Volunteers – The Heart of CCC

Want to help an IBD Warrior that you love? Why not volunteer?! Host, Chantel from Toronto, ON sits down with Matthew Sebastiani from Vancouver, B.C. and Shannon Epstein from Montreal, QC and together they share their experiences as volunteers with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. They discuss why they are involved, the roles they play, and the […]


Forced Switching / Non-Medical Switching: Biologics vs. Biosimilars

Mina Mawani, President & CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Dr. Laura Targownik, Clinician Scientist and Gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Division Director for Gastroenterology at University of Toronto discuss some of the key findings in the ‘Impact of IBD in Canada Report’, especially related to healthcare costs associated with IBD. […]


Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

IMAGINE Network is conducting a number of Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT) studies. Dr. Paul Moayyedi, Lead Investigator of IMAGINE Network and Gastroenterologist at McMaster University discusses what is FMT and the evidence, to date, on fecal transplantation as a potential therapy for patients with IBD. Mr. Ziyaad Mia, who is a FMT study participant & patient […]

Mental Health and IBD

Mental Health & IBD

IMAGINE Network is conducting a number of mental health studies in IBD patients. Studies that focus on topics like the brain-gut connection in IBD & IBS, Suicide Risk in IBD, and Stress Reduction (to name a few). We chat with Dr. Dean Tripp about what studies he has been involved in and Kim Daley, an […]



Why is Patient Oriented Research so important? What is the IMAGINE Network? What is the CIHR SPOR and how is it helping patients with IBD? What is the role of patient partners in IMAGINE? Answers to all these questions and more on this episode! We chat with Aida Fernandes, Executive Director, IMAGINE Network; Sandra Zelinsky, […]


UC and Veganism

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2015, Effie Siamalekas takes us through her diagnosis and navigating the many questions and uncertainty she experienced. She discusses her journey of educating herself about ulcerative colitis and taking her health into her own hands. Being admitted to hospital, steroids, 5-ASA, blood transfusions, iron infusions, biologics, missing out on social […]

IBD Warriors

Coming of Age with IBD

IBD Warrior, Lyndsay Hunter-McWaters, chats with us about her journey. Diagnosed with UC at 14, later diagnosed with Crohn’s at 25, ileostomy at 35, and all the details in between. She openly shares her experiences as a teenager struggling with her diagnosis and illness and how that impacted the path she traveled for awhile. However, […]

Resilience (Part 2 of 2)

This is Part Two of our episode with the resilient, Montana Skurka who is an IBD Warrior, Health & Wellness Coach, and Yoga Teacher. She continues to share her personal experiences with childhood cancer, eating disorders, anxiety, and ulcerative colitis. We share how we often feel the need to “be strong” and continue with life’s […]

Resilience (Part 1 of 2)

Montana Skurka is an Integrative Wellness Educator who is dedicated to providing patients with guidance, education and support as they overcome the unique challenges of chronic illness. In this episode (Part 1 of 2), Montana opens up about her personal life struggles with illness, including childhood cancer, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and eventually a diagnosis of […]

Contact Us