Cystic Fibrosis Canada Hosts 60 CF Scientists for First Ever Virtual, Mini-Broken Arrow Conference

Mini-Broken Arrow Conference

JULY 14, 2022


Last month, an impressive group of 60 scientists who study cystic fibrosis gathered virtually as part of our first Mini-Broken Arrow Conference.

Inspired by our bi-annual Broken Arrow conference, the Mini-Broken Arrow conference brought CF researchers from across Canada together to meet with the team at Cystic Fibrosis Canada and learn about updates and changes to the research program.

The event began with updates from Cystic Fibrosis Canada, including a sneak peek at our new research strategy, to be announced in 2023, from Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. John Wallenburg and an update regarding changes to funding programs for 2023 from Program Director for Research, Dr. Paul Eckford.  Lastly, the team introduced our community consultation program, Elevate, and encouraged cystic fibrosis researchers to participate and use the program when possible.

Three respected researchers closed the conference by presenting recent progress in their cystic fibrosis research and clinical work.

Dr. Igor Stagljar from the University of Toronto spoke about his study, CFTR interactome mapping using the mammalian membrane two-hybrid high-throughput screening system. Dr. Stagljar walked us through his progress and predicted that the results gathered thus far will be a very valuable resource for cystic fibrosis research.

Dr. Bradley Quon from the University of British Columbia discussed his recently funded study, Real-world impact of Trikafta on the Canadian CF Population. Dr. Quon covered many aspects of his research and the proposed benefits to the cystic fibrosis community.

Finally, we heard from Dr. Juan Ianowski from the University of Saskatchewan, who spoke about the progress in his research study, Ion transport properties of pulmonary ionocytes in human bronchial epithelia cell cultures. Dr. Ianowski’s interesting presentation covered the progress that has been made so far, and the results already achieved.

We are grateful to the many researchers from across the country who attended and presented at our Mini-Broken Arrow Conference. We look forward to gathering in person for the next Broken Arrow Conference and hope to meet again soon.