Dr. Laura Targownik joined the Section of Gastroenterology in the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba since 2003, after completing her fellowship in Digestive Diseases and obtaining a Master’s of Science in Health Services from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently the Section Head for Gastroenterology at the University of Manitoba, and the Associate director of the Manitoba IBD Clinical and Research Center.

She is a nationally recognized researcher for her work on the epidemiology of drug use in inflammatory bowel disease, and has authored or co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications. She is currently a principal investigator or co-investigator on grants funded by the American College of Gastroenterology, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).