CAOH 2024 Conference Theme:
A Holistic Approach to Cancer Care

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Conference Speakers

Dr. Didacus Jules

Director General of the OECS

His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules assumed the post of Director General of the OECS in May 2014. In this role, he is responsible for driving the regional integration thrust towards a single economic and social space involving ten Eastern Caribbean States.

Professional Experience

Dr. Didacus Jules brings extensive regional and international experience to his role. From 2008 to 2014, he served as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council, where he led a comprehensive modernization of the Council. His previous roles include:

  • Vice President of Human Resources at Cable and Wireless Saint Lucia (2005-2008)
  • Permanent Secretary for Education & Human Resource Development in Saint Lucia (1997-2008)
  • Permanent Secretary for Education and Chief Education Officer in revolutionary Grenada (1981-1983)

Consultancy and Board Memberships

Dr. Jules has provided consultancy services to national governments and regional and international organizations across the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and North America. Additionally, he has served on numerous private sector, educational, and philanthropic boards.

Educational Background

Dr. Didacus Jules holds an impressive array of academic qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill
  • MSc in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD in Educational Policy and Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MBA from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill
Dr. Julie Gralow

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Dr. Julie R. Gralow is a distinguished breast medical oncologist with a remarkable career dedicated to advancing cancer care and improving patient outcomes. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Academic and Professional Background

Dr. Gralow is Professor Emeritus of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where she spent over 25 years on the faculty, directing the Breast Medical Oncology program. She also holds the title of Affiliate Professor of Global Health at UW. Her extensive experience in conducting clinical trials includes roles as the former Executive Officer for Breast and Lung Cancer and Vice Chair of the Breast Cancer Committee for the SWOG National Cancer Clinical Trials Network.

Commitment to Cancer Patients

Dr. Gralow is passionately committed to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients. She co-founded Team Survivor Northwest, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping female cancer survivors improve their health through fitness and exercise. Additionally, she founded the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN), which focuses on supporting cancer advocacy and education in low- and middle-income countries.

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Gralow’s contributions to cancer care and advocacy have earned her numerous accolades, including the 2018 ASCO Humanitarian Award and the 2021 OncLive Giants of Cancer Care Award for Community Outreach/Policy. These honors reflect her unwavering dedication to empowering women cancer patients globally.

Conference Agenda

Day 1: Thursday 11th July 2024
Session 1 - Cancer Prevention and Control Moderator – Mr. Colin Dowe, Associate Dean
07:30 – 08:20 a.m. Registration & Exhibits   
08:20 – 08:25 a.m. Opening Prayer: Moderator and Minister - The Presbyterian Church in Grenada Rev. Dr. R. Osbert James
08:25 – 08:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Chief Executive Officer, CAOH Caribbean Dr. Marisa Nimrod, Trinidad and Tobago 
08:30 – 08:40 a.m. Clinical Chair Remarks Dr. Latoya Gooding,Guyana
08:40 - 08:50 a.m. Opening Remarks: CAOH Patroness Mrs. Sharon Rowley, Trinidad and Tobago
08:50 – 09:05 a.m Ministry of Health, Grenada Hon. Phillip Telesford
09:05 – 09:35 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Director General, OECS His Excellency, Dr. Didacus Jules
09:35 – 09:40 a.m. Q & A Session Moderator – Mr. Colin Dowe, Associate Dean
09:40 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:20 a.m. St. George’s University Welcome Remarks Dr. Glen Jacobs, Provost
10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Leaving No-one behind: One Caribbean Movement Dr. Lindonne Telesford, Grenada
  Session 2 – Breast Cancer Moderator –  Dr. Sonia Nixon, Grenada
10:40 – 11:00 a.m. Abemaciclib in breast cancer HR+, Her2- Prof. Gilian Wharfe, Jamaica
11:00 – 11:20 a.m. Advancing Breast Cancer Research in the Caribbean. Dr. Amalia Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago
11:20 – 11:40 p.m. Breast Cancer TBA
11:40 – 12:00 p.m. Q & A Session Dr. Sonia Nixon
12:00 – 01:00 p.m. Lunch & Poster Presentation:
  Session 3 – Gastrointestinal Cancers Moderator – Dr. Latoya Gooding, Guyana
01:00 – 01:20 p.m. Oral Cancer Dr. Vibart Yaw, Grenada
01:20 – 01:40 p.m. Multicancer early detection Dr. Omar Rashid, USA
01:40 – 02:00 p.m. Pancreatic Cancer in the Low Volume Caribbean Setting. Prof. Shamir Cawich, Trinidad and Tobago
02:00 – 02:20 p.m. Colorectal Cancer TBA
02:20 – 02:40 p.m. The Role of Radiofrequency Ablation in Oncology Dr. Fidel Rampersad, Trinidad and Tobago
02:40 – 03:00 p.m. Making Cancer Treatment Cost Effective Dr. Manish Singhal, India
03:00 – 03:20 p.m. Q & A Session Moderator – Dr. Latoya Gooding, Guyana
03:20 – 03:40 p.m. Coffee Break  
  Session 4 – Workshop/Break-out Session Moderator – Dr. Marisa Nimrod
03:40 – 04:00 p.m. Cancer Prevention and the Control in the Caribbean Working Groups 
04:00 – 04:05 p.m. Closing Remarks Dr. Marisa Nimrod
Day 2: Friday 12th July 2024
Session 5 – Hematology and Pediatric Oncology Moderator- Dr. Theresa Laurent, Barbados
08:00 – 08:45 a.m. Registration & Exhibits  
08:45 - 08:50  a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr. Marisa Nimrod
08:50 – 09:10 a.m. Sick Kids Caribbean Initiative: Progress through the years. Dr. Curt Bodkyn, Trinidad and Tobago
09:10 – 09:30 a.m. Benefit of finite duration therapies as a paradigm shift in the management of chronic lymphocytic leukemia Dr. Versha Banerji, Canada
09:30 – 09:50 a.m. Multiple Myeloma TBA
09:50 – 10:10 a.m. Collaborating for Cancer in the Caribbean. Dr. Carlene Radix, Barbados
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. The art and science of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation Dr. Ivan Pasic, Canada
10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Therapeutic advances in the management of the NDMMTE patient: changing the course of the disease. Dr. Rafael Fonseca, USA
10.50 – 11.10 a.m. Q & A Session Moderator- Dr. Theresa Laurent
11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break  
  Session 6 – Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment. Moderator – Dr. Mario Loukas, Dean of Medicine SGU
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. Evidence-Based Practice for Nutritional Care of Patients with Cancer Ms. Jillian Hyttenhove, USA
11:50 – 12:10 p.m. Molecular diagnostic biomarker test TBA
12:10 – 12:30 p.m. ASCO’s Commitment to Improving Equity in Access to Cancer Care and Research(Featured Speaker) Dr. Julie Gralow, Executive VP/CMO,ASCO
12:30 – 12:50 p.m. Q & A Session  
12:50 – 01:50 p.m. Lunch : Poster Presentation Winner
  Session 7 – Urology and Gynecology Moderator – Dr. Owen Gabriel, St. Lucia
01:50 – 02:10 p.m. Caribbean Cervical Cancer Eradication  PAHO 
02:10 – 02:30 p.m. Impactful Innovations and Advances in the Management of Bladder Cancer Over The Last Decade. Dr. Murugesan Manoharan, MD
02:30 – 02:50 p.m. Prostate Cancer  Dr Luis Fernando Garcia Aceituno
02:50 – 03:10 p.m. Lung Cancer TBA
03:10 – 03:30 p.m. Q & A Session Moderator – Dr. Owen Gabriel, St. Lucia
03:30 – 03:50 p.m. Coffee Break  
  Session 8 – Cancer Implementation and Policy Moderator – Dr. Shawn Charles, CMO Grenada
03:50 – 04:10 p.m. Cancer in the Caribbean: Registries  Dr. Natasha Sobers, Barbados
04:10 – 04:20 p.m. Q & A Session Moderator –  Dr. Shawn Charles, CMO Grenada
04:20 - 04:25 p.m. Closing Remarks Dr. Marisa Nimrod
Day 3: Saturday July 13th, 2024.
Session 9 – Holistic Approach to Cancer Moderator –
07:00 – 08:30 a.m. Registration & Exhibits  
08:30 – 08:50 a.m. Primary Care Physicians - The Gatekeepers Prof. Marvin Reid, Jamaica
08:50 – 09:10 a.m. Navigating intimacy with a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Cheryl Alexis, Barbados
09:10 – 09:30 a.m. Cancer and Herbal Remedies: Cure or Complications. Prof. Yuri Clement and Dr. Marisa Nimrod, Trinidad and Tobago
09:30 – 09:50 a.m. Mental Health and support TBA
09:50 – 10:10 a.m. Ethical Considerations in Cancer Management: (public vs private institutions) Professor Donald Simeon, Trinidad and Tobago
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Q & A Session  
10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Coffee break  
  Session 10 – Adjunct Management and Care Moderator - 
10:50 – 11:10 a.m. Palliative Care in Latin America and the Caribbean Dr. Mark Stoltenburg, PAHO, Palliative Care, USA
11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Cancer Survivorship and Reintegration. Professor Jameel Ali, Trinidad and Tobago
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. Relationships and care beyond the cancer diagnosis in Low and Middle Income Countries Dr. Sonia Nixon, Grenada Cancer Society
11:50 - 12:10 p.m. The Economic Burden of Cancer: Financial Planning TBA
12:10 - 12: 20 p.m The role of Cancer Survivors in the Caribbean as Advocates for Change. Dr. Dave Lalltoo, Giving Hope Foundation, Guyana
12:20 – 12:30 p.m. Q & A Session  
12:30 – 12:35 p.m. Closing Remarks & Vote of thanks Dr. Marisa Nimrod
12:35 -  01:35p.m. Lunch  

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