Centres

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Centre

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the most common and potentially disabling chronic gastrointestinal illness affecting Canadian children. The incidence of IBD in Canada is increasing and children of all ethnicities are affected, including those whose families have emigrated from parts of the world where IBD is uncommon. 

There are two major forms of IBD: Crohn’s disease and chronic ulcerative colitis. Treatment for patients needs to be personalized because of the unique circumstances of each case. Unique to children, particularly those with Crohn’s disease, is the potential for linear growth impairment and associated pubertal delay as a consequence of chronic inflammation.

The Centre brings together the strengths of SickKids’ IBD Program and Research Institute to increase understanding of the development of paediatric IBD, leading to better clinical care for individual patients.