• Portrait of Jean Eric Ghia
  • Professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    431 Apotex Centre - 750 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T5

    Phone: 204-789-3802




Internal Medicine (section of gastroenterology)

Research themes

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Immune cell biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Anxiety-depression in inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Biotechnology


  • Macrophages
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Vagus nerve
  • Chromogranin-A

Research affiliations

  • Director, Gastrointestinal Basic Biology Research, IBD Clinical Research Centre
  • Research Scientist, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Research groups

  • American Gastroenterology Association (AGA)
  • American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society (ANMS)
  • Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG)
  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network (MNN)
  • Canadian Society of Immunology (CSI)
  • International Network for Education Development and Scholarship in the Biosciences
  • Kenema Global Science and Medicine Philanthropy Network
  • Science Writers and Communicators of Canada

Research summary

Our group is working on neuro-immune and endocrine mechanisms that contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases. Our research program aims to elucidate the role of chromogranin-derived peptides, the autonomic nervous system, and central disorders during gastrointestinal inflammation development and to elucidate the precise mechanisms involved. This may lead to identifying new specific agents that will open new therapeutic avenues for treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.


Dr. Ghia is the director of Gastrointestinal Basic Biology Research at the Manitoba IBD clinical research center, where he heads a multidisciplinary team that performs basic IBD research to accelerate the development of IBD therapeutics. Using his CFI grant, he has built a local translational IBD research program by establishing his neurogastroenterology lab, which tests novel colitis prevention strategies and provides resources (i.e. colonoscopy, USSING) for other laboratories.

His research network and program have allowed him to led significant clinical collaborative works. His trainees have received an additional $300,000 in scholarships and other awards while in his lab. He has given over 52 invited lectures at Universities, scientific conferences, and industries and public forums. He co-organized several conference and symposium.

Dr. Ghia is a member of several national and international scientific panels. He is currently the chair of the Department of immunology External Communication & Outreach and the undergraduate education committees.

Since 2015, Dr. Ghia does scientific popularization via a bi-monthly segment on the French CBC radio RadioCanada première, segment called “des éprouvettes et des Hommes” and on TV with a segment called "Qu'est ce qu'on cherche?".

In March 2020, he participated, as a scientific director and writer, to launch the two first inaugural issue of the bilingual magazine "Science Mag junior" published by the Journal LaLiberté. Issues dedicated to explaining to kids the COVID-19.


Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program | George & Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation (2020)

Habilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France (2012)

Learning & Teaching Certificate | Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (2016)

PhD in Neurosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France (2003)

Master of Cellular Biology and Physiology with honours, orientation General Physiology and Pharmacology | Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France (1999)

Bachelor of Biology and Physiology, orientation Neurophysiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France (1998)


Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Manitoba) for service to the Winnipeg Consular Corps and service to the local cultural communities

Ken Hughes Award and industry partner program

President’s Outreach Awards, University of Manitoba

CIHR-INMD-Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, Early Career Partnership Prize

Fellow American Gastroenterology Association

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, Education Excellence Award

Contact us

Max Rady College of Medicine
Apotex Centre
Room 471, 750 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada