About the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

The Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases is at the forefront of chronic, infectious and inflammatory disease research at UCalgary's Cumming School of Medicine.

Joan Snyder

Joan Snyder, Hon. LLD’11, epitomizes what it means to be a great Canadian. Unwavering in her commitment to help others, she is exceedingly generous in her support of a wide range of non-profit organizations, strongly believing in building the next generation of leaders.

Over the past two decades, UCalgary has been a grateful recipient of Joan’s generosity. In particular, her 2008 gift of $9 million established the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases and helped put it at the forefront of chronic, infectious and inflammatory-disease research. Joan’s continued support has allowed our elite research institute to flourish by attracting the best researchers and clinicians in the world to Canada, providing world class training to students and acquiring critical state-of-the-art equipment.

“Philanthropy is more than money, it’s people helping people,” says Joan. “The community coming together, each giving what they can and supporting each other, just as my parents taught me. Better a booster than a knocker, be.”


IICD Research Strategy

Infections, inflammation, and chronic diseases are some of the greatest burdens to global health. Growing evidence suggests that many chronic diseases occur as a result of an imbalance between the gut microbiome and its host. UCalgary’s Infections, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases (IICD) Research Strategy, involving many researchers and clinicians from the Snyder Institute, aims to address these critical challenges to our health and the global economy. 

IICD Research Strategy


Our Vision

Powerful discoveries to transform lives.


Our Mission

To make discoveries that will improve the lives of chronic and infectious disease sufferers.


Our Values

Quality of Human Life • Excellence • Innovation • Discovering the unknown • Advocacy

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