Crohn’s Disease Research in Asia Supported by $5.2M Helmsley Trust Grants

Crohn’s Disease Research in Asia Supported by $5.2M Helmsley Trust Grants
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Australasian Gastro Intestinal Research Foundation (AGIRF) were awarded $5.2 million in grants from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to investigate environmental factors that trigger inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Cases of the disease have been rising in the developing world, particularly in Asia. The three-year grants will financially support leading researchers in Hong Kong and Australia, part of the Eastern Inflammatory Bowel Disease Gut Microbiota (ENIGMA) consortium to identify microbial organisms and associated dietary elements that lead to Crohn's disease development. The ENIGMA consortium is composed of leading clinicians, microbiologists, and scientists, and focuses on discovering key microbial organisms and related environmental factors that cause or contribute to the development of Crohn’s disease. Over the past eight years, a scientific platform has been established across nations with low but rapidly increasing (China and Hong Kong) and high (Australia) Crohn’s disease cases. "As Crohn's disease becomes more common across industrialized societies, the ENIGMA consortium will have a pivotal role in understanding and preventing the global increase of the disease," Garabet Yeretssian, PhD, director of the Helmsley Charitable Trust's IBD and Crohn's Disease Program, said in a news release. "We hope these initiatives will help researchers gain deeper insights into the dietary and environ
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