CCSVI Conference at the Ottawa Convention Centre
Please join us on the 5th of November!
Almost sold out. Registration now open until 1 hour before the event starts!
Welcome Reception (Room 213/215) new!
9:00am - 9:59am
Presentations (Room 213/215)
10:00am (sharp) - 4:00pm (Please check back later for order of presentations.)
Jennifer Armstrong, MD is Medical Director and CEO of the Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic, where she treats patients suffering from environmental sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and allergies, as well as autism and many other chronic conditions that are complex and difficult to treat. She is sometimes referred to by patients and other practitioners as the "last hope doctor." When environmental medicine alone does not help, she now considers CCSVI as a possible piece of the puzzle. Her present practice has over 3000 patients, with a waiting list of 3 years. She also recently served as a medical expert witness for a chemically sensitive patient and helped them win a landmark case in Federal court. Dr. Armstrong earned her MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and has served as president of the Human Ecology Foundation of Canada, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine.
E. Mark Haacke, PhD is a leading physicist, Professor and Vice-Chairman of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Radiology and the Director of MR Research at Wayne State University. He is also the Director of the MRI Institute for Biomedical Engineering and the President of MR Innovations, Inc. He obtained his Ph.D. in High Energy Physics at the University of Toronto. He holds numerous patents and has been awarded more than $10 million dollars in research grants. He has received major awards including the 2004 Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. His interests include clinical translational research using MRI in areas such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis and aging. Prof. Haacke is a globally recognized researcher who invented MR Angiography. He has pioneered the development and application of new imaging methods including susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). SWI makes it possible to detect and localize multiple small hemorrhages caused by regional brain deformation that are so characteristic of TBI. Dr. Haacke is committed to the development of improved treatment of debilitating brain disorders with newer imaging technology capable of elucidating mechanism and more efficiently evaluating experimental therapies.
Teri Jaklin, ND is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor and founder of the Waterdown Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine. She strongly believes that knowledge of the processes of health and dis-ease is not proprietary and empowers individuals and organizations with programs that make a palpable difference in how we engage and perform in our lives. Dr. Jaklin is an enthusiastic student of the healing power of nature, and a person's ability to access their own health potential and communicates this regularly in both clinical practice and in her lecturing and public speaking. Through her work she reaches medical professionals and students, the general public as well as corporate and private groups. Achieving and maintaining good health can be both complex and dynamic and can be profoundly impacted by some very simple choices. Dr. Jaklin believes that wherever you are on the continuum of health and disease, there is a way to chose a path to improve your overall sense of wellbeing! She completed her undergrad studies at University of Waterloo, and her ND studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with interim studies at the Universitaet Mannheim, Ryerson University, University of Guelph, and the Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard University.
James McGuckin, MD is founder and CEO of Vascular Access Centers, where he specializes in peripheral arterial work, limb salvage, and venous disorders, including CCSVI treatment and recanalization of central venous occlusion using Radio Frequency Ablation. He regularly travels between his outpatient centers across the USA, treating CCSVI patients closer to their home. He is passionate about helping CCSVI patients and is excited by how much this treatment helps so many of them. He is consistently impressed by the intelligence, strength and perseverance of MS patients. He also believes that nobody knows MS better than the people that live with it each day. Dr. McGuckin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983, double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Med. He furthered his medical training at Hahnemann University in 1987. Dr. McGuckin received his Masters in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and completed a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. As a bioengineer/inventor, he holds 39 patents and over 170 pending patents. He is already developing new tools that will help to advance the treatment of CCSVI. He is honored by the opportunity to sponsor this event.
Trevor Tucker, PhD is founder and President of Tactical Technologies Inc., a software simulation company in Ottawa, Canada. He earned a PhD in Electronics Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1972. His son Andrew was diagnosed with MS in 1998. Andrew's struggle with MS eventually led Dr. Tucker to explore CCSVI theory in "A Physics Link between Venous Stenosis and Multiple Sclerosis." He is an advocate of a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing Multiple Sclerosis and has recently applied the physics of fluid dynamics to the association of reflux from obstructed veins to MS.
Triana Clark-Feller, BA is currently working for the City of Ottawa as a specialized fitness trainer for people with disabilities. She earned her BA in Kinesiology & Health Sciences at York University and began her career at Boeing Canada, addressing ergonomics, health & safety. She then moved on to health services, physiotherapy clinics and community fitness. Today she works with clients in community-based programs or their homes, rather than the institutional environment. Triana has first-hand experience recovering from brain injury and paralysis; she was struck by a car while crossing the street at age 13. The accident put her in a coma for 6 weeks. After finally waking from the coma, she had to learn to walk again through hard work, perseverance and therapy. She is healthy today and thoroughly enjoying helping others feel their best through exercise.
Hosted by: Danielle R. Rhéaume, MFA is a published nonfiction writer, patient advocate/activist, and CCSVI Program Specialist for Vascular Access Centers. She was diagnosed with MS in May of 2010, after living for 33 years with a venous malformation in her left foot. When she came across Zamboni's theory, she was immediately struck by the similarities. It all added up and she hit the ground running as a CCSVI advocate. Three days after diagnosis, she pitched a CCSVI story to a producer of her local ABC News affiliate. They were excited about the story and followed her (and a friend) down to San Diego in September of 2010 for their first CCSVI treatments through the Hubbard Foundation. She had wonderful results, but started to suffer from restenosis in early 2011 and was treated again--this time by Dr. McGuckin. Four days later, she started working for Vascular Access Centers. Starting in 2012, she will also be on the Board of Governance for the Hubbard Foundation. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Research-based Nonfiction Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Danielle is thankful for the opportunity to plan and host this conference. She is also thankful for the opportunity to finally meet many of her online CCSVI friends in person!
Special thanks goes out to CCSVI Ontario for their invitation to Ottawa and help planning this event!
This event will be an excellent opportunity to learn from recognizable and relevant doctors, scientists, advocates, patients and public figures within the ever-growing and exciting world of CCSVI. After their talks, there will also be generous amounts of time set aside for in-depth Q&A periods, where many of your CCSVI-related questions will be answered.
Food: Light snacks and refreshments will be served during the event, free of charge. (We will try our best to have options for attendees with limited diets. However, if you have a very strict diet, you may want to bring something that more closely meets your needs.)
Parking: Convention Centre Parking
RSVP: Also, please keep in mind that the tickets you have to "buy" on this site are free of charge and serve as a way for you to RSVP. This event is filling up quickly, so you must RSVP to save your place.
Floor 2, Rooms 213/215 Map
Courtyard Marriot in Byward Market
Westin Ottawa (This hotel is connected to the convention centre via a footbridge.)
This event is being arranged via sponsorship by Vascular Access Centers. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at the email listed below. I will be looking forward to seeing you there!
All the very best,
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Ottawa Convention Centre, Room 213/215 (View)
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|