Advancing discovery

Advancing Discovery means investing in research that is working towards finding cures for Crohn's and colitis. Our programs and projects across Canada focus on three priority areas including building capacity by Training Young Scientists & Clinicians, Finding Causes and Triggers of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and Discovering Novel Treatments that will lead to better therapies and cures.

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Our goal is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. But there is still so much we need to discover before we can. We need to understand things such as the role that genetics plays in Crohn's and colitis, the interaction between genetic risk and environmental factors, and the human immune response and its role in the onset and progression of the diseases. We also need to build capacity in the scientific community by continuing to recruit young scientists – the best and brightest minds – that will focus their future research careers on uncovering the next big breakthroughs.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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