209. When in Rome: Developing Criteria for Brain-Gut Gastrointestinal Disorders

Sunday, October 27
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Hall C
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149402

Brain-gut gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, sometimes referred to as functional GI disorders, are characterized by constellations of symptoms without an apparent structural or biochemical marker indicative of disease. With these conditions, however, there is an impairment of how the brain controls the related GI function. Resulting symptoms may include motility disturbance, visceral hypersensitivity, altered mucosal and immune function, altered gut microbiota, and altered central nervous system processing.The Rome diagnostic criteria offer a tool to guide both clinical practice and research studies. The Rome Foundation publishes the criteria and funds research on brain-gut GI disorders. In this session, learn more about brain-gut disorders from a RDN who employs the Rome criteria in her clinical practice to inform her medical nutrition therapy. Also, a Rome Foundation funded researcher will discuss findings on the association of malnutrition and the brain-gut connection.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define brain-gut gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and the Rome criteria.
  • Discuss the role of the Rome criteria in treating individuals with brain-gut GI disorders.
  • Highlight research on malnutrition and the brain-gut connection.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5220 Gastrointestinal disorders (disease/disorder)
  • 5390 Care planning, documentation, and evaluation (nutritional care)
  • 5420 Complimentary care, alternative therapies (nutritional care)

Performance Indicator:

  • 10.2.8 Establishes the plan of care, directly addressing the nutrition diagnosis in collaboration with the patient in defining the time, frequency and duration of the intervention.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD

    Idaho State University

  • Speaker(s)

  • Geoffrey Preidis, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital

  • Jessica Biesiekierski, PhD, RNutr

    Lecturer & Research Fellow, Discipline of Dietetics & Human Nutrition

    La Trobe University