Canada’s First Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis Center Network Established

Canada’s First Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis Center Network Established
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada recently announced the nation’s first network for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patient care and research: Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE). It is the largest Canadian collaboration for adults living with the two main manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). PACE will host a combination of independent and collaborative research that will take place over four years. During the first year, each center will drive their own research and in the following three years, all centers will collaborate to develop their specific strengths. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will provide each center with $500,000. According to a press release,  Dr. Remo Panaccione, an international expert in IBD and the director of the University of Calgary’s IBD clinic since 2001, is one of five expert clinicians involved in the project. He will lead the Calgary center with Dr. Robert Fedorak, from the University of Alberta. "The vision of PACE and the Calgary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Centre is to improve the quality of life of our patients with IBD —we will work to identify and target immune pathways in order to develop personalized therapies and biomarkers for disease surveillance," said Panaccione who is also a member of the chronic disease-focused Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine. Calgary will be in charge of elevating the standard of care’s consistency, by establishing standard clinical practice
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