Asthma Canada’s 4th Annual Conference for Patients, Caregivers, Healthcare Professionals, Stakeholders and Industry
Saturday October 21st, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre 

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Event Description

Asthma, the third-most common chronic disease in Canada, affects nearly 3 million Canadians. Of those, nearly 600,000 are children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. Because of its prevalence, asthma affects all Canadians and can lead to reduced social, financial and health outcomes for people with the disease.

Recent studies have shown that asthma is generally not well-understood and often incorrectly diagnosed. Proper diagnosis and access to suitable testing varies across Canada. An understanding of asthma at the healthcare and patient level is vital for ensuring better health outcomes. Breathe Easy™ profiled discussions on how proper understanding of the disease affects diagnosis, self-management and treatment, in children and adults.

On October 21st, 2017, Asthma Canada brought together researchers, clinicians, patients, caregivers and other stakeholders who work in the area of respiratory health to examine the complex health, social and economic issues related to asthma and reflect on the patient experience in Canada.

The patient experience of asthma is diverse. From pediatrics to adult-onset diagnosis, treatment and management needs to be targeted to be effective. This influential one-day summit focused on how proper understanding of the disease affects diagnosis, self-management and treatment, in children and adults as well as exacerbation prevention, including environmental considerations. It also highlighted the latest research and new treatment options available in Canada.

Please note: Asthma Canada events are scent-free environments. Please avoid wearing or bringing any scented products as a courtesy to other attendees. Thank you!


Highlights 

Thank you to all our attendees as well as sponsors.

The day was action-packed, opening with passionate remarks by Asthma Canada President & CEO Vanessa Foran. Ms. Foran urged audience members to stay engaged and to watch out for exciting new developments within the organization, such as a new letter-writing campaign demanding equitable access to prescription medications.

The first speaker of the day was Dr. Shawn Aaron who made the audience laugh with his great sense of humour while also sharing information relating to the diagnosis of asthma, including some great self-advocacy tips, such as insisting on a spirometry test before accepting a diagnosis of asthma. Dr. Padmaja Subbarao discussed asthma in pediatric populations, including a great presentation on a Canadian longitudinal study currently underway called the CHILD study, and some of their key findings to date. Dr. Tim Takaro tackled the issue of indoor environment, a topic of extreme importance to the asthma community, as we spend 90% of our time indoors. Dr. Jason Lee led us through the latest asthma research trends and explained complicated ideas like why we need biologics (“They are ‘targeted missile strikes’ for people with Severe Asthma”). The last speaker of the day, Dr. Cheryl Sadowski, led a compelling discussion about asthma in later life and how it can become very complex due to multi-morbidities and other functional impairments.

Other highlights included the 2017 Leadership Awards Ceremony that celebrate innovators whose imagination, talent and work have created new opportunities for Canadians with asthma and respiratory allergies. The Leadership Award for Advocacy was presented to Glen Murray, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, for their outstanding work researching and advocating for policies that reduce the use of fossil fuels, support the transition to clean energy, and accelerate the elimination of coal-fired electricity plants and their associated air pollution. The Leadership Award for Health Research was awarded to Dr. Shawn Aaron for his research examining misdiagnosis of asthma and the prevalence and economic/health burden of undiagnosed airflow obstruction in Canadian communities.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of our partners and community members. Thank you for attending this event. Your commitment and support is essential in ensuring the best possible health outcomes for the asthma community.


Conference Speakers

Shawn Aaron
Dr. Shawn Aaron is a Professor in The Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Aaron is a respirologist with special research and clinical interests in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Aaron's research has been focused on clinical and health services research related to the correct diagnosis and treatment of obstructive lung diseases (asthma and COPD) in Canadian communities.
Dr. Aaron is Principal Investigator and Director of The Canadian Respiratory Research Network, a CIHR Emerging Research Network whose goal is to bring together researchers across disciplines to work together in a coordinated fashion in order to improve understanding of the origins and progression of asthma and COPD in Canada.
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Vanessa Foran
Vanessa Foran provides more than 20 years’ experience as an NGO leader working with patient groups such as the Canadian Diabetes Association Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario and Parkinson Canada as. She also led a Canadian health coalition - Neurological Health Charities Canada, participated in numerous advocacy initiatives working with the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, Best-Medicines Coalition and Chaired the Health Charities Coalition of
Canada’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. Her eldest daughter has lived with asthma from a very young age, providing Vanessa with direct experience and a passion to improve the lives of Canadians affected by this chronic disease.
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Jason Lee
Dr. Jason K Lee studied at Trinity College, University of Toronto and attended medical school at the University of Toronto. He completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of British Columbia and Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. J K Lee is also a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and Section head of Asthma at the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Cheryl Sadowski
Dr. Cheryl Sadowski is a Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. She has a clinical practice in geriatrics in an interprofessional Geriatric Outpatient Clinic at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Her area of expertise is geriatrics, and she has been responsible for developing geriatrics-related content throughout the 4 years of the pharmacy curriculum. She also teaches students in rehabilitation medicine,
nursing, and dentistry. Her research interest include geriatric syndromes and care, functional medication management, and interprofessional education. She has published research on the use, complexity, and scoring of inhaler devices, and interprofessional peer teaching regarding inhaler devices.
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Padmaja Subbarao
Padmaja Subbarao MD, MSc, FRCP(C) is a Clinician-Scientist and Pediatric Respirologist. She is the Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also the Director and Toronto Site leader of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and Physiology at the University of Toronto.
She has held a New Investigator Award from CIHR for clinical research and her lab has been continuously funded by CIHR and AllerGen NCE. Her interests are in studying longitudinal objective lung function measurements from infancy to improve diagnostics and phenotyping of asthma. In studying longitudinal trajectories of lung function and relating them to environmental exposures, she hopes to understand the developmental origins of chronic obstructive lung disease and factors related to persistence and remission.
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Tim Takaro
Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist and professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. His training is in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and University of Washington. Dr. Takaro’s research examines linkages between occupational or environmental exposures and disease, and tests public health based preventive interventions to mitigate such risks.
In addition to directing home environmental intervention trials in childhood asthma, Dr. Takaro is a lead investigator for the environmental assessment component of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development birth cohort (CHILD). This platform enables examination of genetic, epigenetic and environmental interactions in the development of asthma and allergies. Recent research includes the cardio-respiratory effects of climate change related to airborne allergens.
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Agenda

Start End Agenda  Presenters
8:30 AM 9:15 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:15 AM 9:30 AM Introduction & Welcome Vanessa Foran
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Session 1 – Proper Diagnosis Shawn Aaron
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Session 2 – Pediatrics: Where it all Begins Padmaja Subbarao
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch & Awards Reception 2017 Leadership Awards
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Session 3 – Role of the Environment Tim Takaro
2:00 PM 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM 3:00 PM Session 4 – New Research & Trends Jason Lee
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Session 5 – Asthma in Senior Populations Cheryl Sadowski
4:00 PM 4:05 PM Closing Remarks Vanessa Foran
4:05 PM 5:00 PM Cocktail Reception & Networking Hour

 

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Contact Us

Jenna Reynolds
Director, Programs and Services
jenna.reynolds@asthma.ca
416-787-4050 x101