Register for The 3rd Okanagan Cardiovascular & Respiratory Symposium



Registration is now open for the 3rd Okanagan Cardiovascular & Respiratory Symposium, hosted by the Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health.

Taking place March 15 to 17, 2018 at the Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, BC, Canada, the international Symposium features, among other program highlights, three notable keynote speakers:


Dr. Ben Levine (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre)

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Dr. Levine is a Professor of Internal Medicine/Cardiology and Distinguished Professor of Exercise Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Levine is a renowned sports cardiologist who sees athletes with cardiovascular medical problems from around the world. He has been a key contributor to the guidelines for the management of athletes with heart disease since 1994. Dr. Levine also has a unique background in space medicine, and serving as a co-investigator on 4 Spacelab missions and he currently advises NASA’s flight surgeons on cardiovascular medical issues. Dr. Levine has published > 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and technical papers, and is currently serving on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and a board member of several physiological societies.

On Day 1 (Thursday, March 15th), Dr. Levine’s presentation will focus on hypoxia and the heart: friend or foe?

Dr. Michael Joyner  (Mayo Clinic)

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Dr. Joyner’s is a consultant and the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Joyner’s is a recognized world leader in the autonomic regulation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to various forms of physical and mental stress during activities such as exercise, hypoxia, standing up and blood loss. His research specifically studies the mechanism of blood flow, blood pressure and blood glucose regulation in both health and disease and he is a leading authority on the physiology of elite athletes and understanding the limits of human performance. Dr. Joyner’s research also provides insight into the many complex mechanisms that operate together to keep us healthy and able to adapt to the demands of life – or fail in a way that makes us unable to adapt.  He has >400 peer reviewed publications and was the past recipient of the Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award, the Walter B. Cannon Award Lecture and the Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lecture from the American Physiological Society.

On Day 2, Professor Joyner’s presentation will focus on sex differences and blood pressure in humans.


Dr. Susan Hopkins, (University of California, San Diego)

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Dr.Hopkins is a exercise physiologist, who specialises in pulmonary exercise physiology. She has more than 30 years of experience studying the lung under stress, particularly exercise and hypoxia, and is an internationally recognized expert in pulmonary gas exchange. Over the last 15 years, along with collaborators she has brought the specialized magnetic resonance techniques originally developed for studying the brain to bear on questions related to pulmonary functions in health and disease. She has also been active in the coaching and training of elite athletes, particularly triathletes and cyclists.

On Day 3, Professor Hopkin’s will talk about pulmonary gas exchange: how and why athletes outperform their lungs during exercise.


Scientific Session speakers:  Each session at the conference will open with a presentation from invited speakers, which include: Dr. William Sheel (University of British Columbia), Dr. Emma Hart (University of Bristol), Dr. Rob Shave (University of British Columbia), Dr. Maureen MacDonald (McMaster University), Dr. Chris West (University of British Columbia), and Dr. Kevin Shoemaker (Western University).

Click here for online registration.

Download the Symposium program guide here [pdf].



Important dates: January 19th , 2018 is the abstract deadline and deadline for graduate award competition; and Febuary 21st, 2018 is the conference registration deadline.

Conference dates: The Symposium is set to start Thursday, March 15th, check-out is on Sunday, March 18th, with the option of extending your stay at the 15% discount. The Symposium will commence Thursday afternoon and end Saturday evening, with an option to stay and ski on Sunday.

Booking information: Cost for full conference (including two evening meals on Thursday and Saturday, lunch on Friday and refreshments): Faculty: $375+GST/Postdocs: $275+GST/Professional: $275+GST/Students: $95+GST. Conference Register and payment can be made at: Register at:

Venue: The Symposium is held at the beautiful Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada. The resort is located at the north end of the Okanagan Valley, approximately 20 minutes by car from the city of Vernon. The nearest airport is Kelowna International Airport. The airport is approximately a one hour drive from Silver Star. By air, Kelowna airport (YLW) is approximately one hour west of Calgary and one hour east of Vancouver. Silver Star is in the Pacific Time Zone (Coordinated Universal Time minus 8 hours).

Accommodations: Two main accommodation options are available: standard hotel rooms with various bedding configurations, or apartment style suites equipped with full kitchens. All accommodation is centrally located in the village and is highlighted in the symposium program guide. Accommodation can be booked by calling the central reservations office at: 250-558-6083 or toll free at: 1-800-663-4431.

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2 responses to “Register for The 3rd Okanagan Cardiovascular & Respiratory Symposium”

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