Eventful spring planned for The IBS Network

21st March 2016

A national charity, dedicated to offering information, advice and support to people suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) continues to work tirelessly in raising awareness of the condition.

Spring 2016 is set to be a particularly busy period for The IBS Network, their calendar marked by several high profile events. In April the charity is running a unique conference that gives patients a platform to express their perspectives on IBS directly to medical experts. The ground-breaking event will take place on 16 April at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield, which coincides with the charity's 25th anniversary. Topics to be discussed will include what it is like to live with IBS and what can be done about it, does the diagnosis matter, what patients can eat, what do patients want from research and how can patients work more effectively with their health professionals. Before then The IBS Network are hosting a programme of special workshops and demonstrations at the prestigious Allergy and Free From Show, taking place at the SECC, Glasgow, on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March. At the event, food writer, nutritionist and cook Dr Joan Ransley will be deliver a live, interactive cookery presentation, demonstrating how to cook some simple and delicious dishes suitable for people with IBS, including slow baked aubergine, quinoa, feta and herbs. There will also be a talk by diet advisor Julie Thompson about how changing your diet to help with IBS symptoms can be done to aid keeping good gut bacteria healthy. Medical Adviser and Chair of The IBS Network, Dr Nick Read will subsequently join Dr. Ransley to co-host the workshop 'The Sensitive Gut', which will explore the nature and causes of IBS and strategies of diet and lifestyle management. They will also be signing copies of their book 'Cooking for the Sensitive Gut', published by Pavilion in January 2016. The attractive presentation and variety of healthy and delicious recipes has received widespread acclaim from both experts and sufferers alike. Alison Reid, Chief Executive of The IBS Network, said: -For 25 years The IBS Network has been fiercely committed to raising awareness and reaching those affected by the syndrome. By its very nature some people IBS an uncomfortable topic to discuss, with people feeling isolated. -Any events that articulate the views of sufferers are pivotally important. I am delighted that we have managed to secure experts of the highest calibre, including Professors Qasim Aziz and Peter Whorwell. Their participation has been reflected in the enthusiastic response from the public to the event where we are expecting more than 400 delegates to attend. Tickets for the conference on are free of charge to health care professionals and those living with IBS. However, for those who are representatives of, or employed by, a commercial company, tickets are £25. To book a place visit www.theibsnetwork.org, email info@theibsnetwork.org or phone the IBS Network on 0114 272 3253. The IBS Network is offering everyone unlimited free tickets to the Allergy Free From Show. To claim yours, visit the following page (and then pass it on to your friends and family): www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/IBShp.ENDS

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