IMAGINE Network Studies: Gut-Brain Connection and Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

Watch the video to learn about the IMAGINE Network studies that are exploring the interactions between inflammation, the gut microbiome, diet and mental health in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Experts also discuss emerging therapies for Crohn's and colitis including fecal microbiota transplant (FMT).

Crohn's and Colitis is a proud supporter and funding partner of the IMAGINE-SPOR Network. If you're interested in taking part in the IMAGINE studies, please click here to see eligibility and recruiting site details on the IMAGINE website.


Dr. Paul Moayyedi​ (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor and Gastroenterologist, Director of the Division of Gastroenterology from 2006 - 2017, School of Medicine, McMaster University, Principal Investigator of the IMAGINE SPOR Network

Aida Fernandes (BSc, MBA) is the current Executive Director of the IMAGINE Network


  • 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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