Putting Patients First 2020

Putting Patients First: Connecting Face to Face in Virtual Space

British Columbia's only patient-oriented research conference.

#PPF20 will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 using a virtual platform with a pre-conference networking evening on October 7.

Call for Abstracts: Due August 10, 2020

Details: https://bcsupportunit.ca/ppf20-call-abstracts

Abstract submission site: https://ppf.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/1/home
(Note that you will be required to register prior to entering your abstract information; this also registers you for the conference.)

Registration: conference registration for attendees is not yet open.

Program: the conference program will be available in late August.

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Putting Patients First is our annual conference designed to encourage learning and collaboration between patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers.

Find out why this conference is important to patients, researchers, decision-makers and health care providers, our conference goals, and learning objectives.

We acknowledge that our event takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. As guests to this beautiful land, we are thankful and consider it a privilege to do our learning here.

Conference Schedule 2019

The 2019 conference livestream is now available. Please click here to view the recording.

Keynotes include:

Dr. Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority
Nothing For Us, Without Us: Advancing Cultural Safety in Patient-Oriented Research with Indigenous Communities

Jennifer Johannesen
MSc Bioethics, author of No Ordinary Boy
Ethical Implications of Engaging Patients in Research

The full conference program booklet can be downloaded here (.pdf).

Speaker Biographies

Read the biographies of speakers, patient partners, moderators and guests on our Biographies Page

Conference Posters

See our Conference Posters page for more information. 

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts can be found on this webpage

Your Conference Planning Team

Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research was planned in partnership with the BC SUPPORT Unit's regional centres and Provincial Hub, partners, patients, researchers, decision-makers and providers. Find out more about the full planning group here.

Patient Bursaries

Patients or members of the public that are already engaged with their BC SUPPORT Unit Regional Centre may be sponsored for limited, capped travel support. The regions still accepting expressions of interest are:

Fraser Centre (rableen.nagra@fraserhealth.ca)

Health Care Provider Travel Awards

This opportunity is now closed.

If you are a health care provider and planning on attending this conference, you may be eligible for a travel award.

See our Health Care Provider Travel Award Page for more information.

Important Dates

  • Applications will OPEN on Monday, September 16, 2019.
  • Applications will CLOSE on Monday, November 4, 2019 (11:59 PM).  No exceptions.


#PPF19 Post-Conference Tweet Chat

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Belinda Jampoh.

2018 Conference

View the Putting Patients First 2018 page to see archived live-streams, presentations, posters, programs, and speaker information from last year's conference.   

2017 Conference


Conference Program Guide

Keynote Presentation Slides