As the Canadian leader in providing trusted, evidence-based information on all areas of the gastrointestinal tract, the GI Society is committed to improving the lives of people with GI and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to health care, and promoting gastrointestinal and liver health.
A Brief History
The GI (Gastrointestinal) Society was built in 2008 on the foundation of its partner organization, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research (CSIR), a provincially-registered charity founded in 1976. The founder of CSIR, the chair of its Medical Advisory Council, and its executive director created the GI Society to provide Canadians with a broader range of resources in this sorely neglected health area. By incorporating a federally registered charity, without provincial limitations, they could develop a new, less restrictive national research granting system. The GI Society facilitates the activities formerly associated with CSIR, as well as numerous new initiatives. Since 2011, the GI Society (Société GI) has also been carrying on the legacy of L’Association des maladies gastro-intestinales fonctionnelles (AMGIF) and expanding its former reach by providing programs and services in the French language, chiefly in Quebec, for all diseases and disorders of the GI tract.
Registered Charity Number 817065352RR0001
GI Society Programs and Services
Information Pamphlets & Packages
We Publish a complete series of popular information pamphlets that explain an array of complex gastrointestinal conditions in lay terms, while answering frequently asked questions. We print hundreds of thousands of these valued educational resources annually – 550,000 during the past year – destined for individuals and health facilities in cities and towns throughout Canada. We also mail out a larger packages of information on specific topics and diseases, including relevant articles from our newsletters.
Our current BadGut® Basics pamphlets series (available in English and French) includes: Celiac Disease, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Functional Dyspepsia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hiatus Hernia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Intestinal Gas, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Pancreatitis, Stress Management, Ulcer Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Ulcerative Proctitis.
This free public lecture series covers various digestive conditions for patients, caregivers, and other interested individuals across the country. We choose well-recognized experts to give each lecture, and a lively question and answer period always follows. We reach thousands of individuals whose quality of life improves when empowered by the trusted information and resources we offer.
The Inside Tract® | Du coeur au ventreMC Newsletter
Canada’s quarterly gastrointestinal disease and disorder publication, The Inside Tract® | Du coeur au VentreMC newsletter, contains current information on GI research, medications, alternative therapies, specific diet and nutrition guidelines, new technology, helpful hints, Health Canada warnings, and explanations of disease processes. Readership includes a mix of patients and healthcare professionals, as well as business professionals who are interested in the wellness and productivity of their workers. Circulation is 10,000-20,000 print copies/issue and a wide electronic distribution.
badgut.org | mauxdeventre.org
We have dynamic websites in English (www.badgut.org) and French (www.mauxdeventre.org). Website usage continues to grow and many visitors come back for multiple visits. Direct individual users, those who locate us through search engines, and those pointed to our site from esteemed links such as HealthLink BC and Johns Hopkins University continue to search for accurate, up-to-date, and relevant GI help. Our website was top-rated by Yahoo Canada’s search engine for frequent usage for a disease-specific information website. Our site also continues to be in the top picks for Google search results for GI conditions.
Ask an Expert
Our ask and Expert program provides answers to questions regarding all aspects of the gastrointestinal tract. This service has been operational for more than twenty years on an ad hoc, volunteer basis, drawing on the expertise of many different healthcare professionals. Ask and Expert questions and answers are published in The Inside Tract® newsletter.
Organized across the country on a number of topics, GI Society support group meetings offer a wealth of information for those newly diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder, as well as those who have lived with a condition for years. Participants are encouraged to speak freely about challenges and frustrations, and to contribute helpful solutions, information, and encouragement, Meetings are open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Occasionally, we invite various medical experts and other qualified professionals to give speeches, mini-seminarsm or presentations, with time allowed for question periods.
We were successful in having April proclaimed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, recognized by Health Canada. November in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Month, March in Nutrition Month, and May is for Celiac Disease. Where possible, we schedule activities to highlight these official calendar events. We have also held a successful UCan Speak from the Gut campaign, raising awareness around ulcerative colitis by encouraging sufferers to share their stories of the disease in The Inside Tract®, on badgut.org, and with the media.
Further Resources & Community Outreach
Our highly trained staff and volunteers offer additional patient resources, including responding to information requests and participating in community initiatives. Staff and advisors work closely with healthcare professionals and governments at all levels on behalf of GI patients. Several of our targeted public awareness campaigns focus on empowering, encouraging, and educating persons living with various GI illnesses.
We hold continuing education events for pharmacists, nurses, dieticians, and physicians.