Education Events

Living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can be challenging. Symptoms, treatment options and lifestyle changes can vary from person-to-person. If you are living with Crohn’s or colitis, you may have questions about the latest in research, managing your diagnosis and finding the right treatment options for you.

Let us help answer your questions! Crohn’s and Colitis Canada offers national and local educational events throughout the year. Join us online from anywhere with internet access, or in-person at an in a community near you to learn more about living with Crohn's and colitis.  

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, in collaboration with healthcare professionals and experts in the field will help you discover more about today’s most pressing topics and issues surrounding Crohn’s and colitis.

Community and local chapter

Crohn's and Colitis Canada's local chapters offer in person education workshops and presentations that are led by health care professionals and experts in your community. 

Visit our Events page to find an upcoming education event near you. 

National webinars

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada offers a number of online educational webinars throughout the year for individuals living with or affected by IBD and their families. Webinars cover a variety of topics including treatments, diet and nutrition, symptom management, mental health and more.

National webinar events can be accessed by anyone from anywhere with internet access. These events provide an interactive opportunity for viewers to get their questions answered live! See below for more details on upcoming and past education webinars. 


Newly Diagnosed: Understanding the Basics of IBD 

March 2019 - TBD
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST


Learn more from a nurse and expert in the field about the basics of living with Crohn's and colitis, diet and nutrition, medication and treatment options, and what to expect going forward. Get your questions answered in this interactive live webinar!

This event is free and suitable for individuals living with Crohn's or colitis, caregivers of people with Crohn's or colitis, health care providers or those who wish to gain additional information.

Registration details coming soon. 
 

Cannabis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

February 20, 2019
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST


Join us from anywhere you have internet access to learn from experts about medical cannabis for individuals living with Crohn's or colitis. This presentation will discuss the use of cannabis for intestinal disorders, gut inflammation, symptom management and what current research tells us about cannabis and IBD. Get your questions answered by the experts in this interactive live webinar!

This event is free and suitable for individuals living with Crohn's or colitis, caregivers of people with Crohn's or colitis, health care providers or those who wish to gain additional information.

Presenters: 

Dr. Keith Sharkey (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and Crohn's and Colitis Canada (CCC) Chair in IBD Research at the University of Calgary.
 
Keith Sharkey was educated at the University of London and the University of Liverpool. After postdoctoral training in Hungary, the UK and Canada, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine (1990) and has remained at the University of Calgary for his academic career.
 
Dr. Sharkey's research is focused on understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the neural control of the gastrointestinal tract and brain-gut interactions in health and disease. His lab focuses on the impact of intestinal inflammation on the enteric nervous system and the role of the endocannabinoid system in the control of GI function. He has published over 250 original peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and book chapters. For his contributions to understanding the neural control of digestive and defensive functions of the gastrointestinal tract, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
 
Dr. Yasmin Nasser (MD Ph.D. FRCPC) is a Gastroenterologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Nasser is also a member of the Inflammation Research Network at the University of Calgary.
 
Yasmin Nasser obtained her medical degree from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and completed her PhD in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Calgary.
 
Dr. Nasser's research explores the role of the microbiome in chronic visceral and somatic pain. This pertains to disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The goal of Dr. Nasser's lab is to develop innovative approaches to the treatment of chronic pain in IBD, thus improving quality of life and preventing the use of chronic opioid therapy.


Can't join us on February 20th? Register and we will send you a link to the recording. ​

Click here to register for the webinar!
 

Past Webinars

Visit the webinars page for a collection of education videos that cover a range of topics about living with Crohn's and colitis such as diet and nutrition, treatment, extraintestinal manifestations or complications of IBD,  and symptom management.  

Ask The Expert: Facebook Live and twitter 

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada offers a number of educational Facebook Live and Twitter events throughout the year. These live broadcasts feature discussions among health care professionals, experts in the field and people living with IBD about a range of topics including living with an ostomy, diet and nutrition and more. Viewers are provided the opportunity to ask the experts their questions and chat amongst their peers. 

National Facebook Live broadcasts can accessed by anyone from anywhere with internet access. You do not need a Facebook account to view the broadcast, just visit our Facebook page at the time of the event. However, you do need a Facebook account to submit your questions live. See below for more details on upcoming and past Ask the Expert: Facebook Live events.

Check back for upcoming Facebook Live and Twitter events in 2019.
 

Past Broadcasts

Click here for a collection of past Facebook Live videos and hear from people living with Crohn's or colitis, health care professionals, and experts in the field. 

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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