The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. CCFA was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.
Three decades ago, CCFA created the field of IBD research. Today, the foundation funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. No wonder the National Institutes of Health has commended CCFA for 'uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research.'
So, while U.S. members benefit from the many support groups and workshops offered here, Crohn's and colitis sufferers worldwide benefit from all the research CCFA funds to find a cure for our diseases. It's this type of research that's helped us lead productive lives when, many years ago, a diagnosis of Crohn's or colitis was a death sentence.