Coming: Canada’s Largest Meeting on Heart Failure

Apr 5, 2017
Jeff Jurmain
Heart Failure Update ConferenceFew diseases run as costly to families and society as heart failure, a global epidemic. In Canada, over one million adults and children have heart failure, a condition where the heart can’t pump sufficient blood to meet the body’s demands. Upon diagnosis, the average survival rate is just over two years.

As the nation’s population ages, and the rates of metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity climb, the impact of heart failure will deepen. It is already the most expensive health condition to treat, with each hospitalization lasting a week or more.

Physicians and scientists the world over are investigating ways to stem the tide, to increase patients’ quality of life and to save health-care systems from tremendous fiscal stress. Dramatic innovations in clinical care, and investigative work in genetics and regenerative medicine, are underpinning these efforts.

Heart Failure Update: May 12-13, 2017

This spring, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research is joining the Canadian Heart Failure Society for a two-day international conference in Toronto to showcase such efforts, and to inspire front-line health-care workers and basic scientists who are united in the cause of improving the lives of Canadians with heart failure.

Heart Failure Update 2017, which runs May 12-13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, includes an array of expert plenaries, panel discussions, workshops and debates, intended for professionals in both clinical and research areas. Approximately 30% of the speakers and planning committee members hail from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.

It is set to be the largest heart failure meeting ever in Canada, and the first to unite clinicians and scientists under the same roof to study such pressing issues as advanced heart failure, right-sided heart failure, genetics, stem cell work and mechanical circulatory support.

Registration is open and full-time U of T faculty and graduate students will be reimbursed the cost of registration via U of T’s partnership with the Ted Rogers Centre.



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