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. Nicola Jones

    Dr Nicola Jones received her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She subsequently completed training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at SickKids in Toronto and a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Jones accepted a faculty position as a clinician scientist and pediatric gastroenterologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1999 and was promoted to full professor and senior scientist in 2010.

    Dr Jones’s research program focuses on host pathogen interactions with particular interests in Helicobacter pylori and understanding host microbe interactions in inflammatory bowel disease. She has had funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Canadian Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. Dr. Jones’ research has been recognized with the University of Toronto Department of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award 2004, and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Young Investigator Award 2005, Visiting Research Scientist Award 2012.

    Dr. Jones is passionate about research education and is currently the principal investigator for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program. Dr. Jones’ abilities as an educator have been recognized with a Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Young Educator Award 2009 and Education Excellence Award in 2014.

    Dr. Jones has served as the research chair for the Canadian Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, a council member for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and is currently the VP secretary for Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. 

Enhancing lifelong health

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