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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Presents National Science Awards to Clinical and Scientific Thought-Leaders in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Date:12/17/2009

onal organizations, including the American Gastroenterological Association, American Association of Physicians and American Society for Clinical Investigation. He has written extensively for such peer-reviewed publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Immunology and Gastroenterology. Dr. Targan has also written numerous book chapters on the causes, effects and treatments of inflammatory bowel disease. He is the editor of the widely acclaimed textbook Inflammatory Bowel Disease: From Bench to Bedside.

The CCFA Scientific Achievement Award for Basic Research was presented to R. Balfour Sartor, MD. Dr. Sartor serves as the CCFA Chief Medical Advisor and the Midgette Distinguished Professor of Medicine in microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. Sartor has been a faculty member at UNC for his entire academic career. His research interests focus on understanding the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and translating this basic science knowledge into improved diagnosis and treatment of IBD.

About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.

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