National Conference Agendas

Join the Movement to End Brain Tumours - National Conference - Agendas

The entire program for all 4 elements of the Brain Tumour National Conference is available at a glance is below.

Skip ahead to the:

  1. Research Symposium on the afternoon of Friday, October 20, 2017
  2. Celebration Evening on the evening of Friday, October 20, 2017.  
  3. Toronto National Conference on Saturday, October 21, 2017, also see this PDF summary.
  4. Montreal National Conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Note this event will be in French.

or download the full Toronto National Conference Program (9MB) with more details on the sessions and speakers.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Research Symposium - Toronto

1:00pm Welcome
Targeted therapy in glioblastoma: Overcoming heterogeneity by focusing on function
Dr. Sunit Das MD, PhD | Assistant Professor  | Division of Neurosurgery | St. Michael's Hospital
2:00pm Awards Panel - Past recipients of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will provide an update on their projects and what receiving this award has meant for them.

Deciphering the transcriptional regulation underlying Medulloblastoma subgroups

Fellowship - Florence Jorgensen (née Cavalli), PhD. | The Hospital for Sick Children | Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

Targeted therapeutic disruption of the blood-brain barrier in childhood brainstem cancers

Studentship - Colin Maslink, MD Candidate | University of Toronto


Quantitative blood oxygenation level dependent (qBOLD) MR imaging of glioblastoma multiforme for assessment of tumour hypoxia

Research Grant - Dr. Pejman Maralani | Assistant Professor of Radiology | Division of Neuroradiology, |  Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director |  Department of Medical Imaging | University of Toronto | Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2:45pm Break

The Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family Undergraduate Student Research Competition Award - This undergraduate research competition is to showcase work to other scientists, researchers and professionals attending Research Symposium. The winning team receives the opportunity to present at our Join the Movement to End Brain Tumours National Conference the following day. Presentations will be relevant to the brain tumour research community. Its purpose will be to provide students an opportunity to create a research proposal, practice presentation skills and receive constructive feedback from a panel that will include physicians and researchers. This competition allows students to network and create awareness while engaging the brain tumour community in brain tumour research.


Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Celebration Dinner - Toronto

You are invited to join us in an evening of gratitude! We will celebrate our 35th Anniversary and honour volunteers.

The MC for this celebration dinner will be one of our co-founders, Steve Northey.

Join us for dinner and celebration. 


Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm - Toronto

National Conference - Register to attend in person. The plenary sessions will also be live streamed across Canada.

National Conference - Morning - Plenary Sessions
8:00am  Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors
9:00am  Welcome and Opening Remarks, Mistress of Ceremonies (MC), Jane Hauser

Jane has been a volunteer with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for close to 27 years. Jane is a Honorary Board Member and has been involved in the London Support Group, Southwestern Ontario BrainWave Committee, ISEC and Research Committees and much more, including MCing past Information Day Conferences.

Personal Story of Hope - My Experience with Brain Cancer

While working as a registered nurse fresh out of university, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and ended up becoming a patient on the unit I was working on. Kristie will provide insight into her experience as a health care professional turned patient.

Kristie McMillan | Registered Nurse | | Trauma & Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit | St Michael's Hospital


The Mental Health Needs of Brain Tumour Survivors

This presentation will address the risk and protective factors for mental health difficulties in children, adolescents and adults who survive brain tumours. Specific symptoms of most common mental illness in this population, e.g., depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit, will be described and recommendations for their treatment managements and resources will be presented.

Dr. Maru Barrera | Psychologist, Senior Associate Scientist | Department of Psychology and Haematology / Oncology Program |The Hospital for Sick Children

10:35am  What’s New at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada? Susan Marshall | CEO 

Refreshment Break, Exhibitors 


Concurrent Sessions - 11:05 am  - 12:05 pm

Attendees will choose one of the following presentations to attend during for this segment of the conference. Each presentation will be 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for Q&A. This portion of the conference will not be live streamed, but sessions will be recorded.

National Conference - Concurrent Sessions
Session A

The Evolution of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

A review of past and present brain stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatment techniques and applications will be presented. The main focus of this presentation will be on patient experience before, during and after treatment delivery.

Julie Gratton-Liimatainen | Radiation Therapist | The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre

Session B The Right Drug at the Right Time: Learning How to Navigate Drug Funding Options

This presentation will simplify drug benefit systems in Canada and provide practical tips for navigating drug plans. It will also speak to the role of patient support programs and how to work effectively with drug benefit navigators. By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the funding landscape and feel prepared to deal with coverage challenges.

Mary Lou Robertson, BA, BSW, RSW | Consultant & Trainer | Benefits Navigation | M.L. Robertson Consulting, Inc.
Session C

De-clutter! Simplifying Information Overload for Patients and Families

This presentation will provide patients, family members and health care professionals seeking information about brain tumours. We will discuss the dangers around "information overload" and the importance of finding credible resources. Knowledge can be empowering but too much information may cause anxiety. Tips on how to successfully manage this are important.

Tracey Jones | Director of Programs and Services & Todd Goold | Support Services Coordinator | Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Session D

Pediatric Brain Tumour Survivorship. Challenges & Opportunities

The following presentation will review the late effects of therapy that childhood brain tumour survivors and their families should be aware of, and how medical providers can partner with them in their ongoing care. Advances in the management of long term long terms complications of therapy will also be reviewed.

Dr. Shayna Zelcer | Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology | Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre

Session E

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Research: Past, Present and Future

This session will review the history of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Research program and current research opportunities. This session will also include a short research proposal presentation from the winning team of the student competition hosted during Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s Research Symposium.


Lunch 12:05 pm - 1:05 pm

After lunch, the plenary sessions and live streaming will resume.

National Conference - Afternoon - Plenary Sessions

MC Welcome Back


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Laser Ablation of Brain Tumours: Technology and the Role in Glioma Management

Dr. Toyota will provide an overview of glioma care in Canada. In particular he will describe current cutting-edge technologies being employed to combat primary brain tumours, including interstitial laser ablation techniques and advanced intra-operative imaging/navigation technologies. The current brain tumour care paradigm is evolving using the newest and best technology available - from diagnosis to surgical care and adjuvant therapies. Sophisticated research is pursued in laboratories across Canada, with the common goal of curing malignant gliomas. Canadians have access to excellent glioma care, and the neuro-oncologists are committed to ensure it is equitable across the country.

Dr. Brian Toyota | Neurosurgeon | Department of Neurosurgery | University of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC 


What Your Pharmacist Can Do For You

This presentation will review the role of the pharmacist in the care of brain tumour patients, standards of practice and safe use of chemotherapy in the home. In this presentation you will learn the importance of developing a relationship with your pharmacist.

Kelly Smith | Oncology Pharmacist | London Regional Cancer Program Pharmacy | London Health Sciences Centre


Mindfulness Informed Practices for Daily Living

This presentation will guide you through a variety of simple, everyday mindfulness, centering, and focusing practices. They are distilled through Lisa's practice, working with patients who have sustained various neurological differences (e.g. brain injuries & tumours) to develop their own well-being in daily life. 

Lisa McCorquodale | Professor | Occupational Therapist | School of Community Studies | Fanshawe College


MC / Closing Remarks


The Toronto Conference will end at 4:30 pm.  

*** Please note we have not scheduled an afternoon break, however we will have snacks delivered to the tables between Dr. Toyota and Kelly Smith’s presentation. Coffee, tea and water will also be available to conference delegates.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 8:30 am -  12:00 pm - Montreal - Presentations in French include:

Dr. Thierry M. Muanza, B.A., M.Sc., M.D., FRCP(C), Radio-oncologist, Jewish Hospital, Montréal will present on the latest advances and research in radiotherapy

Dr. Sébastien Perreault, M.D., M.Sc. , FRCPC, Clinical Investigator, Pediatric Neurology, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montréal will present on pediatric brain tumours, types of brain tumours, the side effects of treatments as well as research into pediatric brain tumours.

Véronique Bourbeau ND.A, Phy.d, Herb.clin
Oncology and Naturopathy: the strength of the integrative approach
Personal story – Denis Raymond, glioblastoma multiforme survivor 

< Register now for the Montreal Conference!


For more information, please contact:

Janic Gorayeb
Health Information Specialist
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755 ext 233   


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