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Bringing Canada's cancer research community together

The Terry Fox Research Institute is pleased to announce the return of its scientific meeting in November 2022, with an expanded agenda and more attendees to welcome a new community of funded researchers as well as returning ones!

We are pleased to inform you that our Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network (MOHCCN) funded researchers and clinicians will also be participating at this meeting. TFRI and MOHCCN research will be featured in focused plenaries, breakouts and poster presentations. We are expecting 300 participants for this meeting!

The theme for this year’s meeting is Cancer Research: Past, Present and Future. Our Scientific Organizing Committee is in the midst of developing the scientific program for the meeting right now!  Check our meeting web site (https://www.tfri.ca/9th-tfri-scientific-meeting) often for updates about the planned program and travel and accommodation details.

This meeting will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) West Nov. 3-6 (including travel dates), commencing with registration Nov. 3 (evening) and the meeting on Friday Nov. 4 and Saturday Nov. 5. There will be a tribute to TFRI’s Founding President and Scientific Director Dr. Victor Ling at a dinner celebration on the evening of Nov. 5. TFRI will follow COVID protocols in place at the time of meeting.

TFRI organizes a Scientific Meeting (SM) as an opportunity for the whole community of Terry Fox-funded researchers to get together to share ideas and to discuss their research. The meeting is by invitation only. Our meeting this year will be a two-day session consisting of several plenaries, poster presentations and rapid-fire talks as well as breakouts. We will conclude with a celebratory dinner in recognition of Dr. Victor Ling’s contribution to TFRI over 15 years.

Registration for this event is by-invitation only.

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TFRI ASM DETAILS 

Where: 

Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building
1055 Canada Place
Guest services information : 604 647 7299
Web site: http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/
Hotel telephone: 604-689-8232; toll free(North America) 1-866-785-8232
Email: info@vancouverconventioncentre.com
Getting there: http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/visiting/getting-here

AIRPORT TRANSFERS:

  • Taxis are readily available outside the airport. The cost is at approximately C$36 flat rate and it takes 30-35 minutes to get to the hotel. Regular taxicabs can only take a maximum of 4 passengers per vehicle. Passenger maximums are dependent on luggage amount.
  • The Canada Line, which is a rapid transit rail system, is available from the airport to downtown Vancouver, however there is no assistance with luggage. The arrival station, Waterfront Station, is located approximately 1½ blocks from our hotel. The train operates from 5:07am to 12:56am, seven days a week. The cost is C$9.25 per person for the Two-Zone fare from the YVR Airport to Waterfront Station. Upon arrival at Waterfront Station, exit to Cordova St, and turn right. Follow Cordova to Howe St and turn right again. You will see our hotel on the left.
  • A Private Transfer Service is also available. The driver will greet you with a welcome sign as soon as you exit the secured area, and assist you with your bags. The cost is approximately C$115 for a sedan (up to 3 passengers) or approximately C$125 for an SUV (Up to 5 passengers) or approximately C$180 for a Sprinter Mercedes Van (Up to 11 passengers).   Rates do not include 5% taxes and 15% suggested driver gratuity.   For larger groups, please let us know.  

PARKING:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELF-PARK:

  • Self-parking is available at via IMPARK lot #695; entrance located at 200 Burrard Street.  Click here for a map.

Transient Self Park charges:  *   First hour $18.50  *   Each Additional hour @$8.50  *   6AM – 6PM Daily Max @$35.75  *   6PM – 6AM Evening Max @$19.25

Overnight Hotel Guest = $56.00, please inform reception of the license number upon check in.

FAQs - Fairmont Waterfront (fairmont-waterfront.com)

2022 ASM Scientific Organizing Committee

Dr. Jim Woodgett, Dr. André Veillette, Dr. Christopher Paige, Dr. Marco Marra, Dr. Morag Park, Dr. Jennifer Chan, Dr. Robert Rottapel, Dr. Steve Robbins, Dr. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Dr. Robin Urquhart, Dr. Russ Watkins, Kelly Curwin, Marina Lefilliatre

Agenda

9th ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

“CANCER RESEARCH IN CANADA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE”
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM Nov. 3-6, 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre
(Please note that this agenda is subject to change)

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Registration

Pre-Registration

This meeting is by invitation only. TFRI has provided instructions directly by email to potential invitees with regard to the pre-registration process for the meeting.  

Registration

Online registration opens: Aug. 15
Registration closes: Thursday, Sept. 21
Registration fee: $110 plus fees and taxes

For any questions about the online registration process, please contact info@tfri.ca

TFRI and MOHCCN funded Investigators invited to attend the meeting may register any time after the registration opens and before it closes. After Sept. 21, any incomplete registrations will be re-allocated by TFRI.

Trainees must be a part of a TFRI or MOHCCN funded project to attend the meeting. Before registering to attend the event, trainees should read important information presented in the Call for Abstracts section of this website. 

Call for Abstracts

Update on Trainee Abstracts - NEW: OCT. 3RD

TFRI is pleased to announce that its 2022 scientific meeting abstract judges have completed their reviews of the submitted abstracts.

Sixteen trainees were selected to present both a poster and a rapid-fire talk at the meeting and the remainder will accepted to present posters.

The names of the trainees who will present rapid-fire talks are:

  • Khalid Al-Zahrani
  • Masroor Bayati
  • Julyanne Brassard
  • Tariq Bhat
  • Charles Chesnelong
  • Rajesh Detroja
  • Charlotte Girondel
  • Cameron Herberts
  • Zhen Jin
  • Aghababazadeh Masoumeh
  • Curtis McCloskey
  • Shaghayegh Nouruzi  
  • Ali Saleh
  • Shirin Soleimani   
  • Vallijah Subasri 
  • Lan Valerie Tao

Call for Abstracts

Trainees must be a part of a TFRI funded project to attend the meeting. Before registering to attend the event, trainees should know the following:

  • All trainees MUST submit an abstract and have it accepted in order to attend our 9th Scientific Meeting
  • Before submitting an abstract, trainees must register and complete online registration and payment
  • Format for abstracts can be found below
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee. If an abstract is not submitted or is not accepted by the selection committee, a full refund (less processing fees and taxes) will be issued to the trainee
  • Abstracts must be submitted via email to conference@tfri.ca by Sept 19 at 5 PM PST [NEW DEADLINE]
  • TFRI expects to advise trainees of the status of their submitted poster by Sept 30 - NEW DATE
  • Trainees pre-selected by project/program leaders will have priority to attend, subject to acceptance of their abstract by the committee
  • To lessen the financial burden of trainees attending the event, the TFRI will pay for accommodation and travel for trainees (see information below and in the ACCOMMODATION and TRAVEL sections of this website)

TFRI Travel Assistance

To encourage trainee participation, TFRI-funded trainees who have their abstract accepted to present a poster will be eligible to receive a TFRI Travel Assistance. Travel assistance is only for trainees living outside the Lower Mainland.

The value of the travel assistance is based on a pre-determined fee schedule for air flights only from the trainee’s city of departure and return. The fee schedule and other related travel details appear in the TRAVEL section of this website.  

All participants who are eligible for a TFRI Travel Assistance will be required to prepay their own travel to/from the meeting, and TFRI will reimburse based on the fee schedule following the meeting.

Please note: We encourage all project and program leaders to support and assist as necessary any trainees who find payment of the travel and or registration fee a barrier to attendance through the use a departmental, project or corporate team credit card to aid in trainee attendance. In instances where flight fees are charged to these accounts, TFRI will reimburse the credit card holder based on the above mentioned fee schedule.

Information about Abstracts

Are you a graduate student, postdoctoral trainee or clinical research fellow on a Terry Fox-funded project or program? The Terry Fox Research Institute invites you to submit an abstract to qualify for attendance at our 9th Scientific Meeting to be held in Vancouver, BC on Nov. 3-6 2022 (includes travel dates). The Terry Fox Research Institute will provide a limited number of Travel Assistance awards for eligible Terry Fox-funded research trainees travelling from outside the Lower Mainland whose abstracts are accepted for a poster presentation at the November meeting.

Please note: There is a limited number of spots reserved for TFRI trainees at this event. Not all abstracts will be accepted. Submitted abstracts will be assessed by a committee and acceptance will be based on:

  • Scientific excellence and impact
  • Submission is by first author only
  • Data is current and relevant
  • Conclusions/findings are clearly stated
  • Abstract relates to a Terry Fox program or project
  • A balance of representation from all TFRI projects/programs
  • Trainees pre-selected by project/program leaders will have priority to attend the meeting, subject to acceptance of their abstract by the committee

Important documents for trainees submitting abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted via email to conference@tfri.ca by Sept 9 at 5 PM PST. No late submissions will be accepted

 

RAPID-FIRE TALK INSTRUCTIONS

We are going to adapt the rapid-fire talks process used at the TFRI Ontario Node Research Day in December 2016[3].  Each presenter will have three minutes to present using the following ‘ground rules’.

  • ONE Powerpoint-formatted slide only that summarizes the abstract is to be presented. (Use 4:3 slide formatting only).
  • Presenters will not have a remote mouse or control over animations so please consider this when preparing the slide.
  • There will be a timer and a moderator to ensure that everything is kept to time.
  • This presentation is really an “advertisement” for your ASM poster.
  • There are many great examples of "3-Minute Thesis" presentations on Youtube; be sure to view a few to get a sense of how it is done effectively.
  • It is highly recommended to design the slide like the graphical abstracts of Cell Press; take a look at these to see how they are presented.
  • Consider this presentation like giving an "elevator pitch".  See Roberta Kwok’s article at http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7435-137a
  • Essentially you want to convey WHY you did your study, HOW it was done, WHAT were the most important findings, and then conclude again with WHY this is important.

Your slide must be emailed to Peter Mothe (pmothe@tfri.ca)by 5 p.m., Wed. Oct. 25


[3] Thanks to Drs. Rob Rottapel (UHN) and Trevor Shepherd (UWO) for the information given here

Poster formats

TFRI Poster format (48 X 36)

This poster template is set to 48 x 36 inches and should be printed to this size. If you are not able to print on to paper at this size, you should create your poster using this template and tile print over several smaller pages and tape them together, resulting in a poster of
48 x 36 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this.

Download
MOHCCN English Logo Poster Format (48x36)

This poster template is set to 48 x 36 inches and should be printed to this size. If you are not able to print on to paper at this size, you should create your poster using this template and tile print over several smaller pages and tape them together, resulting in a poster of
48 x 36 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this.

Download
MOHCCN French Logo Poster Format (48x36)

This poster template is set to 48 x 36 inches and should be printed to this size. If you are not able to print on to paper at this size, you should create your poster using this template and tile print over several smaller pages and tape them together, resulting in a poster of
48 x 36 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this.

Download

Accommodation

TFRI has reserved a block of rooms at a special rate at the Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Phone(604) 691-1991. The hotel is within walking distance of the meeting venue. Space is limited and rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accommodation is provided for attendees living outside of the Lower Mainland.

Cost: $229 plus fees and taxes for single/double occupancy

The deadline for booking your accommodation to receive this rate is Oct. 13, 2022. The TFRI will not cover stays at other hotels.

Please book directly using this link: https://book.passkey.com/go/TerryFox 

TFRI will cover up to three (3) nights’ accommodation (Nov. 3, 4 and 5). All attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

Upon checkout, TFRI will cover the cost of room (at block room rate for single/double of $229 night) and fees and taxes only for the meeting participant. All other room expenses will be paid by the room holder/occupant(s) upon checkout.

Please note: At the time of booking, a deposit will be taken on the credit card supplied as a room guarantee. A one-night booking requires a (1) one-night deposit; a (3) three-night booking requires a (3) three-night deposit. In circumstances where this creates a barrier to attendance for trainees, they are encouraged to 1) see if they might access a project, departmental card to cover the room deposit and expenses; or 2) contact TFRI directly for assistance (info@tfri.ca).

Travel

The TFRI will reimburse flights for eligible attendees, according to a pre-determined fee schedule. This may include trainees and TFRI and MOHCCN-funded scientists. Please read all the information in this section before you indicate whether or not you will be applying for TFRI Travel Assistance. You will need to indicate whether you are applying for this assistance when you register for the event. 

Download the 9SM Travel Registration Reimbursement Form 

Please submit completed form, with electronic copies of all receipts, to accounting@tfri.ca.
TFRI aims to reimburse all expenses by EFT. Please attach a void cheque or direct deposit form and provide banking information below.
 

Travel Assistance Reimbursement Schedule

Travel Assistance amounts are based on return airfares currently to Vancouver from cities listed below November 3-6, 2022

City Travel Assistance Available
(Actual cost up to)
Prince George $710
Edmonton $490
Calgary $480
Saskatoon $880
Winnipeg $836
Toronto $718
Ottawa $972
Montreal $778
Halifax $1,256
Saint John $1,376
St. John's $1,435

*Based on Flex Fares

  • Ottawa via Toronto on return
  • Halifax via Montreal to Vancouver and via Toronto on return

Terms and Conditions

All project team members, including trainees, attending the meeting are required to book their own travel. We encourage you to book early and well in advance to secure the best fare possible.

Travel Assistance funds are provided to cover the cost of airfare only. Attendees will be reimbursed following the meeting for actual cost of base air travel up to the amounts provided above.  Any changes, cancellations or modifications and associated costs to air travel are the responsibility of the traveller, including baggage fees, incremental seat fees, etc.

TFRI will not cover incidentals such as travel to the airport, taxi, parking, meals or any other incidentals related to travel to/from the meeting.  These are the responsibility of the traveller.

We will not accept any Travel Expense Claims for these Travel Assistance funds, rather, all travellers (PIs and trainees) must complete a Travel Assistance Form to confirm they were present at the meeting, proof of actual airfare paid, name of payee and direct deposit/wire banking information for the Travel Assistance. Payment will be made by Electronic Funds Transfer or wire payment (international)to the traveller directly and/or the holder of the credit card to which the fare was charged. We will only issue payments post event.

To avoid any financial barriers for trainees to attend the meeting, we encourage project supervisors and/or departmental/ budget managers to assist eligible trainees where required with pre-payment of their travel costs through project grants and/or by enabling the use of a departmental or project credit card where possible.

CONTACT US

General inquiries

info@tfri.ca

Research inquiries

Russell Watkins
Senior Research Programs Manager
rwatkins@tfri.ca
604-675-8000 ext. 7624

MOHCCN Abstracts

It is our pleasure to invite the regional consortiums of the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network to participate in the four poster sessions at the TFRI's 9th Scientific Meeting. We have reserved a specific number of poster boards for this purpose and the poster allocation is provided below.

These sessions will provide a venue for each consortium to highlight project work within your region and to inform the broader TFRI research community about the specific cohorts you are contributing to the Network. All posters should focus on the MOHCCN work only.

These posters will not be judged and are not eligible for any awards. Submitted abstracts will appear in the meeting’s online program book.

As of right now, this invitation will not increase the number of MOHCCN researchers or trainees able to attend the meeting. Currently invited researchers and project managers will be responsible for the setup of their poster(s)as well as speaking to the findings presented. Posters may be attended or unattended during the sessions.  Please view the agenda for scheduled sessions.

The deadline to submit poster abstracts is Monday, Oct. 3, 5pm PST. 

Important documents for MOHCCN abstracts

Poster templates

MOHCCN English Logo Poster Format (48x36)

This poster template is set to 48 x 36 inches and should be printed to this size. If you are not able to print on to paper at this size, you should create your poster using this template and tile print over several smaller pages and tape them together, resulting in a poster of
48 x 36 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this.

Download
MOHCCN French Logo Poster Format (48x36)

This poster template is set to 48 x 36 inches and should be printed to this size. If you are not able to print on to paper at this size, you should create your poster using this template and tile print over several smaller pages and tape them together, resulting in a poster of
48 x 36 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this.

Download