Toronto Registration

Our national event series is took place in Toronto on Thursday November 28th the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. 

Our expert speakers highlighted exciting innovations in the management of inflammatory bowel disease!

Guests had the opportuntity to connect with IBD experts and members of their local community while enjoying delectable food and refreshments during the social reception! Guests also had the chance to get their burning questions answered by a panel of researchers, health care provides and individuals affected by IBD.

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


Dr. Sara Ahola Kohut is a clinical health psychologist and researcher with the IBD Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children. She holds appointments within the SickKids Research Institute as well as both the Department of Psychiatry and Institutes for Medical Science at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ahola Kohut’s research capitalizes on innovative approaches via the Internet to improve access to resources and interventions. She was awarded Crohn's and Colitis Canada Research Grants in 2017 for the iPeer2Peer Program - an online peer monitoring for teens with IBD, and again in 2019 to investigate an online support program using mindfulness and ACT training for persons affected by IBD.

Click here to watch Dr. Ahola Kohut's presentation on Mindfulness in Children with IBD.

Peter Habashi is a Registered Nurse and research coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital for the PACE IBD Telemedicine Program funded by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. In 2019, Peter was awarded a research grant from Canadian Nurses in IBD (CANIBD) to evaluate the efficacy of a web-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) intervention in alleviating anxiety and depression among a group of adult IBD patients. 

Click here to watch Peter's presentation on Telemedicine for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Servicing Remote Communities.

Usha Chauhan is a Nurse Practitioner at McMaster University Medical Centre, Gastroenterology clinic. She is a member of Crohn's and Colitis Canada's Scientific Medical Advisory Council, a co-founder and Steering Committee Member of Canadian Nurses in IBD (CANIBD). Over the past 30 years she has worked in gastroenterology as a study coordinator for numerous drug trials for gastrointestinal disorders. In 2017, Usha was awarded the CANIBD-research grant to investigate patients’ perceptions of Fecal Microbiota Therapy for the treatment of IBD. 

Melanie Wolfe is a Clinical Research Professional at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University. Melanie plays an integral role in supporting IMAGINE Network studies that investigate how genetics, diet and mental health impact the gut microbiome in persons with IBD and IBS, as well as Fecal Microbiota Therapy as a treatment for Crohn's and colitis. The IMAGINE Network is supported by Crohn's and Colitis Canada.  

Click here to watch Melanie and Usha's presentation on Fecal Matter Transplant for IBD: The IMAGINE Network. 

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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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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