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Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute

Farncombe Family Degestive Health Research Institute

Improving Health From The Inside Out

The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute is an integrated group of clinical and basic scientists dedicated to understanding the impact of digestive health and nutrition on disease across the life span.

The Institute is focused on developing new strategies for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which will have global benefits. However, the focus of research in the Institute is not limited to digestive diseases; rather, it includes diseases of many other organ systems that may be caused and/or profoundly influenced by digestive health and nutrition.

Facilitated by an extraordinary $15 million donation from the Farncombe family, the Institute was established as an outgrowth of McMaster University's Intestinal Diseases Research Program, originally founded in 1983. The Farncombe Family's generous contribution has allowed by the establishment of endowed chairs and infrastructure capital, which will ensure the long-term success of the Institute and enhance its role as an innovative training environment.

For more than 25 years, McMaster’s Intestinal Diseases Research Program has garnered an international reputation as one of the top 10 gastrointestinal research groups in the world. The growth in research funding, faculty awards and now with the expansion into a Research Institute is a testament of the critical role McMaster researchers are playing in the study of digestive disorders.

News and Announcements

Alberto Fernandez receives an EBMO Fellowship

Congratulations to Alberto Fernandez who was awarded a fellowship by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EBMO) to visit Dr. Elena Verdu's lab to work on the gluten metabolic activity of bacteria isolated from the human small intestine.


Dr. Stephen Collins has been appointed as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Stephen Collins on being elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. This was awarded in recognition for the work he has done in advancing GI research in improving our understanding of functional and inflammatory bowel disease. Well deserved Steve!


Dr. Waliul Khan awarded, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant

Congratulations Waliul Khan on being awarded the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant for 5 years. The award is for Dr. Khan's outstanding contribution to research on the regulation of goblet cell biology in enteric infection. Well done Wali!


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