Scientific and Professional Publications
Organization and Structure
NASPGNs Objectives include but are not limited to:
- Improving the digestive health and nutrition of children worldwide and particularly in North America.
- Fostering dialogue and research on pertinent issues that impact the pediatric gastroenterology patient and their family.
- Providing opportunities for clinicians and researchers to gain knowledge of the scientific advances in the field of pediatric gastroenterology.
- Disseminating the wealth of scientific information that exists in order to improve clinical outcomes and advance the practice of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.
Membership in the society is comprised of Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Research Scientists, and Physician Nutritionists with a major and sustained interest in the area of Pediatric Gastroenterology and/or Hepatology. There are over 600 members representing practice-based and research institutions throughout North America. Full membership is extended to qualified physicians, surgeons and scientists who are residents of North America. Associate (Trainee), Corresponding, and Emeritus Membership is also available.
Download or view the Full Membership Application (PDF format)
Download or view the Associate Membership Application (PDF format)
NASPGN has succeeded because members interested in basic research, clinical investigation, patient care, and public policy work together to improve the digestive health of children. This diverse, yet cohesive, group along with volunteers, staff, and alliances with other interested organizations, responds to the needs of the pediatric gastroenterology community by providing the following programs and services.
NASPGN provides a variety of programs to meet the overall educational goals of the organization and its members. A primary vehicle for meeting the societys educational goals is the Annual Scientific Meeting that represents the multidisciplinary interests of the members via peer-reviewed, abstract-driven sessions. A Postgraduate Course is organized annually to update participants on the most important advances in the field. In addition, NASPGN collaborates with other organizations in the design and implementation of annual sub-specialty sessions organized as satellite symposia during meetings of related societies (i.e., AASLD, AGA, and DDW) and organizes a course for fellows in the field.
NASPGN 14th Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course
The Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course will be held this year from October 25th-28th in Orlando, Florida. Full details will be posted on this site.
To enhance the body of knowledge that ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes, NASPGN encourages and supports the research endeavors of basic scientists and clinical investigators seeking solutions and cost-effective, pragmatic approaches to problems faced by children with GI diseases. In addition, each year NASPGN provides research funding for two young investigators in North America through the New Investigator Grant Program. NASPGN also recognizes individuals who have made unique contributions to the pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition community through the bestowment of the Fellowship Research Award and the Young Basic Science and Young Clinical Investigator Awards.
SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS
In an effort to keep the larger gastroenterology and pediatrics community abreast of advances in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, NASPGN, in partnership with ESPGHAN, publishes the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (Lippincott-Raven Press, New York, NY). The Society also posts electronic educational publications through this web site. Additionally, through the NASPGN Internet Pediatric GI Bulletin Board, pediatric gastroenterologists gain added knowledge through informal dialogue with colleagues and benefit from the collective experience of a network of professionals. The official newsletter NASPGN News provides members with updates on society activities and other noteworthy events of interest to NASPGN members.
NASPGN is governed by a nine-member Executive Council selected by the membership for their expertise and leadership in the science and practice of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. As a conventional function, the Executive Council determines policy; ensures that the organization has the necessary resources available to fulfill its mission; gives direction to the acquisition and disposition of resources; provides effective stewardship of resources; and strengthens the relevancy of NASPGN, serving as ambassadors of the organization and participating in community networks. Three standing committees and four ad hoc committees currently support the work of the organization. These committees function to facilitate programs, implement new initiatives and explore ways in which the society can better meet the needs of professionals and patients, thereby enhancing patient care.
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PO Box 6
Flourtown, PA 19031
NASPGN Executive Council
Harland S. Winter
Melvin Heyman, Chair
Mounif El-Youssef, Chair
Mark Gilger, Chair
Steven L. Werlin, Co-Chair
Estella Alonso, Co-Chair
Philip Sherman, Chair
Training and Education
Ivor Hill, Chair
Robert Kramer and Latifa Yeung, Chairs
Susan Moyer, Chair
IBD Guidelines Committee
Robert Baldassano, Chair
Ad Hoc Committees
Harland Winter, Chair
Lesley Smith, Chair
Carlos Lifschitz, Chair
Committee Member Directory (available to Members only)
The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses, APGNN, is the only national professional organization for nurses interested in this area of specialty practice.