Scientific and Medical Advisory Council

The Scientific and Medical Advisory Council (SMAC) provides strategic advice to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada on scientific and medical matters relevant to the organization’s mission. The SMAC advises on medical and scientific policy and program issues, ensuring Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s work is evidence-based and reflects the best science. Read the SMAC Terms of Reference here
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The 2018/2019 SMAC includes:

Members Institution
Dr. Gil Kaplan, Chair  Institute of Public Health, University of Calgary
Dr. John Rioux, Vice-Chair  Université de Montréal & Montreal Heart Institute
Dr. Laura Sly University of British Columbia, BC Children's Hospital
Dr. Tony Otley Dalhousie University
Dr. John Marshall McMaster University Medical Centre
Dr. Nicola Jones University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Eric Benchimol University of Ottawa, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Dr. Brian Bressler University of British Columbia, St. Paul's Hospital 

  • 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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