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Friday, April 28, 2023
Saturday, April 29, 2023


Definition of Sex and Gender
Definition of Women


Preliminary Program

Friday April 28, 2023

7:00 - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00 - 8:30 am
Welcome Remarks

Tara Sedlak Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Women’s Hospital
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic 
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Thais de A. Coutinho, MD
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Chair, Executive Steering Committee
Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance
Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

8:30 - 9:30 am
Theme 1: Opportunities to Act: Practicing Cultural Humility and Embedding Cultural Safety into Practice

9:30 - 9:50 am
Morning Break 

9:50 - 10:30 am
Keynote Address: The Lancet Women and Cardiovascular Disease Commission: Reducing the Global Burden by 2030 

By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe action-oriented initiatives to reduce cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality rates for women in Canada. 

Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, FAHA, MSCAI, FESC
Mount Sinai Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Clinical Research and Outcomes
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), and Population Health Science and Policy
Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York USA

10:30 - 11:30 am
Theme 2: New Evidence / Emerging Risk Factors and Opportunities to Act

Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

By the end of the session, participants will have knowledge of sex differences in the risk, diagnosis, management and outcomes of atrial fibrillation and stroke.

Jodi Edwards Jodi Edwards, PhD
Scientist And Director, Brain And Heart Nexus Research Program
Director, UOHI Population Outcomes Research Unit
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Associate Professor, School Of Epidemiology And Public Health, University Of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON 
Sex differences in Familial Hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify sex differences in familial hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular disease.

Liam Brunham Liam Brunham, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACP, FNLA
Canada Research Chair, Associate Professor
Medical Lead, Health Heart Program Prevention Clinic, St. Paul’s hospital
UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

11:40 - 12:15 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Special Considerations of Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy

By the end of the session, participants will be able to have a general approach to common congenital heart lesions in pregnancy.

Jasmine Grewal, MD
Clinical Associate Professor and Cardiologist
University of British Columbia
Director, Cardiac Obstetrics Clinic and
Associate Director Echocardiography Lab
St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC
Underdiagnosis and misdiagnosis of coronary microvascular dysfunction in women: How Can We Do Better?

By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) with respect to epidemiology, diagnosis and therapy and ways to avoid underdiagnosis and misdiagnosis of CMD.

Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Women’s Hospital
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic 
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

12:15 - 1:15 pm
Oceanview Suites: Lunch

12:30 - 1:10 pm
Live Streamed Lunch & Learn: Meaningful Engagement in Research

Better Medicine Together: a New Platform for Medical Research Collaboration and Funding

By the end of the session, participants will be able to discuss ways in which patient advocates, researchers, and funders can work together for a more inclusive, democratized approach to medical research.

Dr. Rose McDonough

Rosalie (Rose) McDonough, MD 
CEO and Co-founder of Collavidence Inc.
Stroke Research Fellow
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

12:25 - 1:10 pm

Pacific Room 1: Trainee Career Mentoring Session 

Karin Humphries Karin H. Humphries, MBA, DSc, FAHA
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Associate Professor Emeritus
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Women’s Hospital
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic 
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

1:15 - 2:00 pm
THEME 3: Opportunities to Act: Screening and Diagnosis

2:00 - 2:45 pm
THEME 4: Opportunities to Act: Acute Care

The Impact of Sex and Gender on Acute Stroke Diagnosis and Care

By the end of the session, participants will be able to recognize the differences (and similarities!) of stroke symptoms in men and women.

Dr. Amy Yu Amy Yu, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Stroke Neurologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
Toronto, ON

2:45 - 3:05 pm
Afternoon Break

3:05 - 3:50 pm
THEME 5: Opportunities to Act: Health Systems

From Planning to Delivery – A Case Study in the Implementation of a Regional Women’s Cardiovascular Health [centre/program/initiative/system] 

By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe key considerations related to implementing women-focused cardiovascular health programs. 

Dr. Kerri-Anne Mullen Kerri-Anne Mullen, PhD
Director, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and Prevention and Wellness Centre
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

3:50 - 4:50 pm
Theme 6: Opportunities to Act: Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive Health Begins with the Aorta – Understanding the Role of Aortic Function on Cognition

By the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the pressure-buffering function of the aorta as a key function to protect the brain and cognition.

Dr. Thais Coutinho Thais de A. Coutinho, MD
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Chair, Executive Steering Committee
Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance
Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Cardiovascular Disease Among Women

By the end of the session, participants will learn how social isolation and loneliness are connected to cardiovascular disease and how social connectedness can bolster cardiovascular health among women. 

Dr. Karen Bouchard Karen Bouchard, PhD
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

4:50 - 5:00 pm
Day 1 Closing Remarks

Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Women’s Hospital
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic 
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Poster Session

6:30 - 10:00 pm
Networking Dinner


Saturday April 29, 2023

7:00 - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00 - 8:45 am

8:45 - 9:30 am
Pregnancy: The Impact on Heart, Brain and Vascular Health

Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy: Impact on Future Risk of CVD

By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify pregnant women at risk of cardiovascular risk factors and disease in the future.

Jasmine Grewal, MD
Clinical Associate Professor and Cardiologist
University of British Columbia
Director, Cardiac Obstetrics Clinic and
Associate Director Echocardiography Lab
St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC

9:30 - 10:30 am
THEME 7: Opportunities to Act: Review of Menopause and Pregnancy Guidelines

10:30 - 10:50 am
Morning Break

10:50 - 11:35am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:45 - 12:15 pm

12:15 - 1:15 pm
Oceanview Suites: Lunch

12:30 - 1:10 pm
Live Streamed Lunch & Learn

1:15 - 2:15 pm
THEME 8: Opportunities to Act: Rehabilitation, Recovery and Support

Cardiac Rehab: Evidence-Based Approaches to Tailor Programs to Best Meet Women’s Needs and Improve Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify implementable strategies to optimize cardiac rehabilitation delivery for women.

Dr. Sherry Grace Sherry Grace, PhD, CRFC
Professor, York University
Sr. Scientist, KITE Research Institute & Director Cardiac Rehabilitation Research, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

2:15 - 3:00 pm
Rapid Fire Oral Presentations

By the end of the session, participants will be able to interpret new experiences, insights, and latest research results in the field of women’s heart, brain and vascular health.

3:00 - 3:20 pm
Afternoon Break

3:20 - 3:50 pm

3:50 - 4:30 pm
Closing Keynote Address

4:30 - 5:00 pm
Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

Karin Humphries Karin H. Humphries, MBA, DSc, FAHA
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Associate Professor Emeritus
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Women’s Hospital
Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic 
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Dr. Thais Coutinho Thais de A. Coutinho, MD
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Chair, Executive Steering Committee
Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance
Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

What’s the Difference between Sex and Gender?

The terms “sex” and “gender” are often used interchangeably despite clear and distinct definitions.

  • Sex refers to biological constructs that are primarily associated with physical and physiological features, including hormones, genes, anatomy, and physiology, and is typically categorized as female or male.
  • Gender refers to socially constructed roles, behaviours, expressions, and identities, and, in comparison, is typically categorized as woman/girl or man/boy.

As much as possible, the Summit will attempt to adhere to these definitions in its materials and communications; however, it is possible that some of the material presented will use the terms incorrectly or interchangeably. 

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