CARRFS 2018 Symposium

Filling information gaps with environmental and occupational health surveillance

This year, the CARRFS 2018 Symposium will be held in Montreal, QC on May 28, 2018.


Collaborator to the Canadian Public Health Association
Public Health 2018 Conference


Be sure to select "I will attend a half OR full-day session", and select "Participant" or "Student" under the title: Filling information gaps with environmental and occupational health surveillance.


Thank you to our sponsors

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Ontario

BC Centre for Disease Control

BC Centre for Disease Control


Introducing our keynote speakers

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David L. Buckeridge, MD PhD FRCPC

David Buckeridge is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal where he holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Applied Public Health Chair in eHealth Interventions. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr Buckeridge practices Public Health as a Medical Consultant to the Montreal Public Health Department, the Quebec Public Health Institute, and the Quebec Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services. As a clinician-scientist in public health, his research and practice focus on the informatics of public health surveillance and disease control. At McGill, Dr Buckeridge directs the Surveillance Lab, which is an interdisciplinary group of over twenty students and staff with a mission to develop, implement, and evaluate novel computational methods for public health surveillance. Laboratory research activities are funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Buckeridge has consulted on surveillance to groups such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Health Infoway, the US Institute of Medicine, the US and Chinese Centers for Disease Control, the European Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. He has a M.D. from Queen's University, a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical informatics from Stanford University.

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a Clinician Scientist at the BC Children’s Research Institute and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past decade, Dr. Lanphear has become increasingly vexed by our inability to control the “pandemic of consumption” – the largely preventable, worldwide epidemic of chronic disease and disability due to widespread exposure to industrial pollutants, environmental contaminants and excess consumption. He is leading an effort to produce videos to enhance public understanding of how our health is inextricably linked with the environment and elevate efforts to prevent disease.   



Participant - $60.00
Student - $40.00
Webcast - Free (required to register)

9:00 - 9:30
Welcoming Remarks and Ice Breaker Activity

9:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00
Keynote Speaker - Dr. David Buckeridge
Title: Developing and Evaluating Innovative Surveillance Technologies to Address Public Health Needs – The PopHR Project

Rapid increases in data availability and computing capacity continue to expand the potential for public health surveillance. The challenge remains, however, to use new data and technologies in manner that improves public health practice and outcomes. This presentation will describe the Population Health Record (PopHR) research program, which aims to develop new informatics methods for population health surveillance and to evaluate the effect of these methods in practice settings. In close collaboration with our public health partners, we have developed 'Big Data' platform that uses artificial intelligence to integrate data from multiples sources and present indicators to users in manner that is consistent with public health theory and is tailored to public health practice. We are currently in the process of implementing this platform in the province of Quebec and will soon be evaluating the uptake and use of the PopHR within public health departments.

12:00 - 1:00
Lunch will be provided.

1:00 - 2:00

2:00 - 2:45
Break and Networking

2:45 - 3:30
Small Group Discussions

3:30 - 4:30
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bruce Lanphear
Title: Unleashing the Power of Prevention: Using Video to Re-Imagine our Approach to Disease  
Over the past 50 years, we have lived out of a story or belief that with enough investment, we will find cures for chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease. Yet the real victories - like the elimination of polio, the reduction in motor vehicle deaths and the decline in lung cancer - have largely been due to efforts to prevent disease. Meanwhile, major risk factors for the epidemic of chronic disease have been identified. Still, we continue to invest the vast majority of our health dollars on treatment and a never-ending, elusive search for cures. Dr. Lanphear will use videos to show how our health is inextricably linked with environmental risk factors and illuminate key concepts of prevention. The session will culminate with a facilitated dialogue about ways to enhance knowledge translation and help shape a new narrative about health.  

4:30 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00
CARRFS 2019 Open Meeting



The 1-day Symposium will be held at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3B 4A5.



Taxis are readily available at the front of the hotel. The flat rate to/from the airport is $40 one way.


The hotel has direct access to the Bonaventure Metro Station. There is a hotel entrance from the metro station. Please follow signage.


The hotel is located directly above Central Station. There is a hotel entrance from the train station. Please follow signage.


Featuring nine stops in each direction, the 747 bus service is provided by the City of Montreal 24 hours a day, 365 days a year transportation between downtown Montréal and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Tickets are purchased at the cost of $10 inside the terminal before boarding. When returning a $10 bus fare is paid aboard the bus (coins only, bills are not accepted). Tickets provide travellers with a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network for 24 hours. For more information, visit the STM website.


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