Help Find a Cure!
If you are considering making a donation, let me first tell you how your donation will help.
In 2011, 1 in 200 people were diagnosed with IBD. In 2013, 1 in 150 people were diagnosed with IBD.
The goal of the University of Calgary, Inflammatory Bowel Disease group, is to elevate the standard of IBD care throughout Alberta and globally. Our clinic averages approximately 800 IBD patient visits per month and we actively follow 5000 patients, so the need for a large multidisciplinary team is essential. We train 2 IBD Fellows per year whom also have extensive training from around the world.
We strive for excellence in three key areas:
1) patient care
2) clinical research
3) patient/physician education
We pride ourselves on supporting the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of the patients and families who visit the clinic and consider them partners in our research efforts.
Our research is focused on making patient's lives better and providing hope for future sufferers by tackling the important unanswered questions surrounding the disease and exploring and developing novel treatments and treatment strategies in IBD. This is done through local, national and international collaborations. All of this is possible due to the efforts and vision of our 7 dedicated IBD specialists, IBD Nurse Practitioner, 2 Nurse Clinicians, 1 IBD focused dietitian and many other dedicated staff within our unit. We are very fortunate and have extensive expertise in Southern Alberta as Alberta has the highest incident rate in the entire world. Another 12,000 patients will be diagnosed by 2014.
The division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is one of the largest divisions in the world. The IBD Unit is ranked fifth internationally behind institutes like Harvard and Mayo Clinics due to the number of quality IBD Research publications. It is ranked as a world learder in clinical treatment and has one of the largest clinical trial centres for IBD.
Why do we do this?
We are passionate about the disease, we are passionate about our patients, and we hope that the future will help us find a cure for you and future sufferers of IBD!
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Heather Baylis at 403.220.6166.
Or, follow this link to donate now.