COVID-19: Monitoring COVID-19 in IBD Patients

April 23, 2020

Get the latest recommendations on COVID-19 and learn about the SECURE-IBD registry which is an international, pediatric and adult database that monitors and report on outcomes of COVID-19 in IBD patients. 


  • 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

    Dr. Michael Kappelman (MD, MPH), Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lead investigator for the SECURE-IBD database

    Dr. Erica Brenner (MD, MSc Candidate), Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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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.

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