May 13, 2019

Montreal HCP Symposium 2019

This half-day symposium provides the opportunity to network, learn and share knowledge and expertise in the field of brain tumours (neuroscience and neuro-oncology) with a focus on cross-disciplinary learning.

Registration is now open. Spaces will be limited.
When: Monday, May 13, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Where: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
3801 University Street, Montréal, Québec H3A 2B4
Grandpré Communications Centre
The Symposium presentations will be in English (1) and in French (3) and the question periods will be conducted in both languages.

Topics and Speakers include:

Topic: Virtual Reality and Neurosurgical Simulation
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, neurosurgical resident and PhD candidate in the Integrated Program of Neuroscience | McGill University

Dr. Alexander Winkler-Schwartz's presentation will focus on the activities of the Neurosurgical Simulation Research and Training Centre. His research focuses on surgical simulation using the NeuroTouch platform, with support from the National Research Council of Canada and multiple national and international research groups. (Presentation in English) 

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the latest research in the field of neurosurgical virtual reality simulation and artificial intelligence as it pertains to the assessment and training of excellence in brain tumour surgery
  • Utilize virtual reality simulation and artificial intelligence to best understandand teach surgical expertise in neurosurgery

Topic: Clinical Trials in Neuro-oncology 
Speaker: Maxime Boutin-Caron, BsCN., MScN(c), CNN(c) , Clinical Research Unit Manager at The Montreal Neurological Institute

Mr. Boutin-Caron's presentation will give patients a view of current clinical trials offered at the research clinic of the Neurological Hospital and Institute of Montreal. (Presentation in French)

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce participants to the process of clinical research
  • Present certain clinical trials offered to patients in neuro-oncology
  • Explain benefits of the interdisciplinary approach of clinical research for patients


Topic: Cognitive Difficulties and Tumours. How to face them? 
Speaker: Denis Godbout, Ph.D., neuropsychologist, Stroke Program and other non-traumatic cerebral lesions, CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-Montréal 

Dr Godbout will review of the main cognitive difficulties that affect people who have or have had brain tumours and the impact of these tumours on their daily lives (at home or at work, for instance). He will also discuss the main methods to address these difficulties: possible information, compensation, and optimization. (Presentation in French)

Learning Objectives:

  • Knowing the main cognitive and behavioral issues in the context of brain tumours
  • Understanding how these might impact the daily life of those affected
  • Gaining concrete tools to work with cognitive issues in order to limit the negative impact of these on daily life

Brain Tumour Patient Story by Michèle Tirlemont (Presentation in French)


Event Poster

Download the 2019 Montreal Symposium poster for additional details.

Event Details

  • Register by Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Space is limited to 76 seats.  
  • If you cannot attend, please let us know by email at your earliest convenience
  • There is no charge for this Symposium
  • Snacks and light refreshments and beverages are available during breaks.
If you have to cancel your attendance, please connect with Maryse at Thank you.



 If you have to cancel your attendance, please connect with Maryse at Thank you.

The 2019 Health Care Professional Symposium program has been generously sponsored by:

Orbus Therapeutics


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