COVID-19 vaccines and "Home" for the holidays

December 17, 2020

Watch the video below to get the latest recommendations for people affected by Crohn's or colitis, and learn about the development of COVID-19 vaccines and what it means for patients including safety considerations, impact of medications, risks and benefits.

This webinar also features a panel of IBD patient and professionals that share their plans on staying "home" for the holidays, and provide tips to maintain your health and wellness during the pandemic

  • Panel Members

    Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia (PhD, HDR, Honorary Consul of France in Winnipeg), Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, Internal Medicine Section of Gastroenterology, 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. Lisa Barrett (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Divisions of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University

    Sandra Zelinsky, Patient Advisor and Patient Engagement Researcher, IMAGINE Studies. She has lived with Crohn's disease for over 24 years.

    Dr. Noelle Rohatinsky (RN, PhD) is an Associate Professor, Registered Nurse, University of Saskatchewan, 2018 Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Ross McMaster National Unsung Hero Award recipient. She has lived with Crohn's disease for over 20 years.

    Rory Hornstein (RD, BEd.), Registered Dietitian and designated person for nutritional consultation at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary. She has lived experience with IBD.

    Peter Dobranowski (M.Sc.), PhD student at the University of Ottawa, Crohn's and Colitis Canada volunteer and Young Adult Advisory committee member, 2019 AbbVie Scholarship recipient. He has lived experience with IBD.


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

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

  • 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.