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IIDR honors our rising stars

The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research hosted the 6th IIDR Trainee Day on Wednesday October 26, 2016. This annual event celebrates the outstanding science being done in our labs by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students. A big congratulation goes out to Coombes lab members Bushra Ilyas and Brian Tuinema for their poster awards.

Featured Research: Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Promote Growth of Crohn’s-Linked Microbe in Mice

The lab is excited to share our latest research, published today in PLoS Pathogens. Using a mouse model of Crohn’s disease, the lab discovered that acute gastroenteritis caused by common food-poisoning bacteria accelerates the growth of adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) – a bacterium that has been linked to Crohn’s disease. Article Summary: Western societies have a disproportionately high rate of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with growing incidence especially in the adolescent population. A large body of evidence supports the view that bacteria in the gut participate in the pathophysiology of human bowel diseases. The unifying concept is chronic inflammation that is driven by microbial st

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