In celebrating Heart Month 2020, this February, we host our Annual Public Forum. This event brings the public together with our vast group of patient partners and caregivers, healthcare providers, network investigators, and industry partners, to hear from and pose questions to our prominent guest speakers:
The importance of the Public Forum is to provide access to relevant information and resources for the public to learn about our ground-breaking research and innovative technologies. The event provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge and insight with our network to better advance arrhythmia care in Canada and beyond.
With our prominent guest speakers and the addition of the CANet® Shift competition, our goal is to bring together over 500 people in what would be our largest Public Forum to date.
$200,000 Heart Rhythm Innovation Competition
Our Public Forum evening will also include our inaugural CANet® Shift competition.
Canadian health technology startups will go head-to-head, showcasing their technology at the CANet® Shift – $200,000 Heart Rhythm Innovation Competition.
Three startups will be chosen as finalists to present their technology and ground-breaking solutions to a group of renowned researchers, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and a patient-filled audience.
The pitch winner will receive an astounding CANet-funded grant totaling $200,000!
Dr. Ratika Parkash
CANet Investigator, RPM-CIED
Delivering efficient remote virtual care for pacemaker and implantable cardiac devices
Dr. Parkash obtained her medical degree in 1996 from Dalhousie University. She completed her residency in internal medicine/cardiology in Ottawa from 1996-2002, followed by a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 2002-2004. She obtained a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. She is a professor of medicine at Dalhousie University, from 2004 until the present.
She has two major areas of research: atrial fibrillation (AF) and cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Currently, Dr. Parkash is involved in a number of clinical trial initiatives in atrial fibrillation focused on mechanisms of disease and management strategies. She continues to investigate the prevention of recurrent atrial fibrillation in patients with a high symptom burden to prevent future cardiovascular events and improve quality of life.
In addition, she investigates Cardiac Implantable Electronic devices in the areas of device recalls, management, outcomes, complications, virtual care strategies, as well as prevention of sudden death. Dr. Parkash is the past Chair of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Device Committee and has been the lead investigator in initiatives to improve outcomes in patients with cardiac implantable devices.
Dr. Parkash is the Associate Scientific Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network, dedicated to reducing sudden cardiac death, atrial fibrillation and syncope in Canada.
Author, Bird’s Eye View
A patient’s view: Innovation in health care using technology
Author Sue Robins’ career began as a young hospital volunteer and student nurse before she embarked on a series of health administration roles. She was unexpectedly immersed in health care as a caregiver when her third child was born with Down syndrome. In 2017, Sue became a patient when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sue’s recent work experience includes paid family leadership positions with the B.C. Children’s Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital. She is also a senior partner with Bird Communications, a Canadian health communications company.
Sue’s writing has been widely published, including in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Family Nursing, the Journal of Paediatric and Child Health and the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. She has spoken at many national and international health conferences about patient and family centred care.
Sue is the mom of three children – Isaac, Ella and Aaron. She lives with her husband and youngest son just outside of Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territory of the Traditional Coast Salish people.
After writing about health care for almost her entire life, Bird’s Eye View is Sue’ first book.
Dr. Sheldon Cheskes
CANet Investigator, AED Drone Delivery
Providing cutting-edge technologies with potential to be transformative advances in cardiac arrest response
Dr. Sheldon Cheskes is an Associate Professor with the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and Affiliate Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Cheskes is also a Regional Medical Director with the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, and for 20 years served as the Divisional Chief of Emergency Medicine at Peel Memorial Hospital. He is one of the principal investigators for the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) and is a recognized international authority in the area of CPR quality and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation. Dr. Cheskes has published over 90 manuscripts in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and Resuscitation that have changed resuscitation practice around the world.
He is currently leading the FIRST study, exploring the impact of remote ischemic conditioning to reduce reperfusion injury in ST- elevation myocardial infarction; and is also the principal investigator of the DOSE VF trial, evaluating alternate defibrillation strategies in refractory ventricular fibrillation. Finally, Dr. Cheskes is the principal investigator of the AED on the Fly research study exploring the use of drone technology to improve AED use and survival from rural out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.