Programme Highlights



INSPIRING PLENARIES

On Pain: Historical Reflections
Joanna Bourke
Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London, Author of “The Story of Pain”, London, United Kingdom
Grief Opens a Path That the Life without Sorrow Does Not Know
Johanne de Montigny
Psychologist, Montréal, QC, Canada
On Caring
M.R. Rajagopal
Chairman, Pallium India, Kerala, India
On Dignity
Eric Fiat
Philosopher, Institut Hannah Arendt, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Champs-sur-Marne, France
The Importance of Music in Our Lives
Kent Nagano,
Music Director, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
The Future of Palliative Care from a Global Perspective
David Praill
Former Chief Executive, Hospice UK, London, United Kingdom
Emotion, Hope, and Parental Sense of Duty
Chris Feudtner
Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Phildalephia, PA, United States
A Path to Resilience
Amit Sood
Professor of Medicine, Chair, Mayo Mind Body Initiative; Director of Research and Practice, Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program; Chair, Mayo Medical Student Life and Wellness Committee; and Associate Director, General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States

ALL-DAY SEMINARS

Clinical Master Class: “Updates on Palliative Modalities for Managing Cancer Patients”
In collaboration with the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Organizers and Co-Chairs:
David Henderson, Medical Director, Colchester East-Hants Palliative Care Program, Truro, NS, Canada
Leonie Herx, Palliative Care Physician, Pediatric Palliative Care, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Research Methodology: “Developing and Evaluating Innovative and/or Complex Programs/Interventions”
Organizers and Co-Chairs:
Robin Cohen, Professor and Director, Palliative Care Research, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
R. Sean Morrison, Professor, Icahn School of Medicine, Director, Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Director, National Palliative Care Research Center, New York, NY, USA
Whole Person Care: “Bringing Your Whole Person to Whole Person Care”
Organizer and Chair:
Tom A. Hutchinson, Director, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, Montréal, QC, Canada
Pediatric Palliative Care: “Rethinking the ‘Pediatric’ in Pediatric Palliative Care: An Interprofessional Examination of the Child in Research and Practice”
Organizers and Co-Chairs:
Mary Ellen Macdonald, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University;
Franco Carnevale, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McGill University; The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC, Canada
Nursing Issues: “Building Strength in Palliative Care Nursing: Knowledge, Action, and Self-care”
Organizers and Co-Chairs:
Maryse Bouvette, Advanced practice nurse in palliative care, Coordinator of the Regional Palliative Consultation Team, Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa, ON; Canada
Vasiliki (Bessy) Bitzas, Head Nurse, Department of Palliative Care, Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC; Canada
David Wright, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada


SPECIAL SEMINARS

“Pharmacotherapy and Palliative Care”
Chair: Andrée Néron, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montréal, QC, Canada
Organizer: Bonica Orng, McGill University Health Centrel, Montréal, QC, Canada
“Fundamentals of Palliative Care Nursing” (for newcomers to the field)
Organizers and Co-Chairs:
Maryse Bouvette, Advanced practice nurse in palliative care, Coordinator of the Regional Palliative Consultation Team, Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa, ON; Canada
Vasiliki (Bessy) Bitzas, Head Nurse, Department of Palliative Care, Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC; Canada
David Wright, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
“The Psychology of Palliative Care: New Trends in Bereavement Research and Supportive Practice”
Organizers and Co-Chairs:
Christopher MacKinnon, Psychologist, Palliative Care, McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, QC, Canada
Johanne de Montigny, Psychologist, Montréal, QC, Canada
“Medical Aid in Dying"
Perspectives and reflections on a topic that is both controversial and unavoidable for health care practitioners having to come to terms with the new reality of the legalization of physician-assisted dying in an increasing number of countries and jurisdictions.


SPECIAL SYMPOSIA

“Chronic Pain Related to the Continuum of Cancer in Primary Practice”
Howard Burke, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Family and Community Medicine,       
University of Toronto and Queen’s University
“From Personalized Medicine, Patient-Centered Care to Person-Centered Care”
Sponsored by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer


RESEARCH FORUMS

The best submitted proffered paper abstracts describing research, presented with commentary and discussion led by renowned faculty

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS AND PROFFERED PAPER SESSIONS

Over 250 oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

GUIDED POSTER WALKS

And more than 400 posters

And much, much more...