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CFTR Genetics in Pancreatitis and Cystic Fibrosis

In this presentation, Dr. David Whitcomb provides a brief overview of the clinical manifestations and biology of Cystic Fibrosis, as well as Cystic Fibrosis of the pancreas.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of CFTR in human biology
  • Recognize the effects of CFTR gene variance on human health
  • Apply new advances in genetics into clinical practice

Reading Resources:

  1. Cohn JA, Friedman KJ, Noone PG, Knowles MR, Silverman LM, Jowell PS. Relation between mutations of the cystic fibrosis gene and idiopathic pancreatitis. N Engl J Med. 1998;339(10):653-8. PMID: 9725922
  2. Sharer N, Schwarz M, Malone G, Howarth A, Painter J, Super M, et al. Mutations of the cystic fibrosis gene in patients with chronic pancreatitis. New England Journal of Medicine. 1998;339(10):645-52


Dr. Whitcomb has financial interests with the following proprietary entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: NIH, DOD, AbbVie, National Pancreas Foundation
  • Consultant: AbbVie, Novartis
  • Stockholder: SMART-MD, Ambry Genetics

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 9/10/2015 | Last Modified On: 9/10/2015 | Expires: 9/12/2016



David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD

David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD Dr. David C. Whitcomb is a tenured professor of medicine, cell biology and physiology, and human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also chief of the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, as well as, director of the Center for Genomic ...
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