Moderators: Kara Gross Margolis, MD, Columbia University Medical Center and Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD, MSc, Children's Hospital Colorado

Basic mechanisms for neuro-regeneration and repair
Robert Heuckeroth, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Understand the structure and many functions of the human enteric nervous system.
  • Understand how birth defects and various types of injuries impair enteric nervous system function, causing human disease.
  • Understand the newest research suggesting that small molecules and stem cells might allow us to rebuild or replace the enteric nervous system when it is damaged or missing. These basic science discoveries suggest we may be entering a new era in care for people with bowel motility disorders.
Robert Heuckeroth
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Are we over- or underdiagnosing pediatric gastroparesis?
Katja Kovacic, MD, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Understand the complexity of gastric physiology and how it relates to upper GI symptoms
  • Understand the limitations of current diagnostic modalities
  • Appreciate implications for clinical practice and the need for better measures
Katja Kovacic
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217  IMPAIRED VAGAL EFFICIENCY PREDICTS PAIN REDUCTION WITH PERCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE FIELD STIMULATION (PENFS) THERAPY FOR FUNCTIONAL ABDOMINAL PAIN DISORDERS. Katja Kovacic1, Jacek Kolacz2, Stephen Porges2. 1Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA; 2Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.
Katja Kovacic - Abstract
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Novel treatments for functional abdominal pain: What’s in the pipeline?
Miguel Saps, MD, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • To provide a summary of the current care of children with functional abdominal pain
  • Describe pitfalls of current standard of care 
  • To provide an overview of novel treatments
  • Discuss potential alternative approaches to care, opportunities for research and future directions
Miguel Saps
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