• Jacobson, Kevan


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Head and Clinical Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Associate Member, Department of Physiology, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Childhood Diseases
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Deborah Finlay
    Assistant Phone
    604-875-2332 ext. 1
    Mailing Address

    Division of Gastroenterology
    BC Children's Hospital
    Room K4-184
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Pediatrics
    • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
    • Animal models of IBD
    • Neuro-immune interactions
    • Diet and intestinal inflammation

    There is increasing evidence to suggest that intestinal inflammation affects the organization and function of the intestinal nervous system, which controls how our intestine works.  As a result, changes in nerve function may alter how the inestine works, worsen inflammation and aggravate the symptoms in IBD.  In our studies we are examining the nerve-intestinal lining responses to inflammation in animal models if IBD and in our children with IBD.  We will determine what nerve changes occur in assoications with intestinal inflammation, how these changes affectr the function of the intestinal lining cells and whether these changes persist.  We will also examine the potential benfit of probiotics (living non-harmful bacteria).

    We are also examining the effects of maternal dietary fat on intestinal lining cells (which protect the host from harmful dietary agents and infectious organisms) and on the intestinal immune response in young offspring.

    Current Projects
    • Determining the effect of intestinal inflammation on neuro-epithelial function in animal models of IBD
    • Examining the role of maternal dietary lipid in modulating epithelial barrier function and intestinal immune response of the young offspring to chemically induced colitis
    • Epidemiology of paediatric IBD
    Selected Publications

    Hekmatdoost A, Feizabadi MM, Djazayery A, Mirshafiey A, Eshraghian MR, Yeganeh SM, Sedaghat R, Jacobson K.: The effect of dietary oils on cecal microflora in experimental colitis in mice. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2008 Sep-Oct;27(5):186-9.

    Segal I, Otley A, Issenman R, Armstrong D, Espinosa V, Cawdron R, Morshed MG, Jacobson K.: Low prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in Canadian children: a cross-sectional analysis. Can J Gastroenterol. 2008 May;22(5):485-9.

    Mundra H, Innis S, Jacobson K. Intestinal Responsiveness to Experimental Colitis in Young Rats is Altered by Maternal Diet. In press, Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol .

    Boyer L, Ghoreishi M, Templeman V, Vallance BA, Jevon G, Jacobson K. Enteric Nervous System Injury and Apoptosis in Experimental Colitis. Autonomic Neuroscience 2005 Jan;117(1)41-53.

    Jorge L. Pinzon, Jacobson K, Reiss J. Say Goodbye and Say Hello: Transition from Pediatric to Adult Gastroenterology. Can J Gastroenterol 2004 December;18 (12): 735-742.

    Salh B, Assi K, Templeman V, Parhar K, Owen D, Gomez-Munoz A, Jacobson K. Curcumin attenuated DNB-induced murine colitis. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2003 Jul;285: G235-G243. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2003 Jul;285(1):G235-43. Epub 2003 March 13.

    Vallance BA, Deng W, Jacobson K, Finlay BB. Host susceptibility to the attaching and effacing bacterial pathogen Citrobacter rodentium. Infect Immun 2003 Jun;71(6):3443-53. 

    Jamieson DH, Shipman PJ, Israel DM, Jacobson K. Comparison of multidecector CT and Small Bowel Follow through Studies for Evaluation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children. Am J Roentgenol 2003 May;180(5):1211-6.

    Miceli PC, Jacobson K. Cholinergic Pathways Modulate Experimental DNB-Colitis in Rats. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical 2003 April 30;105(1):16-24.

    Ramaswamy K, Jacobson K, Jevon G, Israel DM. Esophageal Crohn's Disease in Children: A Clinical Spectrum. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2003 Apr;36(4):454-8.

    Vallance BA, Deng W, De Grado M, Chan C, Jacobson K, Finlay BB. Modulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase expression by the attaching and effacing bacterial pathogen citrobacter rodentium in infected mice. Infection and Immunity 2002 Nov;70(11):6424-35.

    Honours & Awards

    Canadian Children Inflammatory Bowel Disease Network, CIHR and CH.I.L.D Foundation – 2013

    Research Group Members
    • Xiujuan Wu
    • Chuanbin Dai
    • Lee Boyer