Dietary Therapies: The Role of Fat in IBD

Watch the video to learn about the relationship between diet and inflammation, the gut microbiome, and the use of dietary therapies for the prevention and management of IBD. Experts discuss research findings from the Mediterranean diet study that is funded by Crohn's and Colitis Canada. 


Dr. Deanna Gibson (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). She did her post doctoral training at the Children and Women's Hospital in the Department of Paediatrics and Division of Gastroenterology. She is currently working on clinical studies to support dietary recommendations for IBD patients, including the Mediterranean diet study that is funded by Crohn's and Colitis Canada. 

Natasha Haskey (RD, MSc, PhD cand) is a registered dietitian with expertise in field of gastrointestinal nutrition, specifically in the areas of probiotics, prebiotics, and how diet impacts the microbiome. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and the Dietitians of Canada. She is a co-investigator with Dr. Deanna Gibson on a Crohn's and Colitis Canada funded research program investigating the use of the Mediterranean diet. Natasha is a co-author of the textbook Gut Microbiota: Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health.


  • 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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