Past Grant Recipients 2018

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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.

2018 Grant Recipients

Dr. Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez

Dr. Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez | McMaster University 
Research: Oral formula in addition to anti-inflammatory corticosteroids for the treatment of Crohn's disease
Date: 2018-2019
Amount: $50,000

Exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) has been used as an alternative to steroids for children with Crohn’s disease but less so in adults.

Dr. Pinto-Sanchez’s research will test whether novel nutritional therapy can help reduce the disease activity and potentially decrease the side effects of corticosteroid treatment in adults living with Crohn’s disease. Dr. Pinto-Sanchez’s research will be the first to test combining EEN with corticosteroid treatment.

Dr Phillip Karpowicz

Dr. Phillip Karpowicz | University of Windsor
Research: 24-hour timing in the intestine
Date: 2018-2019
Amount: $50,000

All human bodies function in 24-hour cycles known as circadian rhythms. Examples of this are our sleep-wake cycles, daily cycles of hormones, and cycles of hunger and digestion. It’s also true for the intestine’s repair cycle.

Dr. Karpowicz seeks to establish a link between circadian rhythms and the health of the intestine to inform clinicians about the best time for therapeutic interventions for people living with IBD. If researchers can identify at what stage of repair the intestine is in, they can better inform clinicians about when to administer drugs or perform surgery.

Past recipients 

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.

  • 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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