Past Grant Recipients 2018

2018 Grant Recipients

Dr. Charles Bernstein

Dr. Charles Bernstein | University of Manitoba
Research: Brain imaging in depression, anxiety, and fatigue in IBD 
Date: 2018-2021
Amount: $375,000

Dr. Bernstein’s research seeks to expand our understanding of the relationship and interactions between the brain and gut. Researchers know people living with IBD experience higher rates of depression and anxiety disorders compared to the general population. Yet, they do not fully understand how these mental health issues impact a patient’s symptoms. Using novel brain scanning techniques, Dr. Bernstein hopes to use this new information to improve how IBD is treated.

Dr Prevost Jantchou

Dr. Prévost Jantchou | CHU Sainte-Justine
Research: Vitamin D for prevention of Crohn’s disease relapses in children
Date: 2018-2021
Amount: $375,000

Dr. Jantchou believes his research can help reduce the potential for relapse, improve care, and ultimately enhance the overall quality of life for children living with Crohn’s disease. Given the higher prevalence of Crohn’s disease in northern countries, his research will examine the environmental factors that may be at play for Crohn’s disease patients. Dr. Jantchou will compare the effect of a high dose of vitamin D with a standard dose as an adjunct therapy for Crohn’s disease.

  • 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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