The annual meeting is the year’s highlight for CAHS, an opportunity for reconnecting with Fellows from across the country, welcoming new Fellows into the Academy, participating in the annual Forum and hearing presentations from Fellows being recognized in various ways for their outstanding scholarship and important contributions.
This year’s event, held in Ottawa on September 17 and 18, 2015, featured a dynamic Forum entitled The Rising Tide of Dementia in Canada: Facing the Critical Challenge by 2025. Canada faces an unprecedented population shift towards those over age 65, projected to bring a rising tide of dementia that will reshape our landscape, socially, economically, medically and politically. It will tax our delivery of care, our environment and the sustainability of our current health care system.
Carole Estabrooks and Howard Feldman, Forum Co-Chairs, are congratulated on a superbly planned and executed program. Presentations were interesting and informative, and generated many questions from the Fellows in attendance. There was lively exchange throughout the day.
Professor Sube Banerjee, of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom and Professor Miia Kivipelto of the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, shared global insights in their keynote address and discussed the latest evidence on the impact of dementia and preventive strategies. They gave a joint post-event interview with Jocelyne Feine, CAHS Fellow, which will be posted to the home page of the website shortly. We also heard from a wealth of Canadian experts from academe (including CAHS Fellows) who outlined what they have done and what they believe should be done to accelerate a Dementia strategy for Canada. A proceedings report will be available shortly that will inform the development of an assessment question.
Panel 1: State of biological and epidemiological science.
Panel 2a: Milder Stages of Dementia: The community and systems of care
Integrated systems of Care Howard Bergman
Panel 2b: Later Stages of Dementia: Changing needs and resources.
Panel 3: Meeting the Challenge – The potential of solutions
This year we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the CAHS! The occasion was appropriately marked with specially invited feature lectures from Paul Armstrong, Graham Bell and Victor Dzau with the rather provocative heading Learned Societies – A Real Value or A Pastime for Aging Academics?
The 10-year history of the Academy was carefully recorded too, a task admirably undertaken by John Cairns and Paul Armstrong. The resulting publication entitled From concept to impact – 10 years of progress was launched at the event.
David Naylor of the University of Toronto was honoured with the Paul Armstrong Lectureship in recognition of his leadership & commitment to advance academic health sciences through academic service and innovation at local, national and international levels and achievements that are truly extraordinary. David’s talk entitled How Canada’s healthcare systems can regain lost ground promoted key features of the recent report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation entitled Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada.
35 new Fellows were inducted into the Academy in 2015. The distinctive competencies of these distinguished individuals have led to accomplishments and academic service to the full breadth of academic health sciences that is truly remarkable. The Induction Ceremony, led this year by Linda Rabeneck and Louise Potvin, celebrated their remarkable personal contributions. 2015 CAHS Elected Fellows
2014 Forum and Annual General Meeting
Held in Ottawa on September 18 and 19, 2014, the event featured a dynamic Forum entitled Commercialization of Health Research for Health, Social and Economic Benefit: Towards an Evidence-Informed Approach. Rick Riopelle of McGill University and Cy Frank of University of Calgary co-chaired the outstanding planning committee who put together this exciting and stimulating program. Peter Nicholson, who edited the recent Council of Canadian Academies publication “Paradox Lost”, shared his global insights in the keynote address and we also heard from a variety of Canadian experts from academe (including CAHS Fellows), government and industry who outlined what they have done and what they believe should be done to accelerate Canada’s progress, with evidence, in the commercialization of health research. The power of the collective approach towards impact was most certainly on display through the highly informed interactions sequenced across plenaries, moderated discussions, breakout sessions and session reporting that culminated in an excellent summary statement from Cy Frank. Comments received from Forum participants are testimony to the wisdom of Academy directions towards fulsome Fellow engagement that all in attendance were witness to throughout the day.
Special features of the 2014 event included an address from Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong and recipient of the2014 Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research. Jane Green of Memorial University shared insights gained from her study of hereditary cancers and eye diseases in Newfoundland and Bartha Knoppers of McGill University talked about a global alliance for genetics and health. Peter Singer of the University of Toronto was honoured with the Paul Armstrong Lectureship in recognition of his leadership & commitment to advance academic health sciences through academic service and innovation at local, national and international levels and achievements that are truly extraordinary.
Keynote Address: The Paradox Lost Challenge Peter Nicholson Panel 1 -Implications of commercialization for academics, funders and health research organizations in Canada Chair: Angus Livingstone
Panel 2 – Lessons Learned from Current and Past Experience in Canada Chair: Roger Pierson Commercialization Support Programs
Academia-Business Examples: Positive and Negative Lessons Learned
THE ARMSTRONG LECTURE
Grand Challenges: Lessons Learned in Innovation & Development PETER A. SINGER OC, MD, MPH
Genetics Research in Newfoundland and Labrador: Lessons from the Past Contribute to New Science Now, and Improved Health Outcomes for the Future Jane Green BSC, MSC (UBC), PHD (MEMORIAL), ONL. Whither the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health? Bartha Maria Knoppers, Ph.D, O.C., O.Q.
2013 Forum and Annual General Meeting
Substance use and addiction have a tremendous impact on individuals and communities in our country and have been estimated to cost Canada around $40 billion per year. There is a growing body of science regarding solutions to this challenge, but this is a complex societal issue where moral and emotional perspectives introduce a critical overlay to the available evidence. This is precisely the kind of challenge that the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is meant to confront and accordingly, our annual Forum on September 19th, 2013 addressed the full spectrum of these issues. CAHS Program_Forum and AGM_September 2013
A lively scholarly debate on the resolution of whether or not the use of illicit substances should be legalized brought to a close an outstanding symposium focused on multi-disciplinary biologic approaches to understanding addiction, societal and environmental determinants of substance abuse, and innovations in our approach to addiction. Recordings of the Forum are linked below. We are most grateful to Michel Boivin, Laval University; John Cairns*, University of British Columbia; Columbia; Cam Wild, University of Alberta; Chief Wayne Christian, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council; Patricia Conrod, Université de Montréal; Prabhat Jha, University of Toronto; Sherry Stewart*, Dalhousie University; Marco Leyton, McGill University; Art Petronis, University of Toronto; Anthony Phillips*, University of British Columbia; and Franco Vaccarino, University of Toronto for their excellent presentations. Debate: For, Ethan Nadelmann, US Drug Policy Alliance; Against, Michel Perron, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; For – Rebuttal, Senator Larry Campbell, Senate Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples and Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; Against – Rebuttal, Peter Butt, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Panel Chair -Martin Schechter*, University of British Columbia. * Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINANTS OF SUBSTANCE USE Early Childhood Experience, Michel Boivin, Laval University; Legacy of Residential Schooling, Chief Wayne Christian; Shuswap Nation Tribal Council; Impact of Substance Use on Global Health; Prabhat Jha*, University of Toronto BIOLOGIC APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION Epigenetics, Art Petronis University of Toronto; What does neuroimaging tell us?, Marco Leyton, McGill University; Insights into the neural bases of addiction, Anthony Phillips*, University of British Columbia INNOVATIONS IN OUR APPROACH TO ADDICTION The Science of Harm Reduction, Cam Wild, University of Alberta; Innovations in therapy, Franco Vaccarino, University of Toronto; Targeted Interventions for Youth, Patricia Conrod, Université de Montréal Slide Presentations: Michel Boivin_CAHS Forum 2013 Chief Wayne Christian_CAHS Forum 2013 Patricia Conrod_CAHS Forum 2013 Prabhat Jha_CAHS Forum 2013 Marco Leyton_CAHS Forum 2013 Art Petronis-CAHS Forum 2013 Anthony Phillips_CAHS Forum 2013 Franco Vaccarino_CAHS Forum 2013 Cam Wild_CAHS Forum 2013
DEBATE: BE IT RESOLVED THAT USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS SHOULD BE DECRIMINALIZED For, Ethan Nadelmann, US Drug Policy Alliance; Against, Michel Perron, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; For – Rebuttal, Senator Larry Campbell, Senate Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples and Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration ; Against – Rebuttal, Peter Butt, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Professor Harvey V. Fineberg, 2013 Recipient of the Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research, gave an insightful luncheon address on “America’s Ambivalence about the Right to Health Care”. The Paul Armstrong Lecture – recognizing leadership & commitment to advance academic health sciences through academic service and innovation at local, national and international levels and achievements that are truly extraordinary – was presented this year by Lorne Tyrrell who spoke to A life in discovery, translation, and commercialization of research focused on viral hepatitis. Invited Scientific Presentations recognize and showcase exemplary research of our Fellows. This year’s presenters – Neil Cashman who spoke to Prions and prion-like diseases: Twisted sisters and Joy Johnson who spoke to Why Gender Matters to Public Health: A Tale of Three Studies – demonstrated best in class research; a hallmark of our Fellows. Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in the field of clinical epidemiology in Canada, was inducted as the 2013 Distinguished Fellow.
54 New Fellows Inducted to the Academy in 2013 The distinctive competencies of these distinguished individuals have led to accomplishments and academic service to the full breadth of academic health sciences that is truly remarkable. TheInduction Ceremony, led this year by Jocelyne Feine and Louise Potvin, celebrated their remarkable personal contributions.
September 20 and 21, 2012, Forum and Annual General Meeting
End of Life Care in Canada: The Last 100 Days marked the Academy’s 7th Annual Forum and Annual General Meeting at the Ottawa Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Dr. Deborah Cook and her planning team are congratulated on creating a program that stimulated what many considered to be our most exciting dialogue to date. The Academy, while striving to increase Fellow engagement in meaningful ways, specifically designed the program to emphasize audience interaction and did so very successfully. CAHS Forum Program_September 2012 How much have you thought about this universal human experience: the end of life? Whereas most of us have some personal experiences with this subject, care at the end of life care is not a private matter nor necessarily remote. End of life care is delivered daily from coast to coast in our universal health care system, largely in a contemporary technologically-advanced hospital. With a grounding plenary lecture, several mini-symposia and panel discussions reflecting national and international evidence on this topic, the program provided a state-of-the-art and state-of-the-science review of end of life care, sharing both present realities and emerging research. This environmental scan of end of life care has implications for many stakeholders: patients, families, clinicians, policy-makers and all citizens. Dialogue served to highlight current controversies, underscore unmet needs, and forge future directions to improve end of life care for all Canadians. The keynote address, from Daren Heyland, was followed by presentations from Drs. Paul Armstrong, Kerry Bowman, John Cairns, Deborah Cook, Sharon Carstairs, Sara Davison, Jocelyn Downie, Robert Fowler, Jonathan Howlett, David Kuhl, Andreas Laupacis,Graeme Rocker, Peter Singer, and Kelli Stajduhar. The event closed with remarks from our President, Tom Marrie. The following articles have been published in a special series by Clinical Investigative Medicine: End of Life Care in Canada A Report from the CAHS Forum Deborah Cook, MD, MSc(Epid), FRCPC & Graeme Rocker, MHSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPC Clin Invest Med 2013; 36 (3): E112-E113 INSPIRED Approaches to Better Care for Patients with Advanced COPD Graeme M Rocker, MHSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPC & Deborah Cook, MD, MSc(Epid), FRCPC Clin Invest Med 2013; 36 (3): E114-E120 Burdens of Family Caregiving at the End of Life Kelli I. Stajduhar, RN, PhD Clin Invest Med 2013; 36 (3): E121-E126 End-of-Life Care in Canada Robert Fowler, MDCM, MS, FRCPC & Michael Hammer, BSc Clin Invest Med 2013; 36 (3): E127-E132 The Inaugural Paul Armstrong Lecture In an expression of gratitude for Paul Armstrong’s vision and wisdom that continues to benefit and steer the Academy, we are delighted to launch this special Lectureship. Paul’s leadership and commitment to advance academic health sciences through academic service and innovation at local, national and international levels has led to achievements that are truly extraordinary. This year’s recipient, Jean Rouleau, spoke to “How best to bring clinical, health systems and population health research forward in Canada over the next 10 years”. Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research Professor Marc Tessier-Lavigne, 2012 Recipient of the Henry G Friesen International Prize in Health Research, gave a luncheon address on “Brain development and brain degeneration: molecular control of nerve growth and pruning”. Invited Scientific Presentations by CAHS Fellows A new element introduced to the program this year was the opportunity to showcase the research of some of our Fellows. These three quite varied but equally fascinating presentations included The Future is Aging: Canadian research priorities in global context by Anne Martin Matthews; Knowledge Translation – Where do we go from here? by Ian Graham; and Badgers, Cattle and People: The epidemiologic triad of bovine tuberculosis in Ireland by Wayne Martin.
53 New Fellows Inducted to the Academy in 2012 The distinctive competencies of these distinguished individuals have led to accomplishments and academic service to the full breadth of academic health sciences that is truly remarkable. The Induction Ceremony, led by Drs. Paul Armstrong and Jocelyne Feine, included many family members this year adding to the warmth of our celebrations.
September 15 & 16, 2011
The 6th Annual CAHS Forum and Annual General Meeting was held at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa on September 15 & 16, 2011. On the first day, a provocative and stimulating full day symposium was held entitled “Smarter Caring for a Healthier Canada: Embracing System Innovation” led by Brian R. Golden, the Sandra Rotman Chaired Professor in Health Sector Strategy at the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and The University Health Network. An audience of 150 CAHS Fellows and invited guests interacted with panelists and speakers in this solutions-focused event that highlighted innovations that can truly change how the system operates and how care is experienced by Canadians. Adapting the model of the Citizens’ Jury process, the event included a Community panel charged with responding to what they had heard about disruptive innovation, equity, efficiency and sustainability and how they saw the ideas and examples impacting on citizens who receive care from the health care system. CAHS Annual Meeting 2011_Forum Summary Presenters this year included – Keynote: Brian R. Golden. Equity: Nancy Edwards (presenter and panel chair)*; Margo Greenwood; Louise Nasmith*. Efficiency: Jack Kitts; Patricia Kosseim; Robyn Tamblyn*; panel chair – Bartha Knoppers*. Sustainability: Don Drummond; Jeremiah Hurley; Kevin McNamara panel chair – Pierre-Gerlier Forest*. Citizen’s Jury: Cindy Blackstock; Sharon Sholzberg-Gray; Anne Snowdon; panel chair – André Picard.
*=CAHS Fellows Slide Presentations: Edwards_approved; Golden_approved; Greenwood_approved; Hurley_approved; Kitts_approved; Kosseim_approved; McNamara_approved; Nasmith_approved; Tamblyn_approved; Turnbull_approved In the evening, 45 new Fellows (see below) were inducted into the Academy together with the fifth Distinguished Fellow, Mr. Stephen Lewis. Although unable to attend in person, Mr. Lewis joined us via video address and spoke passionately on the subject – “The Battle Against AIDS Can Be Won, But It Won’t Be Won: Why Not?” The session ended on September 16th as Fellows attended the annual business meeting, listened to updates about ongoing assessments, potential future assessments and participated in lively discussion around impact and the effective dissemination of our work. The 2011 Distinguished Fellow – Mr. Stephen Lewis An outstanding international champion for social justice and improved health of populations in developing nations across the globe whose achievements are truly extraordinary.
September 30 and October 1, 2010: AGM & Forum
The 2010 CAHS Annual Meeting was held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on September 30 – October 1, 2010. Slide presentations are provided below. Keynote Tom Hudson; Epigenetics Arrowsmith; Epigenetics Kobor; Ethics Caulfield; Ethics Daar; Education Ensom; Education Thorne; Economics Peacock We concluded a highly successful Forum and annual general meeting in Ottawa on September 30 and October 1, 2010. On the first day, a provocative and stimulating full day symposium was held entitled “Personalized Health Care – Epigenetics, Ethics, Education, Economics”, led by Tom Hudson, President and Scientific Director, The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. More than 100 Fellows and guests interacted with panelists and speakers including – Cheryl H. Arrowsmith, Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto; Morris L. Barer, Director, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Timothy Caulfield, Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta; Abdallah Daar, Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery and Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network and University of Toronto; Mary Ensom, Director, Doctor of Pharmacy Program, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia; Robert G. Evans, Department of Economics and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, University of British Columbia; Thomas Feasby University of Calgary; Jean Gray, Dalhousie University; Jeremy Grimshaw, Director, Centre for Best Practices, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa; Bartha Knoppers, Chair, Public Population Project in Genomics(P3G), McGill University; Michael Kobor, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Theapeutics, University of British Columbia; Roderick McInnes, Scientific Director, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University; Anita E. Molzahn, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta; Stuart Peacock, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency; Sally Thorne, Director, UBC School of Nursing; Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD, Douglas McGill Director of McGill Studies on Suicide. Participants were treated to a thought-provoking luncheon talk from Shirley Tilghman, the 2010 Friesen Prize winner, on the subject of Educating for the Future of Biomedical Science. The event, sponsored by the Council of Canadian Academies, was attended by The Honorable David C. Jacobson, the United States Ambassador to Canada. In the evening, 37 new Fellows (see below) were inducted into the Academy together with the fourth Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Calvin R. Stiller. Dr. Stiller participated in the ceremony welcoming the new Fellows and provided some entertaining remarks about his remarkable career and his thoughts on the remarkable work being achieved and the critical need for investment in health sciences research in Canada. The session ended on October 1st, as Fellows attended the annual business meeting and heard updates about ongoing assessment work and impact and participated in a lively debate on our future strategic directions. 37 New Fellows Inducted At the 2010 Induction Ceremony the following outstanding individuals were welcomed into the Academy. 2010 Distinguished Fellow – Calvin R. Stiller M.D. An outstanding physician, scientist and entrepreneur who has championed innovation in health and biomedical research, and it’s application, for health improvements that are truly extraordinary.