In a study involving 542 Crohn’s disease patients, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute examined whether a patient’s DNA can be used to identify their risk of severe disease. They found that patients with a genetic variant in a gene called FXR (farnesoid X-receptor) are much more likely to need surgery and to need it earlier in their care journey. Surprisingly, they found that women with the genetic variant are at an even higher risk than men.
Dr. Cheryl Forchuk is the recipient of the 2020 Innovation Award for her work to prevent discharges from hospital to homelessness. Throughout her career, Dr. Forchuk has been investigating potential best practice approaches to prevent homelessness in our community for a wide range of people, including those with severe mental illness, veterans, families, and youth.