10:00 - 14:00

Vancouver BC

In-person event

Vancouver ‘Blood Cancer Connect & Learn’

An in-person education event – Vancouver Region

Jewish Community Centre, 950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7 

Come out and enjoy a meal on us... meet members of your local community... learn about: 

  • Innovations in blood cancer research 
  • Ways to improve your quality of life 
  • A blood cancer survivor’s experience 

Free admission and complementary lunch.


Register by September 10th.



9:30 am - 10:00 am Arrival, registration, coffee and muffins 
10:00 am - 10 :15 am Opening remarks 
10:15 am - 11:15 am Innovations in research and treatments for blood cancer - Dr. Ly Vu 
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Managing chronic side effects: Fatigue and brain fog - Nikki Stiver  
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch break and community table visits 
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Blood cancer survivor story: a First Connection volunteer 
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm The basics of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and its treatment in BC - Dr. David Sanford
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Closing remarks 


 Dr. Ly Vu
Dr. Ly Vu
Dr. Ly Vu is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Scientist at the Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer. Dr. Vu is originally from Vietnam with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Vietnam National University. She completed both her PhD and post-doctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, US. At BC Cancer, Dr. Vu’s laboratory aims to understand molecular mechanisms underlying control of stem cells and pathogenesis of hematological malignancies, with a focus on RNA modifications and RNA biology. Her ultimate goal is to develop innovative therapeutic approaches for treatment of leukemia and other cancers.
Dr. David Sanford
Dr. David Sanford
Dr. David Sanford joined the Leukemia/BMT Program of BC in September 2015. He previously completed training in Hematology at the University of Western Ontario, and undertook a Leukemia Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has interests in clinical research in acute myeloid leukemia, including the development of molecularly targeted therapies and the role of minimal residual disease in guiding treatment.
Nikki Stiver
Nikki Stiver
Nikki Stiver holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Family and Child Studies. She has worked as a Registered Social Worker with the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC since 2020, where she supports patients and their families practically and emotionally as they navigate treatment. She holds special interest in clinical counselling, promoting holistic wellbeing and patient empowerment, and raising awareness about support services especially those living with a chronic illness.

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