The Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Association (CanHaem) is proud to announce that the 7th annual Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Conference and General Assembly Meeting will be held ONLINE on Saturday October 24th, 2020. This meeting will bring together healthcare providers from across Canada to educate and discuss advances on the treatment of heamoglobinopathies.


This year's conference theme :

 Haemoglobinopathy update in 2020: Facing the storm together 


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Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, medical and nursing students, physician assistants, social workers and other allied health practitioners involved in the care of patients with sickle cell disease, thalassemia and associated iron overload.



Yves Pastore | Hematologist and oncologist, CHU Sainte-Justine

Stéphanie Forté | Hematologist and oncologist, CHUM

Nathalie Fournier | Nurse, Hemoglobinopathies program, CHU Sainte-Justine

Evelyne D.-Trottier | Pediatric Emergency | CHU Sainte-Justine



The schedule is as follows according to the province:

Pacifique (PST): 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. | AGM : 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Montain (MST): 10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. | AGM : 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Central (CST): 11 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. | AGM : 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Eastern (EST) : Noon to 4:50 p.m. | AGM : 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Atlantic (AST) : 1 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. | AGM : 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.



The program will include a scientific virtual poster session where the latest findings and research in Canada will be shared. We invite all health care professionals to share their research experience by submitting an abstract.

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REGISTRATION FEES Early Bird on/before
October 10th, 2020
October 10th, 2020
Physicians  70 $ 80 $
Other Healthcare Professionals 50 $ 60 $
Residents | Students 30 $ 40 $
Public | Non-Healthcare 70 $ 80 $



Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation, the following fees will be applied:

  • Cancellation before or on October 10th, 2020: 15% of registration fee
  • Cancellation after October 10th, 2020: 50% of registration fee
  • No refund on or after the day of the event


Information about the webcast will be sent to you a few days before the event.

Required equipment: computer or tablet with an Internet connection


Overall objectives

  • Update on haemoglobinopathies challenges.
  • Improve knowledge on haemoglobinopathies manifestations and care.
  • Favor interaction and development of collaboration between health care professionals involved in care of patients with haemoglobinopathies.


Utilization of blood resources in a crisis: Approach of blood bank

  • Understand the challenges of blood management in a period of crisis.
  • Define a strategy on how to adapt blood usage in preparation for a crisis.
  • Learn about the measures taken by national blood bank providers to face potential blood resource shortage in a period of crisis.


CanHaem recommendations in case of blood shortage

  • Review CanHaem guidelines in case of blood shortage.
  • Anticipate specific situations in our practice were blood usage could be rationed in case of a blood shortage.
  • Understand the need for a stepwise approach.


Impact of COVID-19 on teenagers

  • Learn about teenagers’ perspectives of the pandemic.
  • Understand specific challenges that teenagers with chronic diseases face.
  • Identify factors of resilience to tailor our interventions.


Sickle cardiomyopathy and aging

  • Recognize sickle cardiomyopathy as a unique disease entity.
  • Critically evaluate best available evidence to develop an age- and risk-adapted screening strategy.
  • Identify specific early interventions to treat sickle cardiomyopathy.


Beliefs, perceptions and their impact on therapeutic adherence

  • Examine patient-related factors that will influence therapeutic adherence.
  • Learn about validated tools used to systematically assess patients’ beliefs, perceptions and psychological comorbidities that can impact on therapeutic adherence.
  • Recognize opportunities for patient-centred interventions to increase adherence and engagement.


Transition from pediatric to adult care: The SickKids-UHN experience

  • Analyze the elements that made the SickKids-UHN model successful.
  • Learn about tools used to systematically assess transition readiness.
  • Identify specific nursing interventions that can help with a difficult transition.


October 24 2020

August 21, 2020 12:00 EDT to October 24, 2020 14:00 EDT
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