Putting Patients First 2020

Putting Patients First: Connecting Face to Face in Virtual Space

British Columbia's only patient-oriented research conference.

#PPF20 was held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 using a virtual platform with a pre-conference networking evening on October 7.

Program: the conference program summary is available here as a .pdf. Full details are available on OpenWater's site, our partner in delivering this virtual conference, available here

Recordings are available here.

Registered? Login to attend the conference:

  1. Go https://ppf.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home
  2. Click 'My Account’.
    If you see this:
    you are already logged in and can proceed to step 5.

    If you see this:

    continue to step 3
  3. Enter the email address you used to register. You will see a message that states 'Success! Please check your e-mail for login instructions.'
  4. Check your email for a link that allows you to automatically login.
    • This email will come from 'noreply@secure-platform.com'.
    • It will have a subject line of 'Login Link for Your Conference'.
    • Be sure to check your junk or spam folder if this email doesn't appear in your inbox.
  5. Go to the View Sessions tab to find the session for the conference you wish to attend.

Questions? Contact us.

Tips for having the best experience at PPF20


What can I do in advance of PPF20?

  • Review the conference program
  • Register for the conference
  • Ensure you have a secure Wi-Fi connection with your device to access the conference
  • Have the Zoom platform downloaded on the device you will be using
  • For the best connection experience, use Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Firefox Internet browsers
  • I am new to Zoom – what do I do?
    • If you’re new to Zoom, watch this introductory and helpful video from a YouTuber in the US: Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E
    • Certain sessions and networking opportunities will give you the option to engage directly with other attendees and stakeholders through audio and video conferencing. If you participate, we encourage you to do a Zoom test.

What should I do on the days of PPF20?

  • What do I do about a technical issue?
    • During the conference, use the blue icon in the bottom right corner of your screen to connect with live support.
  • How do I network with others?
  1. Five ways!

    1. Oct 7 @ 6:30pm | Meet and Greet: Stirling Bryan, Danielle Lavallee, Moderator: Kent Cadogan-Loftsgard, patient partner

    Join the BC Academic Health Science Network’s President and Scientific Director to learn more about what the AHSN and BC SUPPORT Unit have been up to and what’s coming up in the future. This will be an opportunity to have an informal “chat” via Zoom’s Chat feature.

    2. Oct 8 @ 10:05am | Networking Sessions: Regional Centres Come have an informal chat with staff from the Unit’s Regional Centres, and learn what’s going on in the region.

    3. Oct 8 @ 2:05pm | Hallway Chats Come and have an informal virtual hallway chat with moderators on POR topics they’ve identified. All are welcome to all chats.

    4. Throughout the conference, use the Zoom Chat function to connect with others. You are able to send a private message to another attendee. Set up a time to connect after the conference? Share Twitter handles? Exchange email addresses?

    5. Tweet using #PPF20 and @bcsupportunit to keep the conversation going.

  • Take care of yourself:
    • Get up and stretch, move your body, take some deep breaths
    • Stand while you participate
    • Have something to drink and eat regularly to keep refreshed

What should I do after PPF20?

  • All sessions will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel after the conference, so if you have any issues during the conference you can watch sessions afterward or share them with friends and colleagues.
  • Remember to follow up on your network connections – follow others’ Twitter accounts, set up those post-conference discussions.
  • Remember to take the conference survey which will be sent to you after the conference.

Putting Patients First is our annual conference designed to encourage learning and collaboration between patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers.

Find out why this conference is important to patients, researchers, decision-makers and health care providers, our conference goals, and learning objectives.

We acknowledge that our event takes place on traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories. As guests to this beautiful land, we are thankful and consider it a privilege to do our learning here.

Curious about other patient-oriented research events this fall from Western Canada's SPOR SUPPORT Units? Check out the Hotıì Ts’eeda Nàowoò T’à Łets’àts’edı website for details.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts Closed August 10, 2020

Abstract Details: https://bcsupportunit.ca/ppf20-call-abstracts

Abstract submission site: https://ppf.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/1/home
(Note that you will be required to register prior to entering your abstract information; this also registers you for the conference.)

Your Conference Planning Team

Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research was planned in partnership with the BC SUPPORT Unit's regional centres and Provincial Hub, partners, patients, researchers, decision-makers and providers. Find out more about the full planning group here.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Belinda Jampoh.

2019 Conference

View the Putting Patients First 2019 page to see archived live-streams, presentations, posters, programs, and speaker information from last year's conference.   

2018 Conference

View the Putting Patients First 2018 page to see archived live-streams, presentations, posters, programs, and speaker information from last year's conference.   

2017 Conference


Conference Program Guide

Keynote Presentation Slides