Gutsy Learning Series

The Gutsy Learning Series (GLS) is a biannual national education event hosted by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada in partnership with McMaster University. Offered in the spring and fall, this series offers an innovative learning experience for those affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Available online via live broadcast and in-person at McMaster, the GLS is accessible across Canada. The series also provides an interactive Q&A period where participants can have their questions answered by leading IBD experts.

FALL 2017 Series: managing complications in ibd

Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:30 pm - 8 pm EST

Living with Crohn’s or colitis is complicated.
The most common symptoms of abdominal pain, fatigue, and diarrhea are hard enough to live with, but throw complications like fistulas, reduced bone density or cancer into the mix, and things can start to sound a little daunting. Our expert speakers will help you understand what to expect and how you can manage your disease.

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Dr. John Marshall, Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institue and Head of Clinical Research for the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster

Dr. Marshall will discuss some of the common complications people with Crohn's or colitis can experience, and how you can manage these complications should they arise.

Usha Chauhan, Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP) within the Digestive Disease Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences

NP Chauhan will talk about how self-awareness can help you identify complications related to Crohn's or colitis, and how educating yourself about your disease can help you stay on top of it.

Melissa Erdman, Crohn’s disease warrior, wife, mom, and advocate

Melissa will share her personal journey living with Crohn’s disease, including starting a career, getting married and having two beautiful daughters.




6:00 pm - Registration for in-person attendees begins
6:30 pm - Opening remarks
6:40 pm - Dr. John Marshall
7:05 pm - Usha Chauhan
7:30 pm - Melissa Erdman
7:40 pm - Live Q&A
7:55 pm - Closing remarks

Attending in-person

For individuals wishing to attend the event in-person, you will find us at:

McMaster University
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, Room 2232
1280 Main St W
Hamilton ON L8S 4L8

Limited seating is available, so register to save your place. Light refreshments will be served. Please note that paid parking is available on campus.

Attending online

For individuals wishing to join us online, register for a link to the live broadcast. Videos of the presentations will also be posted on our website a few weeks after the event.

Gutsy Learning Series Fall 2017 is made possible through a grant from 

past presentations

Click here to watch videos from our past Gutsy Learning Series education events.


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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 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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