World Health Summit Regional Meeting - North America, Montreal 2017

Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies 

Date: May 8-9, 2017
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hosts: Université de Montréal + Institut de recherches Cliniques de Montréal

The Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) are proud to announce that they will be hosting the 1st World Health Summit (WHS) of the M8 Alliance to be held in North America. The world leaders in global health will be attending this prestigious event, including over 800 researchers, doctors, industry leaders, decision-makers, government members and civil society actors from around the world.

Based on the theme of “Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies,” this interdisciplinary event will focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to health.

In pluralistic societies that welcome diversity, such as ours, many factors will impact health and the provision of healthcare, including globalization, immigration, social and economic inequalities, lifestyle, and culture. We believe that it is our mission, as scholars, to turn our attention to this important phenomenon and to analyze it in depth.

This event is one of the most important of its kind in Canada. It is with the utmost enthusiasm that we invite you to attend.

In order to explore the different aspects of the central theme, the conference will be divided into four subtopics:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare
Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.


Welcome Message

As the president of the 2017 World Health Summit, I am pleased to welcome you to Montreal as it celebrates its 375th anniversary.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal will host the first regional WHS meeting in North America, in partnership with the École de santé publique of the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute.

As one of the most prestigious institutions in research and health education in Canada, the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal is proud to belong to the M8 Alliance, a vast network of leaders in global health that promotes collaboration and research in fields of study that will have a crucial impact on humanity's future.

We aim to train healthcare personnel and to expand the horizons of knowledge in order to improve the health and quality of life of our fellow citizens so that they may lead healthy lives and attain their fullest potential. With this goal in mind, we have thrown ourselves into the organization of this great international annual assembly on health, since we know that we need to work together in order to succeed.

The subject of the 2017 Montreal gathering, "Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies," will give us the opportunity to create a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and to emphasize human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to healthcare.

This event is a tremendous scientific and political platform for the discussion of current issues such as immigrant and First Nations health, the appearance of new treatment-resistant viruses, the quality of life and safety of patients, health in large urban environments and the evolution of healthcare and medical education.

Happy Montreal Summit!

Hélène Boisjoly
President of the WHS
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Université de Montréal
Canada


Program

The program will be structured by four main themes:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare
Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.

Please note that all presentations will be given in English. Simultaneous translation will be offered for keynote presentations.

Program overview

Detailed program

All information on speakers, topics and presentations is available in our interactive program planner

 


Speakers

The  World Health Summit Regional Meeting brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare systems worldwide.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
(in alphabetical order)

Government Keynote Speakers

Gaétan Barrette

Minister of Health and Social Services - Quebec, Canada

Dr Gaétan Barrette is Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services since 2014. A 1985 graduate in medicine of l’Université de Montréal, Dr Gaétan Barrette became a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1989. In 1991, he pursued a Fellowship in Vascular and Surgical Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. He currently practises at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital where he has been an active member since 1990. Dr. Barrette has been President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec between 2006 and 2014. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Financière des professionnels inc. which manages a $2 billion portfolio. He was also a member of the Boards of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Dr Barrette participates regularly in various conferences and forums on the subject of specialized medicine throughout Quebec, across Canada and abroad.

Keynote Speaker

Speakers

Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Clare Bambra PhD is Professor of Public Health Newcastle University Medical School (UK). Her research focuses on the health effects of labour markets, health and welfare systems, as well as the role of public policies to reduce health inequalities. She has published extensively including How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Health Divides: Where you live can kill you (Policy Press, 2016). She can be followed on Twitter @ProfBambra

Christian Baron

Vice-Dean of Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Canada

Christian Baron received a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in August Böck’s group in the Department of Microbiology in 1993, followed by postdoctoral research with Patricia C. Zambryski at UC Berkeley (CA, USA). In 1997 he returned to Munich as University Assistant to build his independent research group in the Department of Microbiology and in 2002 he was recruited as Associate Professor in the Biology Department at McMaster University in Hamilton (ON, Canada). In 2008 he joined the Department of Biochemistry at the Université de Montréal (QC, Canada) as Full Professor and Chair. In 2015 he was nominated as Vice-Dean of Research and Development at the Faculty of Medicine.

Nancy Beauregard

Associate professor, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal, Canada

Associate professor, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal
Nancy Beauregard, holds a PhD in population health from University of Ottawa. She is an associate professor at the School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal. She is also a regular researcher at the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM). Nancy Beauregard is interested in the influence of organizational context, and in particular, of the organizational learning process, on occupational health and safety. In addition, her recent work focuses on the association between work injuries and mental health among the workforce. Her researches on at risk industrial sectors and occupations have received financial support from the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST). Hence, the theme of agricultural health and safety crosses her main research interests.

Marcel A. Behr

Director of the McGill International TB Centre and Microbiologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre, Canada

Dr. Marcel Behr is Professor of Medicine at McGill University where he is Director of the McGill International TB Centre and Microbiologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre. His training included BSc (Biochemistry) from the University of Toronto, MD from Queen’s University, Residency training in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at McGill, an MSc (Epidemiology) from McGill and then post-doctoral studies of Molecular Epidemiology and Bacterial Genomics at Stanford.  Dr. Behr’s research interest is the application of bacterial genetics to study the epidemiology and pathogenesis of mycobacterial diseases, specifically, M. tuberculosis, BCG, and non-tuberculous mycobacteria, including members of the M. avium-intracellular complex. This work has been recognized by numerous awards, in Quebec (Chercheur National of the Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec) and beyond (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2016 and Election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2010).

Robin Bell

Deputy Director of the Women’s Health Research Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Professor Robin Bell MBBS (Hons) PhD MPH FAFPHM Grad Cert Health Professional Education. Professor Robin Bell is the Deputy Director of the Women’s Health Research Program in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Professor Bell is a medical epidemiologist specializing in the health of women at midlife and older and has published 180 peer reviewed publications. Professor Bell is also the Curriculum and Assessment Lead for one of the 4 vertical themes in the medical course at Monash, the theme of Society, Population, Health and Illness. Professor Bell teaches population health, health promotion and prevention science as well as a module on the health of women at midlife. Monash University currently has an undergraduate medical course, a post-graduate course and a separate campus with a medical course in Malaysia. There are, in total, about 500 students in each year level of the medical courses at Monash.

Victoria Berquist

Chair of the Australian Medical Students’ Association Junior doctor, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria is Chair of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, a graduate of Monash University, and is a junior doctor at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She has been heavily involved in medical leadership and particularly in the wellbeing and rights of medical students. She has advocated locally, nationally and internationally for the mental health of medical students as President of the Monash University Medical Society where she worked on bullying advocacy as well as whistleblowing and reporting procedures. On an international level, Victoria worked as the inaugural Mental Health Program Coordinator for the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, discussing experiences with and creating tools for students from around the world.

She is passionate about non-formal education in the medical curriculum and believes that to learn broadly and with enthusiasm in fields beyond medicine will make students more holistic, empowered, people-focussed doctors, with greater influence to enact change within our societies.

Carlos Blanco

Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), United States

Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. is the Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Blanco is a national known expert in the epidemiology and treatment of addictive disorders with and without comorbid disorders. His accomplishments include, among others, a detailed examination of the course and stages of substance use disorders, the development of methods to quantify the generalizability of clinical trials, the development and testing of interventions that combine motivational interviewing with cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve retention and outcome in individuals with addictive disorders, and the creation of a virtual map of psychiatric disorders, based on empirical data, to guide research into the causes of mental disorders. Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Blanco was Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Danielle Blouin

Secretary, Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), Committee on the Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), Canada

Dr. Blouin serves as Secretary for the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and for the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME). She still maintains an active academic clinical practice in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University, and was granted professorship in 2012. In 2003, she completed a Master of Health Professions Education degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed in 2016 by a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the same university. She has been involved as an educator and scholar in numerous projects at the provincial, national and international levels.  Her research interests centre on curriculum development and program evaluation.

Kym Boycott

Medical Geneticist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Professor of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Canada

Kym Boycott is a Medical Geneticist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Senior Scientist at the CHEO Research Institute, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Boycott’s research program in rare diseases bridges clinical medicine to basic research and is focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of these disorders, enabling the design of new therapies to ultimately benefit patients and their families. She is the principal investigator of Canada’s national genome-wide sequencing platform for rare disease, Care4Rare Canada, and of the Rare Diseases: Models & Mechanisms Network, established to catalyze connections between clinical investigators discovering new genes in patients with rare diseases and basic scientists who can analyze equivalent genes and pathways in model organisms. Dr. Boycott moves the international rare disease agenda forward through her role as the Chair of the Diagnostics Committee of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium. 

Alex Brown

Leader, Aboriginal Research Unit, Australia

Professor Alex Brown is an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher from the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. He studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle (NSW), an MPH at Hebrew University in Israel, and his PhD from University of Queensland in cardiovascular epidemiology. He is currently Chair in Aboriginal Health at the University of South Australia and Deputy Director and Theme Leader Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Alex has established an extensive and unique research program focused on chronic disease in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on outlining and overcoming health disparities. He leads projects encompassing cardiometabolic epidemiology, understanding the psychosocial determinants of chronic disease, mixed methods health services research, and trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological chronic disease interventions. In July 2012, Alex joined SAHMRI to develop and lead a state-wide Aboriginal health research program. He leads a team of 52 staff, 29 of whom are Indigenous. He was recently admitted to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Julie Bruneau

Professor, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Université de Montréal, Canada

Dr Julie Bruneau is Professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Université de Montréal. She is currently Head of the Primary Care Department at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).  She is recognized as a leader in addiction medicine in Canada. At the CHUM, she implemented what became the largest academic mental health and addiction medicine facility in the province, where she is still practicing. Over the past 20 years, her research contributed to a better understanding of factors impeding and facilitating harm reduction efforts (such as syringe exchange and Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) to reduce HCV and HIV transmission and comorbidities among persons who inject drugs. She is currently the leader of the Quebec-Maritimes node of the Canadian Research Initiative on Drug Misuse, and a core-leader in the Canadian HEPC Research Network.

Fabrice Brunet

CEO of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and of the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine (CHU Sainte-Justine), Canada

Dr. Brunet is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and of the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine (CHU Sainte-Justine), a role he has occupied since September 7, 2015. From 2009 to 2015, he was the Director General of the CHU Sainte-Justine, before becoming its CEO. He is Vice-President of the Integrated University Health Network of the Université de Montréal (RUIS) and a full clinical professor at the Department of Pediatrics of the Université de Montréal. He is also a professor of resuscitation medicine in France and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fabrice Brunet studied medicine at the Faculty of Cochin Port-Royal, University of Paris V. He later specialized in cardiology, medical resuscitation and emergency medicine. He has also occupied several roles in the medical field across Europe and America, with a particular focus on research and teaching. Early in his career, he attended the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), where he completed his medical education by studying management in a healthcare context, and eventually became a professor of hospital management. Dr. Brunet completed his management studies at Harvard University and at the University of Toronto and became a professor of healthcare at the HEC Montréal. Before he started working at the CHU Sainte-Justine, he was Director of the Department of Resuscitation and Intensive Care at the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Medical Director of its telemedicine program.The experience that Dr. Brunet has garnered over the course of his career will be used to continuously improve the care that is provided to the residents of the CHUM and CHU Sainte-Justine and to respond to their needs, from birth until death.

Agnès Buzyn

Professor of Hematology at the University Pierre-and-Marie-Curie, Paris, France

Agnès Buzyn is Professor of Hematology at the University Pierre-and-Marie-Curie in Paris. She spent a large part of her career as an academic hematologist and clinician at the University Paris Descartes - Necker Hospital, where from 1992 to 2011 she headed the adult hematology intensive care and bone marrow transplants unit. From 2002 to 2006, Professor Buzyn was the Director of a research team on tumor immunology at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Her research activities have focused on bone marrow transplants, and leukemias (ALL,CML).
A. Buzyn has served as board member of a number of national organizations: the Biomedicine Agency (ABM), the Blood Institute (EFS), the bone marrow transplant and cell therapy society (SFGM-TC). From 2008 to 2013, she served as Chair of the Board of the Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN). A. Buzyn was President of the French National Cancer Institute (INCa) from May 2011 until February 2016. She has been appointed Chairwoman of the French National Authority for Health (HAS – Haute Autorité de santé) on 7 March 2016.


Hosts

University of Montreal

University of Montreal and its two affiliated schools, École Polytechnique (engineering) and HEC Montréal (business) are amongst the world's top 100 universities, according to international rankings. Founded in 1878, the campus today has over 66,000 students and 2,600 professors, making University of Montreal the second largest university in Canada. Its students are drawn to the university by its deep roots in cosmopolitan Montreal and in consideration of its tenacious dedication to its international mission.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal has a threefold mission: the teaching, research, and improvement of healthcare in the fundamental sciences, clinical sciences, and health sciences sectors. Boasting  sixteen departments and two schools, it trains one third of doctors in Quebec, as well as a significant number of the health professionals in the province.

With its widespread hospital network, numerous affiliated institutes and the important responsibilities it has been given by the government of Quebec, the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal plays a prominent role in Canadian society.

The School of Public Health of the University of Montreal (ESPUM) is the only institution of its kind in Quebec and a leader in Canada and in the francophone world. It strives to be a locus of excellence and critical reflection in the teaching, research and promotion of knowledge pertaining to the public health fields. Fuelled by scientific innovation and excellence, the ESPUM offers widely recognized high-level graduate study programs.

Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Founded in 1967, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is a non-profit organization that conducts fundamental and clinical biomedical research in addition to training high-level young scientists. With its cutting-edge technology facilities, the institute brings together 33 research teams, which work in cancer, immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, systems biology and medicinal chemistry. The IRCM also operates a research clinic specialized in hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and cystic fibrosis, as well as a research centre on rare and genetic diseases in adults. The IRCM is affiliated with the University of Montreal and associated with McGill University. Its clinic is affiliated with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). The IRCM is supported by the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (Quebec ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation).


Plan your stay

Montreal: a city whose passion, joie de vivre and rich cultural heritage are legendary

Marked by its past, proud of its bicultural heritage, and further enriched by immigration, Montréal turns resolutely toward the future.

Today, Montréal is home to some 3.4 million inhabitants who represent no fewer than 80 different ethnic groups. Montréal lives up to its reputation as an international city.

The second-largest French-speaking city in the world, Montréal hosted one of the most impressive world fairs of the century in 1967 as well as the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The city donned its finest to welcome visitors and has preserved and even improved several of the attractions that it built for the two occasions. Because Montréal always loves to celebrate, it has naturally become a city of dazzling international festivals (jazz, film, comedy, fireworks, fine dining, Winter sports and so forth). The rhythm of events intensifies and visitors and Montrealers alike join in the dance. More than a few succumb to the city’s mixture of European and North American charm that both surprises and enchants.

Dynamic and modern, but respectful of its architectural heritage, Montréal successfully blends the old with the new. A trip through the past in Old Montréal and the Old Port lets you witness the origins and the growth of the colony. Museums and historical sites alternate with irresistible bistros in an atmosphere of yesteryear.

While venerating its past, Montréal also looks to the future, having earned a reputation as a world leader in leading-edge technologies such as aeronautics, information technologies and biotechnologies. Montréal is also an innovator, whether in the field of medical technology and equipment, the arts (for example, the Cirque du Soleil, modern dance and experimental theatre), information technology (software and multimedia productions) or in urban development (a unique underground city).

For those who wish to take a closer reading of Montréal’s pulse, what could be better than a stopover in some of the city’s most picturesque districts, such as the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy, or along Saint-Denis Street in the Plateau Mont-Royal. In neighbourhood markets, boutiques, restaurants and cafés radiates the soul of Montréal, and the vitality and joie de vivre of its inhabitants.

Happy birthday Montreal

On the occasion of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, let’s celebrate Montréal’s vivacity. If the downtown core and historic Old Montréal shine year-round with international festivals and events, summer 2017 will certainly be even more special. It’s time to celebrate Montréal’s roots: its history and heritage, not to mention its identity and diversity, in high style! Festivals, tastings, church bell concerts and neighourhood tours... The list is long!

Do not hesitate to take part in Montreal's 375th anniversary

Fun facts

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their legendary Bed-In in Montréal at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel from May 26 to June 2, 1969.
  • A popular local snack is “poutine” (French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy) – absolutely delicious!
  • Our “underground city” has over 30 km (18 miles) of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas and tunnels linking 8 subway stations, 5 train stations and termini, 63 buildings, 9 major hotels, 2,000 businesses, 1,700 boutiques, 37 cinemas, theatres and exhibition halls, 10 university buildings and 43 indoor parking areas.
  • The legal drinking age in Montréal is 18. Bars and restaurants can serve beer and alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 in the morning.
  • What others call “pastrami”, we call “smoked meat”. (By the way, our smoked meat sandwiches are to die for!)
  • An entrée here is actually an appetizer.
  • Montréal is among the 10 best cities in the world for outdoor dining, according to American travel guide publisher, Frommers.
  • In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montréal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese.
  • Montréal ranks second to Halifax for the number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries (12 in all).
  • Eye contact in Montréal differs from that in other major cities. Whereas discretion is the order of the day elsewhere, Montréalers do not shy away from making eye contact with strangers.
  • With the highest number of tango dancers and dance halls on the continent, Montréal is the tango capital of North America.
  • Greeting a French-speaking person from Montréal can be confusing for visitors. The customary way to greet friends in Montréal is to kiss them on both cheeks, starting with the right, whereas Canadians in other provinces tend to keep their distance and simply shake hands.

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