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Program Information

NASPGHAN Annual Meeting

November 2-4, 2017

James Wells PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Keynote: Organoids:  Current and future promise for changing treatment of gastrointestinal and liver disorders

Dr. Wells is a professor of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is in the Division of Developmental Biology and where he established and now directs the human pluripotent stem cell facility. He is also the Director for Basic Research in the Division of Endocrinology. He received his Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the State University of NY at Stony Brook. He performed his postdoctoral research at Harvard University. He became an Assistant professor at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Developmental Biology in 2002, was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2012 and now holds an endowed chair from the Perinatal institute. He has organized regional and international meetings and has given over 140 invited seminars.
Dr. Wells has spent 20 years as a basic researcher to uncover the processes by which gastrointestinal and endocrine organs form in the developing embryo and how they maintain systemic metabolic homeostasis postnatally. This work in developmental biology has provided the basis for the efforts to generate human cells and tissues from pluripotent stem cells. His lab pioneered approaches to generate gastrointestinal (GI) tissue organoids of the stomach, intestine, and colon that are being used to study endocrine control of metabolism, congenital defects of the digestive tract, and enteric pathogens. Moreover, Dr. Wells and colleagues are using organoids as a basis for tissue engineering efforts to generate functional tissues for transplantation. His lab also uses mice and human pluripotent stem cells to study genetic forms of diabetes in humans.


Plenary Session

Keynote Address: Organoids: Current and future promise for changing treatment of gastrointestinal and liver disorders
James Wells PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Year in Review
Melvin Heyman MD, UCSF, Editor, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Concurrent Session I 


Optimizing nutrition in intestinal failure
Justine Turner MD, Alberta Health Sciences Center

Parenteral nutrition in the pediatric intensive care unit:  The good, the bad, and the ugly
Valeria Cohran MD, Ann and Robert Lurie Hospital for Children


What it means to be a medical home for your IBD patient
Miguel Regueiro MD, University of Pittsburgh

Safety in pediatric IBD therapy: Is it time to stop using thiopurines? 
Jeffrey Hyams MD, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Neurogastroenterology and Motility 

High resolution and 3-D high definition anorectal manometry: The evaluation of anorectal function
Lusine Ambartsumyan MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Treatment of children with functional disorders with and without drugs: Where’s the evidence?
Adrian Miranda MD, Medical College of Wisconsin


The new H. pylori guidelines: Big changes that you need to know!
Nicola Jones MD, PhD, Hospital for Sick Children

Updates from NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN GERD guidelines
Sandeep Gupta MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Updates from the NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN Cholestasis Guideline
Rima Fawaz MD, Children’s Hospital Boston

The new NASPGHAN-ESPGHAN guidelines for gastrointestinal and nutritional management of Esophageal Atresia-TEF patients
Christophe Faure MD, Sainte-Justine University Health Centre

Colonoscopy Skills Workshop

Poster Session II

Hands on Endoscopy

Concurrent Session II 


Nutrition in acute pancreatitis
Amit Grover MD, Children’s Hospital Boston

Advancing oral-intake among children with food refusal and feeding tube/formula dependence: A parent-mediated model of care
Lindsey Burrell PhD, Emory University School of Medicine


Pediatric hepatitis C: The current landscape and future horizons
Norberto Rodriguez Baez MD, UT Southwestern Medical Center

To B or not to B? What’s HOT with this pesky virus!
Regino Gonzalez Peralta MD, University of Florida


Picky eaters vs. problem feeders: Pediatric feeding aversion through a developmental lens
Laura Slosky PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Oropharyngeal dysphagia: A fluid situation
Rachel Rosen MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

All that glitters is not GER: What the ENT sees through their reflux colored glasses…
Melanie Greifer MD, New York University, Langone Medical Center


Colonoscopy teaching: Principles of training the trainer
Kevin Waschke, MD, McGill University

Endoscopic ultrasound in pediatrics: Sounds cool
David Troendle MD, Children's Medical Center of Dallas

Hot topics: Treat to target

IBD treat to target: Treat the patient or treat the disease
Robert Baldassano MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Celiac disease: Treat to target! Where should we aim and how do we get there?
Ivor Hill MD Nationwide Children’s Hospital

EoE – Treat to target: The eosinophil - should we look deeper?
Calies Menard Katcher MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado


Advocacy in a new era
Camille Bonta, Summit Healthcare Consulting

Advocating for product safety: Saving lives with your data
Honorable Marietta Robinson, JD, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Awards Ceremony


Saturday, November 4

Concurrent Session III

Hot topics II 

Biosimiliars in IBD
Sandy Kim MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC

Proton pump inhibitors: Protective or problematic? 
Matthew Riley MD, Northwest Pediatric Gastroenterology LLC

Fecal microbial transplant: Where is the evidence?
Nikhil Pai MD, McMaster Children’s Hospital


Management of pediatric celiac disease: Back to the future?
Maureen Leonard MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

What do we really know on the so-called non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
Stefano Guandalini MD, University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital


The microbiome of inflammatory bowel diseases: Chicken or egg?
Richard Kellermayer MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital 

Irritable bowel syndrome /functional abdominal pain: Does nothing work?
Robert Shulman MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital

Of bugs and bile: Role of the microbiome in NAFLD and NASH
Emily Perito MD, University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital

GI Potpourri

Rome IV: Why should the clinician care?
Carlo Di Lorenzo MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The tumbling dice of pediatric colon cancer
Steve Erdman MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Utilization of modern genetic testing in hepatology: The “known unknown”
Saul Karpen MD, Emory University

Concurrent Session IV


The role of the endoscopist in obesity
Shelby Sullivan MD, University of Colorado

Motivational interviewing in pediatric obesity: Why bother?
Kelly Lowry PhD, Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital

Eosinophilic Esophagitis

PPI use in esophageal eosinophilia: AGREEing to disagree but not be disagreeable - Recommendations from the recent AGREE Conference
Glenn Furuta MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Eosinophilic esophagitis: Now an "Oldie" - but with increased interest and new research, a "Goodie" 
Chris Liacouras MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Altruistic donors in pediatric liver transplantation: How far is too far?
Vicky Ng MD, Hospital for Sick Children

Post-transplant adherence: What does psychology have to do with it?
Emily Fredericks PhD, CS Mott Children’s Hospital, Michigan Medicine

IBD Nutrition

Exclusive enteral nutrition: First line of therapy for pediatric crohn's disease...except that is, in North America!  Understanding why
Anthony Otley MD, Dalhousie University

Diets impact in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: An evolving paradigm
David Suskind MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Acceptance of and adherence to enteral therapy: strategies from professionals and families
Rose Schroedl PhD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Colonoscopy Skills Workshop (repeat from Friday Session)

Hands On Motility: pH/Impedance Monitoring

Poster Session III

Hands on Endoscopy

Concurrent Session V

Global Health

From understanding pathophysiological mechanisms to improved outcomes of malnourished children
Robert Bandsma MD, The Hospital for Sick Children

Is environmental enteropathy intestinal failure?
Sean Moore MD, University of Virginia

Gut microbial dysbiosis in undernutrition: Cause, effect, or both?
Geoffrey Preidis MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital


Unsedated in office endoscopy, is this the final frontier? Monitoring pediatric esophagitis and eosinophilic esophagitis using unsedated transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE)
Joel Friedlander MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Anesthesia and the developing brain: Scoping out the FDA’s black box warning for pediatric gastroenterology
Jenifer Lightdale MD, UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center


Role of carbohydrate malabsorption in gastrointestinal ailments and disease
Jon Vanderhoof MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Absorbing current advancements in pediatric exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
Alvin Jay Freeman MD, Emory University

Neuogastroenterology and Motility

Lifting the curtain on chronic nausea
Katya Kovacic MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Repairing the second brain
Jaime Belkind Gerson MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Research Skills 

Paths to success in clinical translational research
Samuel Nurko MD and Rachel Rosen MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Paths to success in quality improvement science
Shehzad Saeed MD, Dayton Children’s Hospital and Chelly Dykes MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Professional Development Workshop: Thriving and surviving in a challenging pediatric gastreoenterology economic environment

The changing definitions of value: View from hospital systems and payors

Michael Narkewicz MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Optimizing the value of the division: Achieving the vision while fulfilling the demands
Karen Murray MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington

Value as an individual provider: How do I keep my own value?
Stephen Guthery MD, University of Utah & Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital

Concurrent Session VI


Precision medicine plan raises hopes through genomic advances
Subra Kugathasan MD, Emory University

A personalized medical approach for patients with VEO-IBD
Judith Kelsen MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Emerging therapies in cholestasis
James Heubi MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Emerging therapies in non - cholestatic liver disease
Rohit Kohli MD, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Upper GI 

Gastroparesis: Diagnostic modalities and treatment
John Fortunato MD, Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital

Post-fundoplication complications and management
Samuel Nurko MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Research Skills

Paths to success in funding: The NIDDK perspective
Edward Doo MD NIDDK, National Institutes of Health

Paths to success in basic science research
Alessio Fasano MD and Alejandro Llanos-Chea MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Clinical Practice Forum

Creating a highly reliable multidisciplinary team
Ricardo Caicedo MD, Levine Children's Hospital/Carolinas HealthCare System
Jennifer Schurman PhD, ABPP, BCB, Children's Mercy Hospital
Robyn Robinson CPNP, CHOC Children's Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Alexia Beauregard MS, RD, Gastroenterology Associates/ Seagrass Nutrition & Therapy, Greenville NC


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