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Events and Support Resources

We understand that living with inflammatory bowel disease can be challenging. Our team offers monthly support groups as a resource to bring together patients facing these chronic diseases. As leaders in the field, we also provide ongoing educational programming to help both patients and medical professionals better manage IBD. Learn more about:

IBD Support Group

We host a monthly support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their families. Meetings are held at our downtown offices, located at 150 E. Huron Street, 9th floor. We validate parking in the 150 E. Huron garage. Support group events are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.

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Educational Events for Patients and Families

A patient advisory board is forming to engage our patients as our partners in the science and delivery of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis treatment. Learn more about our patient advisory board and how you can get involved with the IBD Center.

Upcoming Events

Why We're Winning the Battle Against Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Orland Park Homewood Suites
16245 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL 60467

Learn more about the path to a cure and newer options for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease presented by University of Chicago Medicine IBD physicians, Russell D. Cohen, MD; Joel Pekow, MD; and David T. Rubin, MD. Discussion will include:

  • The goals and preferred outcomes of treatment for IBD
  • Medical imaging and procedures to monitor IBD
  • The explosion of new therapies available today

Refreshments will be provided. Online registration is now closed, but you can still register on-site the day of the event.

The IBD Center offers events throughout the year. Check back frequently for more information or email and ask to be added to our mailing list.

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GI Research Foundation Events

First Annual GI Research Foundation Donor Appreciation Picnic
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Vertiport Chicago VIP Helicopter Hangar
1339 South Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Join us in raising more awareness for the GI Research Foundation. The event will have tasty food trucks, ice cream, carnival games and real helicopters. All ages are welcome and encouraged. Free valet and self parking. »View event flyer (PDF).

RSVP online, or call the GI Research Foundation office at 312-332-1350. If you are unable to attend, please click "Register" for donation and sponsorship opportunities.

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Events for Physicians and Students

Created in 2008, IBD University provides training and educational programs taught by the inflammatory bowel disease experts at the University of Chicago Medicine. IBD-U™ offers: customized industry education programs; training for medical students, residents and fellows; programs for physicians and allied healthcare professionals; programs for visiting clinical observers and postdoctoral scholars; advanced fellowship programs; and patient education.

To learn more about IBD-U™ programs, please call (773) 702-6073 or email

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