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