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Improving Health From The Inside Out

The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute was established in 2008 replacing McMaster University’s Intestinal Disease Research Program that had been in existence since 1984.  The Institute’s vision is to better understand and treat, and ultimately cure, the most common categories of intestinal illness that burden our society: inflammatory, functional and diet-induced disorders. The Institute pursues its vision by adopting an integrated multidisciplinary approach that encompasses bench-to-bedside research and involves close collaborations between clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists.  The vision also mandates the provision of the best possible experience that will enable our trainees to pursue successful careers in the academic and private sectors.  Knowledge translation is a key aspect of our vision, serving to inform the public of advances in our understanding of digestive diseases, and to increase awareness of the burden of these diseases on our society.




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  • Valentine’s Day BAKE SALE

    Once again we will support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada by participating in the Gutsy Walk on June 4th. To start things off we will be hosting a Valentine’s Day BAKE SALE on Feb 14th from 9-noon in the Farncombe Atrium. Volunteer bakers are needed!
  • Dr. Stearns is named the inaugural Farncombe Family Chair in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics

    Dr. Jennifer Stearns, a new addition to the Farncombe faculty, has been named the Farncombe Family Chair in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics. Her lab focuses on microbial succession in the infant gastrointestinal tract and her approach uses molecular methods, microbial culture and bioinformatics to study how the microbiota contributes to infant development and long term health.
  • Jasmine Dong received a CIHR MSc award

    Jasmine Dong received a student CIHR MSc award for her research “Microbial Proteolytic Activity and Intestinal Inflammation”.
  • Justin McCarville awarded Early Career Award at DDW 2016

    Justin McCarville received the prestigious “Early career award for outstanding research contribution” by the American Association of Gastroenterology at the DDW 2016 sessions held in San Diego. His research objective was to investigate the innate immune triggers that contribute to the development of atrophy in celiac disease. Justin has identified microbiota from celiac patients that induce innate immune changes characteristic of celiac disease. He was selected among other young students and recognized by the AAG after his outstanding oral presentation on his findings.
  • IBD research is changing lives

    The Glob and Mail highlights recent advancements in IBD research here at McMaster that are improving the lives of patients living with the disease. See Penny’s story here.