Calgary Brain Tumour Information Day

This event took place on September 26, 2015.

Please find two of the presentations from this event below.

Event Details

Saturday September 26, 2015; 8:15 am - 12:30 pm (MDT)

Mount Royal University - Roderik Mah Centre for Continous Learning
4825 Mount Royal Gate
Calgary, Alberta,T3E 6K6

For more directions see here

There is no cost to attend this unique and informative event**.  This event was live-streamed across the country and we hope to post the presentations to this page soon.

Event Schedule

 8:15 am -  8:45 am - Registration 

 8:45 am -  9:00 am - Welcome and Introduction

 9:00 am -  9:15 am - Patient Story

 9:15 am - 10:00 am - Patient Panel

10:00 am - 10:15 am - Break

10:15 am - 11:00 am - Brain Tumour Professional Panel

11:00 am - 11:45 am - Dr. Jennifer A. Chan, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Oncology, and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary

The Journey of a Brain Tumour
Once tumour tissue is removed from a patient during surgery, what happens to it afterward can be a mystery for patients, families, and other physicians. In this presentation, Dr. Chan will lead us through the journey that a tumour sample takes once it leaves the surgeon in the operation room. Her talk will highlight typical steps in the processing and examination of the tissue – grossly, microscopically, and molecularly – to generate a final diagnosis.  She will also highlight how tissue that is removed for diagnosis and treatment can enter an additional stream that can enable research in that disease.  


11:45 am - 12:30 pm - Dr. Guy Pelletier, Clinical Psychologist, Psychosocial Oncology and Rehabilitation; Alberta Health Services - Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Quality of life issues in brain tumour patients and their caregivers
This presentation will focus on psychosocial problems that affect the quality of life of brain tumour patients and their caregivers with a particular focus on depression, fatigue, and what is often called 'personality changes'.


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm - Networking Lunch for those wishing to stay.

The networking lunch is an opportunity for participants to connect with other survivors, patients, caregivers, families and Health Care Professionals to speak about varied topics around pediatrics, Quality of Life, Treatment, and Surgery.  **A $20 fee per person will be charged for those wishing to stay, to cover the cost of the lunch.  

Speaker Bios

Dr. Jennifer A. Chan, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Oncology, and Clinical Neurosciences; University of Calgary
Dr. Jennifer Chan is a neuropathologist and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Neurosciences, and Oncology at the University of Calgary. She received her Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, MD from McGill University, and completed clinical and scientific training in neuropathology and neurobiology at Harvard University. She previously held appointments as a neuropathologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital / Dana Farber Cancer Institute / Children's Hospital in Boston, and was the Pathology Leader of the Biological Samples Platform at the Broad Institute.  Dr. Chan carries clinical duties in neuropathology at Foothills Hospital and Alberta Children's Hospital, with a focus on the diagnosis of brain tumours.  Additionally, at the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute she runs a research program focused on the molecular basis of gliomas and primitive neuroectodermal tumours. 

Dr. Guy Pelletier, Clinical Psychologist, Psychosocial Oncology and Rehabilitation; Alberta Health Services - Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Dr. Guy Pelletier is a clinical health psychologist who has worked in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre since 1991. He works primarily with patients affected by neurological and head and neck cancers and their families. Dr Pelletier also co-leads support groups and has an interest in working with patients affected by cancer-related cognitive dysfunction. His research focuses primarily on quality of life in cancer patients. 


Past comments about Calgary Brain Tumour Information Day:

"Thank you for such an amazing day! It was well laid out and well managed. What was delivered in presentations, materials, food, etc. way surpassed the cost to attend."

"My wife went to hospital this week with what looks like a brain tumour. The sessions I attended were a great start to help me understand more about this topic. Thanks."

“What a wonderfully informative and hope-giving day for the entire brain tumour public.”

Past presentations from Calgary Information Day events:

To learn more about Information Days please contact:

Susan Ruypers
Research Program Specialist
1-800-265-5106 ext 240



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