Families and children with IBD

Get the latest recommendations for families and children affected by IBD, and guidance on returning to school and work. This event is in collaboration with North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition.
  • Moderators:

    Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Division of Gastroenterology​ at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), NASPGHAN Canadian Councilor | Twitter: @ericbenchimol​

    Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterologist & Epidemiologist, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. Chair, Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada | Twitter: @gilkaplan

    Panel Members: 

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

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

    Dr. Benjamin D Gold (MD, FAAP, FACG, NASPGHAN-F), GI Care for Kids, LLC, Children’s Center for Digestive Healthcare, LLC, NASPGHAN President-Elect

    Dr. Edwin de Zoeten (MD, PhD), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Director Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Children's Hospital Colorado, NASPGHAN IBD Committee Chair 

    Dr. Upton Allen (MBBS, MSc, FAAP, FRCPC) Professor, Paediatrics and Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Division Head for Infectious Disease, The Hospital for Sick Children, Senior Associate Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences

  • 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.