About Us

Patients play such an important role in clinical research and medical innovation. Without their involvement, medicine would not move forward at the pace it has.

Our mission is help people find clinical trials for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis to improve their lives and to accelerate research for these challenging diseases. We need better ways to treat them.

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have many opportunities to get involved, as there is an incredible amount of IBD research taking place. The main goal of that research is to improve the lives of patients with IBD, including both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Because IBD affects each person so differently, there are a wide variety of issues being looked at, such as how diet impacts it, how to best monitor inflammation in the intestines and how to treat it so that patients have a better quality of life. The list goes on and on, with hundreds of active research studies happening at this very moment.

One of the biggest barriers to completing research is raising awareness among patients and their doctors about the opportunities to participate in international studies at local clinics. These local research clinics serve all the patients and gastroenterologists in the province. Most gastroenterologists are too busy to keep track of the research studies currently happening, yet they are happy to let their patients take part in it, especially when they run out of treatments that work well.

World-class Crohn’s and colitis research
Accepting patients from across B.C.

This website has been created by Dr. Brian Bressler and a team of physicians, nurses and patients to help raise awareness among patients and other gastroenterologists across British Columbia about the access they have to clinical trials.

Dr. Brian Bressler

Brian

Dr. Brian Bressler is a Staff Gastroenterologist at St. Paul’s Hospital; Consulting Staff Physician within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital; and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medicine.

Dr. Bressler is the Director of the Advanced IBD training program at the University of British Columbia. He is also lead IBD researcher at the GI Research Institute in Vancouver, one of the most active gastroenterology research centres in North America. He has co-published 61 articles related to the field of gastroenterology, with special interest in population based studies, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.


Brian mas
Brian mas

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston Massachusetts

Brian harvard
Brian harvard

Harvard Public School of Health
Boston, Massachusetts

Brian royal
Brian royal

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada (Gastroenterology)

Brian tdot
Brian tdot

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Brian royal
Brian royal

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada (Gastroenterology)

Brian tdot
Brian tdot

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Brian ubc
Brian ubc

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Brian ubc
Brian ubc

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia


  • Top Reviewers of 2015 for Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • 2015 CAG Young Educator Award
  • 2012 Hero Award Presented by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, BC/YK
  • 2011 Dr. Hugh Chaun Mentorship Award (Presented in Appreciation by the UBC GI Fellows)
  • 2009 Dr. Donald M. Carr Memorial Teaching Award
  • 2008 Dr. Hugh Chaun Mentorship Award (Presented in Appreciation by the UBC GI Fellows)
  • 2005 AGA Centocor Excellence in IBD Clinical Research Fellowship
  • 2004 Mini and Charles Hollenberg Research Award 1st Prize
  • Hamish Heney McIntosh Memorial Prize
  • Dr. Jack Margulius Memorial Prize

Dr. Bressler has brought together a team of physicians, nurses and patients to create www.DiscoverTherapies.com to help patients find clinical trials in their area for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.