Dr. Bruce Vallance completed his PhD training in Gastrointestinal Inflammation at McMaster University’s Intestinal Disease Research Program under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Collins. He then pursued studies on disease causing bacteria at the University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratories with Dr. Brett Finlay. Based on his expertise in the study and modeling of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and defining how bacteria cause intestinal inflammation, Dr. Vallance was recruited 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. Dr. Vallance was also 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 has authored more than 130 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.