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Ottawa GIST Day of Learning – September 28, 2019

The Ottawa GIST Day of Learning in Ottawa is a one-day conference that provides education and support for people living with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST), a soft-tissue sarcoma that can occur anywhere along the GI tract.  The speakers at the GIST Day of Learning will cover many aspects of living with and understanding GIST. This conference will also provide a great opportunity to connect with other GIST patients and caregivers as well as the speakers.

The Day of Learning is open to those who have GIST,  family members,  caregivers, healthcare providers and anyone who wishes to learn more about GIST.

There is no cost for attending the GIST Day of Learning.


Sessions and Speakers

“The Biology of GIST: What Every Patient Needs to Know”
David Josephy, Ph.D. – President, Life Raft Group Canada
“Your GIST Journey – A Round-Table Discussion”
Hazel McLeod – Director, Life Raft Group Canada
“Medical Management of GIST”
Amirrtha Srikanthan, M.D. – Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
“Introducing the Second Edition of the GIST Patient Handbook”
Laetitia Tam – Director, Life Raft Group Canada
“Surgical Management of GIST”
Carolyn Nessim, M.D. – Surgical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
“SideEQ – Personalized Side Effects Management”
Pete Knox – Senior Director-Research, The Life Raft Group (USA), Wayne, New Jersey
“Interventional Radiology Approaches to Treat Recurrent GIST”
DaeHee Kim, M.D. – Division of Interventional Radiology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
“Avapritinib Program Update for the GIST Patient and Caregiver Community”
Maria Roche, NP – Senior Medical Director, Clinical Development, Blueprint Medicines, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Conference Details

Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Conference begins at 9:00 am and will end around 4:30 pm
  • Doors open at 8:15 am
  • Seating is banquet style
  • Catering includes:
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet served at 8:15
    • Luncheon Buffet
    • Refreshments served at breaks throughout the day
Conference Location
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
200 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3
(613) 288-3450
Free Parking
Conference Hotels
There are two hotels connected to the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, so you can walk directly to the GIST Day of Learning from your hotel room.

Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East
200 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3
(613) 741-9862

Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa
100 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3
(613) 741-2300

If you would like to book a hotel guest room, please call either hotel directly, to make arrangements. Hotel space may be limited, so it is best to book as soon as your travel plans firm up.

Questions? or for more information, please contact

Malcolm Sutherland 

We gratefully acknowledge our GIST Day of Learning sponsors