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Gastrointestinal Health Research

At some point in their lives, 6 out of 10 Canadians will suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) disease. Alberta has one of the highest rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the world; about 25,000 people in our province have been diagnosed with the condition.

Many researchers see this as an opportunity to study the causes of and seek out new treatments for GI health issues. Alberta is home to world-renowned centres of excellence in GI research. Through their work, we can find find newer, more effective ways to treat patients.

The Centre of Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research (CEGIIR)

Right now it’s hard to say why people get GI disease, how it becomes a chronic condition, or how it leads to cancer. CEGIIR is working hard to change that. They’re researching GI conditions to improve research, find better treatments, and make patients’ lives better. Their team of scientists is focusing on:

  • Inflammatory GI disorders
  • Non-ulcer dyspepsia
  • Gastric infection with Helicobacter pylori
  • IBD, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Viral hepatic and biliary disorders
  • GI cancers

The Zeidler Gastroenterology Health and Research Centre

The University of Alberta’s state-of-the-art Zeidler Gastroenterology Health and Research Centre is the first clinical facility in Canada dedicated to gastroenterology patient care and research. Started in 2006, the centre allows doctors and researchers to teach more students, attract more funding, and provide better care.

University Hospital gastroenterologists perform about 7,000 outpatient consultations every year. A large number of the new drugs, tools, and treatments in use have been assessed, tested, and developed at the Zeidler Centre. The centre is leading in both discovery and cure, as well as training the best and brightest doctors and researchers to to treat GI disease.

Susan Letendre

“Research absolutely saves lives.”

Susan’s father contracted a deadly C. difficile infection after taking antibiotics to fight a post-surgical infection. He lost over 30 pounds as a result and was unable to leave his home until undergoing a newly researched fecal transplant procedure. The procedure was a success, and he was able to eat and visit with his grandchildren once again. Susan believes in research because “it could be your loved one that needs one of these lifesaving procedures.”

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