Exploring Revolutionary Research and Innovation in Cancer Care.

October 18th, 2019 | Kelowna, BC

Committed Collaborators.

Improvements across complex health-care systems are established through building a culture of innovation and a community of collaboration. With this in mind, Accelerate Okanagan, BC Cancer, Interior Health, and The University of British Columbia (UBC) have joined forces to launch an annual Future of Health Forum for health researchers, clinicians, innovators, entrepreneurs, and members of the public to connect and exchange ideas.

This year, the Future of Health Forum will focus on cancer and the patient journey through cancer. This inaugural event is an amazing opportunity for clinical and academic colleagues to share their perspectives on the complex problems facing the health-care system today and to engage the OKGNtech community to assist in developing innovative solutions.

Speaker Spotlight

Dr. Connie Eaves

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Dr. Connie Eaves is an international leader in stem cell research. She has helped advance our understanding of how normal and cancer stem cells develop, particularly in the early stages of leukemia and breast cancer. She received the prestigious 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for her paradigm-shifting discoveries and advocacy for early-career scientists and women in science.

Dr. Eaves is a professor of medical genetics at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and distinguished scientist in the Terry Fox Laboratory at BC Cancer.

Watch and Learn.

The Nature of Things documentary, Cracking Cancer, recounts the journey of seven cancer patients at BC Cancer as they take part in the Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) program – a cutting-edge clinical research program that is changing the way oncologists view cancer treatment. In the program, oncologists aim to identify and treat cancer-causing genetic mutations specific to each patient.

The POG program is spearheaded by Dr. Janessa Laskin and Dr. Marco Marra at BC Cancer.

“We’re trying to find what’s driving that cancer,” says Dr. Laskin about the program. “And then, can we identify a drug that will block the cancer driver in each patient?”

Sponsor Spotlight

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The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) connects the province’s health research expertise and resources to deliver high-priority, high-impact innovations into the health system. These innovations benefit both the province and its people. BC AHSN is a champion and facilitator of innovation and an engine in enabling such innovation, in a high-performing Learning Health System.

The Future of Health would not be possible without the contributions of organizations like BC AHSN and we are grateful for their support.

Silver sponsor

Big Bear Software is a valuable member of the OKGNtech community. The Penticton-based company has been developing custom software applications for 15 years. In the last two years, founder Keith MacIntyre and his team have worked with over 60 clients including Kal Tire, Cando Rail, and Structurlam as well as many large government organizations to build scalable software and web solutions.

The Future of Health would not be possible without the contributions of organizations like Big Bear Software and we are grateful for their support.

Our hope is that we have created an environment where clinical and academic colleagues can share their perspectives on the complex problems facing the health-care system today,” says Dr. Ross Halperin, Regional Medical Director for BC Cancer— Kelowna. “Our strategy is to attract and engage the regional innovation community to assist in developing innovative solutions.”