National Conference Agendas

Brain Tumour National Conference - Agendas

The preliminary program for all the 3 elements of the Brain Tumour National Conference is also available at a glance is below. This information is subject to change. 

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  1. Celebration Evening on the evening of Friday, October 19, 2018.  
  2. Toronto National Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
  3. Montreal National Conference on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Note this event will be in French.

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Celebration Dinner - Toronto

You are invited to join us in an evening of gratitude! We will honour volunteers and celebrate the brain tumour community. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:45 am - 4:00 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, Breakfast, Exhibitors
8:45am Opening Remarks

Personal Story of Hope - Trick or Treat

Personal story showcasing Margaret’s journey with her dad’s diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from a brain tumour followed by her own diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Margaret Ng


Keynote session - New Technologies and Therapeutic Strategies in Radiation Oncology for Brain Tumours

This presentation will focus on novel radiation technologies for patients with non-malignant and malignant brain tumours and how biomarker based adaptive radiation will personalize radiation delivery for patients.

Dr. Arjun Sahgal, Radiation Oncologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


The Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family Undergraduate Student Research Competition

In 2018, we are hosting three Research Symposiums across the country. The winning team from each symposium will be invited to present during the plenary session and the panel of judges will announce the winner of The Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family Undergraduate Student Research Competition Award. These research symposiums provide an opportunity for students to create proposals, practice presentation skills and receive constructive feedback from a panel that includes physicians and researchers. 

10:55am Refreshment Break, Exhibitors

A Patient is Person 

When her brain tumour exploded, Judith John, a communications executive at SickKids, began to see the health care system from the perspective of a patient. She has become a passionate advocate to help improve the patient experience in a network of caregivers who dedicate their professional expertise to saving lives but forget the humane care of their patients. Now she lives with an inoperable non-malignant brain tumour; and a mission - turning rhetoric about patient centred care into reality.

Judith John

11:50am  Update from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada & Research Symposium Winning Teams announced 
12:00pm Lunch

Breakout Session Information

1:10pm: Breakout Session I
1:55pm: Move to next selected Breakout Session
2:05pm: Breakout Session II

For conference attendees: Your registered breakout session will be listed on the back of your name tag.

For those live streaming: You will have the following breakout sessions to live stream:

  1. Cannabis and Brain Tumours with Dr. Lynda Balneaves
  2. For Parents with Dr. Adam Fleming
  3. For People Diagnosed with a Non-Malignant Brain Tumour – Panel with Moderator Todd Goold, Support Services Specialist 

After a break, the plenary sessions will resume, both in person and these plenary sessions will also be live streamed.

National Conference - Afternoon - Plenary Sessions

Oncolytic Viruses: Biological Machines for the Treatment of Brain Tumours

This session will review how cancers arise, why cancer cells are unusually susceptible to virus infection and how viruses are being combined with other therapeutics to help with the treatment of malignant brain tumours. 

Dr. John Bell, Senior Scientist, Centre for Innovative Cancer Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


Personal Story of Hope - Your Health Is in Your Hands

When the curveball of a health diagnosis hits, it can leave us reeling. Learning to navigate the uncharted waters of the health care system can be a daunting task. Using a T.E.A.M. Approach can help put your health in your hands. This talk focuses on how a T.E.A.M Approach can empower patients & caregivers to navigate, connect, communicate and collaborate during the patient journey.

Claire Snyman (diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour)

4:00pm Closing Remarks


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Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:30 am -  12:00 pm - Montreal - Presentations in French include:

Comprendre les tumeurs cérébrales
Dr Roberto Jose Diaz, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)
Institut et hôpital neurologique de Montréal, Université McGill

Faire face à une tumeur cérébrale pédiatrique : Options de traitement, soins et ressources
Julie Brouillard, B.Sc.inf, M.A. Bioéthique
Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants

Pour tout savoir sur le cannabis médical
Vi Dam, Coordonnatrice de recherche
Santé Cannabis

Garder le cap durant les tempêtes: Comment bâtir sa résilience en s'inspirant de la nature
Lyne Morissette, PhD
PDG à M - Expertise Marine et spécialiste écosystèmes et mammifères marins au Bureau d'information maritime

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For more information, please contact:

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


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