This conference, hosted by Columbia University Medical Centre, will feature Dr. Ines Pinto and Dr. Elena Verdu as speakers and present a unique opportunity to bring together those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for celiac disease. Find more information here.
Dr. Elena Verdu studies the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory disorders such as celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. She investigates dietary-bacterial interactions and how this impacts the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal disease, with the view to develop novel therapeutic strategies for these disorders. Effective July 1st 2018 Dr. Verdu will be promoted to full professor. Congratulations Elena!
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists Research Excellence Award is awarded to a member of the CAG who has made an outstanding contribution to gastroenterology through basic and/or clinical research.
Liam McGrath wrote us a kind note thanking us for support of this year’s BASEF science fair. Here’s an excerpt from his letter:
“BASEF was a wonderful experience for me! I really enjoyed meeting all the other contestants…and explaining the results of my project. Thank you again for your support. You helped make BASEF a huge success! I hope you continue to support youth science in the future”
Congratulations again Liam!
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.