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$25 Early bird price until October 18, 2020. After October 18, 2020 $50 for Non-Members $25 for Diabetes Canada Professional Members $10 Student Special
Join us for the first-ever National Virtual Diabetes Frontline Forum!
The past several months have brought unprecedented change to healthcare. Now is your chance to re-charge, be inspired and connect with your fellow frontline workers in diabetes management and care at the first-ever virtual Diabetes Frontline Forum (DFF).
DFF is an event designed for pharmacists, registered dietitians and nurses – the frontline in diabetes care – but is open to all healthcare professionals. Consisting of Diabetes Care Updates and an Industry Knowledge Exchange sessions, this event promises to enhance your knowledge and patient skills!
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Note: All sessions are in Eastern Standard Time.
Diabetes Head-to-Toe Sessions
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Exhibitor Tradeshow goes live
11:30 AM – 11:35 AM
Emcee Welcome & Speaker Introduction
11:35 AM – 12:05 PM
ABCDES3 with a COVID-19 Twist -Collaborative Care
Current evidence continues to support the importance of a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to support the most important member of the diabetes healthcare team: the person living with diabetes. Join this session to share and apply best-practice tips to improve clinical outcomes in people affected by diabetes. By the end of this 20-minute session, participants should be able to:
List 3 strategies by which to provide comprehensive interprofessional care, including in a virtual setting
Apply the ABCDES3 in their practice
Catherine Yu is a staff endocrinologist at St. Michael’s Hospital; associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; and associate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is the past co-Chair of Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Dissemination and Implementation Committee, which developed evidence-based and innovative strategies to put the Guidelines into practice across Canada.
Catherine Yu MD, FRCPC, MHSc, BSc
Susie is a community pharmacist, certified diabetes educator (CDE), certified fitter of compression therapy and certified respiratory educator. In addition to working in a busy community pharmacy, Susie has co-authored and supported dissemination and implementation of the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines and Wounds Canada Best Practice Recommendations. Susie has practised diabetes education in a variety of settings and enjoys collaborating and working together remotely with a person’s diabetes team.
Susie Jin RPh, CDE CRE
12:05 PM – 12:15 PM
Break & Exhibitor Tradeshow
12:15 PM – 12:40 PM
Improving Adherence in the Type 2 Diabetes Patient through the Diabetes Dialogue
Due to overwhelming demands, healthcare professionals have only brief encounters with patients. This talk offers a toolbox of questions to ask in the clinical setting to improve diabetes adherence. Objectives:
To understand the role of psychiatric co-morbidities in patient adherence, specifically in the patient with type 2 diabetes
To understand how basic coaching principles can by applied by a healthcare professional during a brief office visit in treating the patient with type 2 diabetes
To apply simple coaching strategies and tools to improve medication adherence in the patient with type 2 diabetes
Dr. Barry Simon is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Consultant with the Leadership Centre for Diabetes at Mount Sinai Hospital where he improves diabetes adherence in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. For the past two decades he has educated dietitians, family doctors and medical specialists on effective motivational and psychological strategies to improve diabetes adherence through an understanding of the mental challenges of living with a chronic illness. He has developed structured, CBT- based programs for the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. Increasingly, he has been using spiritually based methods in his care of patients who struggle with diabetes distress and diabetes adherence. He has presented on this topic to diabetes educators and endocrinologists as part of continuing education at annual updates.
Dr. Barry Simon MD FRCP
12:40 PM – 1:05 PM
Blood, Fluid & Tears: Diabetic Retinopathy
One of the most feared complications of diabetes is vision loss. It is essential for healthcare providers to understand how diabetes causes vision loss and what can be done to prevent and treat diabetic retinopathy. The objective of this presentation is to familiarize healthcare professionals with diabetic retinopathy. In order to improve understanding of diabetic retinopathy this presentation will examine and review:
The tragedy of vision loss and its impact on quality of life
The anatomy and physiology of the human eye (quick primer because it is so beautiful)
Strategies to avoid and delay development of diabetic retinopathy
Critical importance of screening examination recommendations: who, when and why to refer for screening examinations
Summary of up-to-date treatment strategies for vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy: including the why, how and when of laser treatments, anti-VEGF treatment, steroid treatments and vitrectomy surgery
Dr. Frank Stockl is a vitreo-retinal surgeon, and assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba. As an educator he sits on the Residency Planning Committee, teaches residents and medical students, and has been the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award. His practice is focused on medical and surgical retinal conditions. He sees patients at the Manitoba Clinic, Misericordia Health Centre, and provides service at satellite clinics in Brandon, Man., and Kenora, Ont. He also provides services to the Manitoba Teleophthalmology Program.
Dr. Frank A Stockl MD, FRCSC, ABO
1:05 PM – 1:15 PM
Break & Exhibitor Tradeshow
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM
Practical Tips for Addressing Patients’ Nutrition Questions
Do you get a lot of questions from your patients about portions, low carbs, the glycemic index, and more? If you are looking for tips and tricks, we are here to share quick and practical solutions to help you navigate these conversations. We will role-play representative cases that you can experience in the real world. By the end of this session, you will gain confidence in providing person-centred nutrition education to your patients with diabetes and their caregivers. We’re helping you to add tools to your conversation toolbox!
Edwina Leung is a registered dietitian, and certified diabetes educator. Edwina has more than 20 years of experience in the dietetic field specializing in diabetes education and patient care. Currently Edwina is a Senior Diabetes and Obesity Educator at Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., providing diabetes, obesity education and support to healthcare providers. Previously, she was the registered dietitian at Campbellford Memorial Hospital and was responsible for setting up the Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) program there. She also worked at Markham Stouffville Hospital and expanded the DEC program to cater to Chinese-speaking patients. Edwina is a volunteer with Diabetes Canada ‘s Diabetes Education Line.
Edwina Leung RD, CDE
Charlotte Chan is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She is a volunteer with Diabetes Canada’s Diabetes Education Line. She completed her Bachelor of Nutritional Science at McGill University in 2014 and obtained her Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management from Columbia University in 2019. Her interest in diabetes management stemmed from an internship with an outpatient gestational diabetes clinic in Montreal. While there, she recognized the importance of translating evidence-based information in simple and innovative ways for the general public. She worked as a community dietitian at a diabetes education program with Indigenous people for three years, advocating for person-centred care. She currently provides education to other healthcare providers through a train-the-trainer model as a Diabetes and Obesity Educator with Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.
Charlotte Chan RD, CDE
1:40 PM – 2:05 PM
Diabetes & Foot Care: How to Have a Meaningful Impact
We are aware about the high morbidity and mortality rate of people who experience diabetic foot ulcers and amputations. The pathway to support people with diabetes can sometimes seem blurred when it comes to foot care. Tune in to learn about the principles of foot care, and the different roles we can play in our diverse practices to have an impact on reducing amputations and saving the limbs of people in our communities.
Zaina Albalawi is an endocrinologist and clinical assistant professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L. She completed her Internal Medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Alberta, along with a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology. She co-authored the foot care chapter of the Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada, and led a multidisciplinary high-risk diabetic foot clinic at the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton. She’s currently a member of the Atlantic collaborative working group on diabetic foot prevention, and the development of policy and healthcare recommendations to reduce amputations in the region.
Dr. Zaina Albalawi MBBS, MSc, FRCPC
2:05 PM – 2:35 PM
Break & Exhibitor Tradeshow
Industry Exchange Sessions
2:35 PM – 2:40 PM
Emcee Address & Speaker Introduction
2:40 PM – 3:25 PM
Managing Glycemic Excursions – Practical Recommendations to Improving Patient Outcomes
Many patients with diabetes experience glycemic excursions. Both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are associated with poor outcomes. It is crucial for diabetes educators to help patients identify these problems and provide evidence-based recommendations to improve glycemic control. This session will provide healthcare professionals with practical recommendations on identifying glycemic excursions, addressing common concerns and provide practical recommendations to address these issues. Proposed Learning Objectives
Identify and address common issues seen in patients experiencing hypoglycemia
Adjust the treatment plan of a patient on basal-bolus insulin therapy who is experiencing glycemic excursions
Discuss the importance of monitoring accuracy on identifying and addressing glycemic excursions
Tailor the monitoring technology to meet the individual needs of the patient with diabetes
Michael Boivin is a clinical pharmacist consultant, continuing education developer and president of CommPharm Consulting Inc. In 2009, he left full-time pharmacy practice to pursue a career in continuing education and consulting. He has developed in excess of 500 accredited continuing education activities for pharmacists, family physicians, specialists and allied healthcare professionals.
Michael Boivin BSc, Pharm, RpH, CDE
Carlene Oleksyn has been a pharmacist for more than 25 years. Her practice focuses on maximizing professional services by fully utilizing pharmacists’ prescribing authority, appointment-based services, and engaging patients in optimizing health outcomes. Her practice has been featured in Pharmacy Practice + Business magazine as an example of a leading-edge practice. Carlene is also a consultant in the field of medical continuing education, innovative pharmacy practice, and pharmacy practice change. She is a regular contributor to Pharmacy Practice + Business and Canadian Healthcare Network. She’s also a regular writer and reviewer for CCCEP and has presented to pharmacists across the country, actively advocating for excellence in patient-centred care and innovation in pharmacy practice. She can be found at colekPharm.com.
Carlene Oleksyn BSc, Pharm., RpH, CTH, CDE
3:25 PM – 3:55 PM
Using Advanced Technology to Optimize Patient Outcomes
Advancements in glucose monitoring technology has shifted the way in which diabetes is managed, both by those living with diabetes, as well as by healthcare providers. These technologies have resulted in the adoption of new glycemic control metrics which will be explored in this session. Their application in clinical practice, in conjunction with standard diabetes management metrics, such as a laboratory A1C, will be discussed. Additionally, the use of the ambulatory glucose profile to assess glucose control and to make clinical decisions will be illustrated with the use of a case study.
Rick Siemens is a CDE pharmacist with Additional Prescribing Authority (APA) who works as a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy manager for a community pharmacy in Lethbridge, Alta. Rick is involved in all aspects of advanced pharmacy practice including initial access prescribing, administering medications by injection, Comprehensive Annual Care Plan (CACP) and Standard Medication Management Assessment (SMMA) care plans, diabetes education, insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor training.
Rick Siemens BSc Pharm., B.Sc. Biol., CDE, CPT
3:55 PM – 4:05 PM
Break & Exhibitor Tradeshow
4:05 PM – 4:35 PM
The Hypoglycemia Paradox
This presentation reviews information about the prevalence and consequences of severe hypoglycemia, risk factors for severe hypoglycemia, and treatment options for the management of severe hypoglycemia. Canadian data and guidelines are shown whenever possible. Information is included about Baqsimi® (glucagon nasal powder), which is now available in Canada.
Dr. Donna Mojdami is an adult endocrinologist and clinical research physician with Eli Lilly Canada. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada having completed her training in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine at Western University. She obtained her medical degree from McMaster University. Her areas of interest include diabetes and obesity management.
Dr. Donna Mojdami Adult Endocrinologist and Clinical Research Physician with Eli Lilly Canada
4:35 PM – 4:55 PM
Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes: Optimizing Renal Protection
Slowing the development and progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains an unmet clinical need in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). This program supports healthcare professionals in ensuring their up-to-date knowledge of pharmacological options that have demonstrated nephroprotective effects in patients with T2D and CKD.
Lori Berard is a diabetes educator with an expertise in diabetes education, management and clinical research. She has over 30 years’ experience primarily as the Nurse Manager for the Health Sciences Centre Diabetes Research Program and a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Endocrinology Section at the University of Manitoba. Currently she is working as a consultant in diabetes management and clinical research operations. Lori has been a professional member and major volunteer of Diabetes Canada for more than 25 years and has extensive experience with the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines. She has received many honours and awards related to her work in diabetes.
Lori Berard RN, CDE, Nurse Consultant
4:55 PM – 5:05 PM
Break & Exhibitor Tradeshow
5:05 PM – 5:25 PM
5 Simple Ways to WOW your Clients with Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing is a communication style that helps you inspire, connect, and serve your clients with trust and likeability. This session is ideal for those looking to sharpen their motivational interviewing skills to cultivate quality relationships, connect with diverse populations, and positively influence clients towards change. During this virtual session, you will learn practical tools and tips to help you successfully infuse motivational interviewing into your daily practice as a health professional with confidence..
Jodi Robinson is a consulting dietitian and healthy eating coach who helps busy people clear the confusion about nutrition and discover how to eat in a simple and sustainable way. She specializes in nutrition for weight management, diabetes, and disordered eating, and offers personalized nutrition consultations through her virtual private practice, www.cravinghealth.ca in the Niagara Region. As well, Jodi teaches nutrition at Humber College and consults with the media and food industry to debunk common nutrition myths and provide practical, evidence-based nutrition advice.
Jodi Robinson RD, CDE
5:25 PM – 5:45 PM
Diabetes Management in a Remote Care Age
In this session we will address some of the issues various healthcare providers (HCPs) may face when utilizing virtual care. Understanding the hurdles of patient hesitation, the different ways to implement virtual care, and how digital tools can be utilized in the future. This session hopes to highlight how to overcome challenges patients and HCPs may face, as well as providing some insights to support your patients.
Pavithra Ravi is an independent healthcare consultant. She has worked for two of the largest pharmacy retailers, developing technology solutions and relationship management. She has been a part of key senior leadership team decisions in various companies, providing insight from a corporate perspective, and as a practising clinician. As an experienced leader, subject matter expert, and innovator she understands the requirements of embracing innovation. She is a practising pharmacist with experience in Specialty Pharmacy, LTC Pharmacy and Retail Pharmacy. She comes with experience in pharmacy benefits management, business development, and innovation.
Pavithra Ravi RPh, LSS-BB
5:45 PM – 6:05 PM
BED in Diabesity
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and complicates optimal management. Want to improve patients’ outcomes: learn the red flags for BED, and how to screen and diagnose BED.
Dr Kim is a general practitioner with special interest in chronic disease, especially in diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and chronic migraine. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Calgary. He graduated from a medical school in South Africa and has been working as a GP in Alberta since 2009, and also as an ER physician in rural Alberta. He completed a post-graduate diploma in diabetes in 2012. He works as a peer reviewer and editorial board member for numerous internationally recognized medical journals including Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Within Diabetes Canada, his roles include steering committee member for the Clinical Practice Guidelines, current co-Chair of the Primary Care Special Interest Group, and has been a scientific planning committee member for the annual Diabetes Canada/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) Professional Conference. He is also heavily involved with respiratory medicine, and is a board member of College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Respiratory Medicine Committee, and Family Physician Airway Group of Canada. Most importantly, he is an active food and restaurant blogger.
James W. Kim MBBCh, PgDip (Diabetes)
6:05 PM – 6:10 PM
Glucose Monitoring Made Simple: An Overview of Stand-alone Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) systems for people on insulin injections can offer 60-minute predictive glucose alerts of highs and lows, remote monitoring for users and care partners, and can help facilitate virtual healthcare appointments.
Adrian Ongpin is a national account manager for the Medtronic Diabetes Business in Canada. Adrian works with pharmacy partners to provide broader patient access to their insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring supplies.
Disclaimer: “As a participant in this virtual conference, you hereby acknowledge and agree to the following terms: Diabetes Canada (DC) in no way sponsors or endorses the information shared or presented amongst presenters. Any products and or services presented are in no way promoted or endorsed by DC or its affiliates. Diabetes care and dietary recommendations are strictly for discussion purposes and a physician should be consulted to determine appropriate care tailored to your needs. Any information presented during this event should not be recorded or published, including shared on any social media platforms or any forum outside the virtual conference whatsoever. Sharing this information is prohibited and remains the intellectual property of Diabetes Canada and its affiliates”. DC reserves the right to vary any of the speakers, topics or times without further notice.
Erica Sigurdson is a Canadian comedian, writer, producer, and haberdasher. Sigurdson has Icelandic ancestry. She is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee, a Leo Award-winning comedy writer and is regularly featured on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters. She has been performing stand-up across Canada for ten years, has travelled to Afghanistan to entertain the troops and was a semi-finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. She is a nine-time repeat guest on the Maximum Fun show Stop Podcasting Yourself.
Kimberley Hanson is Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360˚ initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic.
Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.
Kimberley Hanson Presentation Overview: Living with diabetes can be very expensive. Come learn what government programs may be available to you to help defray the costs, and find out how Diabetes Canada is working to ensure that all Canadians with T1D have access to the care, medications and devices they need to live without limits!
Lorraine is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has had the privilege of presenting workshops across Canada to both health care professionals and people who live with type 1 diabetes. Her primary area of interest is to support people in using diabetes technology to optimize management and minimize the daily burden of life with type 1.
When not at work, she is a busy mom and stepmom to six young adults and two golden retrievers. Lorraine celebrated her 32 year “diaversary” in March of last year and understands firsthand the ups and downs of daily life with diabetes.
Michelle Sorensen, founder of the Ottawa South Resiliency Clinic, is a registered clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience providing counselling and psychological services for a wide range of personal problems. These include anxiety and depression, interpersonal issues (both personal and professional), life transitions, and coping with chronic illness. She provides therapy for adults aged 18 and over, including seniors. She is also very involved in the diabetes community across Canada and works with clients struggling with the psychological impact of living with diabetes.
Michelle has been registered with the Ontario College of Psychologists since 2006, first as a Psychological Associate and now as a Psychologist. Michelle is also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association.
Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist based in Halifax, Canada. He is a Health Behaviour Change Consultant and Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology.
He spends most of his time training healthcare providers in behaviour change for chronic disease management. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease. He consults nationally as well as internationally and is heavily involved in academic publications, journal editing, and clinical practice guidelines (2020 and 2006 Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Obesity and 2018, 2013, 2004 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines).
Mark Woolley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. His parents, Steve and Tracy, had already been exposed to the symptoms through their middle son, Matt, who was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at birth.
At the time of diagnosis, hockey had already become a significant part of Mark’s life, giving the 2001-born defenceman a strong fear that the athletic life he had become accustomed to, would be taken away.
It didn’t take long, however, for Mark to learn that if he could manage diabetes properly, and take care of his health, it wouldn’t be a factor and he could still play the game that he loves. Learning to live with diabetes didn’t come without its trials, though.
Now, as a defenceman for the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Owen Sound Attack, Mark has the goal to not only raise awareness around diabetes, but to send kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps, hoping to give them the same opportunity to learn how to live their lives with diabetes, while still living the life that they love.
Dr. Tom Elliott
Dr. Tom Elliott obtained his medical degree (MBBS) in 1982 from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 1985, he moved to Canada, where he completed his core specialist internal medicine training at the University of British Columbia (UBC). From 1989 to 1991, Dr. Elliott took advanced training in diabetes at the University of London, UK. In 1991, he obtained sub specialist certification in Endocrinology & Metabolism (including diabetes) from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC).
Since 1992, Dr. Elliott has been a faculty member at UBC, where his current rank is Clinical Associate Professor. He was Co-Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the UBC Division of Endocrinology from 1992 to 2012, and chaired the Endocrinology & Metabolism Society of BC, the professional body representing all BC endocrinologists and diabetes specialists, from 2008 to 2012.
Since 1992, Dr. Elliott has been on the active medical staff at Vancouver General Hospital, as well as conducting a busy private office practice in Endocrinology & Diabetology. Dr. Elliott is Director of Clinical Trials at BC Diabetes. He has authored more than 60 scientific papers and is actively engaged in 15 ongoing research projects.
Dr. Alice Cheng
Dr. Cheng is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, internal medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department of Medicine.
She has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines, the Steering and Expert Committees for the 2008 revision and served as Chair of the 2013 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines. She is currently the Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. She is Past-Chair of the Guidelines Committee for the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the national Charles H. Best Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada in recognition of her contributions.
Dr Cheng Presentation Overview: Learn more about the relationship between diabetes and sex as Dr. Alice Cheng discusses various ways diabetes can affect your sexual health.
Kate Farnsworth is the patient partner co-lead for the Innovations in Type-1 Diabetes Program. Kate has been heavily involved in the Do-It-Yourself #wearenotwaiting movement since her daughter Sydney was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8. With a background in information technology and graphic design, Kate has lent her skillset to developing diabetes watch faces for remote monitoring used by patients worldwide.
Kate has created an online patient-driven support community for people who are exploring DIY closed-loop solutions and continues to advocate for all people with diabetes to have access to the best tools to manage their diabetes.
Dr. Sean Wharton
Dr. Wharton has his doctorate in Pharmacy and Medicine. He is the medical director of the Wharton Medical Clinic, a community based internal medicine weight management and diabetes clinic. He is an adjunct professor at McMaster University in Hamilton and York University in Toronto. He also works as an internist at Women’s College Hospital, and the Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Wharton is a researcher and is qualified as a diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Wharton’s research focuses on bariatric medicine and type 2 diabetes. He is the lead author of the weight management section of the 2013 and 2018 Canadian Diabetes Guidelines, and co-chair of the 2018 Canadian Obesity Guidelines.
Dr. Jonathan McGavock
Dr. McGavock’s research program is focused the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in youth, with a particular focus on physical activity. My research program is has three distinct pillars designed to span the spectrum of mechanistic human physiology studies to community-based participatory action research.
Dr. McGavock is an associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is currently the co-leader of the DREAM Theme at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Dr. McGavock held a CIHR New Investigator Salary Award from 2010-2014 and currently holds a CIHR Applied Health Chair in Obesity and Resilience in Indigenous Youth.
Dr. McGavock's formal training is in Kinesiology completing a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at the University of Manitoba (1997), a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at McGill University (1999) and a PhD in Exercise Science at the University of Alberta(2003). Following his doctoral degree he completed a CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellowship within the Albert-based STIHR training program TORCH (2003-2004) and a Heart and Stroke Foundation/CIHR Target Obesity Fellowship in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology with Drs Benjamin Levine and Ron Victor UT Southwestern Medical Centre (2004-2006).
Dr. Delilah Topic
Dr Delilah Topic Bio: I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 14, in 1993. I have pursued high level athletics and academics since my diagnosis. I received a Hon.Bsc. in Human Biology at the University of Toronto in 2002 and went on to receive my medical degree from U of T in 2006, graduating top 6% in my class. I then completed both a residency in Internal Medicine (2009) and a fellowship in Medical Oncology (2011). Finally, I completed an additional fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital (2012) to gain more expertise in Breast and GI cancers.
Currently, I practice as a Medical Oncologist in Kelowna, and am the provincial lead of multiple-choice exams for the undergraduate medical program. My other passion is competitive running, and I have represented Canada numerous times, highlighted by three medals at the World Masters Games (2013, 2017), and a top six finish at the World Masters Track and Field Championships (2016). Currently, I am looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in Japan in 2021.
Despite its challenges, living with Type 1 Diabetes does not have to limit your dreams, goals, and accomplishments!
Dr. Delilah Topic Presentation Overview: I look forward to sharing my journey with T1D with you! As a competitive runner, medical oncologist, and professor, I have proven that there are no limits to T1D. However, my journey was not without its challenges! I hope to provide some inspiration and tips on how to thrive and succeed despite living with a challenging disease.
Dr. Bruce A. Perkins
Bruce A Perkins, MD MPH is Professor, Endocrinologist and Diabetes Complications Clinician-Scientist at the University of Toronto appointed to the Faculty of Medicine and to the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation. He holds the Sam and Judy Pencer Family Chair in Diabetes Clinical Research. He obtained his MD and Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto, his endocrinology subspecialty training at Harvard University, his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a research fellowship in epidemiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Using longitudinal cohort methods as well as clinical trials, his research work has focused on 1) Early biomarkers of diabetes complications, and 2) Interventions for prevention of complications, including artificial pancreas technologies and adjunct drug therapies added to insulin.
In 2015 he was awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association/CIHR Young Scientist Award for his research. Among other projects, he co-leads an Innovations in type 1 Diabetes group within Diabetes Action Canada, a national patient-oriented research strategy.
Dr Perkins Presentation Overview: This talk will focus on the our current efforts to use technology in type 1 diabetes practice - key knowledge around glucose sensors, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery algorithms - and how we can better make use of them individually and advocate for better access.
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Mednow is a national virtual health services provider. Leading with a virtual on-demand pharmacy offering, Mednow uses its central fulfillment centers to quickly and safely deliver essential medication and other pharmacy products to Canadian homes and businesses from coast-to-coast.
Its digital platform acts as a powerful patient data aggregation tool connecting to pharmacy management systems, electronic medical record software, and user-reported data. This enables Mednow to have a holistic view of each and every one of its patients to best care for them.
Mednow has strived to build a complete ecosystem of health services around its full-service pharmacy including telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and home health care. This enables its customers to deal with a single point of contact who acts as an advocate and navigator for their health needs.
Mednow’s therapeutic focus on Diabetes Care comes from its mission statement of “We’re about People, not Pills”, and the belief that to truly care for a pharmacy patient, our pharmacists must have a holistic understanding of a patient’s care journey. For Diabetes, this includes more than just medication and it includes the management of various lifestyle adjustments such as diet and exercise which’s much more workable with our holistic offering. Furthermore, our ability to standardize an offering across Canada ensures all of our patients consistently get the care that they need and deserve.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Diseases, Neuroscience and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people's lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com