Member Profile: The Gastrointestinal Society

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The GI (Gastrointestinal) Society is a national charity formed in 2008 on the groundwork of its partner organization, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research (CSIR), which was founded in Vancouver in 1976. We receive national and international attention, simply because we have earned the respect of both the gastrointestinal medical community and Canadians who battle GI and liver issues daily.

We are committed to improving the lives of those living with GI and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to healthcare, and promoting GI and liver health. We have been covering issues related to pancreatic health for nearly thirty years.

Our English and French websites received 7.8 million page views by 5.7 million unique visitors in 2021.

All our programs and services focus on providing Canadians with trusted, commercial-free, medically-sound information on gut and liver diseases and disorders in both official languages. Our BadGut® lectures (currently on hiatus due to the pandemic), quarterly Inside Tract® newsletter, pamphlets, and educational videos arm Canadians with the information they require to better understand and manage their specific needs. We also work closely with healthcare professionals and governments at all levels toward system-wide improvements in care and treatment.

We are excited to launch several new resources and initiatives in 2022. This includes a new pamphlet on pancreatic cancer, which explains the condition and its treatments in lay terms, with a focus on maintaining adequate nutrition during treatment. We are also expanding our online resources on nutrition and diet while living with gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.