Hosts and Presenters

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Therapies for Managing Multiple Sclerosis: From Stem Cells to Exercise

Dr. Mark S. Freedman, HBSc, MSc, MD, CSPQ, FAAN, FRCPC, Dr. Freedman is currently Professor of medicine in the field of Neurology at the University of Ottawa, as well as director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Lara Pilutti, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her doctorate degree from McMaster University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She went on to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois before joining the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Lisa Walker, PhD, C.Psych, Dr. Walker is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Ottawa Hospital with academic appointments at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the University of Ottawa in both the Faculty of Medicine and School of Psychology, and Carleton University in the School of Psychology and the Institute of Cognitive Science.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mr. Hockey and Stem Cells: Getting Canada in the Game

Moderated by:

Ms. Sophia Gocan RN MScN CNN(C), Stroke Prevention Nurse Specialist, Champlain Regional Stroke Network

Dr. Dale Corbett, Professor of Neurosciences in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Scientific Director and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi, Stroke Neurologist,  Ottawa Hospital, Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Cross Appointed to Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa. Scientific Director of the Ottawa Stroke Program and Scientist, Neuroscience, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Duncan Stewart, Executive Vice-President, Research, The Ottawa Hospital, CEO & Scientific Director Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alzheimer's disease: The Challenge of the Next Decade  

Dr. Richard Bergeron, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa; Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Investigator, Recherches Neuro-hippocampe.

Dr. Andrew Frank, Clinical Investigator, Bruyère Research Institute, Cognitive and Behavioural Neurologist, Medical Director, Memory Program, Bruyère Research Institute

Dr. Nafissa Ismail, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa

Annick Millette, MP

Mtre Mario Patry, Notary, B.A., LL.L., D.D.N

Sylvie Pilon has been a social worker since 2002 and a member of OTSTCFQ (Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec) since 2004.  Evolving within the health sector for 15 years now, Sylvie Pilon has developed her expertise to take care of her clients and their relatives, promoting and protecting human rights and also organising their return to the community (introducing resources at home, relocation if the return at home is not possible anymore…)

For 10 years now, Sylvie has been a regional trainer for the standardized assessment ‘‘Évaluation Multi-Clientèle’’ (OEMC) and since 2005 a commissioner of oaths. She regularly offers psychosocial assessment as part of protective supervision plans or mandate in case of incapacity. Her work in situations of crisis with brain damage people (such as stroke, head trauma...) both hospitalised within the emergency and the intensive care program within a rehabilitation center, has been a key in order to develop her adaptive skills to cope with change and the unexpected, her open mind to differences and her self-confidence.


Spinal Cord and Brain Regeneration and Repair - Pipeline from Basic Science to Clinical Cure

Dr. Andrew Pelling, Canada Research Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa
Dr. Pelling is generally interested in understanding the dynamic mechanical properties of cellular systems across nanometer and micrometer length scales. The mechanical response and transduction pathways of living cells are explored using genetic manipulation and a variety of scanning probe and optical techniques. The long term goals of his research program are to understand the genetic and architectural control mechanisms of mechanotransduction pathways in health and disease.

Dr. Eve Tsai, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Suruchi Bhargava Chair in Spinal Cord and Brain Regeneration Research, Assistant Professor


Thursday, October 19, 2017

The uOBMRI-Rowan's Legacy Symposium

Concussion Legacy Foundation
Rowan's Legacy



Rowan’s Law Panel
Gordon and Kathleen Stringer
Eric Lindros, Hockey Hall of Fame
Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean - Carleton

Moderated by: Anna Karina Tabunar, Anna-Karina is the host and contributing editor of Canada in Perspective.

What Do I Do if I Have a Concussion? Dr. Shawn Marshall, Medical Director, Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre; uOBMRI and Dr. Kristian Goulet, Medical Director, CHEO Concussion Clinic and Assistant Professor and Pediatrician, Community Pediatrics; uOBMRI

Return to Life Protocols Dr. Roger Zemek, CHEO RI Clinical Research Chair in Pediatric Concussion, uOBMRI

Living with CTE: A Spouse's Experience Lisa McHale, Director of Family Relations at the Concussion Legacy Foundation

Mechanisms of CTE Dr. Lee Goldstein, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine, & Biomedical Engineering Boston University School of Medicine

Moderated by: Tim Fleiszer 

Athlete Panel
Mackenzie Stone, former NCAA Division I Hockey at Rochester Institute of Technology
Jim Kyte, former NHL
Ernest Jackson, current CFL Montreal Alouettes


Supported by 

Algonquin College


Friday, October 20, 2017

New Inroads in Parkinson’s Research: The Gut-Brain Connection

Terry Marcotte, EmCee, Terry Marcotte is the Sports Director of CTV Ottawa. He is an Ottawa native with nearly three decades of television experience.  Terry joined CTV Ottawa, then CJOH, in 1987. He has graciously   emceed this event for the past few years. 

Dr. John Woulfe, Clinical Neuropathologist, The Ottawa Hospital, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa,  Associate Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. David Grimes, MD, FRCPC, Division Head, Neurology, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Ottawa Hospital, uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute


Meet the  recipients of  the 2017 Parkinson Research Consortium  Fellowship Awards, young scientists making a difference in Parkinson's disease research.

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