The Minnesota chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation and the University of Minnesota Medical Center are holding an educational event for patient, caregiver and family-centered care for pancreatic diseases. The free event will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. 

The event is appropriate for patients who have suffered from severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis or chronic pancreatitis and their family members. The main goals are to increase understanding of the immediate and long-term impact of pancreatitis on health and ability to function, and treatment strategies for pancreatitis. Session topics will include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for pain relief; endoscopic management of pancreatitis; surgical approaches to pancreatitis including total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant; and how to manage complications of pancreatitis including diabetes.

Speakers will address the disease in children and adults.

To register for the event, visit