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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 24, Issue 9, Pages 557-565
Original Article

IBD 2009: Emerging Research Frontiers on the Path to a Cure

A Hillary Steinhart1,2 and G Tolomiczenko2

1Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Received 7 December 2009; Accepted 8 December 2009

Copyright © 2010 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) hosted a research symposium in April 2009. The current article presents short synopses of the presentations given at that symposium. Invitees included CCFC-funded clinician-scientists and researchers, research administrators and international leaders in inflammatory bowel disease research. Research challenges were outlined while acknowledging advances made in several domains relevant to informing the search for cures. Following the scientific presentations, discussions endorsed current activities of the CCFC and supported the creation of a new pediatric inflammatory bowel disease initiative.