Calgary Registration

Our national talk series is took place in Calgary on SaturdayNovember 9th 2019 at the University of Calgary in the Health Sciences Centre.

During this event guests heard about the use of cannabis in IBD, biosimilar medications and multidisciplinary care for IBD!

Guests also had the opportunity to get their burning questions answered by a panel of researchers and clinicians affected by IBD. Our guests also had the chance to connect with renowned experts and members of their local community while enjoying a delectable lunch reception!

All Gutsy Learning Series talks are recorded for future viewing and videos can be found on our Past Gutsy Learning Videos page.  


Dr. Christian Turbide (MD, FRCPC)

Dr. Turbide is a Gastroenterologist at the Foothills Medical Centre, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and an Examiner at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. His specialities include Therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP, Endoscopic Ultrasound, clinical nutrition and functional medicine.

He has been a regular guest radio host on CBC radio, as well as a guest on a local Alberta television health program and is the current president of the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology. He has also been the past recipient of the endoscopy teacher of the year award for his exhaustive efforts.

Dr Turbide was a medical advisor on the board of directors for a small medical cannabis start up focusing on CBD oil. He has also consulted for a medical cannabis education clinic. His duties there included consulting with patients and reviewing their new prescriptions and renewals for medical cannabis. While in this role, he had overseen the care of over two thousand patients specifically for medical cannabis.

Joan Heatherington (MN, NP)

Joan Heatherington is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the Foothills Medical Centre, and is a member of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group at the University of Calgary. In 2006, Joan obtained her Maters Degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary. Over the past 13 years, she has been providing care to individuals with Crohn's or colitis within the Alberta Health Services.

Joan is a sub-investigator of clinical trials at the University of Calgary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic.  She is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in IBD nursing. Joan is a key member of several multidisciplinary outpatient clinics teams, including Pediatric Transition, Elderly IBD care, IBD Flare and Rural Outreach.

She participated in the development of standard operating procedures for initiation, monitoring of response and risk and efficacy of biologic therapies in IBD and their implementation into an IBD Centre of Excellence in Calgary. She is also a member of the Nutrition Centre of Excellence committee and has participated in developing standards of care to identify patients at risk for malnutrition in IBD and helped develop guidelines for assessment and treatment. 

How to Register:

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All Gutsy Learning Series talks are recorded for future viewing and videos can be found on our Past Gutsy Learning Videos page.   

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Disclaimer: There is no scientific evidence that the use of medical marijuana in any form prevents IBD symptoms and Crohn's and Colitis Canada does not endorse the use of any cannabis product.

  • 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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