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Toronto GIST LEARN & AGM – October 29, 2022

GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada (LRGC) was pleased to welcome 31 attendees to our Toronto GIST LEARN event on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Our meeting was held at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre. Half attended in-person and half attended virtually via Zoom videoconferencing. Our Annual General Meeting took place at the beginning of the event.

Below are selected slides from David’s presentation at the GIST LEARN meeting on October 29, 2022. 


Joanna Przybyl, PhD

Dr. Joanna Przybyl received a joint Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium and Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland. Her doctoral studies focused on identifying new prognostic and predictive markers for soft tissue sarcoma. She then joined the laboratory of Dr. Matt van de Rijn in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University, where she completed her postdoctoral training in computational biology. During her time at Stanford University, she initiated the multi-omic profiling studies of gastrointestinal stromal tumors. In 2021, Dr. Przybyl joined the Department of Surgery of the McGill University as an Assistant Professor, and the Cancer Research Program of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) as a Principal Investigator. Dr. Przybyl is also an Associate Member in the Department of Pathology and the Experimental Medicine of the McGill University.

David Josephy, PhD

President, GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada.Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, retired.

David has been involved with GIST for the past 20+ years

Hazel McLeod

Hazel McLeod

Director, GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada.

Since 2018, Hazel has been leading roundtable discussions with GIST patients and caregivers across Canada


1:30 – 2:00 pmCheck-in at GIST LEARN Registration Desk
for in-person attendees
  2:00  – 2:15 pmAnnual General Meeting
David Josephy
 2:15 – 3:00 pmMulti-omic studies of gastrointestinal stromal tumours
Joanna Pryzbyl
3:00 – 3:15 pm15 minute break
3:15 – 4:00  pmGIST Treatment: Updates
David Josephy
4:00 – 4:30  pm“What it feels like living with GIST”
Roundtable Discussion
Hazel McLeod

A GIST LEARN meeting is a free half-day event to provide support and education for those living with GIST. These events are open to GIST patients, caregivers, family members, friends, healthcare providers, and anyone who wishes to learn more about GIST.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact LRGC.