A unique set of grants focused on patient-oriented research were announced today. Patients and their families were involved in the research process and were able to formulate the types of questions they want scientists to answer about the diseases that affect them.
Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced the funding of five new research networks through Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) at an event held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. The University of Calgary is co-leading two of the initiatives focused on gastrointestinal disease and kidney disease.
The gastrointestinal disease component is a national collaboration of patients and scientists that will look at how gut bacteria and diet cause IBD, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and the anxiety and depression associated with these disorders.
There is a basic science component to the project that involves the microbiome centre at the University of Calgary where researchers will work to understand gut bacteria in the bowel.