Improving Outcomes for Canadian Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer: A proposal for a working relationship with Health Canada [Ac2orn]

Despite gains in childhood, adolescent and young adult (CAYA) cancer research and treatment, Canadian children continue to die. Advocacy for Canadian Childhood Oncology Research Network (Ac2orn) has a plan for a coordinated Canadian effort to ensure that survival rates continue to increase, that research capacity is strengthened, and that Canada continues to lead in CAYA oncology. Our plan is supported by 30 Oncologists and 31 different cancer organizations.

Here is the link to the proposal: caya_cancer_research-Canada_health_system_efficiencies-proposal_exec_summary-jun19_2018


10th Annual Interaction Conference–an innovative academic-industry cancer trials meeting (Toronto, Sept 21-22, 2018)

Registration is now open!  Agenda and registration can be found at Please note new conference location below.

Interaction 2018 is an innovative Academic-Industry Cancer Trials meeting that has proved to be successful. The aim of this conference is to bring together cancer clinical trials staff from academia and industry for a two day meeting. The meeting is being organized to cater to the needs of clinical trials staff, including data coordinators, nurses, monitors, regulatory and project managers and administrators. Important goals of this meeting are to foster closer cooperation and understanding between academia and pharmaceutical company staff in the conduct of cancer studies, particularly within the Canadian perspective.

The 10th Interaction conference will be held at a new venue Vantage Venues in downtown Toronto, at 150 King St (At University Ave.), September 21-22, 2018. At this, our tenth anniversary conference, we gather together to reflect on the evolution of the field, to celebrate accomplishments, to welcome new participants to our networks, and to explore what new directions the next ten years may bring.

Please pass along to others who may be interested.  Do not hesitate to contact with any questions.


Are you working in LMIC or an international project? Astellas Oncology C3 Prize applications due July 31, 2018

Astellas Oncology is inviting healthcare innovators to propose ideas that address specific challenges encountered in low- and middle-income countries within the following three categories: support tools, educational tools and technology. The three category winners will be flown to Kuala Lumpur to compete in a live pitch before a panel of judges at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress on October 3, 2018. Please see


Following the live pitch, prizes totaling $100,000 USD will be awarded to the three winners – one $50,000 USD grand prize and two $25,000 USD grants. Winners will also receive a one-year “nights and weekends” membership to MATTER, a Chicago-based healthcare innovation community, to help bring their ideas to life. More information about the awards and submission criteria, including full terms and conditions and eligibility, can be found at: Entries will be accepted through July 25, 2018.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Courteney Bone [] via email or phone 416-425-9143 x203.

[JOB POSTING]: The Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital are seeking two full-time academic physicians to join the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

The Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital are seeking two full-time academic physicians to join the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate evidence of clinical and research expertise in pediatric hematology/oncology. We are seeking one candidate with expertise in neuro-oncology and/or solid tumors and another with expertise in general hematology, thrombosis and hemoglobinopathy. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed additional fellowship training in these areas. They will share responsibilities in delivering the comprehensive clinical services provided by the Division and will participate in research and educational activities.

McMaster University is internationally recognized for innovations in medical education and pioneering biomedical, epidemiological and health systems research. Located in Hamilton, on the edge of Lake Ontario and the picturesque Niagara escarpment, McMaster Children’s Hospital is a tertiary referral centre serving a population of more than 2.3 million. The Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group. The Division currently has thirteen members (including three radiation oncologists and a research scientist). It is a research-intensive group; the successful candidates will be encouraged to develop a clinical investigative agenda as well as participate in educational activities within the undergraduate medical program and the Royal College accredited pediatric and pediatric hematology-oncology post-graduate training programs.

These positions will incorporate academic appointments appropriate to the qualifications and expertise of the applicants. We offer a collegial atmosphere, a unique academic environment, many research opportunities and the opportunity to work in a growing academic department with enthusiastic colleagues.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada – or – No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applicants should be certified (or eligible for certification) in Pediatrics and Hematology/Oncology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and must be licensed (or eligible for licensure) in the Province of Ontario.
For more information on the Department of Pediatrics, visit Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:

Sheri Findlay, Acting Chair
c/o Jennifer Jenkins, Office of the Chair Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73141
Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University Fax: 905-570-8967
2100 Main Street West, HSC 3A Email:
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5


Employment Equity Statement: McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applicants from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext.

Help shape palliative care in Canada – NEW discussion topic: Special Populations / Influencez l’avenir des soins palliatifs au Canada – NOUVEAU sujet de discussion : Populations particulières

French text follows

Health Canada is holding online public consultations on palliative care in Canada. This consultation is the first step in developing a national framework for palliative care. This is your chance to help shape palliative care in Canada.

The special populations topic for Health Canada’s online public consultations to inform the development of a national framework for palliative care is now open for discussion. ‎Please take a few minutes to log in and share your thoughts on the following sections confidentially:

Special populations include: Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, children, adolescents and young adults, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2 and others.

We recently posted a comment in section 4.2 Increasing Access. It would be greatly appreciated if you would “like” and hit reply to share your thoughts.

Share your stories, helpful tools, ideas. Your participation shows government that palliative care is a priority to Canadians.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues, friends and families and encourage them to participate.

As always, we appreciate your partnership and support.

Warmest regards,

Marissa Ambalina, BCom (Hons)

Communications Specialist/ Spécialiste en communications
marissa ( at ) |



Santé Canada vous invite à participer à une consultation publique en ligne sur les soins palliatifs au Canada. Cette consultation constitue la première étape de l’élaboration d’un cadre pour les soins palliatifs. Voici votre chance d’influencer l’avenir des soins palliatifs au Canada.


Le thème « Populations particulières » est maintenant ouvert à la discussion dans le cadre des consultations publiques en ligne de Santé Canada en vue de l’élaboration d’un cadre national pour les soins palliatifs. Nous vous invitons à prendre quelques minutes pour vous connecter et vous exprimer sur les sujets suivants en toute confidentialité :

Populations particulières s’entend de plusieurs groupes, dont les peuples autochtones, les immigrants et les réfugiés, les enfants, les adolescents, les jeunes adultes, les personnes ayant des déficiences et les LGBTQ2.

Nous venons de publier un commentaire dans la section 4.2 – Amélioration de l’accès. Nous vous saurions gré de bien vouloir « aimer » ce commentaire et y répondre pour partager vos idées.

C’est le bon moment de partager vos histoires, de faire connaître des outils et d’exposer vos idées. Votre participation montrera au gouvernement que les soins palliatifs sont une priorité pour les Canadiens.

N’hésitez pas à transmettre cette invitation à vos collègues ainsi qu’à vos proches et amis pour les encourager à participer.

Comme toujours, nous vous remercions de votre collaboration et de votre soutien.



Marissa Ambalina, BCom (Hons)

Communications Specialist/ Spécialiste en communications
marissa ( at ) |

#GesineRuns 200K CHU Sainte-Justine to CHEO in support of childhood cancer research through Phoebe Rose Rocks — spread the news, join Gesine for a FEW km or support her fundraising

I’m an ultra-runner and this year teamed up with the Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation.

On June 29-30, 2018, I will run once again 200 km non-stop from Montreal to Ottawa in support of childhood cancer research and affected families! #MTL2OTT2018

YOU CAN JOIN! Want to run with me for any part of the run? Please message me to coordinate. – On June 29-30, stay tuned for live updates on the GesineRuns page!!


  • Like GesineRuns and Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation pages
  • My Twitter is @gesinef and Facebook page @gesineruns.
  • Share the Montreal to Ottawa Run event page

Make a DONATION at
Every $50 donated = 1 entry to win cool prizes, e.g. funky Love Your Melon beanies!! Draw will be on June 29-30!!
SPONSORSHIP Are you running a business, or know someone interested in supporting the fundraising efforts? Let me know! We do have a neat sponsorship package available!

The Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation was founded in 2016 in memory of Phoebe Rose Doull-Hoffman. Phoebe’s family and community established the Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation to foster positive change within the childhood cancer community. Their mission is to support families who need to travel for treatment (more than 200 km) and to raise funds for childhood cancer research with a focus on difficult to treat and cure childhood cancers. – Phoebe would often say that living with cancer as a child was “not okay” – this is our way of helping to make it okay.


#GesineRuns #makeitok

Warm regards,

Gesine Freund

CAR T-cell therapy webinar by Jim Whitlock recorded and available online (Canadian Cancer Survivor Network)

On June 1 Dr. Jim Whitlock (The Hospital for Sick Children) presented a webinar on CAR T-cell therapy.  This webinar was part of the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network seminar series and the recording is available online.

[JOB POSTING] Two locum Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist temporary full-time positions at BC Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

2 Locum Temporary Full Time Position(s)
Oct/Nov 2018 to Sept/Oct 2019
Competition #HEML-T1.0-14

The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology, Oncology, Bone and Marrow Transplantation has an outstanding locum opportunity for a Pediatric Hematologist- Oncologist to join our well established team at BCCH.

Responsibilities encompass patient care and teaching, Applicants must have passed or be eligible for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examinations in pediatrics, and will have completed a recognized training program in pediatric hematology/oncology. Applicants must be eligible for a specialist license, as determined by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
The anticipated start date is Oct/Nov 2018.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Interested individuals should quote competition Competition # HEML-T1.0-14 and submit their most current CV, cover letter and names of three references as soon as possible to:

Caron Strahlendorf, MB.BCh., FCP, FRCPC
Head, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT
BC Children’s Hospital
Email: cstrahlendorf (at)

BCCH and the UBC Department of Pediatrics hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified persons to apply. Canadian law requires that qualified Canadians and permanent residents will be given preference.

British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the most acutely ill or injured children and youth. BCCH also provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and operates a wide number of specialized health programs provided through a number of health services provider groups. As the main pediatrics clinical training site for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), BCCH is the leading acute care teaching facility in the province, and conducts research to advance health and knowledge through the BC Children’s Research Institute, and collaborations with other institutions.
BCCH is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:

Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose

The Oncology/Hematology/BMT program has relocated to the new Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC). The new inpatient unit features 27 single-patient rooms. The new outpatient unit features 23 single-patient rooms. The program sees 140 new oncology patients and 400 new hematology consultations per year, and performs 25 transplants annually. Additionally, the program is a funded member of the Children’s Oncology Group and has a highly productive research program with over 3 million dollars of grant funding per year.

Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, And Bone Marrow Transplantation
Department of Pediatrics
University of British Columbia
Bc Children’s Hospital
Vancouver, BC, Canada


JOB POSTING: Nurse Practitioner at IWK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology [closes 14-May-2018]

Job Title: Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Department/Program: Hem/Onc/Neph, Children’s Health Program
Type of Employment: Regular Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 19906
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $45.8417 $55.4696/hour
Posting Date: May 4, 2018
Closing Date: May 14, 2018 [11:59 pm]
Start Date: ASAP

The IWK Health Centre is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve.  We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of the Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology and Pediatric Advanced Care Team, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner will function in an advanced practice role including the role components of clinician, educator, consultant and researcher. The Nurse Practitioner’s (NP) practice is based on in-depth knowledge of nursing and other sciences with emphasis on health assessment, diagnosis and management of illness. The focus of the NP’s practice will be on providing services to manage the health and needs of children and adolescents requiring hematological/oncological intervention and follow up. The NP works collaboratively with other health professionals to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing and inter-professional care. The Nurse Practitioner will work within an approved Collaborative Practice Agreement signed with the division of pediatric hematology oncology.


The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner will have responsibilities that include:

  • Utilizing and demonstrating advanced knowledge and decision-making skills to conduct comprehensive assessments, diagnose and manage the clinical care of children requiring hematology/oncology care;
  • Practicing within an approved Collaborative Practice Agreement
  • Developing, promoting and maintaining an interdisciplinary collaboration in a team environment;
  • Working in partnership with nurses and other disciplines to provide holistic patient/family centred care and advance the practice of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing;
  • Participating in planning and implementing change related to clinical, educational and research issues;
  • Participating in policy and procedure development related to pediatric hematology/oncology;
  • Providing leadership and modelling of behavior related to nursing practice issues, through the role components of clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher;
  • Promoting communication among nursing and other health disciplines in the care of the patient and family in the  IWK Health Centre and in the community;
  • Dedication to continuing learning for self and team.

Hours of Work:  Mon – Fri (0800-1600)


  • Successful completion of a graduate degree in nursing with a Nurse Practitioner component and the clinical specialty of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing or a recognized equivalent graduate program.
  • Graduate degree in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner focus required.
    Licensed or eligible for licensure by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia as a Nurse Practitioner.
  • Current successful completion of CPR Level C Health Care Provider within the last 12 months required.
  • Minimum two (2) years experience in Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology nursing required.
  • Certification in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology nursing(CPHON) preferred
    APHON Chemotherapy Biotherapy Provider Status required.
  • Demonstrates understanding of evidenced based practice and utilization of research in practice.
  • Demonstrates ability to work and practice autonomously.
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills, including clinical judgment, problem solving skills and strong decision making ability.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with patients, families and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates organizational, conceptual, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to constantly changing, unpredictable situations
  • Commitment to patient safety and continuous quality improvement
    Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.

Thank you for your continued interest with the IWK Health Centre.

Please Note: Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

How are you celebrating International Clinical Trials Day (May 20th)? #ICTD2018

From 3CTN:

Your site’s staff work hard all year to help patients and families access important clinical trials and advance cancer care in Canada.

To celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (ICDT) on May 20, we hope all 3CTN sites are in the process of planning ICTD activities to mark this special day.

Join us in showing your support online with the Hashtags #ICTD2018 #3CTN and share your site stories to the 3CTN Network.

Connect with staff and staff supporters in recognizing clinical research professionals at your site.

After the events, include a brief message of your celebrations, attach any memorable photos and send to to be featured on our upcoming National Newsletter!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate #ICTD2018!


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