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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.

TFRI ASM DETAILS 

Where: 
Vancouver Convention Centre WESR,  
999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
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

Important dates

Event Date
Registration opens Aug. 15
Registration closes Sept. 21
Deadline for abstracts Sept. 9
Deadline for booking hotel accommodation at conference rates Oct. 13
Trainees notified of abstract status Sept. 30 - NEW DATE 
TFRI 9th Scientific Meeting in-person registration (on site) Nov. 3
Celebration dinner for Dr. Ling Nov. 5

 

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. Last Update: Sept 23, 2022)

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Start

End

Duration

Item

Location

6:00 pm

9:00 pm

180 min

EARLY REGISTRATION

 

6:00 pm

9:00 pm

180 min

POSTER SET UP

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Start

End

Duration

Item

Location

7:00 am

12:00 noon

300 minutes

REGISTRATION & POSTER SET UP

Registration

Posters –

 

7:00 am

 

 

Breakfast

 

8:00 am

 

60 mins

OPENING REMARKS

Dr. Jim Woodgett,TFRI President and Scientific Director: “TFRI’s New Programs”

Dr. Andre Veillette,Executive Director, Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network “An Update on MOH”

Mr. Michael Mazza,Executive Director, Terry Fox Foundation

 

9:00 am

 

90 mins

 

3 talks of 25 min each

 

PLENARY I

Session Chair: Dr. Steve Robbins

Presenters:

Dr. John Bell, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Project Leader, Program Project Grant on Oncolytic Viruses (PPG) “Design and application of oncolytic viruses”

Dr. Jeanette Boudreau, Dalhousie University, New Investigator, “The role of natural killer cells in the spatial immunology of tumours”

BC Cancer Consortium Investigators: Drs. Janessa Laskin and Steve JonesPrecision Medicine Initiatives

 

10:30 am

 

60 mins

 

RAPID FIRE AND POSTER SESSION #1

Chair – TBC

4 selected trainee presentations (3 min each)

Break and poster viewing to follow

This will be a 15-minute, rapid-fire session followed by 45 minutes for viewing posters

 

11:30 am

 

90 mins

3 talks of 25 min each

PLENARY II

Session Chair: Dr. Morag Park

Presenters:

Dr. Ly Vu, New Investigator, BC Cancer “Targeting RNA modification pathways in leukemia”

Drs. Peter Siegel and Julie St. Pierre, McGill University and University of Ottawa, Co-Lead Investigators(PPG), “Discovering and targeting metabolic vulnerabilities in cancers”

Montreal Cancer Consortium Investigators:

Drs. Ian Watson, Philippe Lefrançois, Anne Marie Mes-Masson, McGill University and Centre Hospitalier de l’universite de Montreal

“MOH-Quebec:Investigation of genomic and cellular mechanisms of treatment resistance and aggressive tumour behaviour across skin cancers”

 

1:00 pm

 

60 mins

Lunch

 

2:00 pm

 

60 mins

TFRI AND MOHCCN BREAKOUTS #1

MOHCCN

Presentation on hard-to-reach cases data integration, and future technologies

Dr. Nadine Caron

Others: TBC

TFRI Programs Forum with Q&A
Forum Chair: Dr. Rob Rottapel, University Health Network, TFRI-Ontario Node Leader

Presenters:

Dr. Jessica McAlpine, BC Cancer

“Working to provide precision medicine for all newly diagnosed endometrial cancer patients”

Dr. Livia Garzia, McGill University, New Investigator “Drivers of therapy resistance in fusion-positive sarcomas “

 

 

 

3:00 pm

 

30 min

Break

 

3:30 pm

6 pm

90 min

RAPID FIRE AND POSTER SESSION #2 AND WINE AND CHEESE

NI Chair : TBC

4 selected trainee presentations (3 min each)

Break and poster viewing to follow

This will be a 15-minute, rapid-fire session followed by 45 minutes for viewing posters

 

 

 

 

FREE EVENING /DELEGATES DINE ON THEIR OWN

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Start

End

Duration

Item

Location

6:15 am

 

105 mins

TERRY FOX EARLY MORNING RUN

 

7:00 am

 

60 mins

Breakfast

 

8:00 am

 

90 mins

PLENARY III

Session Chair: Dr. Marco Marra, GSC Vancouver, TFRI BC Node Leader and Member, MOHCCN Steering Committee

Presenters:

Dr. Rama Khokha, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN “Lineage vulnerabilities and druggable targets for breast cancer prevention”

Dr. Juri Reimand, OICR, University of Toronto

“Pan-cancer analyses of whole cancer genomes for finding driver mutations and oncogenes, especially in the non-coding genome”

Princess Margaret Cancer Consortium Investigators: Drs. Lillian Siu and Trevor Pugh, “PMCC: Precision Medicine Initiatives”

 

9:30 am

 

60 mins

 

RAPID FIRE AND POSTER SESSION #3

Chair – TBC

4 selected trainee presentations (3 min each)

Break and poster viewing to follow

This will be a 15-minute rapid-fire session followed by 45 minutes for viewing posters

 

10:30 am

 

60 mins

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. John Dick, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, “What makes a stem cell a stem cell and how does it go bad?”

 

11:30 am

 

30 mins

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH

TBD

12:00 pm

 

90 min

Lunch

 

1:30 pm

 

90 min

PLENARY IV

Session Chair:Jennifer Chan, University of Calgary , Prairie Cancer Research Consortium

Presenters:

Dr. Jeff Wrana, Sinai Health System, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

“Taming the Hippo: Signaling pathways controlling cell state dynamics and how to target them”

Dr. Sachin Katyal, University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba, "Thecellular base excision repair (BER) pathway mediates temozolomide resistance in recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM): opportunities for new interventions?"

Prairie Cancer Research Consortium Investigators:

Dr. Sorana Morrissy, Dr. Mike Monument, Dr. Versha Banerji, “Prairie Cancer Research Consortium: Precision Medicine Initiatives”

 

3:00 pm

 

60 min

 

RAPID FIRE PLENARY AND POSTER SESSION #4

Chair NI TBC

4 selected trainee presentations (3 min each)

Break and poster viewing to follow

 

4.00 pm

 

60 min

MOHCCN and TFRI BREAKOUT # 2

MOHCCN Roundtable: Overview of the MOHCCN Pathfinder

Presenters: Dr. Michael Brudno, CanDIG, University Health Network

Others: TBC

Chair: Andre Veillette, IRCM, Executive Director, MOHCCN

Presenters: TBC

TFRI

Session on TFRI Programs: Q&A

 

6:30 pm

 

20 mins

CLOSING RECEPTION & DINNER FOR DR. VICTOR LING

Co-chairs: Drs. Christopher Paige, UHN, TFRI Board Chair and Dr. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, CRCHUM, TFRI-Quebec Node Leader

Speakers:

Mr. Darrell Fox, Terry’s younger brother and TFRI Senior Advisor

Dr. Marla Shapiro, TFRI Board member, physician and media health and medical expert

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Hotel Check out and Departure

Closed Door Meetings for MOHCCN Leadership – Fairmont Vancouver Airport

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

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 Plenary Instructions

TFRI will hold rapid-fire talks at this year’s meeting as well as several poster sessions. Below is the process that will be used for the rapid-fire sessions.  Each presenter will have four 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 TFRI/MOHCCN poster.
  • There are many great examples of "3-Minute Thesis" presentations on You Tube; 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 Wednesday,  Oct. 25             

All presenters must use the TFRI/MOHCCN Slide Formats.

 

Poster formats

TFRI Poster format (Square)

This poster template is set to 40 x 40 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
40 x 40 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this. 

Download
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 (Square)

This poster template is set to 40 x 40 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
40 x 40 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this. 

Download
MOHCCN French Logo Poster Format (Square)

This poster template is set to 40 x 40 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
40 x 40 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.

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. 

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)
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 (Square)

This poster template is set to 40 x 40 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
40 x 40 inches. Contact abstracts@tfri.ca if you have any problems with this. 

Download
MOHCCN French Logo Poster Format (Square)

This poster template is set to 40 x 40 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
40 x 40 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