- Congratulations Drs. Premysl Bercik and Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez on receiving the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease Investigator Award. This award was made possible with the support of the Nestle Research Center. The Award is intended to support a research project on a basic, translational, or clinical topic related to the investigation of NCG/WS pathophysiology, distinct clinical characteristics, implications of gut microbiota, epithelial barrier and/or innate immunity.
- 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 Visiting Research Professorship is offered to a member of CAG who is a proven teacher and an outstanding researcher.
- 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!
- A delegation formed by Dr. Sloboda supported discussion about early life investments for poverty reduction within Hamilton City Council this April. See the full story on CBC news here
- 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.
- Jasmine Dong received a student CIHR MSc award for her research “Microbial Proteolytic Activity and Intestinal Inflammation”.