Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s national talk series is coming to Toronto, Ontario on November 28th 2019. The event is taking place at the Toronto Reference Library in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The Gutsy Learning Series spotlights exciting advancements in inflammatory bowel disease, and provides unparalleled access to Canada’s top IBD health care providers and researchers!

Hear about innovative technologies that improve access to care for patients in under-serviced areas; online support programs for persons affected by IBD including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness training and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT); and Fecal Microbiota Therapy (Fecal Matter Transplant) for the treatment of Crohn’s and colitis.

This is a special opportunity to connect directly with leaders in the field to get your burning questions answered, and meet members of your local community while enjoying delectable food and refreshments during our social reception!

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.

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 effectiveness of a web-based CBT intervention for anxiety and depression among a group of adult IBD patients. He is also a research coordinator at McMaster University Medical Centre to investigate the use of Fecal Microbiota Therapy for pouchitis.

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, and a Co-founder and Steering Committee Member of Canadian Nurses in IBD (CANIBD). In 2017, Usha was awarded a CANIBD research grant to investigate patients’ perceptions of Fecal Microbiota Therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s and colitis.

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 studies of the IMAGINE Network 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.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor

Public Transit: Exit at TTC Bloor-Yonge subway station. Walk north to the library, on east side of Yonge Street.
Parking: Nearby paid-parking on Cumberland Avenue, Yorkville and Asquith Avenue including Hudson Bay Centre and Green P lot.

Food and refreshments will be served during the social reception.

Click here to register for this FREE event! Limited spots are available.
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