Partner Webinars

Upcoming Webinars – April and May, 2019

Other Fertility Options (Using sperm donors, egg donors, and/or surrogacy) – Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Date: April 2019

Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Adult CF Advisory Committee (ACFAC) is hosting a 2019-2020 webinar series that explores different aspects of fertility and family planning. Various topics will be discussed throughout this eight part series. Anyone interested in learning about cystic fibrosis and its impacts on fertility and family planning is more than welcome to register.

Act on Time: A Parkinson’s Resource Toolkit – Parkinson Canada
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM EST

Presenter: Neli Gontier

This webinar is the official launch of Parkinson Canada’s Act on Time™ campaign. This campaign is designed to bring awareness to the Alerts, Care and Treatment (ACT) of Parkinson’s Disease. Included will be a review of the tools and resources for people with Parkinson’s, care partners and healthcare providers. The webinar will outline how each piece in the kit is meant to be utilized. It will also guide care partners and health care professionals on best practices to support and communicate with people living with Parkinson’s.

ECCO Breakthroughs: Latest Advancements in IBD Research – Crohn’s & Colitis Canada

Date: April 23rd, 2019
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 PM ET

Dr. Johan van Limbergen (MD, Ph.D., FRCPC) is a clinician-scientist at the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He will be relocating in June 2019 to the Amsterdam University Medical Centres in the Netherlands.

From 2009 till 2012, Johan was at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. In 2013, Johan was appointed to Dalhousie University where his clinical and research interests focuses on the microbiome and dietary therapy of IBD. 

For his advocacy work in pediatric IBD, he was awarded the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Dr. Richard Hunt Award for Distinguished Service 2013. 
Dr. Smita Halder (MRCP, MRes, Ph.D) is an Associate Professor and a GI Specialist at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. After obtaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh she was awarded a 4-year Fellowship to pursue a PhD. In 2008 she moved to Canada to pursue a 2-year post-doctoral clinical fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, to investigate the role of genetic and clinical factors in severe Crohn's disease.

She was appointed to the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University in 2010, where she combines her clinical work with research and teaching commitments. Her research interests include the epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and health services research.

Dr. Siwar Albashir (MD, FRCPC) is an Assistant Professor and a GI specialist at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Siwar completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio from 2008 to 2011. During this time Siwar was appointed as Chief Medical Resident. She then moved to Canada to complete a fellowship at McMaster University. Siwar joined the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University as a faculty member in 2016.

Join us to learn about exciting research advancements for emerging IBD therapies. Expert gastroenterologists will highlight study results presented at the 14th annual 2019 ECCO Congress (European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation).

During this presentation you will get the latest information on fecal microbiota transplantation, biologic and biosimilar medications, and dietary therapies. This presentation is suitable for individuals living with Crohn's or colitis, caregivers of people with Crohn's or colitis, health care providers or those who wish to gain additional information.

This is your opportunity to get your questions answered by the experts!

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Dementia friendly communities from a care partner perspective – Alzheimer Society Canada

Date: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 PM ET


Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D. in Social Work, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she worked for ten years in clinical practice in Montreal. She currently works on topics related to older adults and family care from a critical social gerontology perspective, and has published articles in journals such as Dementia, Journal of Aging Studies, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, International Journal of Care and Caring, and Qualitative Social Work.

This webinar will share findings from an Ottawa-based research study funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The study, which is currently in its last year of funding, looked at the experiences of place, space and neighbourhood of care partners of people with dementia. How do care partners interact with the built, natural, and social environment? How are they supported locally? The findings have implications for both research and practice, and the development of dementia friendly communities in Canada.

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It Takes a Village: When Cognition Shifts Roles – MS Society

Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
Time: 8:00 to 9:15 PM EST
Presenters: Meghan Beier, PhD Darla Freeman MA, CCC/SLP

About 65% of patients with MS will present with a cognitive disorder which can change relationship dynamics. This webinar will review common changes in thinking skills of individuals with MS and how those changes impact relationships. Also, how functioning in the real-world changes and what you can do about it. Please join us as we discuss how to manage cognitive challenges with a psychologist and a speech language pathologist.

Please join us as we discuss how to manage cognitive challenges with a psychologist and a speech language pathologist.

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