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We are pleased to announce that the 2017 BPAO Annual Health Symposium will take place on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Husam Abdel-Qadir, delivering the talk “Should we SPRINT towards a lower Blood Pressure Target.  Dr. Abdel-Qadir is a cardiologist, who is also a Canadian Institute of Health Research fellow, currently completing his PhD training through the Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences at Sunnybrook.

His talk will:

  1. Review the evidence for HTN management in a primary prevention setting,
  2. Discuss the main findings of the recent SPRINT trial (NEJM Nov 2015) which demonstrated improved health outcomes for a lower BP target, and
  3. Discuss the health implications of treating to different BP targets for persons of African descent.




Conference Agenda

8:15  Registration
8:55  Opening Remarks
         – Dr Cynthia Maxwell, Dr Paul Galiwango

9:00  Should we SPRINT towards new blood pressure targets (Keynote Lecture)
-Dr Husam Abdel-qadir (Women’s College Hospital)

10:00  Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Black Women: Results from a Peer Education
           Pilot Program
            -Dr Aisha Lofters (St Michael’s Hospital)
10:25  Translating Knowledge into Practice
            -Wangari Tharao (Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC)
10:50  Oncoplastic Surgery: a new frontier in breast cancer management
            -Dr Fahima Osman (North York General Hospital)
11:15 Question Panel
11:35  Lunch/Annual General Meeting
1:05  Five Research Papers to Know from 2016
           -Dr Paul Galiwango (Scarborough Centenary Hospital)
1:20   Does my Arthritic Patient need a Joint Replacement?
            -Dr Chris Gallimore (Mackenzie Health Centre)
1:45  Management of Uterine Fibroids: an update
         -Dr Placide Rubabaza (Ajax and Pickering Hospital)
2:10  HIV: New Developments in Prevention and Treatment
         -Dr Isaac Bogoch (University Health Network)
2:35 Question Panel
2:55 Concluding Remarks

The 2017 Symposium is made possible by the help of our generous sponsors.