Keynote speaker – Dr. Muriel Brackstone
The keynote speaker is surgical oncologist Dr. Muriel Brackstone of London, breast surgeon lead with St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program, who will present on new surgical approaches in the management of breast cancer.
Dr. Brackstone is an associate professor of surgery and oncology at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and an executive member of the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Group, Cancer Care Ontario's breast disease site team, and the international NRG Oncology clinical trials group. A renowned clinician and researcher, Dr. Brackstone initiated the Canadian locally advanced breast cancer consortium for national initiatives in advanced breast cancer treatment and is the lead author on a number of national clinical guideline documents for breast cancer care. She also spearheaded and is Director of London’s first tumour biobank, which provides scientists across the city with access to patient tumour samples and blood in order to test their theories, develop their imaging tools and translate discoveries into new treatment.
Dr. Brackstone co-created London's Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship, a hands-on oncoplastic surgery course that trains breast surgeons across Canada in improved breast surgical techniques. The course is a first in Canada, and one of only two that formally train breast surgeons in oncoplastic surgery.
Most recently, Dr. Brackstone was awarded the James IV Travelling Fellowship by the James IV Association of Surgeons. The travelling fellowship is a prestigious award with only one being available in Canada each year. It is designed to promote communication and collaboration in the surgical community. Travellers are both ambassadors representing their home countries, and conduits for the dissemination of knowledge.