Since the 1990s, incidents of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have escalated rapidly in Asia and Latin America. IBD and nutrition experts have pointed to changes in the environment, transformations in agricultural production and evolving dietary habits as contributing causes.
“We’re witnessing an IBD epidemic, especially in immigrants and other parts of the world,” said Dr. Abreu of the University of Miami and co-chair of the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress® Organizing Committee.
To better understand the significance of these trends, the 2019 Crohn’s & Colitis Congress will be hosting a session on Environmental Triggers and Stemming the Rising Tide of IBD. Led by Eugene Chang, MD, AGAF, of the University of Chicago and Michael Rosen, MD, MSCI, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the session will focus on key areas of microbiome and nutrition research as antidotes to the escalation of IBD in these regions.
Among the areas of focus for this session will be:
• The role of nutrition in preventing IBD.
• How nutrition can help patients stay in remission.
• Influences on the microbiome that may cause IBD.
• Identifying environmental triggers that may cause IBD.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Congress, a partnership of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and AGA, provides a multidisciplinary perspective on treating IBD for health care professionals and researchers. The congress will be held Feb. 7–9, 2019, in Las Vegas. Discounted registration rates apply through Dec. 12. Abstracts are due Oct. 24.