Provincial Conference

Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research is designed to encourage learning and collaboration between patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (1128 West Hastings Street), Vancouver
October 4th, 2018


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

This conference meets all five Patients Included charter criteria. Find out how we're receiving accreditation.

We acknowledge that our event will take 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 be able to do our learning here.

Register for #PPF18

Register early to avoid disappointment! Register for Putting Patients First 2018 here.

Register for our Pre-Conference Workshop - October 3, 2018

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL AND A WAIT LIST IS BEING MAINTAINED. Our “Tools for Patient-Oriented Research” Pre-conference Workshop is on October 3, 2018. Find out more here.

Conference Schedule 2018

Click here to see the 2018 Program.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

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

Simon Denegri's talk will look at the rise of public involvement (PPI) in health research in the UK. He will describe the leadership role that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has played in advancing and promoting public involvement over the last decade. He will also bring the story up-to-date by exploring what recent initiatives such as the development of UK PPI standards mean for the wider health research system. Reflecting on the UK's experience and lessons learned he will set out future challenges and opportunities for an increasingly international movement.

Exhibits & Exhibitor Information

Exhibit times:

  • 8:00-9:00am
  • 10:30-11:00am
  • 12:00-1:00pm
  • 2:15-2:30pm

Be sure to take some time to check out the organizations that are providing exhibits at the conference:

  • BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN)
  • BC Emergency Medicine Network, a BC SUPPORT Unit demonstration project
  • BC Health Research Connection Project, a BC SUPPORT Unit demonstration project
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research*
  • Clinical Trials BC, a component of BC AHSN
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research*
  • Research Ethics BC, a component of BC AHSN

And BC SUPPORT Unit Regional Centres: Regional Centres ( are partnerships between a regional health authority and a corresponding university in that region. They are the first point of contact for stakeholders interested in patient-oriented research. Fraser, Interior, Island, Northern and Vancouver Regional Centres provide specialized expertise and supports in response to the particular needs and interests of people in their region. The Regional Centres support: navigation of patient engagement planning, training, and outreach; knowledge translation activities; data and methods-related questions; and help connect people so they can pursue meaningful patient-oriented research. Stop by our shared exhibit tables to learn more about initiatives unfolding at each Regional Centre and meet some of the leaders involved!

*BC SUPPORT Unit extends its thanks to these funders

Speaker Biographies

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

Hotel and Accommodation

Planning to stay at the conference hotel? The Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (1128 West Hastings Street) has a special rate of $380 per night, plus taxes and fees. Make your reservation at this rate here Please note that accommodation must be booked by September 4th, 2018.  

If you are eligible, you can use the BC Government Business Travel Accommodation Listing when booking accommodation at the BC Government rates (i.e. university and health authority faculty, staff and students). 

Patient Bursaries

Patients or members of the public that are already engaged with their BC SUPPORT Unit Regional Centre may be sponsored for limited, capped travel support. The regions still accepting expressions of interest are listed below. Please contact the person indicated:

Conference Posters

Showcasing your poster at #PPF18? 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.

Save the Date poster

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.