Call for patient input for important research on improving access to IBD care.

If you live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and are over 18 years old, we are interested in hearing from you!

As part of the Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE) initiative, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will be conducting a series of 90-minute virtual focus groups with Canadians across the country, giving you the opportunity to share your opinions and experiences related to your IBD care. The focus groups will be scheduled during August and September. All focus group participants will receive a cash honorarium for participating.

If you are interested in participating in the focus group, please register here.

Please share this invitation with anyone you think may be eligible and interested in participating.

If you have any questions, please contact Katy Devitt at

PACE Network Broadens to Include Focus on Mental Health and Nutrition

Dr. Charles Bernstein and Dr. Lesley Graff are finding a way to make personalized mental health, diet and nutritional care available to Canadians living with IBD. To read more about this new study, please visit

Do you have IBD? Are you interested in learning COVID antibody status after vaccine?

To learn more about this study, please contact Mellissa or Maria at or call 204-787-4734 or 204-787-4275. Antibody testing will occur 2-3 times in one year and results will be available after study ends.

Are you stressed? Experiencing anxiety? Or low mood? 

The researchers at IMAGINE are evaluating the impact of a 12-week Internet-based program that teaches skills related to managing stress in dealing with IBD symptoms. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to receive the intervention immediately or 24 weeks after enrollment. 


To learn more about the study, please contact: 


Research Coordinator: Gia Ly Jackson, MSc. 

Email:      Telephone: 204-787-4799  

What is the IBD Clinical and Research Centre?

In 1994, Dr. Charles N. Bernstein established the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinical and Research Centre, a Manitoba-based network of clinicians, researchers, and trainees working collaboratively to improve health outcomes for persons living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The centre, which has received international attention and recognition for its research, has established among the largest IBD population databases in North America.

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Study of first degree relatives of patients with Crohn’s disease 

We want to learn if any siblings or children of persons with Crohn’s disease are at risk for getting Crohn’s disease.


For more information please contact: Diane McAlpine at 204-787-1643 

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The Imid Study:

Understanding the effects of stress, anxiety, depression & chronic disease

We hosted an online results and information session for the Psychiatric comorbidity in Chronic Immunoinflammatory Disease (IMID) study on November 12, 2020. 

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In Memorium:

John R Walker, PhD. John joined our group in 2002, as a collaborator on our CIHR-funded research study entitled “Understanding the biological, clinical, and psychosocial determinants of health outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease: A research program.” At that time John was already a well known, highly regarded and beloved clinical psychologist in Winnipeg. He established the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St. Boniface Hospital and co-founded the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba. John also had extensive expertise in knowledge translation. It was his passion to understand patient information needs and optimal ways to deliver patient information. He was an invaluable member of our GI research group. While he started with the IBD research team, he branched out and became an integral member of research groups led by Harminder Singh exploring ways to optimize colonoscopy and Don Duerksen examining a longitudinal celiac disease cohort study. More recently, his expertise was invaluable in our CIHR funded collaborative study with colleagues in neurology and rheumatology exploring psychiatric comorbidity in chronic immune diseases. John’s intellect, skills, creativeness and kindness will be sorely missed.

Denis Krause, PhD. Denis joined our group in 2003, having taken a position as Associate Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He had left a position in Queensland Australia and moved his young family to to Winnipeg. He was an expert veterinary microbiologist with a special interest in IBD. He was awarded with millions of dollars in research grants and was regarded as one of the young starts of the University of Manitoba. He was a very important friend and collaborator of our IBD team. His untimely death at age 46 from cancer leaves behind rich memories of his loving family of wife Alice and sons David, Jonathon and Josh.