Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit - Heart Failure Update


Program Agenda

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This year the Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit (TOHS) is held jointly with the 7th International Ottawa Heart Conference. Topics will include the following:

  • Acute Heart Failure
  • Valvular Disease
  • Cannabis and the Heart
  • Optimal Heart Diet and Fish Oil Supplements
  • Diabetes-SGLT2 Inhibition and CV Outcomes
  • Lipids-PCSK9
  • Brain and the Heart
  • Atrial Fibrillation/Anticoagulants
  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Who should attend:

  • Cardiovascular specialists
  • Internists
  • Allied health professionals
  • Heart failure care teams
  • CV Trainees, Residents and Fellows
  • Basic scientist interested in CV disease
  • Interested primary care providers
  • Researchers interested in AI/Big Data Science with an impact on Healtcare (Faculties of Engineering, Mathematics, Business and Computer Science)


The overall goal of this joint symposium is to promote the exchange of existing knowledge from innovative cellular research, through translation, to foster dissemination and collaboration, leading to better cardiovascular outcomes.

Upon completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacology of cannabis and the effects on the heart
  • Recognize the challenges due to conflicting nutrition messages and ensure delivery of evidence based data
  • Describe Amyloidosis including specific types, cardiac features and disease burden
  • Recognize the impact of other organs on the heart and choose appropriate management strategies from multi-disciplinary teams
  • Review appropriate management of anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapies across various cardiovascular conditions
  • Summarize pharmacological and non-pharmacological options in atrial fibrillation management
  • Evaluate effectiveness and potential limitations of current and emerging pharmacotherapy options for LDL reduction
  • Review the latest guidelines and surrogate marker targets for management of diabetic heart disease
  • Choose effective imaging strategies for assessment of valvular disease
  • Describe emerging surgical therapies in heart failure; in particular, mechanical cardiac support, and advance valve interventions
  • Discuss evidence from late-breaking trial results and the impact on cardiovascular care
  • Identify how machine learning and artificial intelligence can augment physician's diagnostic skills and help tailor treatment to individual patient and disease

Last Update: April 10, 2019
Key: TOHS - Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit; OHC - Ottawa Heart Conference
Day 1

Friday, April 12, 2019

Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit (TOHS)
7:00 Registration and Breakfast
7:50 Welcome and Introduction
Drs. Peter Liu and Michael Farkouh
8:00 PLENARY LECTURE: Global Difference in Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Mark Richards
8:30-10:25 TOHS Session 1: Cardiovascular Risk Management
Chair: Dr. Peter Liu
8:30 Is Weed (Marijuana) Safer than Smoking for the Heart?
Dr. Paul Oh
8:55 What's New with Canada's Food Guide
Dr. Alfred Aziz
9:20 Update on the Optimal Diet for Heart Health
Dr. John Sievenpiper
9:45 REDUCE-IT Trial
Dr. Peter Liu
10:10 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
10:25 Health Break
10:45-12:00 TOHS Session 2: Heart & Systemic Diseases
Chair: Dr. Wilson Tang
10:45 Amyloid Heart Disease: New Treatment Advances
Dr. Sarah Cuddy
11:05 New Insights in Cardio-Renal Syndrome
Dr. Wilson Tang
11:25 The Heart-Brain Dance: Connection and Consequences
Dr. Heather Tulloch
11:45 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
12:00 Lunch
Trainee and Mentorship Networking
12:50-2:25 TOHS Session 3: Are Blood Clots Still the Enemy?
Chair: Dr. David Bernie
12:50 COMPASS Trial
Dr. Marc Bonaca
1:10 Update on Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines
Dr. Allan Skanes
1:30 Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Advances, Approaches and Which Patients?
Dr. Mehrdad Golian
1:50 How Long and Which Antiplatelet for Patients with Stents?
Dr. Derek So
2:10 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
2:25 Health Break
2:45-4:00 TOHS Session 4: Diabetes/Lipids
Chair: Dr. Michael Farkouh
2:45 Are we DECLAREing SGLT2 Beneficial for all Patients with Diabetes or Only with Risk for Heart Failure?
Dr. Marc Bonaca
3:05 Time to Rewind the Advancing Role of GLP-1 Agonists for Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes
Dr. Michael Farkouh
3:25 Are PCSK9 Inhibition for Cholesterol Lowering Cost Effective? Who Should Receive These Agents?
Dr. Ruth McPherson
3:45 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
4:00 Refreshments and Poster Judging
5:00 Adjournment
Day 2

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit (TOHS)
7:00 Registration and Breakfast
7:50 Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Michael Farkouh
  Note: TOHS Sessions 5 and 6 are concurrent with OHC Sessions 1 and 2
8:00-10:00 TOHS Session 5: Heart Failure
Chair: Dr. Mark Richards
8:00 Heart Failure: East Versus West
Dr. Mark Richards
8:25 Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: What's New and What's Not?
Dr. Wilson Tang
8:50 The PIONEERing Efforts of Bridging Medications During Hospital Transition
Dr. Peter Liu
9:15 Who Should be Referred for Ventricular Assist Device/Transplant These Days?
Dr. Sharon Chih
9:40 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
10:00 Health Break
10:30-12:05 Dr. Wilbert J. Keon Memorial Session
Chair: Dr. Thierry Mesana
10:30 Prognosis and Management of Tricuspid Regurgitation
Dr. David Messika-Zeitoun
10:55 Are we Ready for TAVI for our Low Risk Aortic Stenosis Patients?
Dr. Philippe Généreux
11:20 Advances in Mitral Valve Interventions and Outcomes
Dr. David Messika-Zeitoun
11:45 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
12:05-1:10 Lunch
Trainee and Mentorship Networking
  Note: TOHS attendees can attend OHC Sessions 3 and 4
  Note: OHC Sessions 1 and 2 (below) are concurrent with TOHS Sessions 5 and 6 (above)
Ottawa Heart Conference (OHC)
7:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 Welcome Messages
Drs. Sylvain Charbonneau and Thierry Mesana
8:15 Opportunities and Challenges for Application of AI in Health
Dr. Wojtek Michalowski
8:25 Opening Address: Understanding the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care
Dr. Henry Lieberman
8:50-9:50 OHC Session 1: Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics
Chair: Dr. Wojtek Michalowski
8:50 Deep Learning for Health Data Analytics
Dr. Yifeng Li
9:10 Machine Learning for Prediction and Decision Support in Medical Applications
Dr. Doina Precup
9:30 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
9:50 Health Break
10:10-11:50 OHC Session 2: Big Data in Basic Science
Chair: Dr. Han Kim
10:10 The Coming of Age of Microfluidics: Connecting Algorithms and Foundations of Chip Design to Biochemistry and the Life Sciences
Prof. Tsung-Yi Ho
10:30 Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Approach Identifying Self-Renewing Resident Cardiac Macrophages in Heart Failure
Dr. Slava Epelman
10:50 Fishing Out Genetic Clues to How the Heart Develops
Dr. Ian Scott
11:10 The Use of Large Genomic Datasets
Dr. Ruth McPherson
11:30 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
11:50-1:10 Lunch
Trainee and Mentorship Networking
1:10–2:50 OHC Session 3: Big Data in Clinical Medicine
Chair: Dr. Jodi Edwards
1:10 AI Applications in Clinical Decision Making
Dr. Douglas Manuel
1:30 Precision Medicine for Childhood Heart Disease
Dr. Seema Mital
1:50 Analysis of Coronary Artery Bifurcation using Taiwan Cardiovascular AI Consortium Database: Feasibility and Clinical Implication
Dr. Wen-Jeng Lee
2:10 Machine Learning Approaches in Integrating Into the Care of Patients with Heart and Vascular Diseases
Dr. Bo Wang
2:30 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
2:45 Health Break
3:05 Rapid Fire Oral Presentations
3:10-5:15 OHC Session 4: Applications of AI and Big Data to Population Health and Health Systems
Chair: Dr. Peter Liu
3:30 Opportunities for Machine Learning to Improve the Health of Populations
Dr. Laura Rosella
3:50 Privacy and Security Related to the Rise of Big Data and AI
4:10 Health Canada's Perspective on Digital Health and AI
Mr. Marc Lamoureux
4:30 Active Learning: Case-based panel discussion
5:00 Closing Remarks & Adjournment

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