We have two new Sections that have been added to the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal.
Firstly, we have added a new section: “Future Directions and Methods for IBD Research”. The future directions and methods for IBD research articles are directed at the basic and clinical areas on which investigators should focus their efforts to provide a deeper understanding of IBD. The articles also include a discussion of areas in which improved methodologic tools have been identified and how those methods are performed. Basic science directions and methods focus on the genetic, immunologic, microbial and environmental interactions that are the basis of the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Clinical directions and methods focus on how investigators can improve clinical knowledge and care, using cohort studies, multicenter registries, risk stratifications, and treatment outcomes.
Secondly, we have also added a new section: “IBD LIVE” (Inflammatory Bowel Disease Live Inter-institutional and Interdisciplinary Videoconference Education). A concern with our standard educational approach to IBD is that discussions of recent advances for IBD specialists are primarily presented in lectures at yearly conferences. A better teaching and learning experience is to use case presentations that focus on specific challenges and solutions. IBD LIVE is a multidisciplinary IBD learning approach that will improve patient care and outcomes. This creative educational approach will use IBD case discussions to teach practical approaches to common IBD problems.
Rick MacDermott and Bob Burakoff