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Events

Past events

Canadian Cardiovascuar Congress (CCC)
October 27-31, 2012; Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Synopsis: Heart Centre Biobank trainees presented abstracts on the following projects: Assessing the impact of genetic variation in ISLET-1 on congenital heart disease subtypes;  Influence of CYP3A5 genotype on the pharmacokinetic profile of tacrolimus in paediatric transplant patients; and Novel mutations segregating in three congenital heart disease families identified by exome sequencing.

Personalized Medicine in the Care of the Child with Heart Disease: Discovery to Application
October 27-28, 2012; Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto 
Synopsis: This symposium will highlight new developments in the application of personalized medicine to improve the care of the child with heart disease.

GenomeHeart Symposium
October 17-18, 2011, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto
Synopsis:  The symposium focused on human genomics and stem cells and their applications to personalized medicine for the child and adult with heart disease.  The event was a great success with approximately 150 attendees.  To read more about the symposium visit the Events Archive page.  

Science Rendezvous
May 7, 2011, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Synopsis: The Heart Centre Biobank hosted an exhibit titled "The Great Heart Challenge" during the annual Science Rendezvous event.  The Great Heart Challenge included an obstacle course educating participants on the anatomy of the heart, banking samples for research, and hands on skills of handling samples in the lab with a pipet.  

Café Scientifique
January 19, 2011, Duggan's Brewery, 75 Victoria St, Toronto
Personalized Medicine: Its all in the fit of the genes

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
October 2-5, 2010, SanFrancisco, CA.
Synopsis:
 Biobank staff Alan Fung presented data on Maternal Risk Factors and Congenital Heart Defects: Current Trends.  

American Heart Association (AHA)
November 13-17, 2010, Chicago, Illinois
Synopsis
: Biobank clinical research associate Tanya Daljevic presented an abstract on "Pediatric Participation in Research: Lessons Learnt from a Population-based Cardiac Biorepository".  

Innovations in Heart Health: The Past, The Present and The Future, Heart Centre Biobank Family Education Day
September 18, 2010
Organizers: 
The Heart Centre Biobank Registry
Synopsis:
  With over two years running the Heart Centre Biobank Registry has supported some amazing advances!  This event was hosted for families effected with heart disease and was aimed to educate individuals in regards to whats new in heart health, and how genes, stem cells and personalized medicine are paving the way of the future.

Human Induced Pluripotent stem (iPS) cell training course
June 1-4, 2010, Toronto
Organizers: 
James Ellis, Scientific Co-Director, Ontario Human iPS Cell Facility Senior Scientist, Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children, MaRS Centre.
Synopsis: 
This is a training course on iPS cells for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. iPS cells are generated by "reprogramming" skin cells into stem cells that can produce any cell type of the body. This course offered seminars and hands-on training in cutting-edge reprogramming technology and human iPS cell analysis.  The Heart Centre Biobanks principal investigator, Seema Mital and coordinator Tanya Daljevic presented on “Patient sample acquisition and cardiac disease modeling”.   

Science Extravaganza
May 17, 2010, SickKids Hosptial
Organizers
: Kids Science
Synopsis:
The Kids Science Science Extravaganza is a two-day science symposium held each year in May. The objective of this event is to inspire 'at-risk' students to become the next generation of researchers, technologists and innovators. Through the passing of research knowledge from one generation to the next, the event hopes to foster the same passion for science and technology that permeates the halls of SickKids.  The Heart Centre Biobank welcomed students participating in the event into our lab to view the process of cell culturing and to view live beating heart cells!  

Science Extravaganza Website

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Science Rendezvous
May 8, 2010, SickKids Hospital
Organizers: Kids Science
Synopsis:
  Science Rendezvous is a province-wide event with many activities happening across the GTA. It's a chance to give people a hands-on experience with science. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of the city’s large, active and leading-edge scientific and research communityThe Heart Centre Biobank participated by hosting a booth titled “Gee in Genome!” at SickKids.  Gee in Genome” educates kids about the fascinating field of genetics with the help of interactive video games and hands on experiments. 

Science Rendezvous Website

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Clinically applied course on cardiac development and morphology
January 11-13, 2010, Meibergdreef, Amsterdam
Organizers: Antoon Moorman, Seema Mital
Synopsis:
The purpose of this course was to provide an overview of current developments in paediatric cardiology to those who are clinically and/or scientifically involved in normal and abnormal heart development, including paediatricians, paediatric cardiologists, registrars, fellows, PhD students and post docs. 

his three-day course, co-organized by Network members Mital and Moorman, included various lectures on developmental and clinical aspects of cardiac morphology and malformations and stem cell regulation, given by internationally renowned experts, as well as assisted practical hands-on sessions with anatomical specimens demonstrating normal hearts as well as the different aspects of congenital cardiac malformations. Dr. Seema Mital presented on the topic of development, growth and regeneration of the heart titled Fetal cardiac growth: can the hypoplastic ventricle grow? Tanya Daljevic, Heart Centre Biobank Coordinator, presented a talk on the Importance of Biobanking: practical aspects related to large scale genomic studies, sample collection and preservation, databases, coding systems and international collaboration.

An overview of the Heart Centre Biobank was discussed from its inception to the progress it’s made in terms of networks formed, recruitment, and research conducted. The talk provided insight into points to consider in the development and use of a biorepository as well as raised awareness of the importance of biobanks and their presence as an invaluable resource to the research community.

Conference Program

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Human Induced Pluripotent stem (iPS) cell training course
June 1-5, 2009, Toronto
Organizers: 
James Ellis, Scientific Co-Director, Ontario Human iPS Cell Facility Senior Scientist, Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children, MaRS Centre.
Synopsis: 
This is a training course on iPS cells for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. iPS cells are generated by "reprogramming" skin cells into stem cells that can produce any cell type of the body. iPS cells derived from patients can be used to study human disease and have potential for rejection-free transplantation. The course offered seminars and hands-on training in cutting-edge reprogramming technology and human iPS cell analysis.

HeartRepair Annual Conference
April 5-8 2009
Organizers: Berlin at Harnack House
Synopsis:
HeartRepair, a pan-European research consortium established in 2006 as a 6th Framework Programme Integrated Project of the European Commission, will be sponsoring a course on the anatomy and physiology of congenital malformations including molecular mechanisms.

Labatt Family Heart Centre Patient Education Day
September 12, 2009, Marriott Centre Downtown Toronto
Synopsis:
Clinical research staff, Tanya Daljevic, presented the Heart Centre Biobank at the “Healthy today, Healthy tomorrow: An information Day for Children and Families with Congenital Heart Disease” symposium. A booth was also displayed to inform attendees about the field of genetics.

Canadian Cardiovascular Congress
October 25-28, 2009, Edmonton, AB.
Synopsis:
 Biobank Staff Jennifer Breaton and Research student Alan Fung will present their work on examining informed consent trends in pediatrics, and genetic risk in pediatric patients with conotruncal defects.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
October 16-19, 2009, Washington, DC.
Synopsis:
 Biobank Student Alan Fung will present data on genetic risk in children with congenital heart disease in the current era.

American Heart Association (AHA) International Congress on Genetics and Genomics
November 14-18, 2009, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Synopsis:
Since the human genome sequence was decoded, the speed of discovery has revolutionized the way we practice medicine. The International Congress will address the latest advances in cardiovascular genetics and genomics (Co-chair Program Committee, Seema Mital)

2nd Annual Transatlantic Network for the Genetics of Complex Cardiac Malformations Planning Meeting
November 14, 2009, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
Synopsis:
The Transatlantic Network’s second annual planning meeting will provide updates on project specific objectives, timelines and outcomes and offer opportunities for network members to meet and further solidify research aims and foster collaborative relationships.