“Focusing on a cause… and improving life with IBD”


In 1994, Dr. Charles N. Bernstein established the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinical and Research Centre, which is focused on research into Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The centre, which has received international attention and recognition for its research, has established the largest IBD database in North America.


Charles N. Bernstein, M.D., FRCPC
Link to the latest article on IBD Research in the WAVE Magazine

Laura Targownik, M.D., MHS, FRCPC

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Michael Cantor, M.D., FRCPC
Harminder Singh, M.D., MPH, FRCPC
Alexandra Ilnyckyj, M.D., FRCPC
Dana Moffatt, M.D., FRCPC
Wael El-Matary, M.D.
Jennifer Griffin, M.D.

Manitoba Nutrition Program:
Donald Duerksen, M.D., FRCPC

Research Scientists:
Lisa Lix, PhD
William Leslie, M.D.
Ian Clara, PhD
Jean-Eric Ghia, PhD
Geoffrey Nguyen, M.D., PhD
Zoann Nugent, PhD
Gayle Restall, PhD
Pingzhao Hu, PhD
Ruth Ann Marrie, M.D., PhD

Research Clinical Psychologists:
John Walker, PhD
Lesley Graff, PhD

Epidemiology & Outcomes:
James F. Blanchard M.D., PhD
Nancy Yu, PhD
Julia Witt, PhD
Leigh Anne Shafer, M.D., Internal Medicine

Research Trainees:
Kathryn Sexton PhD
Souradet Shaw, MPH, Doctoral Student
Clove Haviva, MA, Doctoral Student
Dessalegn Mellesse, BEd, MSc, PhD
Seth Shaffer, M.D., GI Resident
Evan Elias, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident
James Stone, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident
Jessica Forbes, BSc, Doctoral Student
Alexandria Simms, OT reg., Masters Student

Research Coordinators:
Norine Miller, RN, BN
Diane McAlpine, RN
Melony Ivekovic, Advanced BA
Kelcie Witges, BHSc, Masters Student
Geetika Grover

Research Analysts:
Stella Leung, MSc
Aruni Tennakoon, MSc

Clinic Nurses:
Cindy Dudar, RN
Rochelle Castillo, RN

Clinical Research Dietitian:
Kathy Vagianos, RD, MSc

Laboratory Coordinator:
Michael Sargent

Research Assistants:
Banke Oketola, BSc, MSc
Tarun Chhibba, BSc, Medical Student
Matthew Bernstein, MA, Graduate Student
Casandra Dolovich

Administrative Assistants:
Dorothy Miller
Monique Shaw
Suzanne Doyle
Jenny Guillero
Tracey Burton


In memorium: Denis Krause, PhD. Denis joined our group in 2003, having taken a position as Associate Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Manitoba. He had left a position in Queensland Australia and moved his young family to Winnipeg. He was an expert veterinary microbiologist with a special interest in IBD. Over a short 8 year span Denis became a world renown microbiologist at the cutting edge of finding bugs that may cause IBD. He was awarded with millions of dollars in research grants and was regarded as one of the young stars of the University of Manitoba. He was a very important friend and collaborator of our IBD team. His untimely death at age 46 from cancer leaves behind rich memories and his loving family of wife Alice and sons David, Jonathon and Josh. For those interested donations may be made to the Krause Family Education Fund at the Steinbach Credit Union, Winnipeg, Manitoba.