​Precision Gastroenterology:
New Approaches to Define, Study and Manage the Microbiota and Immune-Mediated Diseases

Friday, September 11, 2015
1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

 Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, UC San Diego

Medical Education and Telemedicine Building
Lower Auditorium
UC San Diego School of Medicine Campus

Precision Gastroenterology

Precision medicine utilizes a patient’s biological profile to stratify complex and heterogeneous diseases in order to facilitate evidence-based medicine and improve decision making that improves outcomes. The goal of this symposium is to use clinical scenarios from luminal disease in gastroenterology to illustrate the complexity of disease conditions and how approaches in precision medicine can be applied to improve the stratification of patient phenotype.

Program Schedule

Welcoming Comments

Dr. Elena Verdu 
Adverse reactions to gluten and approaches to stratify patients.

Elena Verdu, MD, PhD
McMaster University, Canada
Dr. Gary Firestein 
Identifying biomarkers in clinical trials.

Gary Firestein, MD
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Institute, UC San Diego
Dr. Chris Glass 
High throughput approaches to associate gene transcription with disease.

Chris Glass, MD, PhD
UC San Diego
Dr. Ken Croitoru 
Comprehensive approaches to complex diseases. The IBD GEM study.

Ken Croitoru, MD
Mt. Sinai, University of Toronto, Canada


Dr. Stephan Targan 
The immunopathology of IBD.

Stephan Targan, MD
Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Qizhi Tang 
Regulatory T cell therapy in human disease.

Qizhi Tang, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery; Director, Transplantation Research Laboratory, UCSF.
Trey Ideker, PhD 
Application of bioinformatics to understand multiomics. 

Trey Ideker, PhD
UC San Diego.
Dr. William Sandborn 
The pipeline of emerging drugs for IBD. Who should receive which drug?

William Sandborn, MD
Division of Gastroenterology, UC San Diego.


Reception with light ​refreshments to follow


 UC San Diego Map: Parking and MET Building


Andrea Jefferson

transport/parking options getting to the event?


To UCSD from I-5 North/South:
Exit onto La Jolla Village Drive West
(From I-5 North - turn left; from I-5 South - turn right)
Turn right onto Villa La Jolla Drive
Up the hill about 0.3 miles
(Stay in left lane as the right lane must turn)
Go past the first light
(The VA center is on your right)
At the next signal light, drive straight into the Gilman Parking Structure.


A parking permit is always required Monday through Friday at all UCSD parking lots. While there are a limited amount of parking spaces near the Telemedicine building, we recommend attendees park in the Gilman Parking Structure. Parking permits are $2/ hour and can be purchased from any Permit Pay Station inside the Gilman Parking Structure. The Permit Pay Stations accept exact cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Park in any open Visitor parking space and purchase a parking permit from one of the parking kiosks.

Medical Education and Telemedicine Building

Follow directional signs and walk across parking lot P602 and the ceremonial green lawn to the Medical Education - Telemedicine (MET) building. See map at left below. The auditorium is located on the ground level, off the main courtyard.