Pediatric Pancreatitis: Family, Facts, Function, and Fixes

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Pediatric Pancreatitis: Family, Facts, Function, and Fixes

Children who have experienced various forms of acute, recurrent or chronic pancreatitis and their caregivers and family members are invited to a patient- and family-centered symposium on pediatric pancreatitis, presented by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) and University of Iowa Stead Family Childrens Hospital.

Panelists will discuss causes of and treatment for pancreatitis, and how pancreatitis affects childrens health. A parent will share their familys journey with their childs pancreatitis. 

An NPF representative will share updates and resources available at the National Pancreas Foundation National Office, the NPF Iowa Chapter, and UI Stead Family Childrens Hospital, Iowas only approved NPF center.


*  Living with and Managing Pancreatitis at
  home: A Parent Experience

*  Overview of the Pancreas andPancreatitis
  in ChildhoodPancreatitis and Diabetes.
  How are they connected?

*  Pain Management for Children with

*  Keynote Presentation: Understanding Genetics of Pancreatic Diseases.

David Whitcomb, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

* Pancreatitis and DiabetesHow are they connected?  Katie Larson-Ode, MD, UI Stead Family Childrens Hospital

*  The National Pancreas Foundation:

    - History, Activities and Impact

    - Chapters Program/Getting Involved

    - The NPF Patient Passport

The event is free and open to all children and caregivers. Parking and a light lunch will be provided (lunch and networking 11:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m.)

Registration by October 1, 2019 is required at

- Directions:

- Park in Parking Ramp 2 (located

- Concierge services:

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Saturday October 5th
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA

About the Symposium
A Family Centered Approach to Living with Pancreatitis

Over the past several years the National Pancreas Foundation has hosted and co-hosted several patient and physician education events. The goal of these events is to bring much needed information to patients, caregivers and medical professionals. These events allow patients and families to feel less isolated and to meet others who are facing similar challenges.

The most successful events include physicians, allied health professionals, patients and caregivers, but the primary audience for these events is the patient and caregiver population and so, prove to be those that are interactive. While many of our patients are interested in hearing about the science and research that is happening in this field, speakers are encouraged to tailor their presentations to the patients and caregivers.

The main goals are to increase understanding of how pancreatitis and pancreatic surgery decrease pancreatic function and impair nutrition; what resources and treatments are available for patients to improve/maintain nutrition; who is a risk for developing pancreatic cancer; and how care for pancreatic cancer involves a personalized medical and surgical approach.

This symposium is appropriate for patients who have suffered from severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis, or chronic pancreatitis and their family members. The main goals are to increase understanding of the immediate and long-term impact of pancreatitis on health and ability to function, and treatment strategies for pancreatitis. Session topics will include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for pain relief; endoscopic management of pancreatitis; surgical approaches to pancreatitis; and how to manage complications of pancreatitis including diabetes.