Getting the Best Care
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic illnesses, meaning that until the scientific community discovers cures, patients will continue living with these diseases. A key component to ensuring the well-being of patients living with a chronic illness is to continuously evolve and improve patient care.
With the support of grants from Crohn's and Colitis Canada, the researchers noted below are diligently working on research projects that focus on discovering and implementing new ways to ensure patients have access to the best care possible.
2022 Grant Recipients
Dr. Jennifer Jones | Dalhousie University
Research: Understanding how proteins protect the gut from harmful bacteria
Dr. Jones and her team aim to improve access to evidence-based support for psychological distress among people living with IBD through the ‘IBD Strong Peer2Peer’ program. This pilot program allows patient-centered self-management for IBD-associated psychological distress. Dr. Jones will pilot the intervention in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. The results from this study will help improve mental health programs for adults living with IBD.
2021 Grant Recipients
Dr. Geoffrey Nguyen | Sinai Health System
Research: Defining time-trends, regional variations, and impact of health-care utilization on pregnancy outcomes in women with inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) commonly affects women of childbearing age. Women with IBD are at an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery (before 37 weeks’ gestation) and delivering infants with low birthweight (< 2500 grams).
Over the years, there has been increased awareness around effective IBD care during pregnancy. Although, it remains unknown whether these adverse pregnancy outcomes have decreased over time. Furthermore, the impact of geographical residence (i.e., rural vs. urban), ethnicity, and access to specialty care on pregnancy outcomes remains unknown.
Dr. Nguyen’s research will explore whether the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes have decreased in women with IBD over time. The findings of this study will allow researchers and clinicians to determine ways of standardizing pregnancy care in women with IBD. The study will also assess the impact of specialty care on pregnancy outcomes in order to develop healthcare models that will optimize quality of care in this vulnerable population.
To learn more about Dr. Nguyen's research, watch the video below.
To learn about the completed research projects that we have supported in 2020, click here.
To learn about the completed research projects that we have supported in 2019, click here.
To learn about the completed research projects that we have supported in 2018, click here.
To learn about the completed research projects that we have supported in 2017, click here.
To learn about the completed research projects that we have supported in 2016, click here.
To learn about the completed research projects that we have supported in 2014, click here.