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  • Overview
  • Abstract Submission
  • Agenda
  • Registration
  • Plenary Speaker
  • Keynote Speakers
  • 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Virtual

Caring for the Future: Adolescent and Young Adult Symposium aims to engage local, national and international experts and trainees to present new ideas for the care for survivors of young adult cancer.

Event at a Glance:

April 8th, 2021  |  9:00AM - 5:30PM
Sponsored by the Michael Kamin Hart Fund, this symposium will aim to highlight new advances in AYA oncology from both researchers and community partners.  We invite all to submit abstracts related to their completed or planned research, program development and new initiatives related to AYA oncology.
Important Dates:

Abstract DEADLINE:  February 1, 2021
Abstract NOTIFCATION: March 1, 2021

Registration DEADLINE: March 2, 2021 
For more information, contact us here:

Phone: 416-946-4501 Ext. 5579

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Abstract Submission

please go to to submit your abstract

We invite all to submit abstracts related to their completed or planned research, program development and/or new initiatives in AYA oncology.


Abstract DEADLINE: February 1, 2021 

Abstract NOTIFCATION: March 1, 2021


Abstract Review Process
All abstracts will be reviewed by Scientific Committee.  

Accepted Abstracts
Presenters will be invited to give an 8 minute talk for their project.  There will be 2 minutes for questions.  Presenters will be muted at the 8 min mark - please do not go over!  Presenters will have the option to give their talk live or pre-recorded, but, must be available to answer questions from the audience. 

Selected abstracts will also be part of a discussant panel.  Be prepared to share your slides with the discussant ahead of the meeting.


see agenda in attached PDF document

We are pleased to announce that our plenary speaker is Dr. Ursula Sansom-Daly.  Dr. Sansom-Daly is a clinician-researcher and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Behavioural Sciences Unit, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of NSW (UNSW) Medicine.  Her main research interest focuses on psychological processes that may underpin adverse responses to serious illnesses such as cancer – including autobiographical memory, problem-solving, and the ability to think about the future.  

For more information on Dr. Sansom-Daly, please visit

We are pleased to announce 2 keynote speakers: 

1. Dr. Emily Drake 
Emily is a graduate of Acadia University’s Honours Psychology program, and Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Health Promotion program.  She has published in numerous social and academic journals. In 2013, Emily co-founded and continues to grow Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement (#AYACSM) - an active, multi-disciplinary community that has changed the way stakeholders interact and share information regarding adolescents and young adults with cancer. 

For more information on Emily Drake, please visit

2.  Dr. Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor is Senior Research Fellow on the Cancer Clinical Trials Unit and newly appointed Director of the CNMR at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). Rachel’s background is in paediatric nursing and she has been working in research since 1995. She completed her PhD in 2008 on a study of adolescent quality of life, which has become a particular interest. Rachel joined the TYA cancer world after completing her PhD to help develop the protocol for BRIGHTLIGHT, and a variety of other TYA projects focusing on improving young people’s outcomes and experiences of care. 

For more information on Rachel Taylor, please visit


Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 09:00 to 17:30