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SIOP 2020 abstract submission and scholarship deadlines moved to April 16 (12:00 midnight PST) | COVID-19 session to be added

Copied from SIOP email dated March 27, 2020

SIOP is fully aware of the challenges that everyone is facing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Our thoughts go out to all cancer patients around the world and their caregivers who are particularly affected by the crisis!

The 2020 SIOP Annual Congress is still scheduled to take place October 14-17 in Ottawa, but the SIOP Board are keeping the timing and format under constant consideration.”

In recognition of the increasing pressures on clinical services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to extend the SIOP 2020 abstract submission deadline until April 16 (12:00 midnight PST). Abstract acceptance notification will be in late June.

We will also extend the submission deadline for Scholarships, Young Investigator Awards and Schweisguth Prize applications to April 16 (12:00 midnight PST).

We are also looking into adding a session that will cover the impact of COVID-19 on the treatment and care of children and adolescents with cancer, as well as the paediatric cancer research funding landscape in addition to specific country case-studies.

Call for Content: 2020 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum was created in 2012 as a professional development forum for practitioners and professionals working in knowledge mobilization across fields and sectors.

It has become recognized as a premiere learning and networking event in Canada – friendly, open, limited in size, and creative. Events have been held in Ottawa (2012), Mississauga (2013), Saskatoon (2014), Montréal (2015), Toronto (2016), Gatineau (2017), and Winnipeg (2018). We are scheduled for June 8-9, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21.

The theme for 2020 is: Welcoming New Talent, Skills, and Perspectives

To learn more about the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum and the upcoming conference in Halifax, please go to:

REGISTER for the 10th International Pediatric Renal Tumour Biology Conference

The web link for registration for the 10TH INTERNATIONAL PEDIATRIC RENAL TUMOUR BIOLOGY CONFERENCE is now live.

More details to come soon regarding the agenda.

Feel free to circulate this link to colleagues who are not part of the renal committee but may be interested in the conference.
There is a discounted rate for students to attend if you have trainees who may be interested in the meeting.



Conrad Fernandez MD, FRCPC
Chair, Renal Tumors Committee

Register to attend the N2 Annual Meeting via live stream February 6-7


The agenda can be found at


N2 is live streamlining their N2 annual meeting! If you are unable to attend but would like to view the 2-day meeting digitally there is now an option to do so.

  • Member registration is $35.00 plus HST 
  • Non-Member registration is $70.00 plus HST


  • Member registration is $75.00 plus HST 
  • Non-Member registration is $800.00 plus HST (Non-member conference registration fee will be applied to the cost of membership taken out before the end of the conference).

Crush Cancer @ Both Ends of the Leash! Call for abstracts for the Paws For a Cure (PFAC) Research Symposium (June 22-24, Merck Research Labs, Boston). Abstracts due Feb 24th.

We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the upcoming 2nd Paws For a Cure (PFAC) Research Symposium(June 22-24, 2020 at Merck Research Labs, Boston).  This unique meeting, co-hosted by the Canines-N-Kids Foundation and Merck, and will once again bring together more than 200 world class cancer researchers, funders, industry representatives and others to present the state-of-the-art in comparative cancer research, and to discuss challenges and progress in accelerating innovative cancer drug development using comparative approaches specifically relevant to shared pediatric and canine cancers

Dr. Peter Adamson, Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group and Chair in Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will Keynote this year’s Symposium, and the planned speaker and participant line-up will be top-notch.  Building on the first meeting of its kind in November 2018, PFAC 2020 will be a high-level forum in which to showcase emerging, innovative scientific research in comparative oncology, genomics, immunology, imaging and more.

In the Invitation below, you will find links to the meeting site, as well as to additional specifics about the planned PFAC Scientific Poster Exhibition & Young Investigator Competition.

Please share with colleagues who may take an interest in making a submission and/or attending in June.  Please note the deadline for Abstract submissions is February 24th.

If you have any questions,  please, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Let’s Crush Cancer @ Both Ends of the Leash!

With kind regards,


Ulrike Szalay

Founder and Executive Director, Canines-N-Kids Foundation

Connecting Health Systems for Kids – #ChildHealthCan2019 Conference

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Join child health leaders from coast to coast in Ottawa, Ontario, December 8-10, 2019 for Children’s Healthcare Canada’s flagship conference.

Preliminary program:


Our main stage will feature local, Canadian and International child health leaders and advocates including Dr. Zayna Khayat (SE Health), André Picard (Globe & Mail), Alex Munter (CHEO), Julie Drury (Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council) and more!

Building on the Brave Ideas and Fresh Thinking from our conference in 2018, we are continuing to modernize our event under our new Children’s Healthcare Canada brand. With the theme Connecting Health Systems for Kids we are thrilled to launch this years program featuring content from members across Canada and across the continuum of care.

Along with our new brand and mission of transformation we have included those essential program items that are well attended and valued by our delegates and make our event one you don’t want to miss.

  • Hospital Tours: Tour our host organization, CHEO, and find out what new and innovative programs they have implemented.
  • Attended Poster Fair: This event has grown into one of the premier sessions at our annual meeting, providing an ideal venue to showcase and view innovative research, exciting programs and unique strategies taking place in the area of child and youth health.
  • Networking Opportunities: Catch up with colleagues from across Canada, or forge new connections at any of the networking breaks, meals, or receptions we are hosting throughout the event.
  • Concurrent Sessions: Two blocks of concurrent sessions allow you to tailor your experience and bring home the information you need for your day to day work.

Last but not least, don’t miss out on our Monday evening social event! Take in the breathtaking views of Parliament, the Chateau Laurier, and the twinkling lights in Ottawa’s downtown core from one of our premiere venues, the National Arts Centre. With great music, food, and company, this is a night you won’t want to miss. Get your ticket today!

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

Travel awards for patient group representatives, undergrads and grad students to attend the CADTH Symposium in Toronto. Apply by Dec 10.

Application information available at

Since 2007, CADTH has provided financial support toward conference-related costs for more than 395 students and patient group representatives as part of our commitment to making this important event accessible to all health care stakeholders.

This year, eligible students and patient group representatives can receive up to $2,000 to offset registration, travel, food, accommodation, and other conference-related expenses.

For Students

The 2020 CADTH Symposium offers an excellent opportunity to share your research, learn about the latest advancements in health technology assessment, and interact with peers from across the country (as well as leading Canadian and international experts). If you’re a full-time undergraduate or graduate student attending a degree-granting institution in Canada and taking courses in a field relevant to CADTH’s work, we invite you to apply for a travel award.

For Patient Group Representatives

It’s important that your voice is heard. If you work for a not-for-profit, patient-related organization, or a citizen’s organization interested in health policy, we invite you to apply for a travel award.

How to Apply

Step 1: Review the 2020 CADTH Symposium Travel Award Program Criteria.

Step 2: Complete and submit the 2020 Travel Awards Application form to CADTH by December 10, 2019.

Travel award decisions will be made by the end of January 2020, and awards will be issued to successful applicants by the end of March 2020.

Reminder: The Abstract Submission Deadline for the 2020 CADTH Symposium is October 25, 2019. Priority will be given to travel award applicants who have submitted an abstract for the 2020 CADTH Symposium.

If you have questions about the 2020 CADTH Symposium, or the Travel Award Program, please contact us at We’re looking forward to seeing you in Toronto in 2020.

What’s 40-foot long by 8-foot high, with a three-dimensional interior? A giant, pink inflatable model of the human colon. Join CCRAlliance at a free community event in Ottawa on November 2nd to learn more about cancer research.

The CCRA Community Event – Cancer: Piecing the Puzzle Together is taking place Saturday, November 2 from 12:30-4:30pm at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. We are seeking your support to increase awareness of this free community event to invite current and past individuals affected by cancer and their family and friends, donors to cancer charities, patient advocates, volunteers and members of the community to join the CCRA for a family-friendly afternoon to learn about cancer, cancer research, the impact of cancer research happening in Canada, the successes of cancer research investments thus far and learn about the future of cancer research.

Find more information at:


  • Community Hub: booths and displays from over 20 local organizations
  • Keynote Presentation: Presented by Dr. John Bell with Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld
  • Breakout Sessions (English and French)
    • Life with Cancer
    • Cancer Research 101
    • Intro to Clinical Trials
    • Patient Advocacy
    • Cancer Research Investments

Contact the C17 office to be forwarded a copy of the Communication Toolkit, available in both English and French Communications Toolkit (ready-to-use materials including content for your website and email newsletters, messages for Twitter, Facebook/LinkedIn, and images)

2019 Pediatric Oncology Hematology Education Day at BCCH — November 21/22

Target Audience:

Pediatricians, Family Physicians, Pediatric Oncologists, Pediatric Hematologists & all healthcare professionals involved in pediatric cancer care or hematological disorders


The Provincial Pediatric Oncology Hematology Network, in conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Oncology Hematology BMT, BC Children’s Hospital, is committed to providing ongoing educational and discussion opportunities to support physicians and healthcare providers in the care of the child/adolescent with cancer and hematological disorders. This educational day has been developed to reflect the needs of these physicians and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. There will be opportunity for dialogue, discussion, and Q&A throughout the program.

Thursday November 21

  • 1800 Registration & Dinner
  • 1900 The Private World of Dying Children | Pam Chace, Ilana Katz, Farah Valimohamed & Eric Webber
  • 2030 Evening Ends

Friday November 22

0745 Registration & Breakfast
0830 Grand Grounds: Privacy Obligations in the Digital Age | Dennis Desai
0930 Break
0940 Welcome and Introduction | Elaine Peddie
1000 Life in the North │ Darlene Fjellgaard & Alice Christensen
1015 CAR-T Cells Explained │ Amanda Li
1055 Coffee Break
1115 What’s New in Neuroblastoma │ Rebecca Deyell
1150 Cannabis and Kids │ Rod Rassekh
1230 Networking Lunch (provided) 
1330 Small Group Sessions 
         A)  The ‘F’ Word: Safe Opioid Use│ Myles Cassidy & Randa Ridgway
         B) Life with a Bleeding Disorder | Erica Crilly
         C) Life after Cancer: The First Year | Meera Rayar
         D) “Will I give it to him?”: Facts & Myths about Sexual Health in Adolescent Oncology | Emily Jewels
         E) Gratitude as a Practice to Enhance Courage and Resilience in the Workplace | Janie Brown 
1420 Travel to Next Session
1430 Repeat of Small Group Sessions
1520 Refreshment Break
1545 Motivational Parenting at the Bedside | Shimi Kang
1630 Closing Remarks & Completion of Evaluation Forms
1635 Tours of the Clinic | Analyn Perez