April 4, 2019

April is IBS Awareness Month!


Support IBS Research

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition, affecting an estimated 15 percent of all Americans, with associated costs for care and lost productivity topping $21 billion. Although not life threatening, IBS is a chronic condition that has no known cure.

William D. Chey, MD, heads research looking at dietary and lifestyle interventions for IBS to pave the way toward evidence-based, life-changing nutritional and behavioral solutions, both for flares and to prevent and cure IBS.


How to Get Involved in IBS Awareness Month

U-M GI & Hepatology Division, William Chey, MD
William D. Chey, MD
Research Group Leader

Share your story

Dr. Chey and Kate Scarlata, RDN, are partnering once again this year to increase awareness of IBS, provide education, and to raise funds for research. Share your story about IBS at #IBelieveinyourStory to bring greater awareness to this disease.

Donate to the William D. Chey Research Fund

Your support will help Dr. Chey and his research team further investigate how diet and food affect the gastrointestinal system, develop new nutritional treatments and approaches to prevention, and expand evidence-based educational resources for patients and health care providers.

To make a donation, please visit the William D. Chey Research Fund online giving page.

Additional ways to participate

  • U-M BioArtography is featuring two frameless glass images that recognize the importance of basic and clinical science work in intestinal tract function and disease. Proceeds will be used to send U-M trainees to national and international meetings and to support Dr. William Chey’s research.
  • For every order placed in April, Fody Food Co. will donate $1 to IBS research. This money will be directed to Dr. William Chey's research fund and Dr. Mark Pimentel's research fund at Cedars-Sinai.
  • Cycle with Kate Scarlata at the IBS Awareness Charity Ride at B/SPOKE Studio. All proceeds from this ride will go to Dr. William Chey's research fund.