The Division has been at the forefront of GI research for over 25 years due to the close collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists. This has culminated in the creation of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute thanks to a generous gift of $15 million from the Farncombe family. Dr. John Wallace was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute and many of the GI Division faculty are also members of the Institute. The close proximity between clinicians and scientists with diverse disciplines such as immunology, physiology and microbiology has provided an environment for truly innovative bench to bedside research.
The Institute has the only Gnotobiotic Facility in Canada. This is a 3,000 square foot sterile laboratory that raises germ-free mice to facilitate the study of host-microbial interactions. This facility was made possible by another generous donation of $3.5 million from the Farncombe family. The facility was opened in 2004 and became fully operational within a year under the Directorship of Dr. Andrew Macpherson. The Institute also houses the Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases Cochrane Review Group, which is undergoing a phased move from the University of Leeds to McMaster due to be completed in 2010. Dr. Paul Moayyedi is a joint Coordinating Editor of this Review Group that handles high-quality systematic reviews pertaining to the upper GI tract published in the Cochrane Library.
Many of the Faculty of the GI division are internationally renowned researchers and have published groundbreaking data in a wide range of subjects. Seminal work includes the hypothesis that chronic inflammation can lead to modulation of gut function that in turn can result in a variety of functional GI diseases, that the time pH >4 has the greatest influence on the ability for drugs to heal peptic ulcer disease and esophagitis as well as the development of the LA grading system for esophagitis. GI faculty have published approximately 400 peer-reviewed papers and obtained over $78 million in funding from industry and grant agencies in the last five years. Research published by GI faculty has received over 24,000 citations with 47 papers each receiving over 100 citations.
October 21, 2020
An international team of researchers led by McMaster University has found that tryptophan, an amino acid present in high amounts in turkey, along with some probiotics, may help them heal and respond better to a gluten-free diet.
September 10, 2020
May 13, 2020
McMaster University research led by Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez and Elena Verdu has established a connection between inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.
March 6, 2020
Stephen Collins was presented with the Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists Distinguished Service Award at the CAG Annual Awards Ceremony in Montreal, Quebec, on March 1.