One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference - Alberta 2020

Conference Program

May 20-21, 2020
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About the Conference

May 20-21, 2020

Edmonton South Conference Centre
Delta Hotels by Marriott
4404 Gateway Blvd NW
Edmonton, AB

The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) is excited to announce the One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference presented by the ABVMA with funding support from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The 2020 event follows the 2016 ABVMA One Health Antimicrobial Workshop and strives to continue the momentum following the success of the Western Canadian One Health AMS Conference held in Regina, SK, in January 2019.


Keynote speaker Timothy Caulfield, author and host of the Netflix series, "A User’s Guide to Cheating Death."

This year’s conference will offer experts in animal and human health fields and environmental science a platform to share leading practices in antimicrobial stewardship and provide evidence informed information for all participants. The conference will include two days of continuing education, poster session and an evening dinner with keynote speaker Timothy Caulfield, author and host of the Netflix series, "A User’s Guide to Cheating Death."


A Message from the Conference Chair

Simon Otto

Dr. Simon Otto

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta | Read Bio

Stewardship is paramount to preserving antimicrobials as a precious societal resource for animal and human health. We are very excited to host this conference to bring together experts and practitioners in the animal-human-environment space to promote a One Health approach to antimicrobial stewardship. We must integrate activities between our sectors to address antimicrobial resistance. Our slate of speakers includes Canadian and international experts that span human, animal and environmental antimicrobial resistance and stewardship research. Our keynote speaker, Timothy Caulfield, will help us challenge current thinking about stewardship to find forward-thinking solutions. We look forward to working with you to promote this conference.

Conference objectives:

Stewardship

Providing a forum for communication about antimicrobial stewardship across the animal, human and environmental sectors in Western Canada

Collaboration

Identifying opportunities for One Health collaboration in stewardship activities across the animal, human and environmental sectors

Understanding

Improving One Health understanding of the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges facing animal, human and environmental health

Awareness

Improving awareness of the implications of recent AMR and antimicrobial stewardship research and policy have for front line practice

Informing

Informing antimicrobial stewardship practices by the human, animal and environmental sectors using evidence-based knowledge


About the Organizers

Alberta Veterinary Medical Association

Our Vision

Healthy animals and people in a healthy environment


Our Mission

Serving the public by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of the profession of veterinary medicine in Alberta

The ABVMA is the professional regulatory organization responsible for regulating the practice of veterinary medicine in the province of Alberta under the authority of the Veterinary Profession Act.

Antimicrobial stewardship is a strategic priority for the ABVMA. Several communications activities related to this project are underway intended to educate and inform the public, producers and professionals of the importance of stewardship activities with an aim towards reducing and using antimicrobials more effectively.

The 2020 conference will provide a One Health environment to educate stakeholders and provide networking opportunities across the human, environmental and animal health sectors.

Learn more about ABVMA at:
https://www.abvma.ca/


General Information

Who Should Attend?

  • Veterinary health practitioners (e.g., veterinarians, technologists)
  • Human health practitioners (e.g., physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, infection control professionals)
  • Diagnostic laboratory professionals in the animal, human and environmental sectors
  • Agriculture industry, service providers and commodity associations
  • Organizations that advocate for human patients (e.g., Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Patient and Family Advisory Group)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship policy decision-makers (e.g., government and professional associations)
  • Water and environment regulators
  • Environmental assessment businesses and staff
  • Academia (faculty and graduate students)

Registration Information

Registration opens: Feb. 5, 2020
Registration closes: May 8, 2020

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  • Regular registration: $199
  • Student registration: $75*
  • *A student is defined as an individual currently enrolled in a technical program or undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited educational institution. The One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference student registration fee applies to a variety of health or research related disciplines. Student registration fees do not apply to post-graduate students currently working in residency. Post-graduate residents must register using the regular registration fee. The student registration fee does not apply to students who submit an abstract and are accepted to present in the poster session. For information on submitting an abstract for the poster session visit: Poster Session-Call for Abstracts.

(plus $8 registration fee and GST)

Registration includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks on both days
  • Keynote dinner on Wednesday night
  • Cocktails and poster session on Wednesday evening
  • 12 hours of ABVMA-approved CE

Accommodations

A guest room block is available at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton South Conference Centre.

  • Standard: $150/night
  • plus applicable taxes

To book accommodations, reserve online or please call 1-800-268-1133 or 780-434-6415 and reference ABVMA 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Event.

Travel

Edmonton Sky Shuttle Airport Service has a station at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton.

Learn more for Edmonton Sky Shuttle Airport Service or for information on pick- up and drop-off times as well as locations.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Full refunds will be issued (minus the non-refundable $8 registration fee) on cancellations received prior to April 22, 2020.

No refunds will be issued on cancellations received on or after April 23, 2020, or for no-shows.

Payment Information

The ABVMA accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Online (Visa/Mastercard)
  • Cheque (mail to: Bldg #3, Elm Business Park,
    Suite 104, 9452-51 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB,
    T6E 5A6)

Schedule at a Glance

Location Information:
Registration Desk:
Foyer, Main Floor
Plenary Sessions:
Empire/Royal Rooms, Main Floor
Poster Session/Cocktails:
Imperial Room
Dinner and Keynote Presentation:
Empire/Royal Rooms, Main Floor

Note: Breakfast, breaks and lunch will be served in the ballroom foyer/session room.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Time Topic Speaker
7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m Registration Desk Open
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr. Simon Otto, Conference Chair
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Challenging Assumptions for Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Dr. Morgan Scott, Texas A & M University
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Alberta’s AMR Strategy
  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health Government of Alberta
  • Dr. Keith Lehman, Chief Provincial Veterinarian Government of Alberta
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pan-Canadian AMR Action Plan Ms. Kimberly Elmslie, Public Health Agency of Canada TBA
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Updates from the Western Provinces:
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Buffet Lunch
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Environment
  • Canadian broiler industry
  • Human health
 
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Dr. Andrew Morris, Toronto/Sinai Health System, University Health Network
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Networking Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rapid Fire Poster Presentations
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Cocktails and Poster Session
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Plated Dinner with Keynote Speaker:
  • 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.: Dinner
  • 8:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Speaker Presentation
  • 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Social Networking
Mr. Timothy Caulfield, University of Alberta

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time Topic Speaker
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m Registration Desk Open
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks: Day 2 Dr. Simon Otto, Conference Chair
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Rapid Fire - Practitioner Barriers to Stewardship
  • TBA
  • TBA
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Social Science - How Do We Motivate People to Change?
  • System barriers
  • Individual barriers
 
  • Dr. Caroline Ritter, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Myles Leslie, University of Calgary
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. What is the Future Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship?
  • Human Stewardship - Socioeconomic cost
  • WHO Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for food animals (international perspective)
  • Environment
  • Pharmaceutical industry
 
  • Dr. David Patrick, University of BC
  • Dr. Morgan Scott, Texas A & M University
  • Dr. Amy Mathers, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Robert Tremblay, Boehringer-Ingelheim
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: What is the Future Vision of Antimicrobial Stewardship?
  • Dr. David Patrick, University of BC
  • Dr. Morgan Scott, Texas A & M University
  • Dr. Amy Mathers, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Robert Tremblay, Boehringer-Ingelheim
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Networking Coffee Break
3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Wrap-Up Keynote - One Health Approach to Stewardship Dr. John Conly, University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, W21C
3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closing Remarks and Farewell Dr. Simon Otto, Conference Chair

Session Details/Speaker Biographies

Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield

University of Alberta | Read Bio
Plated Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 8:15-9 p.m.

Professor of Health Law & Science Policy | Author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Host of the Netflix series: "A User’s Guide to Cheating Death"

Dr. John Conly

Dr. John Conly

University of Calgary Alberta Health Services, W21C | Read Bio
One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Stewardship

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 3-3:45 p.m.

Details coming soon!

Ms. Kimberly Elmslie

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Government of Alberta | Read Bio
Alberta’s AMR Strategy

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 10-10:30 a.m.

Details coming soon!

Dr. Keith Lehman

Dr. Keith Lehman

Chief Provincial Veterinarian, Government of Alberta | Read Bio
Alberta’s AMR Strategy

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 10-10:30 a.m.

Details coming soon!

Dr. Myles Leslie

Dr. Myles Leslie

University of Calgary | Read Bio
AMU as a Quality Issue: Bringing two decades of quality and safety research to tackling the changes in behaviour

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 9:30-10 a.m.

After a brief examination of quality improvement as an enterprise in human medicine, this talk describes ongoing research that targets changes in prescriber behaviour and so reductions in AMU.  I focus on insights from qualitative research that suggest, first, culture and context are significant barriers to the successful implementation of quality improvement interventions, and second, that bottom up interventions are most likely to succeed.  I then describe a novel approach to reducing AMU that leverages existing institutional strengths and capacities in human and veterinary medicine in Alberta.  Specifically, I will highlight the policy and context focused co-design approach of ongoing research in the province.

Dr. Andrew Morris

Dr. Andrew Morris

Toronto/Sinai Health System University Health Network | Read Bio
Antimicrobial Stewardship | Human Health

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 1-3 p.m..

Coming soon.

Dr. David Patrick

Dr. David Patrick

University of BC | Read Bio
What is the Future Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 10:30-11 a.m.

We will outline current thinking about programs of stewardship taht address the 90 per cent of human antibiotic use that occurs in the community. We will discuss how sustained programs (not campaigns) of professional education and health promotion are required and touch on recent evidence of their costeffectiveness and the tantalizing prospect that reduced unnecessary use may be reducing long as well as short-term complications.


Panel Discussion: What is the future of antimicrobial stewardship?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dr. Caroline Ritter

Dr. Caroline Ritter

University of BC | Read Bio
Social Science - How do we motivate people to change?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 9-9:30 a.m.

Changing our own behaviors is difficult but convincing others to change can be even more challenging. Individual values, goals, attitudes, and beliefs all play a role in why people do what they do. Additionally, external circumstances can make changes even more difficult to implement. In this presentation I will touch on behavioral change theories that can be applied in different contexts to explain peoples’ decision-making. Further, I will talk about strategies that can be used when aiming to motivate reduction of antimicrobial use on an individual level or across an industry.

Dr. Morgan Scott

Dr. Morgan Scott

Texas A & M University | Read Bio
Challenging Assumptions for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 9-10 a.m.

Globally, there exists a wide range of policies, both written and unwritten, that govern the actual use of antimicrobials. Those factors that affect usage patterns range from the glaringly obvious, such as legislative restrictions and the constraining economics of health and production (i.e., for animals), to the less obvious, such as social norms and a sense of moral duty and trust. These, in turn, can help to explain varying usage patterns among various healthcare professionals within any given set of regulations or economic conditions. Adding to the complexity are the various economies (i.e., monetary, political, and moral) as well as the often-conflicting interests and concerns of a wide variety of individuals and groups, ranging from the pharmaceutical (and agricultural production) sectors, through to the patient, client, consumer and health care advocacy realm. Setting boundaries on the limits of discussion by framing the issue of antimicrobial stewardship either as a strictly scientific one or else as an entirely economic one will necessarily alienate and marginalize persons and groups with legitimate concerns. Less inclusive policy decision-making processes are unlikely to result in sustainable and defensible long-term solutions. It is clear, therefore, that three major themes must be addressed: 1) that a systems­based approach to solving complex problems such as AMR is needed, 2) that there must be engaged discussion and dialogue, preferably leading to consensus, about the best ways to design, conduct, and analyze studies and report data that inform and lead to development of stewardship programs, and 3) that a broader range of disciplines and stakeholders need to be engaged in discussions on this subject in hopes of implementing broadly acceptable and effective policies in the future. The One Health nature of this challenging and wicked problem, along with its overwhelming moral imperative to preserve antimicrobial effectiveness into the future through proper ethical conduct today, help wrest the deliberations over what constitutes 'judicious' or appropriate use from the usual decision makers (e.g., physician/patient; veterinarian/client) and hand them over to a much broader set of non-traditional stakeholders.


What is the Future of Antimicrobial Stewardship

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Existing approaches to the mitigation of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) have largely focused on antimicrobial use practices, product relabeling and on operating under a largely rules-based, legislative or regulatory framework. This has created an illusion of 'safety' for multiple areas of concern with little to no attention paid to 'microbial safety'; in other words, a singular focus on use does not equate to favoring an ideal microbial ecology, whether in animals sent to slaughter or among patients in hospital wards. Forest stewardship practices focus on measuring trees and other ecological endpoints as measures of success, not on the tools of harvest such as axes and chainsaws. Why then do antimicrobial stewardship programs focus almost exclusively on analogous instruments rather than the populations of microorganisms? Since target populations of enteric bacteria are dynamic and constantly in flux with respect to resistance prevalence, it makes sense to develop, improve; and implement voluntary stewardship principles and guidelines so as to be more rapidly responsive to the threat of AMR. In animal agriculture, regulations and prohibition orders on extra-label drug use can take years to design, to seek and respond to public input, and then to implement. However, voluntary stakeholder-driven guidelines with potent adoption-diffusion efforts can greatly compress this timeframe and focus on what really matters. Further, such guidelines help engender a strong sense of ownership by stakeholders. In the future, stakeholder-driven guidelines based on sound empirically derived data, converted via robust and valid models into useful decision tools, have a better chance of being widely adopted by healthcare workers with the active encouragement, transparent oversight and engaged support of non-industry stakeholders.


Panel Discussion: What is the future of antimicrobial stewardship?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dr. Robert Tremblay

Boehringer-Ingelheim | Read Bio
What is the Future Vision of Antimicrobial Stewardship

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Details coming soon!


Panel Discussion: What is the future of antimicrobial stewardship?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Trainee Call for Abstracts

The Program Planning Committee of the 2020 One Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference invites interested trainees (students and post-docs) and researchers to submit poster abstracts related to all aspects of antimicrobial stewardship in Animal Health, Public Health and/or Environmental Health. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts, even for work in progress. Our aim is to highlight current research that informs antimicrobial stewardship as well as programs or knowledge translation activities that are active in this area.

Trainees are expected to be currently enrolled in an internship, residency, technical program, undergraduate, graduate studies, or post-doctoral fellowship at an accredited educational institution. This includes students in animal health technology, veterinary medicine, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, agriculture, policy, biological sciences, social sciences and other related disciplines.

Trainees with accepted abstracts will participate in the poster competition and will receive free conference registration. There are cash prizes to be won! Key trainee abstracts will be chosen for short oral presentations.

Authors must register for the conference in order to present their poster.

Non-trainee abstracts that are accepted are not eligible for cash prizes. Non-trainee poster presenters are responsible for paying full conference registration.

Important Dates:

Abstract Due Date: Feb. 29, 2020
Acceptance Notification: April 10, 2020

Conference: May 20-21, 2020 (Edmonton)

Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.

  • Posters will be on display during specified conference blocks.
  • Presenters are asked to be present at their poster during these specified time periods for judging. Detailed information will be sent out to authors.
  • More information about the length of oral presentations will be available closer to the conference.

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Abstract Submission Guidelines

Format: 

  • Title
  • Authors and affiliations; please indicate presenting and corresponding author(s)
  • Structure:
    • Introduction
    • Material and methods
    • Results or anticipated results
    • Conclusions or anticipated important conclusions
  • 500-word limit excluding title, authors and affiliations
  • Figures can be included: each figure will count for 50 words towards the total world count; figure captions must be included and also count towards the total word count.
  • If tables are included, their text will count towards the total word count.
  • English language only
  • Black 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced
  • The abstract should be in a MS Word document, with one-inch page margins (all sides)
  • Include a 250 character Tweet that can be sent out during the conference that summarizes the abstract, and that includes the following hashtags: #OneHealth #AntimicrobialStewardship (hashtags count towards the character count; the Tweet does not count towards the abstract word count)
  • Indicate if the presenter is a post-doctoral fellow, PhD student, Masters student, or summer student.
  • Indicate if you are interested in being considered for student presentation (oral and poster) awards and/or travel sponsorship.

Submission:

Please submit your abstract as a word document to: [email protected]

Please put “abstract submission” in the email subject line, and label the abstract document with your first and last name.  

You will be notified within three business days that your abstract submission has been received. Any inquiries about abstracts can be directed to: [email protected]

Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.

Poster Presentations:

  • Posters will be on display during specified conference blocks.
  • Presenters are asked to be present at their poster during these specified time periods for judging. Detailed information will be sent out to authors.

Oral Presentations:

  • More information about the length of oral presentations will be available closer to the conference. 

Further presentation instructions will be sent with acceptance email.

Questions? Please contact [email protected]

Conference and Travel Sponsorship for Alberta-based Trainees:

Trainees from Alberta institutions with abstracts accepted for presentation can apply for travel and conference sponsorship to attend the event through the AMR – One Health Consortium.


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