Medical students and pediatric residents have the opportunity to work with the various members of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition on a range of research projects. 

Gastrointestinal and liver conditions and diseases affect many individuals. For instance, Celiac disease, Eosinophilic esophagitis and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) are increasing among Canadian children and youth. Canada has amongst the highest rates of IBD in the world with the rate in children increasing by 50 per cent over the past 20 years. 

These facts are the driving force behind what motivates our research. Current studies include multi-centre, multi-investigator as well as CHEO-driven research endeavours, funded through a number of sources. These sources include: Genome Canada partnered with the Ontario government and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the CHILD Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, CIHR, American College of Gastroenterology, 3C Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Janssen, Pediatric Liver Foundation and local donors such as parents, local businesses and the Snowflake Ball. 

Our growing collaborations include those with researchers from basic science departments at the University of Ottawa, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) as well as national and international colleagues. All are important to us to enhance our commitment to expansion of research and care in Ottawa.

Specific areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Adrenal axis monitoring in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Studies of Ontario's health administrative database
  • Cystic Fibrosis in infants and children
  • Pediatric liver disease-related research

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