Provincial Conference

Photos from the conference are now available in our online photo album!

Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research 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.

This conference meets all five Patients Included charter criteria. Find out how wee received 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

Registration is closed. Thanks to everyone who registered and we look forward to seeing you at PPF2019.

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 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


Exhibits & Exhibitor Information

Exhibit times:

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

The following organizations that provided 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

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.

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.