Bruce Vallance PhD, CAGF

C.H.I.L.D Foundation Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Director of Gut4Health Microbiome Core, BC Children’s Hospital; Professor Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Bruce Vallance completed his PhD training at McMaster University's Intestinal Disease Research Program and then pursued his post-graduate studies on disease causing bacteria at the University of British Columbia. Based on his expertise in the study and modeling of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dr. Vallance was recruited as faculty to the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital in 2003 where he was named the Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders (CHILD) Foundation Research Scholar. Since then, he has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals that include Science, Nature Medicine, Immunity, and Gastroenterology, addressing the mechanisms underlying Inflammatory Bowel Diseases as well as the role played by enteric bacteria in controlling health and disease within the gastrointestinal tract. For this work, Dr. Vallance was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology and named a Michael Smith Research Scholar in 2004. He was named the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology's Young Investigator in 2007 and given the CAG’s Research Excellence Award in 2016. Since 2011 he has held the CHILD Foundation Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Vallance is also the director of the Gut4Health Microbiome Core and co-lead of the Canadian Organoid Network.