Halifax Registration

The Gutsy Learning Series event took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 on Saturday May 25, 2019.

During this event, guests heard about recent advancements in diagnostics and testing, multidisciplinary care for IBD and pain management strategies for children. 

Guests had the opportunity to get their burning questions answered by an expert panel of researchers, clinicians, caregivers and individuals living with Crohn's or colitis. Our guests also had the chance to connect with renowned experts and members of their local community while enjoying a delectable brunch reception!

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


Dr Christine Chambers (PhD, RPsych) is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children's Pain and a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. She is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research. Dr. Chambers is a clinical psychologist whose research is aimed at improving the assessment and management of children's pain.

She has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and was named as one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada.

Her "It Doesn't Have to Hurt" initiative has been viewed by over 150 million people worldwide, trended nationally on social media, won national and international awards, and was featured in The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, and on CBC's The National.

A leader in patient engagement and knowledge mobilization, Dr. Chambers has given numerous public presentations including a TEDx talk. She is the Scientific Director of a recently established national knowledge mobilization network with over 100 partners, Solutions for Kids in Pain/Solutions pour la douleur chez les enfants (SKIP). 

Click here to watch Dr. Chamber's presentation on Pain Management in Children.

Dr Hughie Fraser (MD, FRCPC) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Digestive Care and Endoscopy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a gastroenterologist at the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. 

He is an expert in using ultrasound technology as an innovative way to help diagnose, treat and improve care for patients dealing with gastrointestinal issues. Dr. Fraser has trained in Calgary, Germany and Austria to become qualified in intestinal ultrasonography.

Dr. Fraser is the only gastroenterologist qualified to do this in Atlantic Canada, and is working to expose future gastroenterologists to the technique early in their careers.

Click here to watch Dr. Fraser's presentation on Advancements in Testing and Diagnosis for IBD. 

Kelly Phalen-Kelly (RN, MHSc) is a Nurse Practitioner employed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, working collaboratively with the Department of Gastroenterology of Dalhousie University. She is a core member of the Nova Scotia Collaborative IBD Program. 

Kelly graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in biology before studying nursing at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. She then went on to do a master's degree at Charles Stuart University in Australia and a post graduate certificate at Dalhousie as a Specialty Nurse Practitioner.

She was the first NP in IBD in Canada and has acted as a mentor for many nurses developing the role of IBD nurse specialist. Kelly established the IBD patient helpline and urgent access so that patients with a disease flare can be seen and treated in a timely manner. She was part of a team that developed a Transition Program with the IWK so that the care of adolescents moving to adult care would be smooth and continuous. In 2014 she received Accreditation Canada and Canada Health Infoway Leading Practice Awards for The Development of an IBD Electronic Data Management System for Ongoing Chronic Disease Management.

Click here to watch Kelly Phalen-Kelly's presentation on Multidisciplinary Care for IBD: The Role of Nurses.

Dr Ian Epstein (MD, FRCPC) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University. Originally from Toronto, he has been in Halifax where he completed Medical School, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at Dalhousie where he has been on faculty since 2009. 

His clinical interests include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well as Irritable Bowel and Gastrointestinal motility. Academic interests include Medical Education and the Medical Humanities. Dr. Epstein is currently serving as the Program Director for the Dalhousie Internal Medicine Residency training program.

Click here to watch Dr. Epstein's presentation on the Impact of IBD in Canada Report: Key Highlights. 

How to Register: 

Thank you for your interest. This event has taken place and registration is closed.

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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Please email learn@crohnsandcolitis.ca if you require further assistance.  

The Gutsy Learning Series presentations could not occur without the support of our generous sponsors.

Sponsors: Pfizer, abbvie and Janssen

  • 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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