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2015 AGA – Rome Foundation Research Award Recipient


Principle Investigator: Miranda van Tilburg, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. van Tilburg is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She received her Master’s degree in Economic Psychology and her PhD in Health Psychology at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. Subsequently, she completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Endocrinology and Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center. In 2002, Dr. van Tilburg joined the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders. Dr. van Tilburg conducts pediatric research but does not treat patients in the GI clinic.

Title: Validation of the pediatric Rome IV criteria.

Background: Studies have shown that about 1 in 4 children suffer from a functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID), making this one of the most common disorders encountered in pediatric gastroenterology clinics. Establishment of symptom-based criteria for pediatric by the Rome committee considerably advanced the diagnosis and study of children who suffer from FGIDs. The Rome III criteria are in the process of being updated to be responsive to the new information and data collected on pediatric FGIDs. These new Rome IV criteria will include several changes to existing disorders as well as include new diagnoses, and are therefore in need of validation.

Aims:The current study aims to test and validate the pediatric Rome IV criteria. This includes both the criteria in infants/toddlers and the criteria in children/adolescents.

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