Dream Day – GI Research
For anyone who has a dream, dreaming of a world where people no longer suffer is one of the key ideals in the many dream speeches we have read in school. GI research, no matter its location or the facility in which it is run, seeks to provide a better understanding about the function of GI as well as any disorders associated therein for adults as well as children. GI research, or gastrointestinal disorders, seeks to improve the lives of those children, young adults, as well as men and women who are constantly affected by GI disorders. GI research is imperative because, much like the common cold, these disorders affect a large number of people and are often very different from case to case, making the lives of those involved and their families challenging if not debilitating.
Bearing this in mind, it is very clear why continued GI research is a necessary component to making the world a better place. Through better care as well as better treatment, the severity associated with many cases of GI disorders will be alleviated. Organizations such as the National Institutes of Health are responsible for continual GI research. By donating funds to GI research, many people have contributed to a better understanding of motility disorders and functional GI disorders. It is natural to have doubts when it comes to which organizations your money should be donated, and many people have friends and/or family members who have suffered through a handful of diseases, providing the desire to donate and aid future struggles but expounding upon the options, all of which are decent and respectable causes.
There are many organizations such as IFFGD which supports awards as well as grants to scientists and clinicians alike who are conducting the research needed to aid the suffering of those diagnosed with digestive diseases. By taking direct action, this organization has found that the more GI research is conducted, the more attention it draws to potential donors, which leads to greater monetary contributions and therefore contributes to increased research and answers.
These answers are found through scientific and medical trials as well as clinical studies. These are generally the same thing, both of which are subsidiaries of GI research studies which seek an answer to a specific question. These studies are completed through the use of known treatments, therapies, or new products. It is because of these GI research studies that scientists can continue to better the knowledge on preventing, detecting, diagnosing, controlling, treating, and improving the lives of those who are affected with this illness. Some of the research conducted takes place in the form of questionnaires which gain insight into symptoms of a particular GI disorder by asking those patients who have it. Other forms of research include studies about the effectiveness of a psychological treatment or counseling for patients who are suffering and their families. Other forms of GI research are treatment tests with a medical device, a drug, or a biological treatment such as gene therapy, blood product, or a vaccine. Some of these clinical studies are conducted first on laboratory animals before humans to determine the possible toxicity levels. After these treatment options are safe and show sincere promise, tests begin with humans who volunteer for the clinical treatment with an understanding that results will be used to support the general public.