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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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   The Swiss IBD cohort: Ten years after

Pierre Michetti, Associate Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, Lausanne University.

- Describe the structure and operation of a multilingual, multicenter national IBD cohort
- Present the results of one of the cohort core project: appropriateness of care
- Show some clinical studies with data from the cohort

*Please note that the Farncombe Atrium is closed for renovations for the rest of the summer.
When: Wed June 29 12:00 - 13:00
Where: HSC-1A1*


  • 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.
  • George Wright awarded the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Scholarship

    Effective May 1st 2016, George Wright’s NSERC scholarship will be upgraded to the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (CGS D). This scholarship will allow him to continue with his study of the electrical activity of mouse colonic smooth muscle, which aims to identify the stimuli that activate different kinds of motor activity.
  • Dr. David Armstrong is the new President of the CAG

    The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology elects its board members every two years. After finishing his period from 2014-2016 as President Elect, Dr. David Armstrong has been named President of the Board of Directors for the period 2016-2018. Congratulations!