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2017 St. John's Patient and Family Symposium


Patient and Family Symposium

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 4:30pm - 7:30pm NDT

St. John's Convention Centre

 101 New Gower St

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador



This is a free event hosted by the Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (CBMTG) for blood and marrow transplant patients, their caregivers, and medical practitioners to interact, discuss, ask questions, and receive information.  

Symposium Program:

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Introduction by Dr. David Jones

4:45pm – 5:15pm

Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)

Jo-Ann Edwards, NP,MN,CON(C)

5:20pm – 5:50pm


 Bonnie Hobbs, MSW, RSW

5:55pm – 6:25pm

Eating Well After Transplant

Michelle Evans, BSc., RD 

6:30pm – 7:30pm


Session Summaries: 


This session will be discussing graft versus host disease with interaction from the patients and families in the form of discussions.

Caregiver Considerations: 

Bonnie Hobbs MSW, RSW will provide an interactive discussion on caregivers. Bonnie’s presentation will highlight what defines a caregiver and what makes transplant caregivers unique. She will outline from her experience the stresses they face and will focus on coping strategies. Bonnie is hoping her presentation will engage patients and caregivers and will invite them to share their experiences.

Eating Well After a Transplant:

Michelle Evans will discuss healthy eating guidelines, food safety, a neutropenic diet in practice and in research, and eating challenges during this presentation.  

Speaker Biographies:

Jo-Ann Edwards, NP,MN,CON(C):

Jo-Ann Edwards has been a nurse practitioner with the Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Program in Halifax for the last 12 years. She worked in the BMT unit as a staff nurse, was a transplant coordinator and then studied to become a nurse practitioner. She helps care for patients post-transplant. She is a mother adjusting to having adult children, and likes to read and garden.

Bonnie Hobbs, MSW, RSW:

Bonnie Hobbs MSW, RSW is a Memorial University graduate and a registered social worker in Newfoundland and Labrador and is currently employed with Eastern Health acute care hematology and medicine programs. She covers both the inpatient and outpatient hematology program.  Bonnie has a passion for this area and her primary area of research has been in talking to young children about a parental cancer.

Michelle Evans, BSc, RD:

Michelle Evans graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in dietetics from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1995. She completed a dietetic internship program in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1997. Since 1997, Michelle has been a registered dietitian with Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians. She has 20 years of experience as a Clinical Dietitian.  

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