Philip Sherman.


Philip M. Sherman, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Professor Emeritus, Paediatrics

Senior Scientist-Emeritus, Cell Biology Program

Dr. Philip Sherman holds the positions of Professor Emeritus of Paediatrics and Senior Scientist-Emeritus for Microbiology (Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology), Nutritional Sciences & Dentistry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto where he has been on faculty since 1984. He was the recipient of a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Gastrointestinal Disease (2001-21).  His research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Lallemand Health Solutions. Sherman was the Scientific Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD, 2009-2017).

Research focus:

Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) cause chronic intestinal inflammation, severe abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea, although the underlying cause(s) is unknown. Dr. Sherman’s research program investigates how non-traditional therapies such as probiotics (live bacteria that offer benefits to the host), prebiotics (nondigestible carbohydrates that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria), human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), and dietary constituents (vitamins and fats) affect gastrointestinal physiology, gut microbiome composition, and influence the onset and progression of inflammatory bowel diseases. He has been fortunate to see his research translated from the bench to clinical trials in both children and adolescents.


Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Distinguished Service Award – 2018

Physician Research Award for Career Excellence – 2014
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Fellow – 2014
Shwachman Lifetime Achievement Award, NASPGHAN, 2010


Kathene Johnson-Henry, Research Operations Manager


Specialist in Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Research Interests: Probiotics and Prebiotics.  My job is to coordinate numerous interdisciplinary research projects and provide a creative, innovative, and productive research environment for staff and trainees. My interests are in the fields of probiotics and prebiotics. I focus on their mechanisms of action and how they can be used to promote health. I also have a passion for sharing science with High School and Undergraduate students through my involvement with various Youth outreach programs such as Kids Science and STEMPREP.


Edouard Brochu Award for Excellence, 2007
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Citizen of the Year for the Research Institute, 2004