Science & Research

Dr. Charles Bernstein


Graduated University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1985; completed residency in internal medicine at U of M in 1989; completed fellowship of gastroenterology at UCLA in 1991.

Career credentials

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA from 1991 to 1993;
  • Associate Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at UCLA in 1992;
  • returned to Manitoba in 1993 as Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Manitoba;
  • established IBD Clinical and Research Centre in 1994, serving as Director from 1994 to present;
  • Program Director, Gastroenterology Postgraduate Training Program at U of M from 2003 to 2008;
  • Professor of Medicine and Head of Gastroenterology at U of M from 2001 to present

Milestone papers/research

Elected to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and became the inaugural holder of the Bingham Chair in Gastroenterology at the University of Manitoba in 2008.

Recipient of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada Research Scientist Award in 2001 and this was renewed in 2006.

Previous holder of Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigator Award.

Elected into the International Organization for the Study of IBD (IOIBD) in 1998 and in 2007 he became that organization's Scientific Secretary.

Awarded for outstanding contribution to scholastic activity by his peers in Doctors Manitoba in 2010.

Continuously funded from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (and its forerunner organizations NHRDP and MRC) since 1995.

Editor of the annual Yearbook of IBD (Remedica publishers), now in its 7th volume.

Previously sat on the editorial boards of Gastroenterology, the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology.

Currently sits on the editorial board of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and is an associate editor with the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal.

Has authored or co-authored 253 peer-reviewed articles and 19 book chapters over the last 15 years, including more recently:

  • 2005 study to define the nature of bacetria that make up the bowel flora of healthy humans in Science.
  • 2008 study on relationship between cardiovascular disease and IBD in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
  • 2008 study of the prevalence of anxiety and mood disorders and relationship to gastroenterological disorders in American Journal of Gastroenterology.
  • 2008 paper 'Disorders of a modern lifestyle-reconciling the epidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases' in Gut.
  • 2010 study showing that children with IBD were more likely to use antibiotics in their first year of life than children without IBD in American Journal of Gastroenterology.
  • 2010 study showing that a high perception of stress was the most likely factor associated with a flare of symptoms of IBD in American Journal of Gastroenterology.

About Wave

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