Modeling COVID-19 to prepare for the future

April 16, 2020

Get the latest recommendations on COVID-19 for people affected by Crohn's or colitis, learn how experts keep track of cases of COVID-19 in Canada, and create models to predict trends and prepare for the future.


  • 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) | 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. Doug Manuel (MD, MSc, FRCPC), Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Senior Scientist and Clinical Epidemiologist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Senior Medical Advisor for Health Analysis Division at Statistics Canada

    Dr. Tyler Williamson (PhD), Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, member of the O’Brien Institute of Public Health and the Alberta Children’s Hospital research Institute.

    Dr. Kumanan Wilson (MD, MSc, FRCPC), Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

  • 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.