Submit your abstract to the CADTH Symposium by Oct-25. Decision-Making in an Age of Uncertainty (Apr 19-21, Toronto) — the “must attend” event for anyone interested in the assessment, uptake, and management of drugs and medical devices in Canada.

Additional information, presentation formats and application information available at:

Note: Travel awards available for patient representatives, undergraduate students and graduate students.

The 2020 CADTH Symposium will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario from April 19 to 21, 2020. The theme is Decision-Making in an Age of Uncertainty. Topics relevant to this theme include, but are not limited to:

  • methods to address uncertainty
  • disinvestment
  • innovative payment schemes
  • decision-making by patients, clinicians, and policy-makers
  • implementation issues
  • managing uncertainty.

The CADTH Symposium is widely considered a “must attend” event for anyone with an interest in the assessment, uptake, and management of drugs and medical devices in Canada. The CADTH Symposium typically attracts 750 to 900 delegates from across Canada and beyond, including health researchers; health economists; senior leaders from government, regional health authorities, hospitals, and other facilities; clinicians and patients; students; and industry representatives. With the Symposium in 2020 being held in Toronto for the very first time, we are anticipating 1,000 to 1,200 delegates. As one of the major health technology assessment conferences in the world, the CADTH Symposium offers a unique opportunity for delegates to learn from local, national, and international experts, and to share expertise and knowledge.

Who Should Submit an Abstract?

Presentations from all interested parties are welcome. These include:

  • federal, provincial, and territorial health care policy-makers and decision-makers, economists, and regulators
  • health care executives and managers from health regions, alliances, hospitals, and long-term care facilities
  • researchers (from non-profit organizations, universities, regional health authorities, hospitals, and other settings)
  • health economists
  • knowledge transfer and exchange professionals
  • clinicians
  • representatives from the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, and consultants
  • health care associations and patient groups
  • professional associations
  • graduate and undergraduate students studying in a health- or health technology assessment-related field.

Symposium Objectives

The objectives of the 2020 CADTH Symposium are to:

  • provide a forum for productive discussion between parties committed to the use of evidence-based information and advice to inform policy, influence practice, and improve health
  • provide education and training that will build the capacity to produce and use evidence-based information on drugs and other health technologies
  • foster a better understanding about the perspectives of different health care system sectors and the challenges they face, and to jointly look for solutions and new approaches that will enhance the quality and sustainability of health care in Canada.


Abstracts must be received by 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 25, 2019.
Questions may be sent by email to