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. 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.
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.
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.
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!
Dr. Eileen Hutton was interviewed about a study with Dr. Mike Surette and Dr. Jennifer Stearns on the effects of the timing and nature of solid-food introduction for both term and preterm infants. The article also featured Dr. Verdu and her team who will study whether changes in diet can impact gut bacteria enough to prevent inflammation and disease. Read full article here.