About Us

The IBS Patient Support Group was established by Jeffrey Roberts who was the founder of the first Irritable Bowel Syndrome patient community website in 1995. The IBS Patient Support Group community was launched as a public education advocacy community for sufferers. We believe in evidenced-based medicine and non-anecdotal treatment options for patients.

IBS Patient Support Group is a privately held not-for-profit community self funded by Jeffrey Roberts and is supplemented by limited advertisement banners. Advertisement is distinguished by the word "Advertisement". Some funding to develop content is provided in the form of an unrestricted educational grant and content which was written under a grant, is labeled as such. The IBS Patient Support Group's search engine uses a Google product that displays "Ads by Google" where applicable in search results.

Unless otherwise noted, the information presented on the IBSpatient website (not including the forums) is written and edited by Jeffrey Roberts, who is an authority on the subject following countless hours of research.

Jeffrey Roberts' background:

Jeffrey has been an Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferer for 25+ years and was the Founder and creator of the IBS Self Help and Support Group (ibsgroup.org) first started in 1987. He has testified to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) several times on behalf of IBS patients. His testimony to the FDA Advisory Committee about Lotronex was instrumental in returning the drug to the market in 2002 for diarrhea predominant IBS sufferers. He also provided testimony to the FDA in 2004 in support of Zelnorm for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and constipation predominant IBS and for the re-introduction of Zelnorm for IBS with constipatoin in 2018. Jeffrey provided testimony to the FDA in support of Prulcalopride for chronic idiopathic constipation in 2018. Read FDA testimonies here.

Jeffrey has consulted with many industry pharmaceuticals involved in treatment options for all types of IBS as well as for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation. He has helped many researchers and clinical physicians identify patients suitable for clinical studies. He is regularly consulted by industry and the medical community for his knowledge about the IBS Patient perspective and frequently collaborates with many IBS thought leaders from the American Gastroenterological Assoication (AGA), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and The Rome Foundation.

Jeffrey is active in the media and press and has received award recognition for his work. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and in Canadian Living Magazine, Today's Dietitian, the FDA Consumer Magazine and has been quoted by CBS Evening News, Washington Post, USA Today, United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Associated Press, New York Times, Globe and Mail, and CBC Online.

He has a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree from Medaille College, Buffalo, New York. Jeffrey's thesis was entitled Awareness of Childhood Health Issues On Educational Outcome. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto and co-authored and published a book related to the IBS Self Help and Support Group, entitled IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions. He lives in Toronto and operates the IBS Patient Support Group from New Haven, CT.