Belles with Balls NL is thrilled that the Ovarian Cancer Research and Education (OCRE) fund places a high priority on educating Newfoundland and Labrador women on Ovarian Cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. To achieve this goal, OCRE hosts an annual symposium for the general public at Memorial University’s Medical School.
This years exposium has been cancelled due to Covid 19. Join us on our Facebook page where we will be posting educational content throughout September for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
With the goal to educate health professionals, we offered an accredited course designed for physicians, allied health professionals, and trainees. The Gynecologic Oncology Canada (GOC) Hereditary Cancer Course BRCA included renowned speakers in the field of Gynecologic Oncology delivering 4 modules, which was supplemented with personal accounts of BRCA from a patient perspective, as well as a panel discussion.
Belles with Balls NL made a donation of $15,000 to OCRE during this event.
The second annual exposium was another huge success! Following a similar format as the first exposium, attendees were exposed to Ovarian Cancer! It was both an emotional experience, as we heard first hand accounts from Ovarian Cancer survivors as well as educational experience hearing from a range of professionals regarding Ovarian Cancer and wellbeing.
Belles with Balls NL had the honour of donating $30,000 from recent fundraising efforts to OCRE during this event. More photos of the event can be found here.
OCRE’s first annual exposium was held on September 23, 2017. This one day event was the formal launch of the OCRE fund, which we at Belles with Balls NL proudly support. The exposium included a variety of speakers including an oncology nurse, gynecologic oncologists, genetics professionals, a pharmacist, sexologist, psychologist, dietitian and patients who shared their personal journeys with Ovarian Cancer. The event would not be possible without the sponsors- Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, RJG Construction, East Coast Catering Ltd, Indigena Skin Care, Hickman Consulting Services, GRAND & TOY, Purity Factories Ltd., and Browning Harvey. A special thanks to RJG Construction who made a $25,000 donation to the OCRE fund during the event.
Belles with Balls NL committee members present a cheque to researchers at Memorial University.
This event is open to the general public, health care providers, students, and researchers. You can register to attend in person or online.
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Ovarian Cancer Exposium Agenda
Strive – Survive - Thrive
Saturday, September 24, 2022
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
9:00 Moderator Dr. Lesa Dawson MD, FRCSC
9:10 Bonnie Morgan and Alana Walsh-Giovannini – Welcoming Comments
9:15 Belles with Balls Documentary – Sounding the Belles – Our Stories!
9:50 Message from Ovarian Cancer Canada
Sharlene Wallace, Community Engagement Lead, Atlantic
10:00 Ovarian Cancer: Expanding our Horizons
Dr. Patti Power, M.D., FRCSC
10:45 Break – Hand Out Evaluations
11:00 Why? And How? Do we study Rare Ovarian Cancer Subtypes
Dr. Kerri Smith, PhD Clinical Genomic Scientist
11:15 A Survivor’s Attitude
Florence Strang, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed
12:45 Keynote Speaker
Promoting Sexual Wellness in Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Lori Brotto , PhD, R. Psych
1:45 Kicking Cancer in the Sack: The Importance of sleep for optimal health
Dr. Sheila Garland, PhD, R Psych
2:15 Outcomes from Opportunistic Salpingectomy for Ovarian Cancer Prevention
Dr. Gillian Hanley, PhD
2:35 New Advances and Current Progress
Allotment of Funds
Dr. Lesa Dawson, MD, FRCSC
3:00 Closing Remarks - Thank You to Presenters and Attendees
Thank you for your participation!
Our Sponsors Ovarian Cancer Canada and East Coast Catering