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  • 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
    610 University Avenue, 6th Floor - Auditorium

Under the current COVID-19 related guidelines, this event has been postponed

Join us for a half-day research symposium, hosted by the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, celebrating the scientific legacy of Dr David Hedley.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Breakthroughs Symposia inaugural SPECIAL EVENT: “Cancer, One Cell at a Time”, is a half day symposium to recognize the contributions of Dr. David Hedley, Medical Oncologist and Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center The symposium will bring together local and international experts in cancer research focused on the latest advances from Single Cell Genomics and Single Cell Proteomics. 

Since his initial appointment in 1990 at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, David Hedley has been committed to improving the outcomes for patients affected by pancreatic and biliary cancers, focusing his work at the laboratory bench on answering important questions in the clinic. His laboratory was amongst the first to generate and use primary, patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts in the preclinical evaluation of novel drugs, and this work has complemented the development of new agents in the clinic including MEK inhibitors in biliary cancer. His expertise in techniques of flow cytometry has been recognized by numerous awards. More recently he has directed his skill in single cell analysis to address a longer standing interest to understanding the relevance of the tumour microenvironment in treatment resistance and response. To answer these important questions, David Hedley has led the  development of multi-parametric tumour profiling using imaging mass cytometry at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, a technique that has the potential to revolutionize the understanding of molecular relationships at the single cell level in patients in the clinic.

Dr. David Hedley will be the keynote speaker of the event.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Ave., 6th floor
Toronto, On
M5G 2M9
Registration is free but is required for planning purposes.

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Gary Bader, The Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto
Dr. David Hedley, University Health Network (Keynote Address)
Jonathon M. Irish, Vanderbilt University
Mark Nitz, University of Toronto
Trevor Pugh, University Health Network
Sohrab Shah, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre
Iram Siddiqui, SickKids
Jeff Wrana, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Deadline for Abstract Submissions is Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:00pm (no late submissions will be accepted)
If you plan to submit an abstract, please register and then email your abstract to Arda Shahinian,

Abstract Submission Guidelines
You are asked to follow the guidelines below when submitting an abstract for poster presentation.  Abstracts which indicate TBC (to be confirmed) in any field will not be accepted.  Abstract will not be proofread prior to printing so you are strongly advised to ensure there are no typing errors before submission.

The title should be as brief as possible; preferably one line.
The main (presenting) author’s name should be marked with an asterisk (*).
Please type in all names using the first and middle initials followed by the authors’s last name.  A comma should separate author names and the final name should be followed by a period.
For example:  SR Wilson, MK O’Reilly, JP Leduc, and BA Bell.
Authors and their corresponding affiliation  should be indicated with numbers.
(Example, John Smith1 and 1Science College of Medicine)
Abstracts must not exceed a maximum of 2000 characters including spaces (approximately 300 words).
The formatting of figures, graphs and schemes will be lost during submission and is not recommended.
Single spacing should be used throughout.
References should not be included for abstract submission.  You are welcome to include references in your poster presentation.
Abstracts will be listed as poster presentations.  No oral presentations will be made.
You will be advised of the dimensions of the poster board.
All abstracts will be included in the Tribute book and made available to registrants at the meeting.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

We invite your company to be a sponsor of the Princess Margaret Cancer Breakthrough Symposium, SPECIAL EVENT: “Cancer, one cell at a time” which will highlight advances in Flow Cytometry and Imaging as well as emerging tools in Single Cell Genomics.
Sponsorship of this event will give your company the opportunity to network with over 100 clinicians, scientists and researchers and to showcase your products and services.
There are 3 levels of Sponsorships available for your consideration.
GOLD Sponsor
SILVER Sponsor
BRONZE Sponsor
Exhibit Table
Lunch and Break Sponsorships  
2 Registrations (including food and beverage)
Logo on display during the meeting (recurrent slide, program and Tribute book)


We invite you to add a personal tribute to Dr. David Hedley which will appear in the Tribute book published and distributed for the occasion.
Find out more about event sponsorship and personal tribute opportunities by contacting the event coordinator at
All sponsorship and tributes must be received before March 1, 2020 to ensure inclusion into the Program and Tribute book


PM Research Conference Planning Team
Cancer, One Cell at a Time
c/o Arda Shahinian
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Ave. Suite 9-411
Toronto, On M5G 2M9

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 11:00 to 18:00