The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Innovation & Collaboration, Marli MacNeil, has joined the board of Crohn’s & Colitis Canada (CCC) for a three year term. MacNeil was one of three new directors elected this past weekend at CCC’s annual general meeting.
“Our contributions to the health research enterprise are often in the realm of brainpower,” said Krista Connell, Chief Executive Officer, NSHRF. “With Marli’s proven ability to create partnerships, and extensive professional network, Crohn’s & Colitis Canada is gaining a valuable member for their board.”
Crohn’s & Colitis Canada is the national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases. Founded 40 years ago by the parents of a young Crohn’s patient, CCC is one of the top two health charity funders of Crohn’s and colitis research in the world, investing over $88 million in research to date.
“I’m honoured to be joining the team at Crohn’s & Colitis Canada,” MacNeil said. “It’s a hard-working board that supports a top-notch staff, researchers and clinicians and hundreds of volunteers who are tackling a set of diseases that impact individuals, families and communities here in Nova Scotia and across the country.” MacNeil noted:
1 in every 150 Canadians is living with Crohn’s or colitis – a rate that ranks in the highest worldwide
Families new to Canada are developing Crohn’s and colitis for the first time – often within the first generation
The number of new cases of Crohn’s disease in Canadian children has almost doubled since 1995.
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