NASPGHAN is the only professional society for pediatric gastroenterologists in North America. The Postgraduate Course and Annual Meeting provide a forum for participants to become knowledgeable about the latest advances in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition and to learn about, discuss, and debate current topics in clinical applications.
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The membership of NASPGHAN consists of more than 1800 pediatric gastroenterologists, predominantly in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and 8 provinces in Canada.
NASPGHAN strives to improve the care of infants, children and adolescents with digestive disorders by promoting advances in clinical care, research and education. Pediatric gastroenterologists specialize in the care of children with chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, bleeding from the GI tract, inflammatory bowel disease, liver diseases, diseases of the pancreas, poor weight gain and nutritional problems. Pediatric gastroenterologists specialize in gastroesophageal reflux (GER), peptic ulcers, H. pylori, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Hirschsprung’s disease, cyclic vomiting, polyps, gallstones, hepatitis, biliary atresia, jaundice, pancreatitis, lactose malabsorption, failure to thrive and other common and rare disorders. Most pediatric gastroenterologists perform endoscopy, colonoscopy, esophageal pH probe studies, esophageal and rectal manometry and liver biopsies.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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.