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Every day, we at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada strive to bring HOPE to all those affected by a brain tumour. HOPE through support. HOPE through information & education. HOPE through research. HOPE for a cure.
This year, our webinar series will bring you HOPE through a variety of presentation topics and presenters.
Who is this webinar series for?
This series is for anyone affected by a brain tumour (patients / survivors, caregivers / loved ones, and volunteers) or anyone interested to learn more about brain tumours (health care professionals and researchers).
Which topics will be covered this year?
Topics will include neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, research, care for the caregiver, anticipatory grief, the use of cannabis and CBD to treat symptoms, managing mental health and many personal stories of hope,.
We will chat with a variety of health care professionals including a neuro-oncologist, a neurosurgeon, researchers, social workers, nurses, survivors, and caregivers along the way.
Please make sure you are signed up for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada updates here to stay connected and updated about our upcoming webinars and / or if there are changes to the schedule.
Is registration free?
YES! All our virtual programs are FREE including our webinar series.
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All webinar presentations are recorded and uploaded to the Educational Videos page. If you register for a webinar but are unable to attend, you will receive a notice as to when the video is uploaded.
1:00 pm EST – 2:00 pm EST
Moving Forward with a Brain Tumour – How Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech Language Pathology Support Patients on an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
This presentation will provide an overview of the roles of Occupational Therapists (OTs), Physiotherapists (PTs) and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) on an inpatient rehabilitation unit, working with people diagnosed with a brain tumour. Discussion will include how everyday function can be impacted by a brain tumour, how function is addressed on an inpatient rehabilitation unit by the various professions, clinical considerations, and the value of inter-professional collaboration to achieve the best outcomes prior to discharge from hospital.
Rammjot is an Occupational Therapist (OT) on the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She is dedicated to providing client-centred care in a collaborative manner and considers herself a life-long learner who is always seeking opportunities to grow as a clinician. Rammjot was one of the recipients of the 2022 Health Care Professional – Professional Development Grants and would like to thank the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada for their support! Rammjot believes in supporting individuals to achieve their full potential through the provision of optimal care and the application of evidence-based practices. She has experience working with clients across the lifespan, with a variety of diagnoses and conditions, including brain injury, in various practice settings.
Bansi is a Physiotherapist (PT) in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She has had the opportunity to work with clients with the diagnosis of brain tumour in her inpatient rehabilitation setting. Bansi knows the importance of collaboration between different healthcare professionals to work towards a patient’s goals. She benefited from the generosity of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada professional development grant. This allowed her to pursue a course in Neuro development techniques. Bansi has been able to apply her learning to better patient outcomes and lower the burden of care of family members of this vulnerable patient population.
Michelle is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who has been working with adult clients in a variety of clinical settings for over 20 years in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Currently, she works on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Halton Healthcare at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital providing 1:1 SLP assessment and treatment for patients with neurological conditions, including brain tumours.
1:00 pm EST – 2:00 pm EST
Awake Brain Tumour Surgery and Fluorescence: Towards a Standard
This presentation will highlight the technique of awake brain mapping as well as the use of 5-ALA Fluorescence Guided Surgery to achieve maximal safe resection of malignant brain tumours. Dr. Sinclair will share the process of training other neurosurgeons across Canada to improve the care of patients with brain tumours.
Presented by Dr. John Sinclair
Dr. John Sinclair is a Neurosurgeon, Director of Neurosurgical Oncology and Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital. Since completing his residency at The University of Ottawa and subsequent fellowships at Stanford University in California, he has led the introduction of new innovative treatment options at The Ottawa Hospital. He helped bring the CyberKnife radiosurgery system to Ottawa in 2010 and has established advanced awake mapping techniques over the last 10 years. He most recently introduced Fluorescence-Guided Surgery to The Ottawa Hospital after first completing his Gleolan (5-ALA) training program in Switzerland in 2017. He has been using the technique for the resection of glioblastomas in Canada since 2018 and has completed over 150 cases using Gleolan (5-ALA). Dr. Sinclair is a certified Gleolan (5-ALA) trainer in Canada and has trained over 55 neurosurgeons in this new technique with more training programs scheduled for the future.