Patients may register online.

AGA (@AmerGastroAssn) and CCFA (@CCFA) will be live tweeting during the webcasts; follow along using the hashtag #KnowYourIBD.

To learn more about IBD, review AGA’s patient brochure.

These programs are supported by educational grants from Janssen Biotech, Inc. (administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC) and AbbVie, and supported by a sponsorship from Takeda.

About the AGA Institute 

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. www.gastro.org

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About CCFA

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. CCFA has funded more than $200 million in research. For more information, visit www.ccfa.org, call 888-694-8872 or email at info@ccfa.org.