Putting Patients First 2019: Working Together Across the Research Life Cycle

#PPF19 will be held on November 20th, 2019 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. More announcements to come!

Putting Patients First is our annual conference designed to encourage learning and collaboration between patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers.

Find out why this conference is important to patients, researchers, decision-makers and health care providers, our conference goals, and learning objectives.

The 2018 conference met all five Patients Included charter criteria. Find out how we received accreditation. We are applying for the same accreditation in 2019.

We acknowledge that our event took place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. As guests to this beautiful land, we are thankful and consider it a privilege to have done our learning here.

2018 Conference LiveStream Recordings

Click on the embedded videos below to view recordings of our PPF18 livestream. 




Conference Slide Shows

Available PowerPoint slides will be downloaded below, as they become available. 

Pre-Conference Workshop - October 3, 2018

Our “Tools for Patient-Oriented Research” Pre-conference Workshop was held on October 3, 2018. Find out more here.

Conference Schedule 2018

Click here to see the 2018 Program.

Speakers included:

Bernadette M. Pauly RN, Ph.D
University of Victoria
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)
Island Health Scholar in Residence

Simon Denegri'Challenging cultures, changing systems - the UK's journey in public involvement in health research'
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
National Director for Patients and the Public in Research


Speaker Biographies

Read the biographies of speakers, patient partners, moderators and guests on our Biographies Page

Conference Posters

See our Conference Posters page for more information. 

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts can be found on this webpage (also available in a PDF version). Please note that the deadline for submission has already passed.

2017 Conference


Conference Program Guide

Keynote Presentation Slides

Your Conference Planning Team

Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research was planned in partnership with the BC SUPPORT Unit's regional centres and Provincial Hub, partners, patients, researchers, decision-makers and providers. Find out more about the full planning group here.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Sara Lima Branco.