Edmonton Centre: University of Alberta 

Area of Focus: Reducing chronic steroid use

  • Chronic steroid use is alarmingly high. Too many Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients referred to an IBD specialist are on chronic steroid therapy.
  • The centre will develop clinical care pathways based on the best evidence and expertise to reduce chronic steroid use and improve efficient and effective IBD care.
  • The centre will work to develop therapies that will improve patients’ quality of life and allow for expanded choices.



  • This project has secured funding for the next four years, with the goal of continuing well beyond 2020. The University of Alberta IBD Clinic and centre will participate in quarterly reports with all centres under the leadership of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
  • The U of A centre will focus on reducing chronic steroid use for the next two years and will then adopt the specialties of the other centres in years three and four.

Leadership: Richard Fedorak, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (London), FRSC

  • A recipient of numerous awards, research fellowships and grants, Dr. Fedorak is a recognized expert in IBD.
  • He has an active basic gastrointestinal research laboratory in the area of mucosal immunology, inflammation, and membrane function and structure. In addition, he leads a large gastrointestinal disease clinical research group.
  • He has published over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, produced two patents on colonic-specific drug delivery, and has lectured around the world.

 PACE Centre: University of Alberta Edmonton IBD Clinic

  • The University of Alberta IBD Clinic provides world-class diagnosis and lifelong treatment care for around 4,000 patients with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis.
  • Each patient has access to an IBD Care Team consisting of gastroenterologists, nurse specialists, and a dietitian. The IBD Care Team also works with gastrointestinal surgeons and other health care specialists to ensure that each patient has a comprehensive and well-coordinated treatment plan.
  • The clinic provides service to patients living with IBD in the Edmonton region and coordinates with health care practitioners located in Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray and Peace River to treat patients living in Northern Alberta.
  • The IBD Clinic also treats referred patients from outside of Alberta. Currently, it sees individuals from North-Western Saskatchewan, Eastern British Columbia and the Northern Territories.
  • In 2009 the Alberta IBD Consortium (AIBDC) was created through a $5 million grant from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. It links the research expertise of the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.

Read the News Release here

Questions? Contact: Katy Devitt

  • 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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