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Putting Patients First 2022: Listening, Learning, Collaborating and Changing

Putting Patients First 2022: Listening, Learning, Collaborating and Changing, will be held virtually on March 10-11, 2022. 

We are hard at work to develop an exciting and engaging virtual conference. Watch this page for program details and other information.

Dates: March 10-11, 2022

Keynote Speakers:

Fred Cameron

Head shot of Fred Cameron, a keynote speaker for Putting Patients First 2022, held in March 2022.

After a lifelong battle with addiction, Fred Cameron entered the world of recovery in 2015. In his early struggles, he came to realize that if he embraced it, his experience could be used to help others. Fred is currently acting as Operations Director and Harm Reduction Manager with SOLID Outreach Society in Victoria, BC. He has extensive experience as a community researcher with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. He is in his fourth year as a member of the BC SUPPORT Unit Patient Council. Fred is an author and writer who has published on patient-oriented research and peer-led interventions, as well as other current issues in local and regional magazines. In addition to working with SOLID, Fred is completing a degree in social work.

Dr. Tammy Clifford, Vice-President Research Programs, CIHR


In October 2018, Dr. Tammy J Clifford joined CIHR as its Vice-President of Research Programs. In this role, Dr. Clifford has been responsible for the design, development, and administration of the agency’s funding programs and science policies. It has recently been announced that she will be assuming the role of CIHR’s Vice-President Research – Learning Health Systems. In this new role, Dr. Clifford will establish a team that will bring together existing as well as new initiatives related to clinical trials, patient-oriented research, knowledge mobilization, ethics, research excellence, EDI and capacity building, as well as CIHR’s Centre for Research in Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies.    

Prior to joining CIHR, Dr. Clifford served as a member of the Executive Team at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), most recently as Chief Scientist and Vice-President, Evidence Standards. At the beginning of her career, Dr. Clifford worked on a number of maternal and child health research projects at CHEO’s Research Institute, where she also served as a member of the Research Ethics Board. She continues to hold an adjunct faculty appointment with the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health.  

Tammy is an authentic leader, and is recognized for her passion and commitment to mentoring, as well as to training the next generation of health researchers.  She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), and her BSc and MSc from McGill.   


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 from Western Canada's SPOR SUPPORT Units? Check out the Hotıì Ts’eeda Nàowoò T’à Łets’àts’edı website for details from Fall 2020.

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Putting Patients First 2022 Planning Team: Planning is currently underway by a team of subject matter experts from across the province. The BC SUPPORT Unit extends its sincere gratitude to these individuals for their contributions in shaping this learning and networking event.