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World Sepsis Day: Research, Advocacy, and Clinical Care in BC and Worldwide

September 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Globally, sepsis is responsible for nearly one in every 5 deaths, and in Canada, sepsis effects 75,000 individuals per year. Sepsis occurs when an infection results in vital organ damage, and any infection can lead to sepsis. Gaining an understanding of sepsis early in your healthcare education is critical to ensuring you are delivering the best possible care for patients with sepsis.

At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from health care providers and sepsis researchers working to improve outcomes for children and adults with sepsis in BC and worldwide, appreciate the gravity of sepsis through the experience of a survivor, and network with like-minded individuals who are passionate about combatting sepsis. Together, we can make a difference and save lives.

Trainees are especially encouraged to stay for the full event for a chance to network with leaders in the field of health research & sepsis care. 


  • 1:00 PM – Opening remarks (Action on Sepsis)
  • 1:05 PM – Surviving sepsis: A patient partner’s story — Richard Doll, PhD
  • 1:20 PM – The history, success, and future of sepsis quality improvement in BC — David Sweet, MD, FRCPC & Sybil Hoiss, RN, MSN
  • 1:35 PM – Role of exercise in modulating immune response during post-sepsis recovery — Graeme Koelwyn, MSc, PhD
  • 1:50 PM – Smart Triage: Data-driven quality improvement and international partnerships — Justine Behan, RN, MSc (A)
  • 2:05 PM – Coffee/tea & snacks

Register for the event using this link as soon as possible. We encourage that all attendees register separately. There is no cost to attend, but this will ensure we have enough food and refreshments for everyone.

Afterwards, we will be hosting a livestreaming “Transforming the Trajectory of Sepsis Research”, a CIHR Café Scientifique-funded event held in Hamilton, ON, from 2:30 – 5:00 PM PDT. Learn more here.


September 13, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (CBH)
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