Gutsy Learning Series


Are you newly diagnosed or caring for someone who lives with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis? Or would you like to learn more about emerging treatments and research on these diseases?

The Gutsy Learning Series is a patient education event provided by Crohn's and Colitis Canada in partnership with McMaster University, supported by Janssen Inc. The series offers an innovative and interactive learning experience for individuals living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis via live webcast and in-person at McMaster University. The latest presentation recordings can be found below.

Visit our Gutsy Learning Series Playlist on Youtube to access all of the informative series presentations.  



Watch the Fall 2016 Gutsy Learning Series below

Clinical Research: What's on the Horizon? - Dr. Neeraj Narula

Discussing current and emerging treatments in IBD, including the importance of clinical trials and studies underway at McMaster University

Biography: Dr. Neeraj Narula is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at McMaster University and staff gastroenterologist in Hamilton Health Sciences. He completed the Present-Levison advanced fellowship in inflammatory bowel diseases at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, NY, in 2015. He is a diplomate of the Program of Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. He trained to be a Chartered Accountant at the University of Waterloo and has worked at Ernst & Young and KPMG. He subsequently attended medical school at the University of Alberta. He graduated from internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at McMaster University. His research interests are predominantly in clinical epidemiology, nutrition, and pharmaceutical trials in IBD.

Therapeutic Options: Demystifying Surgery - Dr. Cagla Eskicioglu

Exploring surgical options for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Biography: Dr. Cagla Eskicioglu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University, specializing in Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Eskicioglu received her MD from the University of Toronto 2005 and completed her residency training in General Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2011. She got her Masters of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. Before her current position as a General Surgeon at St. Joesph’s Hospital Hamilton, she completed a Colorectal Surgery Clinical fellowship at Lahey Clinic, Boston, MA in 2013.

The Caregiver Journey: Caring for a Child into Adulthood - Carole Bettinson 

A personal and courageous story of a mother caring for her husband and children who live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Biography: Carole Bettinson started her journey as a caregiver in 1983 when her husband Phil was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, to be followed by their youngest son Jeremy being diagnosed in 1989 and then her eldest son Taylor in 2007. She has been a member of the Crohn's and colitis community for than twenty years. Carole is the Past President of the Halton Chapter, now currently VP. She has been involved in the Halton Gusty Walk for many years. As well, she was key in initiating this year’s weekend CampGot2Go in Ontario. She believes that a cure will be found in the near future; however, we must provide in the interim, support for children and all sufferers living with this illness.





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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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