National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC)

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation was founded in 1967 with a mission to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life for millions of children and adults in the United States affected by these diseases. The Foundation sponsors basic, translational, and clinical research, and educational programs for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, while providing supportive services to help patients and their families cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. The National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC) is key in helping the Foundation achieve its mission.

NSAC overview

The NSAC, which includes researchers and healthcare providers, works in close partnership with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation staff to advance the Foundation’s mission. Members of the committee include physicians, nurses and advance practice providers, psychologists, social workers, dieticians, and scientists. NSAC committee members serve for a three-year term. The key roles and responsibilities of the NSAC include the following:


Research programs

NSAC members serve as advisers to the Foundation on the direction of research programs, scientific policy, and scientific priorities. For investigator-initiated research grants and proposals, the NSAC is responsible for reviewing all applications for scientific merit and relevance to IBD through a standing review committee mechanism. 

Education, support, and advocacy

NSAC members provide advice related to the direction and content of professional, patient, and caregiver education and support programs. For many of these initiatives, the NSAC participates in the development of programs. The NSAC is also involved with Foundation staff to assist with national, state, and local advocacy issues.

Professional engagement

The NSAC encourages involvement with the Foundation among professionals to further its goals within the IBD community. Key areas include expanding engagement with diverse providers and with government and industry.