Gutsy Learning Series

The Gutsy Learning Series provides unparalleled access to Canada's top IBD researchers and healthcare providers! This is a special opportunity to connect directly with leaders in the field and strengthen your knowledge of Crohn's disease and colitis.

Available online and in-person, the series is accessible across Canada. All of our talks are recorded for future viewing and videos can be found on our Gutsy Learning Videos page. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our Gutsy Learning Series events will be held virtually until further notice.

Registrants will have the opportunity to get their questions answered by the experts during a live Q&A period. Questions can be asked ahead of time during registration or the live webinar broadcast. Can't join us live, register for webinar and we will send you a link to the recording!

upcoming events

The Microbiome and IBD

Thursday, October 1, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 pm ET



Join us to learn about the relationship between the microbiome and IBD. Dr. Tropini will discuss her Crohn's and Colitis Canada supported research into how gut bacteria respond to changes in their environment. She will speak to the algorithms her team is developing in an effort to predict disease state and drug effectiveness, as well as microbiota-based therapies for IBD.

Speakers: 

Dr. Carolina Tropini (Ph.D., Eng.L.), is an Assistant Professor at The University of British Columbia in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Tropini’s interests are in medicine, microbial biophysics and engineering. Working in the field of the gut microbiota, she is applying novel tools to better understand the stability of microbial communities and their response to IBD. She is building a comprehensive understanding of the complex interactions between microbes and their hosts.

Dr. Tropini is also interested in teaching and outreach, particularly with the goal of building a common language between physicists and engineers, biologists and clinicians. She was a recipient of a 2019 Crohn's and Colitis Canada Grant-in-Aid Research Grant. 

How to Register: 

If you are unable to attend the live session, you can still register and receive a link to the recording once it becomes available.

Click here to register for the webinar on October 1st 2020 at 7 pm ET.

The Genetic, Environmental, Microbial (GEM) Project

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 pm ET

Join us to learn about recent advancements of The GEM Project. This project is a global research study that looks to uncover possible triggers of Crohn’s disease. The more we know about the possible causes of Crohn’s, the closer we get not only to a cure, but also to the ability to prevent the disease from taking hold in the first place.

Speakers: 

Dr. Kenneth Croitoru (MDCM, FRCP) is a full Professor of Medicine and Clinician Scientist at the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital. He is the GEM Project Architect and Lead Investigator.

He completed medical school at McGill University in 1981 and then trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology from 1982-1986. He went on to do post-doctoral training as an MRC Research Fellow in Mucosal Immunology with Dr. John Bienenstock at McMaster University.

How to Register: 

If you are unable to attend the live session, you can still register and receive a link to the recording once it becomes available.

Click here to register for the webinar on October 27th 2020 at 7 pm ET.

Past events and videos

All of our GLS talks are recorded for future viewing.

To watch past videos please visit our Gutsy Learning Videos page.  

Need Help or Have questions?

For more information and support, please complete the form below or email us at learn@crohnsandcolitis.ca.

Our support staff will reply to your inquiry within 2 buisness days.

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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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