Fighting for Breath 2016

May 6 & 7, 2016 in Toronto

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

In May 2016, the Asthma Society of Canada is bringing together researchers, clinicians, patients, policy makers and other stakeholders to examine the complex health, social and economic issues related to Severe Asthma. Severe Asthma impacts the health and well-being of as many as 250,000 Canadians. It reduces the social, financial and health outcomes for people who suffer from this debilitating form of asthma.

children with asthma

Canadians die due to asthma each year

ER visits due to asthma attacks annually

Canadians with Severe Asthma

FIGHTING FOR BREATH EVENT DETAILS

venue

When booking a room please inform them you are attending the Fighting for Breath Severe Asthma Conference for an accommodation discount.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown 475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

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How to get to the conference

Route from Toronto Pearson International Airport - YYZ

Hotel directions: 27 km SE | Riverdale Limo Service (call hotel directly); fee: $85 CAD (one way) ; on request | Bus/Subway service fee: $3.25 CAD (one way) | | Union Pearson Express $12 CAD (one way) |Estimated taxi fare: $65 CAD (one way)

Hotel Parking:

On-site parking fee: $8 CAD hourly, $35 CAD daily | Valet parking fee: $35 CAD daily | Off-site parking fee: $8 CAD hourly, $29 CAD daily | Onsite Valet parking | clearance is 6 feet / 1.8 meters

Route from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport - YTZ

Riverdale Limo Service (call hotel directly) fee: $25 CAD (one way); on request | Subway service fee: $3.25 CAD (one way) | Estimated taxi fare: $15 CAD (one way)

Speakers

Dr. Mark FitzGerald

Dr. J. Mark FitzGerald graduated from University College Dublin in 1978. After interning and training in Internal Medicine in Dublin, he worked for two years in Lesotho, Southern Africa as a General I

Dr. Mark FitzGerald

Vanessa Foran

Vanessa Foran is honoured to join the Asthma Society of Canada as President and CEO, bringing with her more than 20 years’ experience as an NGO leader working with patient groups such as the Canadia

Vanessa Foran

Brent Fraser

Brent Fraser is CADTH Vice-President, Pharmaceutical Reviews, with responsibility for the CADTH Common Drug Review, the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, therapeutic class reviews, and optimal use pr

Brent Fraser

Penny Grant

Penny is a retired public library director living in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. She has adult-onset severe asthma (SA) plus related sinus and Eustachian tube issues. Her son and two grandsons had "c

Penny Grant

John Healy

John C. Healy graduated with a Bachelor of laws (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario in 1989, where he was also awarded the Gold Medal in Criminal Advocacy. He was called to the Bar in Ont

John Healy

Dr. Alan Kaplan

Dr. Alan Kaplan is the Chairperson of the Family Physician Airways Group of Canada, the Chairperson of the Respiratory Section of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Board member of the I

Dr. Alan Kaplan

Dr. Harold Kim

Dr. Harold Kim, M.D., FRCP(C) Allergist and Clinical Immunologist Dr. Harold Kim has been practicing as an allergist in Kitchener, Ontario for 17 years. He has an appointment at McMaster as an Assi

Dr. Harold Kim

Georges Laraque

Georges Laraque is a 13-year NHL veteran who has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens. He was known as “The Rock”, acting primarily as an enf

Georges Laraque

Dr. Jason Lee

Dr. Jason K Lee studied at Trinity College, University of Toronto and attended medical school at the University of Toronto. He completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of British Columb

Dr. Jason Lee

Margaret Leigh

Margaret Leigh has been asthmatic for as long as she can remember although she was not diagnosed until into her mid 20’s. Her Asthma progressed over the years to the severe classification.   She h

Margaret Leigh

Dr. Joel Lexchin

Joel Lexchin received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and for the past 33 years has been an emergency physician at the University Health Network. He is currently a Professor in the Schoo

Dr. Joel Lexchin

Dr. Parameswaran Nair

Dr. Nair is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Respirology at McMaster University, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at McGill University, and a Staff Respirologist at the Firestone Institute f

Dr. Parameswaran Nair

Dr. Nigel Rawson

Dr. Nigel Rawson is a pharmacoepidemiologist, pharmaceutical policy researcher, and President of Eastlake Research Group, a consulting company with a mission to create data-driven responses to pharmac

Dr. Nigel Rawson

Bill Swan

Bill Swan, Past Chair, National Asthma Patient Alliance Bill is the founding chair and continuing member of the National Asthma Patient Alliance as well as a member of the Board of

Bill Swan

Dr. Dilini Vethanayagam

Dr. Vethanayagam (Associate Professor, University of Alberta) is a Respirologist and Asthma Specialist, and sees patients with different obstructive airways disorders - with a focus on Severe Asthma.

Dr. Dilini Vethanayagam

Dr. Susan Waserman

Dr. Waserman obtained her MSc and medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. She specialized in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Allergy/Clinical Immunology. She then co

Dr. Susan Waserman

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