Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, AB T3B 6A8
Paediatric inflammatory bowel disease
Jennifer's primary research interest is in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). More specifically, she is interested in how children with IBD respond immunologically to immunizations. Because immune-suppressing therapies predispose children with IBD to more frequent and severe reactions, immunizations are important in the health prevention of children with IBD. However, limited evidence is available about the ability of children with IBD to achieve appropriate immune responses to immunizations.
Jennifer is also interested in the use of abdominal ultrasonography in children with IBD. Ultrasongraphy is a relatively inexpensive and safe method of imaging the abdomen in children. She will be evaluating the ability of ultrasonography to measure disease extent and severity in children with IBD. Jennifer will also be evaluating the correlations between abdominal ultrasonography and other important variables in IBD including clinical activity, other modes of diagnostic imaging, laboratory parameters, and endoscopy.