Frequently Asked Questions about the NSAC

Learn more about the Foundation's National Scientific Advisory (NSAC) and browse our most frequently asked questions below:


Who can join the NSAC?

We are seeking applicants with a wide range of experiences from resident to senior IBD researchers and everyone in between. We encourage applicants from all medical practice types and setting - rural practices to academic medical centers.  We are seeking applicants from all areas of IBD care—advanced practice providers, dieticians, GI residents, medical students interested in IBD, nurses, PharmD, physiatrist, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, researchers, social workers, surgeons, and any medical professional interested in supporting the mission of the Foundation.

NSAC service is limited to medical and research professionals.  Individuals with IBD or caregivers of IBD patients without a medical background are encouraged to contact their local chapter or visit the Get Involved section of the website to learn more about volunteer opportunities.  Medical professionals working in biotechnology, insurance, pharmaceutical, or surgical device companies are not eligible to serve on the NSAC. Volunteers with these backgrounds are encouraged to visit the Foundation website as opportunities to serve on project-specific workgroups are posted.

What should I expect while serving on the NSAC?
  • Attendance at two meetings per year, typically held at the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress and Digestive Disease Week. The meetings do vary by NSAC committee with Research, Nurse & Advance Practice Provider, and Pediatric Affairs meeting at different times to accommodate grant or other key gatherings like NASPGHAN. All meeting dates and times are announced in advance.
  • Service on at least one NSAC committee (see committees for details) which typically includes:
    • Commitment of approximately one hour a month answering emails or meeting by phone
    • Quarterly committee calls by phone/video call
  • Be an active professional member of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Learn more about professional membership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
What are the NSAC committees?

Read about the NSAC committees, roles, and responsibilities.

How are members placed into the various subcommittees?

All applicants are asked to rank their interests in the subcommittees within their application. When making your selections on the application, you will also be asked to include any skill sets or experiences you have that align with your committee preferences. Final selection of the subcommittee members are made by the subcommittee chairs/co-chairs with input from the Foundation staff liaisons.

When are applications available?

Applications for the 2024 – 2027 NSAC will be available in October of 2024.

How are applications reviewed?

Chairs/co-chairs will be selected by the NSAC Chair, Dr. David Rubin in conjunction with feedback from the Foundation staff. Committee members will be selected by the chairs/co-chairs based on the applicant’s interest and experience.


Additional questions may be sent to [email protected]