From Fellow to Primary Investigator

Crohn's and Colitis Canada supports researchers in all stages of their careers from awarding undergraduate students summer scholarships, to supporting post-doctoral fellows and new investigators with salary awards. Investing in researchers in the early stages of their careers helps ensure the best and brightest stay in this field and continue creating advancements. 

Dr. Simon Hirota, a researcher and professor at the University of Calgary, is one of the talented researchers Crohn’s and Colitis Canada has supported since early in his career. As Dr. Hirota explains, the funding from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada helps focus his team’s research on the understudied area of intestinal fibrosis. Learn more

  • 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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