TMC Digestive Diseases Center 15th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium


Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024, 8 am- 3 pm
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
7200 Cambridge, Houston, Texas 77030

The 2024 symposium theme is "Frontiers in GI Cell Biology: Crosstalk and Communication."

"Niche Regulation of Gastrointestinal Stem Cell Dynamics"
Linda C. Samuelson, Ph.D., Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

"A nervous bowel is a happy bowel . . . Making sense of Hirschsprung disease"
Allison L. Speer, MD, FACS, FAAP (2017 Pilot Feasibility Awardee), Associate Professor, Pediatric Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

"Engineering GI tissues from human pluripotent stem cells to study development and disease"
James M. Wells, Ph.D., Director for Research, Division of Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

"Gut epithelial cells: interpreters of gut microbiome/immune interactions"
Rodney D. Newberry, M.D., Dr. Nicholas V. Costrini Professor of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

"Microbial regulation of intestinal epithelial hormones"
Sara Di Rienzi, Ph.D. (2017 Pilot Feasibility Awardee), Assistant Professor, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine

"Unraveling mucus microbe interactions in the intestine"
Mindy Engevik Ph.D.. Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Contact Information: Sara Tristan, DDC Administrator, Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Baylor College of Medicine, 7200 Cambridge, A8.136, Houston, Texas 77030,, (713) 798-3478.

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Accreditation/Credit Designation Statements

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Opportunity for Physician and Physician Assistant QI Poster Authors and Co-Authors to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 Credits.
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Posters and Abstracts


The DDC is currently accepting any digestive diseases related abstracts and posters for our 15th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium. The deadline for submission is February 21, 2024.

Please note to participate in the poster competition, you must submit a PDF of your poster via our online system by the 11:59 pm deadline on February 21st. If you do not plan on competing, you can bring your printed poster with you to the symposium on 03/09/2024.

Submit your abstract / poster today!

All submission must adhere to the following format guidelines:

For Abstracts:

  • Upload a Microsoft Word document (Do not submit PDFs)
  • Save the File as Last Name, First Name - DDC 2024
  • One page, single-spaced in Arial 11
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Title should be centered with only the first word capitalized
  • List all authors and institutions, underline presenting author and institution

For Posters:

  • Upload a PDF document
  • Printed posters should not exceed 4’ x 4’

Judging / Awards:

The DDC is pleased to offer the top three posters with an invitation to the private symposium dinner as well a dinner with a visiting speaker of their choice. Winners will be announced during our 15th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium on March 9, 2024. Click here for more information or to register.