Our Team

Our Team

Our network is multidisciplinary with expertise in patient engagement, epidemiology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, neurobiology, health economics, and knowledge translation. The group also engages many disciplines including gastroenterology, psychiatry and psychology that encompasses both adult and pediatric disease with researchers that have international reputations in the study of IBD, IBS and psychiatric disorder.

Executive Leadership

Executive Director

Aida Fernandes is the current Executive Director of the IMAGINE Network – a patient-oriented research initiative in gastrointestinal diseases. Aida has over 15 years of experience in research administration and strategic partnerships in the health charitable sector. Aida was the Vice-President of Research & Patient Programs at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) where she oversaw the organization’s research, patient education and advocacy programs for the Canadian IBD community. Prior to her time at CCC, Aida worked at Cystic Fibrosis Canada in several different capacities, including Manager, Chapter Relations; Director, Volunteer & Personnel Resources; and Director, Medical/Scientific and Community Programs.

Aida also has served on a number of governing bodies in the voluntary health sector including: Public Health Agency of Canada’s Respiratory Diseases Surveillance Advisory Committee, HealthPartners Board of Directors, Health Charities’ Coalition of Canada Research Committee, Canadian Genetics Coalition, CIHR’s Institute of Infection and Immunity Institute Advisory Board, and the Canadian Blood Services’ National Liaison Committee.

Aida holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration in Non-Profit Management & Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Principal Investigator
Co-Principal Investigator

IBS
Research Lead
Research Lead
Patient Lead
IBD
Psychiatry
Research Lead
Patient Lead
Pediatrics
Research Lead
Patient Representative
Microbiome & Metabolomics
Microbiome Research Lead
Metabolomics Research Lead
Diet & Environment
Research Lead
Research Lead
Patient Representative
Inflammation/Basic Science
Genetics
Research Lead

John D. Rioux is a Professor of Medicine at the Université de Montréal and is holder of the Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Genomic Medicine. He is also a senior researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute and Director of its Laboratory for Genetics and Genomic Medicine as well as its Integrative Biology Platform. He has been a leader in gene identification for chronic inflammatory diseases (including Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, and multiple sclerosis) using genome-wide association approaches.

John’s work is supported by the NIH (NIDDK), CIHR, CFI, Genome Canada, Génome Québec and Crohn’s Colitis Canada.

Knowledge Translation, Education & Policy
Knowledge Translation Research Lead
Admin Data Lead
Capacity Building
Patient Oriented Leads
Patient Oriented Leads
Patient Engagement
Patient Lead