Fuse 2018: Explore the plenary sessions

On May 8-10, 2018, MSFHR is co-hosting Fuse 2018, the 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

We are delighted to welcome international speakers from across Australia, Canada, Europe and the US for six panels and plenary sessions and four workshops in addition to lightning talks, oral presentations and poster sessions.

These speakers are internationally recognized leaders in public health, policy and knowledge exchange, from academia, government agencies, research institutes and care providers. Together attendees and speakers will explore the challenges faced when using evidence, including conflicting evidence, in policy-making and discuss how best to mitigate and overcome these challenges.

To facilitate productive conversation and knowledge exchange, registration is limited to approximately 150 people.

Panels and plenary sessions

Explore the full program to start planning your Fuse 2018 conference. Not registered? Secure your place!


A global view of knowledge exchange in public health policy-making
A distinguished international panel will explore the use of evidence in public health policy-making across jurisdictions and sectors to discover what works and what doesn't.

  • Facilitator: Gregory Taylor, Former Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
  • Panelists:
    • Moriah Ellen, Senior Researcher, Ben Gurion University, Israel
    • Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canada
    • Jantine Schuit, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
    • Eugene Milne, Deputy Chair, Fuse Centre and Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council, England
    • Sarah Thackway, Executive Director, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, New South Wales Ministry of Health; Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia

Critical role of evidence in a public health emergency
Declaring a public health emergency triggers a sequence of events to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from whatever emergency has put public health at risk. This case-based session will explore how evidence is used in a public health crisis and whether the changes made have an enduring effect.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Rhonda Low, Family Physician, TV and radio broadcaster and health journalist
  • Panelists:
    • Clay Adams, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver Coastal Health, Canada
    • Perry Kendall, Former Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia, Canada
    • Danuta Skowronski, Physician Epidemiologist, BC Centre for Disease Control; Clinical Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada

Why doesn’t evidence inform policy-making quite the way we hope?
Paul Cairney will outline the key challenges faced when using evidence to inform policy, followed by a panel discussion on how best to mitigate and overcome these challenges.

  • Presenter: Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Department of History and Politics, University of Stirling, Scotland
  • Facilitator: Emily Jenkins, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Respondents:
    • Moriah Ellen, Senior Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Israel
    • Marjorie MacDonald, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Canada
    • Sarah Thackway, Executive Director, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, New South Wales Ministry of Health; Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia

Changing the narrative on investment in population and public health research
The preventative nature of public health research compounds the challenge of showcasing the value and impact of research to decision-makers. In this plenary, Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health, discusses the importance of building an investment case for public health research using examples from infectious disease, chronic disease, and human behaviours.

  • Presenter: Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canada
  • Facilitator: Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia, Canada

How healthy is public health policy?
What is healthy public policy? How is it is developed and what are the end results? Following a commentary from Trevor Hancock, panelists will discuss the challenges faced by those involved in policy-making and delivery, and how to provide the right evidence, incentivize the right decisions, manage conflicting interests, and reach consensus.

  • Opening commentary: Trevor Hancock, Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Facilitator: Shannon Turner, Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC, Canada
  • Panelists:
    • 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

If we want more evidence-based practice or policy, we need more practice-based evidence
Drawing on learnings from across Fuse 2018 Lawrence Green will pose questions and suggestions for how to improve the fit among, and connection between, policy, research evidence and practice, and how to do this without imposing impossible requirements and unrealistic criteria of effectiveness on the varied settings in which evidence and policy are applied.

  • Presenter: Lawrence Green, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Facilitator: Marjorie MacDonald, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Canada

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