The Department of Internal Medicine has a number of research groups. A research group is an association of University scholars who share research interests and who engage in collaborative or closely related research activities. The purpose of a research group is to promote and facilitate communication and collaboration among its members and to establish the legitimacy of the group both inside and outside the University.
Our research groups are:
|Diabetes Research Group||Dr. Gregoire Nyomba||The objective of the Diabetes Research Group is to provide both basic and clinical research in diabetes. The research group has a core of successful investigators who have received recognition nationally and internationally through competitive research funding and clinical contracts.|
|IBD Clinical and Research Centre||Dr. Charles Bernstein||Established in 1994, the IBD Clinical and Research Centre has received international attention and recognition. It has the largest IBD database in North America. In collaboration with researchers at John Hopkins University, this research group is studying the prevalence of NOD2 gene abnormalities in Manitobans with Crohn's Disease.|
|Liver Diseases Research Group||Dr. Gerald Y. Minuk||The principal goal of the liver diseases research group is to enhance the understanding and thereby develop more effective therapy for inflammatory disorders of the hepatobiliary system. Much of the research being performed employs recombinant DNA physiology, animal models and patients with viral hepatitis. The results are relevant to other common liver disorders including alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, drug induced hepatitis, primary bilary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis.
Ongoing collaboration with other groups further contribute to the success of this program. For example, colleagues in pathology have documented the appearance and nature of the inflammatory cells as well as the magnitude of the reparative processes by advanced immunocytochemical and electron microscope techniques, while colleagues in radiology are assessing the severity of diseases and rapidity of its resolution by standard radiologic studies and MRI.|
|Manitoba Centre for Proteomics and Systems Biology||Dr. John Wilkins||The objective of the Manitoba Centre for Proteomics and Systems Biology (MCPSB) is to provide core expertise and services in several areas of relevance to the biological and medical research community in Manitoba and Canada. These areas include but are not limited to bioinformatics, proteomics, protein separation, mass spectrometry, monoclonal antibody production and high content image analysis.
The MCPSB is dedicated to research involving the analysis and functional characterisation of proteins in the context of the organism. This includes the application and development of approaches for isolation, identification and characterisation of proteins and their interactions in health and disease.|
While not formally recognized as a group, members of the Section of Rheumatology and Nephrology are actively involved in basic and clinical research.