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Cancer control conference is a meeting of the minds

Toronto, May 15, 2014

Dr. Jeffery Hoch
Dr. Jeffery Hoch

Canada’s Applied Research in Cancer Control Conference 2014 brought together multidisciplinary minds from around the world on May 12. Speakers came to Toronto to discuss health economics, services, policy and ethics surrounding cancer.

More than 10 representatives from St. Michael’s Hospital, including Dr. Nancy Baxter, Dr. Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai and Dr. Jeffery Hoch, were invited to chair discussions, present findings and speak about cancer-related topics ranging from health technology assessment to personalized medicine. The theme of the conference was focused on multidisciplinary approaches to cancer control. Dr. Hoch, co-director of ARCC and director at the Centre for Excellence in Economic Analysis Research at St. Michael’s Hospital, was a driving force behind the third annual conference.

“The ARCC conference is an integral aspect of the applied cancer research community,” said Dr. Hoch. “It’s the only conference focused solely on applied cancer control research in Canada. I’m proud to have seen so many St. Michael’s attendees, speakers and researchers participating today.”

Another St. Michael’s representative, Dr. Yvonne Bombard, a genomics and health services researcher in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, spoke about the value of personalizing medicine in breast cancer treatment. Emmanuel Ewara, a health economics analyst at CLEAR, discussed his research on the cost effectiveness of drugs for patients with colorectal cancer in Ontario.

“There are an impressive variety of people from all areas of cancer control,” said Jaclyn Beca, chair of the Health Technology Assessment session and research manager at the Pharmacoeconomics Research Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. “It’s interesting to hear about the latest cancer research and engage in discussions with the many researchers and policy makers.”

The conference brought together more than 260 clinicians, researchers, students and decision and policy-makers interested in applied cancer control research. Delegates hailed from across Canada, U.S., U.K. and Australia. There were over 130 presentations and scientific posters shared.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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