Study of Environment’s Impact on IBD Awarded $2M

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A University of Toronto professor of immunology has received a $2 million grant for her research into environmental changes and autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), among South Asian Canadians.

“Canada has among the highest rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the world. Increasingly we are seeing families new to Canada developing IBD for the first time,” said Mina Mawani, president and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. “This research will shed new light as to how our Canadian environment and diet contribute to the development of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and brings us closer to new ways to prevent and treat these diseases affecting nearly 250,000 Canadians.”

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