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Living Actively with a Chronic Condition:

How practitioners can support individuals living with cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke

In alignment with the upcoming release of five new chapters of our Physical Activity Counselling Toolkit, this year's Physical Activity Forum will focus on the science and best practices around being physically active when living with one of the following chronic conditions: cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke.

Each presenter will provide a 25-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute question period. After all presenters have finished, they will come together on a panel to answer moderator questions and questions from those in attendance.

Edmonton presenters: Dr. Kerry Cournyea (cancer); Dr. Bob Haennel (chronic heart failure); and Dr. Patricia Manns (stroke).

Calgary presenters: Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed (cancer); Dr. Bob Haennel (chronic heart failure); and Gabriela Abbud and Andrea Pearce (stroke).

NOTE: Due to funding cuts, this year's forum will not be digitally recorded.

Registration

Registration

  • Early bird rate (by April 6): $50. After April 6: $60.
  • Online registration is powered by ActivityReg. Payment can be made by credit card or Interac.

    If you have any difficulties with registering, please call the Customer Service Centre at 780-492-2231.

  • Cancellations:
    • By May 1st: $40 refund.
    • After May 1st: sorry, no refunds.


Add the Forum to your calendar

  • May 5 | Edmonton, AB | University of Alberta
  • May 7 | Calgary, AB | McDougall Centre


About our Presentators

Edmonton

Kerry Cournyea, PhD, is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. His research program focuses on the role of exercise after a cancer diagnosis, including how it may help cancer patients prepare for treatments, tolerate and respond to treatments, recover after treatments, and improve long-term outcomes. Among his many research positions, Dr. Courneya is also the study co-chair of a multinational trial on colon cancer, a steering committee member of a multinational trial on prostate cancer, and the co-lead of a provincial study on breast cancer.

Kerry Cournyea

Bob Haennel, PhD, FACSM, is the Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the research advisory committee for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Dr. Haennel's current research program includes an examination of the impact of exercise training in the rehabilitation of heart failure patients who have undergone cardiac resynchronization therapy; an assessment of daily activity in heart failure patients with preserved versus reduced ejection fraction; and an examination of high intensity interval training in the rehabilitation of patients with congenital heart disease.

Bob Haennel

Patricia (Trish) Manns, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on: 1) increasing knowledge of activity behaviour and its relation to functional and health outcomes in persons with neurological conditions (primarily stroke and multiple sclerosis and stroke); and 2) the development of strategies to change and maintain activity behaviour. Prior to Dr. Manns’ appointment at the University of Alberta in 2003, she completed graduate work at the University of Saskatchewan and Oregon State University and worked clinically as a neurological physical therapist in both Canada and the United States.

Patricia Manns

Calgary

Gabriela Abbud, MSc, is a physiotherapist and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. She is involved in teaching professional issues in physical therapy, aging and chronic disease management, as well as neurological rehabilitation. While working as a physiotherapist, Gabriela has assisted patients with chronic conditions, including stroke survivors, to participate in physical activity and exercise during rehabilitation, as well as after discharge.

Gabriela Abbud

S. Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, is a Professor of Health and Exercise Psychology and is the Associate Dean Graduate in the Faculty of Kinesiology; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncology in Cumming School of Medicine; and Director of the Health and Wellness Lab/Thrive Centre, at the University of Calgary. She also holds a Research Associate appointment with the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Dr. Culos-Reed’s research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and improving the quality of life of cancer survivors by developing physical activity programs to address the physical and psychological challenges survivors throughout treatment and survivorship.

Nicole Culos-Reed

Bob Haennel, PhD, FACSM, is the Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the research advisory committee for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Dr. Haennel's current research program includes an examination of the impact of exercise training in the rehabilitation of heart failure patients who have undergone cardiac resynchronization therapy; an assessment of daily activity in heart failure patients with preserved versus reduced ejection fraction; and an examination of high intensity interval training in the rehabilitation of patients with congenital heart disease.

Bob Haennel

Andrea Pearce, MSc, is a physiotherapist and the Neuro Program Facilitator for Community Accessible Rehabilitation, an outpatient program within Alberta Health Services. She is also involved in program development and evaluation, including facilitating implementation of evidence-informed practice. Stroke is one of the most frequent diagnoses that she works with. As exercise has become a more commonly recognized pillar in the rehabilitation process, Andrea has developed an interest in how to facilitate a successful transition from rehabilitation to ongoing exercise in the community to ensure that clients can maintain their gains or even continue to make improvements.

Andrea Pearce


Locations

Edmonton


University Council Chambers,
2-100 University Hall,
University of Alberta,
8840 - 114 St NW, Edmonton

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Calgary


McDougall Centre,
455 6 St SW, Calgary

Thursday, May 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon