Leaders in Health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is supported by two volunteer boards of directors. The Governing Board provides leadership in the areas of strategic planning, policy, legal and governance.  The Advisory Board manages operations, development and implementation.

Working collaboratively, these dedicated individuals advance the objectives of Foundation which are to:

  • advance the science and knowledge of diseases of the digestive organs
  • assist research, training, prevention and treatment of the conditions impairing the normal function of the digestive organs, including their functions in nutrition
  • promote dissemination of knowledge of diseases of the digestive organs through the Canadian community, and
  • assist in the development of new methods to ensure better quality of life people afflicted with these disorders.
  • Dr. Elena Verdu

    Dr. Verdu’s research has focused on the pathophysiology of inflammatory and functional gastrointestinal disorders. She undertook clinical research training at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she studied the interaction between chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori and gastritis in humans and the possible therapeutic role of probiotic bacteria. Her PhD studies in the Institute of Microbiology and Gnotobiology at the Czech Academy of Science and University of Lausanne focused on the effect of bacterial antigens in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease. As a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University she gained experience with animal models of gut functional diseases and investigated the mechanisms of action of probiotic bacteria. As a member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University, Dr. Verdu investigates host-microbial and dietary interactions in the context of celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. She has been honored with the New Investigator Award (Canadian Celiac Association), the New Investigator Award (Functional Gut-Brain Research Group, USA) and the Campbell Research Award in celiac disease (Canadian Celiac Association). The American Gastroenterology Association and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology have awarded her the “Master’s in Gastroenterology Award” for basic science and “Young Investigator’s Award”, respectively. She is Associate Professor at the Division of Gastroenterology, Dep. of Medicine at McMaster University and currently directs the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit at McMaster.

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The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health

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