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Four Steps to the Cures


People living with Crohn’s or colitis are familiar with urgency, but despite our steady progress, new treatments and cures simply can’t come fast enough. Last year, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada developed a new strategy powered by four key actions:


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Sharing – investing in opportunities for researchers to share what they learn in the lab with the doctors who treat patients;


Building – investing in young scientists who are building their Crohn’s and colitis research careers; Innovating – awarding more cutting-edge innovation grants to fund more high-risk/high- return research projects; and Focusing – investing in key research priorities such as the GEM Project and the Audrey Campbell Chair in Ulcerative Colitis at McMaster University.


We are also working to attract more research funding by using our donor dollars wisely. Of nine Genome Canada-CIHR research grants awarded in 2014, two were given to teams focused on inflammatory bowel diseases. One of the grants was worth $10 million and the other $3 million. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada leveraged these grants by investing $130,000 into the projects ourselves.


Our unique partnership with Vertex focuses researchers on getting better treatments to market faster by studying the underlying biology of Crohn’s and colitis. It continues to yield results, so in late 2013, we announced a second round of funding.





For me, it’s really about leverage and being a catalyst. Yes, we can raise money and spend money in specific areas, but we can achieve more leverage if we attract partners to co-fund with us or support in other ways. We can be that catalyst by advocating for our cause to attract other parties into our sector.


– Har Grover, Chair of the Board of Directors





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