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GEM Project Update
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 22:56

Michael J. Howorth Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Genetic, Environmental, Microbial (GEM) Project


The GEM Project is a nation-wide clinical study attempting to identify the cause or trigger of Crohn’s disease. It is being funded by a $5-million grant from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Through this study we hope to identify why some individuals develop Crohn’s Disease (CD) and others do not. This will be accomplished by identifying otherwise healthy siblings and off springs of patients with CD and following them over several years. During this time, we will measure several factors before and after a diagnosis of CD is made. The GEM Project aims to define how human genetics, environmental and microbial changes interact and contribute to the development of CD.


If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and you have a healthy full sibling (vice-versa), or if your parent has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and you yourself are healthy, and you are between 6 and 35 years old, you are invited to participate in this study.


We are still recruiting patients for the GEM Project. If you would like to find out more information about the GEM Project or would like to schedule an appointment to enroll in the GEM Project, please contact the research coordinators for this study at BC Children’s Hospital:

Terry Viczko, RN

Research Coordinator

Division of Gastroenterology, BC Children's Hospital

Phone: 604-875-2345 ext. 5312

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