ECCO Breakthroughs: Latest Advancements in IBD Research

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Join us online to learn about exciting research advancements for emerging IBD therapies. Experts will highlight study results presented at the 14th annual 2019 ECCO Congress (European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation). During this presentation you will get the latest information on fecal microbiota transplantation, biologic and biosimilar medications, and dietary therapies. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered by the experts!


Dr. Johan van Limbergen (MD, Ph.D., FRCPC) is a clinician-scientist at the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He will be relocating in June 2019 to the Amsterdam University Medical Centres in the Netherlands.

From 2009 till 2012, Johan was at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. In 2013, Johan was appointed to Dalhousie University where his clinical and research interests focuses on the microbiome and dietary therapy of IBD. 

For his advocacy work in pediatric IBD (including the development of the ‘myIBD’ app, and of a webtool to explain endoscopic investigations to school-aged children), he was awarded the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Dr. Richard Hunt Award for Distinguished Service 2013. 
​Dr. Smita Halder (MRCP, MRes, Ph.D) is an Associate Professor and a GI Specialist at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. 

After obtaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh she was awarded a 4-year Fellowship to pursue a PhD. This award included a year’s training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. In 2008 she moved to Canada to pursue a 2-year post-doctoral clinical fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, to investigate the role of genetic and clinical factors in severe Crohn’s disease.

She was appointed to the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University in 2010, where she combines her clinical work with research and teaching commitments. Her research interests include the epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and health services research.

Dr. Siwar Albashir (MD, FRCPC) is an Assistant Professor and a GI specialist at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. 

Siwar completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio from 2008 to 2011. During this time Siwar was appointed as Chief Medical Resident. She then moved to Canada to complete her fellowship at McMaster University. Siwar joined the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University as a faculty member in 2016.

How to register for the webinar:

Click here to register for this FREE event. This presentation is suitable for individuals living with Crohn's or colitis, caregivers of people with Crohn's or colitis, health care providers or those who wish to gain additional information.

Can't join us on April 23rd? Register for the webinar and we will send you a link to the recording.
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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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