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May 25, 2024
Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sat. May 25, 9am - 4:30pm
Register by April 24th, 2024

An in-person, educational event highlighting ovarian cancer research updates, resources, supports and opportunities for networking

Event Details

Join Ovarian Cancer Canada for the Patient Connection & Research Day on May 25, 2024 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Ovarian Cancer Research.  This in-person event includes sessions for survivors and their loved ones focusing on ovarian cancer research updates, resources, and support. There will also be time for networking with research trainees and others affected by ovarian cancer.

Saturday’s program highlights include:

  • Immunotherapy in ovarian cancer with Dr. Jeanette Boudreau,
  • Understanding the mechanics of research with Dr. Alicia Tone,
  • PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer with Dr. Yvette Drew,
  • The fat that’s on your side: Investigating how a synthetic fat kills ovarian cancer cells with Dr. Mark Nachtigal,
  • Equity issues in ovarian cancer care with Dr. Robin Urquhart,
  • Connection lunch with research trainees,
  • Networking reception,
  • And more!

All of this for only $35 registration fee! This fee assists in covering costs related to venue and equipment rentals, meals, and speaker engagement. Register by: Monday April 22, 2024. Seating is limited so be sure to register early.

The program begins on Saturday May 25 at 9:00am and finishes with a networking reception at 3:30pm. There are additional optional activities that you can add onto your experience as a participant at the Patient Connection & Research Day:

  • Friday evening: Welcome reception and poster session where you can learn about research happening across the country. Cost: $40 per attendee
  • Saturday evening: Conference networking dinner where you can dine and dance alongside Canadian ovarian cancer researchers. Cost: $95 per attendee

Accommodations: If you are looking for a place to stay in Halifax, a special rate for this event has been arranged for $259/night plus taxes/fees. Information on how to book at this rate is provided below. Be sure to book your room prior to April 24th to get these rates.

 

This event is hosted by Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Agenda

SATURDAY MAY 25th

*Subject to change

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast
 
9:30 a.m.
Welcome
Stephanie Gosselin, Programs Director, Ovarian Cancer Canad

9:35 a.m.
Introduction
Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden
 
9:50 a.m.
Immunotherapy: The next frontier in ovarian cancer
Speaker: Dr. Jeanette Boudreau, PhD; Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
 
10:20 a.m.
The fat that’s on your side – investigating how a synthetic fat kills ovarian cancer cells
Speaker:  Dr. Mark Nachtigal, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba
Our laboratory studies have shown that a new class of molecules called glycosylated antitumor ether lipids (GAELs) are able to kill chemotherapy-resistant high grade serous ovarian cancer cells. Before these drugs can enter clinical trials, we need to prove how they are killing the cells. This talk will describe our progress to understand how GAELs kill ovarian cancer cells.
 
10:50 a.m.
Break
 
11:05 a.m.
Interactive workshop

11:30 a.m.
Equity issues in ovarian cancer care
Speaker: Dr. Robin Urquhart, PhD; Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
Attendees will learn about the intricate challenges surrounding equitable ovarian cancer care including variations in diagnostic pathways and treatment.

12:00 p.m.
PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer
Speaker: Dr. Yvette Drew, MD; BC Cancer
Attendees will hear about the current landscape of PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer treatment, including their mechanisms and clinical implications.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch
With Research Trainee

2:00 p.m.
From scientific insight to real-world impact: understanding the ‘mechanics’ of research
Speaker: Dr. Alicia Tone, Scientific Advisor & OvCAN Project Manager
In this session, you will hear how an idea, through research, grows into something that has impact for real human patients.  Dr. Tone will provide an overview of the grant review process and how the money Ovarian Cancer Canada invests in research goes towards the highest quality science with the highest relevance and potential to impact our patient community.  Finally, you will hear just how important it is to bring in those with lived experience to this entire process.

2:30 p.m.
Rethinking survivorship and supporting patients living with ovarian cancer
Speakers: Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Patient Partners in Research (PPIRs), Dr. Alicia Tone, Scientific Advisor & OvCAN Project Manager, and Tania Vrionis, CE

3:15 p.m.
Conclusion
Share your thoughts about today’s event. Closing remarks.
 
3:30 p.m.
Networking reception
Enjoy a cash bar and light snacks

Optional activities

Location & accommodation

The Patient Connection and Research Event will take place at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A special room rate for attendees of the Patient Connection and Research Event has been negotiated at the Lord Nelson Hotel. Information on how to reserve your accommodations at this rate is below.

Rooms must be reserved by Wednesday, April 24, 2024. We encourage attendees to reserve early as the block is very likely to sell out.

Halifax view from the water