TMC Digestive Disease Center Activities and Events


The Enrichment Program provides critical mechanisms to support the overall goals of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center via the following specific aims:

  • To share and disseminate knowledge gained from the presence of the DDC and in the larger field of digestive diseases
  • To promote and increase interaction and collaboration among investigators and clinicians interested in digestive diseases
  • To foster the scientific and career development of DDC members.

Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium


The 15th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Disease Symposium is scheduled for March 9, 2023 at the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center located at 7200 Cambridge, Houston, Texas. Click here for our full agenda. Symposium speakers include:

  • Linda C. Samuelson, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School
  • Robert O. Heuckeroth, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Allison L. Speer, M.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center
  • James M. Wells, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Rodney D. Newberry, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
  • Sara Di Rienzi, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Mindy Engevik Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina

Click here to register. Click here to enter the poster and abstract competition. 


DDC Research Forum


Our DDC research forum is a weekly seminar held during the spring and fall academic months. Seminars are usually delivered by either a national leader in GI research outside the Texas Medical Center or a DDC member. Occasional seminar slots are used to advertise the latest services offered by one of the DDC Cores. The seminar series encourages interactions among basic and clinical investigators across all three consortium institutions. DDC member seminars are free to present research results, clinical studies or works-in-progress as a way to encourage discussion, feedback and overall information exchange. Potential speakers can be nominated by any member of the DDC, who can also act as faculty host (pending approval by the Seminar Committee and the Internal Advisory Committee of the DDC).

During the pandemic, the seminar series has been virtual, though it is pending to return to hybrid in-person/virtual in Spring of 2022.

Questions regarding the DDC Research Forum or suggestions for potential topics and speakers can be directed to Geoffrey Preidis, M.D., Ph.D., head of our Seminar Committee, at or Sara Tristan, DDC Administrator at Join us on Zoom Thursdays at 4 p.m.

View The GI Research Forum Calendar

GI Focus Group Meetings for Junior Investigators


The TMC Digestive Disease Center sponsors semi-monthly meetings between junior investigators to present research projects and collaborate on advancements in digestive disease-related research. These meetings are organized by Gregory Guthrie, Ph.D. To join the mailing list or attend an upcoming focus group meeting, contact Dr. Guthrie at


DDC Informatics User Group


The DDC informatics user group promotes discussions, knowledge exchange, and shared learning. Everyone is welcome to participate. 

Topics will include tools and pipelines, pathway analyses, visualizations in form of plots, graphs, networks, machine learning application and more.
The group is spearheaded by Dr. Numan Oezguen. If you would like to join the mailing list, contact DDC administrator Sara Tristan at