We are delighted to report the successful delivery of the Public Conference on Cancer on October 15, 2022.
This was a one day, free and virtual event designed for Newfoundland and Labrador population.
Its main goal was to exchange knowledge about:
a) cancer patient and family member experience and perspectives
b) clinical screening and support programs available to cancer patients and families in NL
c) importance of partnering with community members and cancer-affected individuals, from research to healthcare improvements
Conference talks were delivered by 16 speakers – all but one from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Speakers included cancer-affected individuals, healthcare providers, Memorial scientists, and directors of Young Adult Cancer Canada, Provincial Cancer Care Program, and NL Cancer Care Foundation.
In addition to talks by speakers, we also had two Questions & Answers (Q & A) sessions that fostered vibrant discussions between the participants and the speakers and additional experts.
There were 174 formal registrants participating in the Public Conference on Cancer. Participation was high right until to the end of the Conference, and vibrant conversations occurred throughout the Conference. We thank all participants for their interest and making this a successful knowledge exchange event on cancer.
Conference was live-tweeted for public access: the thread of tweets can be found here.
For further information, including information about the speakers, their talks, and select Conference presentation materials, please visit our website.
We received overly positive feedback about the Public Conference on Cancer, through emails, social media comments, and the Conference feedback survey. We are very delighted to see that this public event was beneficial and well received.
The positive impact of the Public Conference on Cancer can be attributed to many individuals and units that deserve to be acknowledged.
1. First and most, we sincerely thank all participants and speakers for being a part of this impactful event and contributing to our collective understanding through their talks and participation.
2. We particularly thank the speakers who were affected by cancer – their talks were the most educational and deeply impactful part, demonstrating what it is to be living with, through, or beyond cancer.
3. We are grateful for Dr. Kara Laing, Dr. Melanie Seal, Dr. Jane Green, Andree MacMillian, and other invited experts, who addressed questions and engaged with the participants during the Q & A sessions.
4. We are indebted to support and technical expertise of the team at OPED, particularly Melissa MacLean, Anuj Charan, and Dan DeLong, who set up and operated the virtual platform, implemented registration page and feedback survey, and took care of the technical issues before and during the Conference.
5. We gratefully acknowledge the funding by MUN’s Office of Public Engagement (Accelerator Fund), as well as in-kind support by NLSUPPORT and financial support by Discipline of Oncology (Faculty of Medicine), without which this successful and free Public Conference on Cancer could not be possible.
6. Last but not least, we thank the previous members of our group, Dr. Farah McCrate, Ms. Rebecca Roome, and Mr. Doug Smith for their contributions to the conference idea and its organization.
Public Conference on Cancer is a product of a robust and effective partnership between the members of our group (known as Public Interest Group on Cancer Research) consisting of cancer-affected individuals, MUN scientists, and Eastern Health scientists. We are indebted to the cancer-affected members of the Public Interest Group on Cancer Research for their invaluable feedback, opinions, and insight that made this event a truly "public", meaningful, engaging, and memorable knowledge exchange event on cancer.
We are very motivated to organize future public events similar to the Public Conference on Cancer; connect the dots and improve exchange of knowledge regarding cancer and cancer lived experiences; and form bridges among all stakeholders in our province. We are confident that such efforts significantly help increase awareness about cancer and will eventually improve the conditions and life experiences of individuals affected by cancer.
Thank you everyone involved for making Public Conference on Cancer such a successful and impactful experience.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Sevtap Savas, PhD. November 7, 2022.
Community members; Public Interest Group on Cancer Research
Sevtap Savas, PhD; MUN and Public Interest Group on Cancer Research
Holly Etchegary, PhD; MUN and Public Interest Group on Cancer Research
Teri Stuckless, MD; MUN and Eastern Health
Cindy Whitten, PhD; Eastern Health and Public Interest Group on Cancer Research
Alicia Follett; MUN
Discipline of Oncology, Memorial University