SEMINARS

We will be bringing in seminar speakers who are passionate experts ready to engage delegates in an in-depth exploration of specialized topics. This year, multiple seminars will run concurrently with workshops, allowing the delegates to attend more workshops, as well as the seminar choice they are most interested in. This set up will provide delegates with the opportunity to personalize their CUCOH experience.


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Barriers to a Healthy Lifestyle & Care

ERin Thompson

Join Erin Thompson to discuss the physical and psychological barriers that are preventing Canadians from becoming active and how we can prioritize certain aspects of their health and wellness to facilitate and encourage more movement!

 
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Artificial Intelligence

Frank RudzicZ

Artificial intelligence has unimaginable potential to improve our healthcare, and Dr. Rudzicz is certainly an expert in this area. However, with all of the benefits come a few challenges as well. How can we seamlessly incorporate intelligent machines into our healthcare systems? What happens when a doctor and an AI machine disagree?

 
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Sexual Assault & Health Based Services

Dr. Janice Du mont

In Dr. Du Mont's presentation, the pervasive human rights and public health problem of gender-based violence will be introduced. Research evidence globally and locally on one of the most pernicious forms of gender-based violence—sexual assault—will then be described, including its prevalence, contextual and contributing factors, and health consequences. Dr. Du Mont will then highlight an international call to strengthen the role of the health sector in a multisectoral response by building on existing initiatives of the World Health Organization and evidence-based services. Finally, an example of a strong health sector response, services offered through the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres (SA/DVTCs), will be detailed: the nature of services, the findings from an evaluation of these services, and a description of future research focused on improving care for diverse survivors.

 
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Medicine in Emergencies (Red Cross)

Rachel Meagher

The Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is the only field hospital of its kind in North America. It has been sent to respond to such recent disasters as Hurricane Matthew in Haiti in 2016 and the Nepal Earthquake in 2015. The Red Cross has been working to continually improve the ERU – to be faster, lighter, modular – to customize to the specific needs on the ground after an emergency or disaster. Rachel Meagher, senior manager of health in emergencies at the Canadian Red Cross, will discuss these changes vis-a-vis the global trends in emergency health response and what that means for health care professionals entering the field.

 
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Antibiotics

Dr. Litvack

Antibiotics have become engrained into western medicine and many medical strategies are based on their assumed efficacy. With rapid increases in antibiotic resistance across many populations and the associated undesired side effects of old and new generation antibiotic therapies, new strategies will need to be developed. This case challenge will give participants the opportunity to address the current challenges surrounding antibiotic resistance and discuss and devise new approaches. The session will culminate with a group presentation to simulate a ‘pitch’ that might be given to a prospective funding organization looking to invest in the groups innovative idea

 
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Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Kathyrn L. Hong

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects approximately 1 in 4 Canadians and is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm. There is emerging evidence to suggest that successful management of certain metabolic risk factors (obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obstructive sleep apnea) can lead to fewer cardiovascular complications or potentially, a reversal of AF-related outcomes. We aim to evaluate the efficacy of a lifestyle modification program that provides personalized interventions for patients in the areas of diet, exercise, and behavioural therapy. We will also be investigating the feasibility of mobile technologies (mHealth) to facilitate this pathway. By reducing the burden of early-onset AF and sustaining these effects through smartphone intervention, patients may be alleviated of the need for pharmacological or procedural treatment altogether.

 
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Healthcare Quality & Policy

Chris Simpson

Dr. Simpson will discuss quality in healthcare as a mechanism by which we can transform from a siloed, transactional health system into an accountable care system.

 
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Patient Safety

Kim sears, RN Ph.d

This presentation will focus on medication delivery. It will highlight safety issues in the hospital and the community and will address findings from both research and practice across the various stages of medication delivery. This presentation will examine safety concerns related to children and older adults and will identify some challenges and considerations for improvement.

 
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Infectious Diseases & End of Life Care

Dr. Scott Mccoombe & Dr. Vanessa Vaughan

To be announced

 
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Concussions

Allen Champagne

The nuances differentiating cumulative exposure to sub-concussive and concussive head impacts is an emerging area of research. In this talk, we will explore how advances in neuro-imaging have allowed us to take a deeper look into the brain’s physiology, following injurious impacts to the head. Furthermore, we will use concrete case studies to try and understand how we can integrate advanced imaging methods, and sport performance tools such as helmet accelerometers, and robotics, to improve return to play protocols, and better our standards of care for student-athletes. Although topics covered in this talk will remain introductory, this is a great opportunity for anybody interested in concussion research, and/or neuro-imaging, to get a first taste for the novelty in this field of research!