Dr. Charles Bernstein, a graduate from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, and the UCLA Division of Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Bingham Chair in Gastroenterology Research and Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical and Research Centre at the University of Manitoba. He is a fellow of both the Canadian Academy of health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada, Science Division

Dr. Bernstein has developed among the largest validated population based databases of IBD. He has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and its forerunners (the MRC and NHRDP) since 1995. His main research interests are primarily related to IBD; in terms of optimizing management approaches; exploring predictors of clinical outcomes; and disease etiology. More recently he has been actively involved in exploring the biological and clinical intersection between different chronic immune mediated inflammatory diseases. He has also helped develop ground breaking work in the epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori infection among Canada’s Aboriginal populations, colorectal cancer screening and outcomes of gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy. He has published over 400 peer reviewed papers.