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Commentaries on “Workshop Report: Developing a Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Network and Data Platform in Canada”: INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING IN PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY RESEARCH: ADVANCING SCIENCE AND MEDICINE WITH COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS

Heyman, Melvin B.*; Branski, David

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: August 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 2 - p 121
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182604f5c
Invited Commentaries

*Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco

Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Hospitals, Jerusalem, Israel. Drs Heyman and Branski are the Editors-in-Chief of JPGN.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Melvin B. Heyman, MD, MPH, Division of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, and Nutrition, University of California, San Francisco, 500 Parnassus Avenue, MU-4 East, San Francisco, CA (e-mail:

Received 14 March, 2012

Accepted 14 March, 2012

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Pediatric disease–related collaborations are well established and typically productive. Fruitful collaborations among groups of clinicians, scientific investigators, and representatives from government, industry, regulatory groups, and others have advanced our knowledge of many pediatric disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal pain, diarrheal disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, pediatric liver disease, and pancreatitis.

The present issue of JPGN highlights a report by Sherman et al from Canada on the process of establishing a working collaboration among centers with a focus on IBD (1). We invited commentaries from the leaders of 5 other successful collaborative IBD groups to provide their perspectives. We applaud and encourage collaboration among pediatricians and others involved in the development of innovative and effective evaluation and treatment options for children and adolescents with a variety of chronic disorders.

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1. Sherman PM, Brown S, Rose K, et al. Workshop report: developing a pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases network and data platform in Canada. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2012; 55:125–130.
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