Hamilton Centre: McMaster University 

Area of Focus: Electronic Interface for Patients and Physicians

  • McMaster will lead a project to innovate the way Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients stay connected with their physicians. Electronic reporting will move forward clinical efficiency and enable remote monitoring of high-risk patients.
  • Changing symptoms and flair ups cause patients to self-adjust treatments between visits, which are not communicated to their specialist. 

Lenore Lennox

Crohn's disease patient since 1996 Hamilton, ON

I can't imagine living in a rural community with Crohn's disease. Luckily for me, I live in a city with one of the best IBD Centres in Canada. Because of PACE, many people will no longer have to choose where they live based on the needs of this disease.


  • This project has secured funding for the next four years, with the goal of continuing well beyond 2020. The McMaster centre will participate in quarterly reports with all centres under the leadership of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
  • The McMaster centre will focus on the electronic interface for patients and physicians for the next two years and will then begin adopting the specialties of the other centres in years three and four.

Leadership: John Marshall, MD, MSc, FRCPC and Neeraj Narula, MD, FRCP

  • John Marshall is a professor of medicine at McMaster and a gastroenterologist at Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Marshall’s publications include over 90 academic papers and book chapters and 100 abstracts.
  • Neeraj Narula became an assistant professor of medicine at McMaster in 2016, after completing an internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. 


PACE Centre: InflammatoryBowel Disease (IBD) Clinic of Hamilton Health Sciences at the McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC)

  • The IBD clinic of Hamilton Health Sciences is affiliated with McMaster University’s Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, which will oversee research with patients of the clinic.
  • The clinic is being set up so that, instead of frequent regular visits patients may contact an advanced practice nurse promptly when they have concerns. If she is unable to resolve the issue specifically, a specialist gastroenterologist is available.
  • Electronic health records using the OSCAR electronic health records system developed at McMaster will facilitate patient care and clinical research. Soon the system will be modified to provide patients with access to touch screen computers and printers so that they can obtain customized information about their condition.
  • Patients for the clinics come from an area reaching from Niagara Falls through Brantford and the Bruce Peninsula.

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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