QCRI-Gairdner Cancer Education & Awareness Event

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QCRI-Gairdner Cancer Education & Awareness Event

Cancer Education & Awareness Event Gairdner Foundation & Queen’s Cancer Research Institute

By Queen's Cancer Research Institute

When and where

Date and time

Sat, Nov 26, 2022 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM EST


School of Medicine Building 15 Arch Street Kingston, ON K7L 3L4 Canada

About this event

Are you a cancer patient/survivor/care giver/family member? If so, you are welcome to this public education event hosted by QCRI scientists/clinicians & funded by Gairdner Foundation-Ontario:

Have questions about how cancer begins, how cancer treatments are developed and tested? How cancer drugs are approved and do they all have value to patients? How patients can become involved in cancer research and cancer trials?

Please join experts from QCRI for a education event that will address these questions and many more!

Refreshments and lunch provided!

School of Medicine Building (SOMB)

15 Arch Street (at Stuart Street)

Rm. 132A – Britton Smith Lecture Theatre and David Walker Atrium


9:00–9:30 am Registration and refreshments (David Walker Atrium)

9:30–9:40 am Welcome video by Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences; & Gairdner rep.

9:40–9:50 am Event Introduction by Dr. Bishal Gyawali, Associate Professor and Faculty Scientist, QCRI Cancer Care & Epidemiology (CCE) Division

9:50–10:30 am Biology of Cancer: What is cancer? How does it arise? Panel discussion (concepts of genetics, immune system, risk factors, epidemiology).

Speakers: Dr. Andrew Craig, QCRI Director and Dr Madhuri Koti, Associate Professor, Cancer Biology & Genetics Division QCRI

10:30–11:00 am How are new cancer drugs discovered and tested? Phases of clinical trials: Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG).

Speaker: Dr. Pierre-Olivier Gaudreau, Senior Investigator, Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oncology, Queen’s University

11:00–11:50 am Drug approval and reimbursement process.

Speakers: Dr. Scott Berry, Professor and Department Head, Department of Oncology, Queen’s University and Medical Director, Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario; Valerie McDonald, former Patient Member, pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review Expert Review Committee

Complimentary Lunch Break (David Walker Atrium)

1:00–1:45 pm Panel Discussion: Concerns with the drug development, approval and reimbursement process (flawed trial designs, surrogate endpoints, cost of drugs, magnitude of benefit and value assessment, quality of life).


Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Professor Emerita, Depts. of Oncology and Medicine, Queen’s University and former CCTG IND Program Director


Dr. Christopher Booth, Director, QCRI Cancer Care & Epidemiology (CCE) Division and Medical Oncologist

Dr. Joseph Pater, Edith Eisenhauer Chair in Clinical Cancer Research - Emeritus

Dr. Bishal Gyawali, Associate Professor and Faculty Scientist, QCRI CCE Division

1:45–2:15 pm Patient Involvement in the drug development and approval process.

Speaker: Judy Needham (Patient Representative Chair, CCTG)

2:15–2:30 pm Interpreting Media Coverage of Breakthroughs: a word to the wise.

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer

2:30-3:00 pm Questions & Answer Session

Moderator: Dr. Bishal Gyawali

3:00–3:30 pm Networking and Refreshments Break

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