A Year in Review and Vaccine Updates

March 18, 2021

Get the latest updates on COVID-19 for people affected by Crohn's or colitis. Expert gastroenterologists and epidemiologists discuss the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada, and provide recommendations for vaccine use in people living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The expert panel also provide their reflections on how the pandemic has impacted them and healthcare for people with IBD.

Featured Panelists:

Usha Chauhan (RN(EC), MN, BScN, ACNP(D), CGN(c)), Nurse Practitioner, Adult Digestive Disease, McMaster University Medical Centre, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University

Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia (PhD, HDR, Honorary Consul of France in Winnipeg), Associate Professor, Director of the Gastrointestinal Basic Biology Research, IBD Clinical & Research Centre, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Anne Griffiths (MD, FRCPC), Professor and Director of the IBD Centre, SickKids Hospital, University of Toronto

Dr. Reena Khanna (MD, MSc, FRCPC), Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario Clinician Researcher in the Program for Experimental Medicine

Dr. Ellen Kuenzig (PhD), Senior Research Associate, Epidemiologist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre, SickKids Hospital, Person living with IBD

Dr. David Mack (MD, FRCPC), Professor and Gastroenterologist, University of Ottawa and Director, CHEO IBD Centre, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Dr. Laura Targownik, Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Associate Director of the IBD Research and Clinical Centre, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital


Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor, Gastroenterologist and Epidemiologist, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Chair-Elect of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD, FRCPC), Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Department of Paediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, SickKids, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto, NASPGHAN Canadian Councilor, Chair-Elect of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Dr Benchimol and Dr Kaplan photos

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  • 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.