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.
SATURDAY MAY 25th
*Subject to change
Stephanie Gosselin, Programs Director, Ovarian Cancer Canad
Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden
Immunotherapy: The next frontier in ovarian cancer
Speaker: Dr. Jeanette Boudreau, PhD; Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
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.
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.
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.
With Research Trainee
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.
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
Share your thoughts about today’s event. Closing remarks.
Enjoy a cash bar and light snacks
Friday May 24th, 5:45p.m.
The Welcome Reception & Poster Session is the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with ovarian cancer researchers and research trainees while making new connections. Be sure to visit and exchange with the poster presenters.
Tickets for this portion of the experience are $40 per attendee and need to be ordered when registering for the Patient Connection & Research Day.
Saturday May 25th, 6:30p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Come to eat, wine and dance with us at the beautiful Pacifico – an upscale dance club in downtown Halifax. Explore Nova Scotia wines and beers, a delicious meal and live music. Get ready to dance!
Tickets for this portion of the experience are $95 per person and need to be ordered when registering for the Patient Connection & Research Day.
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.
Hotel rates based on single or double occupancy:
Classic Two Queen Guestroom: $259
Classic King Guestroom: $259
Deluxe One Bedrooms Guestroom: $259
- Each additional adult in the same room is an extra $30
- Self-Parking $28/day
- Check-in time: 15:00 / Check-out time: 12:00
- Rate available during, and 3 days pre- and post-event
- All rates are subject to applicable taxes (currently 2% Marketing Levy & 15% HST)
- Complimentary WiFi in all guestrooms and common areas
- Complimentary access to fitness centre and business centre
Lord Nelson Hotel
1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Anchored by our Maritime history and shaped by the ocean, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a breath of fresh, salty air. Known to the Mi’kmaq as Kjipuktuk, it’s vibrant, humble, and surrounded by natural wonder— an ecosystem for innovation and the ultimate backdrop for CCOCR 2024.
Halifax is cultured and compact, merging the easygoing with the go-getting. If you’re coming for the city, you’ll want to stay for the rest of Nova Scotia—one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top 2021 destinations. Sunrise to sundown, there’s always more to discover.
Halifax is a very walkable city. Not only is it possible to explore on foot, but it’s recommended. From historic Barrington Street, with its cocktail bars, shops, and small plates bistros, to Argyle Street, with its oyster bars, pubs, and theatre, to the waterfront boardwalk, you’re always a short stroll from the next discovery. Comfortable footwear is a must!
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- Ride the Ferry from Downtown Halifax to Dartmouth
- Pop into a Gallery or Museum
- Stroll the Halifax Public Gardens
- Explore the Halifax Central Library
- The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
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