Dr. Perry Kendall and Dr. Elinor Wilson to co-chair Fuse 2018

17 January 2018

Fuse 2018 is an international conference convened to support the use of research evidence in policy-making that promotes and protects the health of citizens. Early bird registration ends Feb 15.

Now in its fourth year, and first in North America, Fuse 2018 will explore the challenges faced when using evidence, including conflicting evidence, in policy-making.

Led by co-chairs Dr. Perry Kendall, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, and Dr. Elinor Wilson, MSFHR’s Board Chair, a distinguished panel of international speakers will share their experiences of using research evidence as a foundation for good public policy, and discuss ways of producing, integrating and communicating research evidence for policy-making.

Fuse 2018: Program overview

In addition to the keynote and plenary sessions Fuse 2018 will provide opportunities for conversation and knowledge exchange at an international level, during workshops, oral presentations and abstract sessions led by presenters from seven countries.

Fuse is open to researchers, policy-makers, public health practitioners and other research users with an interest in public and population health. Tickets are limited to facilitate conversation and knowledge exchange amongst attendees. Register now to secure your place.

Program overview

Visit 2018fuseconference.com for program updates.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm Registration and welcome reception

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:30 – 8:45 am Registration, breakfast and welcome
8:45 am – 5:15 pm Conference proceedings include:

Panel session: A global view of knowledge exchange in public health policy making
Panelists include:

  • Moriah Ellen, Senior Researcher, Gertner National Institute for Health Policy, Israel
  • Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canada
  • Marjorie MacDonald, Scientist, School of Public Health & Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Rosemary Rushmer, Professor, Knowledge Exchange and Public Health, Teesside University, England
  • Jantine Schuit, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Plenary: Critical role of evidence in a public health emergency
Led by Perry Kendall, BC Provincial Health Officer, Canada

Plenary: Why doesn’t evidence inform policy making quite the way we hope?
Led by Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Department of History and Politics, University of Stirling, Scotland

5:30 – 7:00 pm Cocktail reception

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and breakfast
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Conference proceedings include:

Lightening talks: Evidence to action

Plenary: Changing the narrative on investment in population and public health research
Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canada

Plenary panel: How healthy is public health policy?
Led by Trevor Hancock, Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada
Panelists include:

  • Nadav Davidovitch, Director, School of Public Health, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Colleen McGavin, Patient Engagement Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit, Canada
  • Eugene Milne, Deputy Chair, Fuse Centre and Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council, England
  • Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director, BC Centre for Disease Control, Canada

Keynote: If we want more evidence-based practice or policy, we need more practice-based evidence
Lawrence Green, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Fuse 2018 is co-hosted by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the BC Ministry of Health, the Public Health Association of BC, and the UK’s Fuse Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. To sponsor Fuse 2018, contact donna.angus@msfhr.org or complete the sponsor application form.