CCMDS - Call for Abstracts

Deadline Friday, August 22nd, 2014 Click here to download the abstract form!

Words of Welcome

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On behalf of the organizing committee we are pleased to welcome you to the Canadian Conference on Myelodysplastic Syndromes taking place Sept 12 & 13th, 2014, at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. We are very excited to have with us a stellar group of international experts in MDS reviewing the new developments in this rapidly evolving field.

This meeting will highlight both recent research findings elucidating the pathophysiology of the disease, as well as changes in classification and therapeutic advances that have had a large impact in the management of MDS patients. We look forward to an even greater availability of therapeutic options for MDS patients as advances in understanding the biology of MDS are translated into the clinic. 

We are especially focused on highlighting Canadian research initiatives and fostering research collaboration in the area of MDS.  For the first time, we are soliciting research abstracts and will have an oral presentation of the best research abstract at the meeting as well as poster presentations.

Case presentations will highlight current treatment standards and feature discussions of where the new therapies could be positioned. There will be opportunity for audience participation via keypad polling devices throughout the meeting. We aim to bring a Canadian perspective to the management of MDS patients and look forward to your input as to ways in which we can work together to optimize the care of our patients.

The lunch period of both conference days will offer the opportunity for informal "meet the expert" sessions at the dining tables.

In addition, a mini-conference dedicated to oncology nurses and pharmacists is planned. Speakers from the nursing, pharmacy, and medical disciplines will be presenting.

We look forward to seeing you at the historical Banff Springs Hotel.

Yours truly, 
On behalf of the Planning Committee, 
Dr. Michelle Geddes

Planning Committee

Dr. Rena Buckstein, Toronto, Ontario
Dr. Aly Karsan, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. Andrea Kew, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dr. Wendy Lam, Burnaby, British Columbia
Dr. Brian Leber, Hamilton, Ontario

Dr. Heather Leitch, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. Lynn Savoie, Calgary, Alberta
Dr. April Shamy, Montreal, Quebec
Dr. Richard Wells, Toronto, Ontario
Dr. Nancy Zhu, Edmonton, Alberta 

Target Audience

This meeting has been designed to meet the educational needs of hematologists, internists, researchers, general practitioners in oncology, practitioners in laboratory medicine, residents, fellows, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers involved in the management of patients with MDS.


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants can claim up to a maximum of 13 study credits.

Claiming your credits: Visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes.