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The Gastrointestinal Research Group (GIRG)

The Gastrointestinal Research Group (GIRG) is a multi-disciplinary group comprised of 28 full and 7 associate faculty members from a variety of basic science and clincal departments, which include the Department of Microbiology, Immonology& Infectious Diseases, Physiology & Parmacology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medicine, Community Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Surgery and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Most members of GIRG are involved with laboratory based research, while others perform clinical research. There are some faculty members of GIRG who are involved with both laboratory and clinical research.

The laboratories of GIRG are located on the first floor of the Health Sciences Centre of the Faculty of Medicine, which is adjacent to the Foothills Medical Centre.



Dr. Derek McKay
Chair, Gastrointestinal Research Group

Jennifer McCarty
Administrative Assistant

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.