Advancing Discovery

Advancing Discovery means investing in research that is working towards finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Our programs and projects across Canada focus on three priority areas which include building capacity by training young scientists and clinicians, finding causes and triggers of Crohn’s and colitis, and discovering novel treatments that will lead to better therapies, and ultimately, cures.

Recruiting Highly Trained Personnel

We are committed to supporting the careers of the best and brightest Crohn's and colitis researchers across Canada

Finding Causes and Triggers

We are committed to uncovering the multiple triggers that predict or lead to the onset of the diseases       

Discovering Novel Treatments

Discovering new ways to block inflammation, treat complications, improve therapy, and create a healthy gut

There is still so much that we need to discover before we can achieve our goal of discovering cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. We need to understand a number of factors such as the role genetics plays, 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 140 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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