2018 Best in Breast Care Conference

Date: October 19, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Best Western Plus Stroneridge Inn & Conference Centre, 6675 Burtwistle Lane, London, ON (directions)

Conference details:
Enhancing breast care in the region and ensuring all patients receive the same opportunity for excellence in care is the goal of the 2018 Best in Breast Care Conference, an educational event focusing on the latest developments in all aspects of breast care.
Presented on Oct. 19 by the Breast Care Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the full-day conference will feature leading experts in breast health, breast screening, diagnosis, treatment, reconstructive surgery, research, support, and survivorship.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, for up to 5.75 Mainpro+ credits.

Who is invited
The conference is open to health care professionals, students/trainees and the general public. Health professionals and students/trainees are invited for the full day. The public is invited to lunch and the afternoon sessions, which will include the keynote address and sessions on survivorship, dispelling myths about breast cancer, and more. See agenda.

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 is Director of Western University’s Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship, one of two such fellowships in Canada that trains new surgeons in this technique. She is also co-founder of the Oncoplastic Partnership Workshop, Canada’s first hands-on oncoplastic surgery course for practicing surgeons across the country. 

Most recently, Dr. Brackstone was awarded 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.

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