8:00am - 6:00pm

Registration Information

Please note: As attendance has reached capacity, registration for PPF18 is now closed.


Provincial Conference: Vancouver

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. 

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 received accreditation.

For more information, please see our dedicated PPF18 page.

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:  

Details: Date, Time, Location

The conference will be held on October 4th, 2018 at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (1128 West Hastings Street), Vancouver, from 8:00am-6:00pm.

Download our save the date poster here.

As we plan our conference in Vancouver, 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.

Pre-Conference Workshop (October 3)

SAVE THE DATE! “Tools for Patient-Oriented Research” Pre-conference Workshop on October 3, 2018. Find out more here.

Conference Program

The program is being developed and at this time we’re pleased to announce confirmed keynote speakers:

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
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
National Director for Patients and the Public in Research

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts concluded on June 17, 2018. Please see this webpage for information (also available in a PDF version).

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.