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Current Patient Participation Studies //

Two thirds of Canadians experience gastrointestinal symptoms

Do you know why?


We invite you to be part of a Canada-wide study, called “IMAGINE”, to help us all learn the relationship between gut bacteria, diet, and symptoms of those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Participants complete a series of questionnaires, and provide blood, urine, and a stool sample at a baseline visit and every year for 4 years.


You may qualify for the IMAGINE Study if:

  • You are 18 years or older and have a confirmed diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


  • You are at least 18 years or older family member, relative or friend of someone living with IBD or IBS.


Contact the IMAGINE study team to find out more:


Terri Jeanson:   204-787-4701

Shelby Anderson:    204-787-8030

You can also check out the IMAGINE website at for more information on the IMAGINE Network.


Get To Know Us Virtual Interview Series

Get to know our team, our research and why it’s important for you to participate in our studies through this series of short videos. For more videos  from the Virtual Interview series please visit Get To Know Us Virtual Interview Series - IMAGINE (


IMAGINE site lead, Dr. Charles Bernstein, was featured on CTV News! The full article can be found here:

Dr. Charles Bernstein was recently featured on City News talking about the IMAGINE Study! The video can be found here:

Internet-based Cognitive-Behavioural Program for Managing Stress with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Managing stress is an important part of managing inflammatory bowel disease. We also know that IBD can cause increased stress, particularly when symptoms are active. 


This program covers topics including:  

  • The role of stress in IBD 

  • The brain-gut connection 

  • Relaxation strategies 

  • Understanding anxiety, overcoming avoidance 

  • Managing low mood and motivation 

  • IBD in the workplace 

Who can participate? You can help us if you:  

1.      Are at least 18 years of age 

2.      Patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis 

3.      Have high stress, anxiety and or depression

            *participants will be screened prior to enrollment

4.      Have regular access to the internet  

If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more details, please contact:

Research Coordinator: Gia Ly Jackson, MSc. 
Email:      Telephone: 204-787-4799  

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