Quebec Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium

Brief History. The Quebec IBD Genetics Consortium (QIGC) has its origins (1996-2002) in a group of five academic clinical centers that collected DNA samples and clinical information for genetics projects with Dr. John D. Rioux. In 2002, the QIGC and consists of a partnership of researchers with clinical and basic science interests who are dedicated to the field of IBD. 


Mission. The purpose of the Consortium is to examine the influence of genetic variables on IBD in the Quebec population and to collaborate internationally in order to have an impact on IBD worldwide. The goal is to translate these genetic discoveries in to better understanding the pathogenesis of IBD to fulfill the mission of improving the diagnostic, preventative and management strategies for these chronic inflammatory diseases.


Director of QIGC Genetics Core:      

John D. Rioux, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Genomic Medicine

Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal & Montreal Heart Institute


Director of QIGC Clinical Core:

Alain Bitton, MD, FRCP(C)

Director, Division of Gastroenterology

McGill University and McGill University Health Centre


Lead Investigators of QIGC Clinical Centers

Dr. Guy Aumais (Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont)

Dr. Edmond-Jean Bernard (CHUM - Hôpital Hôtel Dieu)

Dr. Alain Bitton MUHC – Royal Victoria Hospital)

Dr. Albert Cohen (Jewish General Hospital – Sir Mortimer B. Davis)

Dr. Colette Deslandres (Hôpital Sainte-Justine)

Dr. Sylviane Forget (MUHC – Montreal Children’s Hospital)

Dr. Daniel Gaudet (Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Chicoutimi)

Dr. Gilles Jobin (Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont)

Dr. Raymond Lahaie (CHUM - Hôpital Saint-Luc)

Dr. Diane Langelier (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke – Hôpital Fleurimont)

Dr. Pierre Paré (Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec - Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement)



Grant # DK062432

National Institute of Diabetes, Digestion and Kidney Diseases

US National Institutes of Health



The QIGC is a founding member of the following international research groups:

NIDDK IBD Genetics Consortium

International IBD Genetics Consortium