Conference Theme

Chronic edema and lymphedema: a growing problem in Canada


This 2-day event offers Friday morning industry sponsored symposia, afternoon plenary sessions and workshops specifically geared for health professionals, followed by a poster viewing and evening reception. Patients and caregivers are invited to register to join the symposium all day Saturday.

Target Audience

The conference is for primary care as well as specialist health professionals and patients from across Canada and abroad, with an interest in lymphedema.

  • Patients with or at risk of lymphedema, their caregivers and lymphedema advocates
  • Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered massage therapists, therapist assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses
  • Oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and general medical practitioners
  • Research scientists
  • Graduate and medical students
  • Compression garment fitters
  • Quebec Health Ministry representatives and policy advisors


The Scientific Committee has planned a thought provoking and nationally relevant conference agenda. The conference includes both interactive and open discussion sessions to promote collaboration between sectors of the lymphedema community, with the aim to foster innovation and promote positive change.

Presenters will address current issues in research, surgery, exercise and self-care for lymphedema. The program includes plenary sessions, workshops, poster presentations, an Exhibit Hall, as well as a networking reception on Friday evening.

The final agenda can be found here.


Plenary sessions will be in English with simultaneous translation into French on both Friday and Saturday. A selection of concurrent sessions will be also be simultaneously translated.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers confirmed to date include Dr. Tobias Bertsch, a leading obesity and lymphedema expert from the Foeldi Clinic in Germany; Dr. Isabelle Quéré, head of the Vascular Medicine department at the Saint Eloi University Hospital, Montpellier, France and an expert in pediatric lymphedema; Dr. Alex Munnoch, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Lead at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee (Scotland) and a leading international expert on Lymphoedema and Lipoedema; and Prof. Christine Moffatt, from Nottingham University, England and Chair of the International Lymphoedema Framework.

Chronic Edema and Lymphedema Management for Community Nurses

A special one-day “Chronic Edema and Lymphedema Management for Community Nurses” workshop will run concurrently with the conference on Friday; accommodating approximately 20 – 30 nurses. The 7-hour training class targets nurses in the community. Upon approval by the Order of Nurses, this module will count toward a new 5-module course planning to be offered by Vodder School International. This first module is entirely in French and will taught by one of Canada’s leading lymphedema experts and clinical doctors: Dr. Anna Towers, of the McGill University Health Centre Lymphedema program and Robert Harris, Director of Vodder School International. Participants will be encouraged to register for the Saturday conference seminars as well.


More information to follow.


This event is approved for up to 7 credits by the Office for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The Office for CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Pediatric Lymphedema Workshop

Led by Dr. Isabelle Quéré, a vascular surgeon in Montpellier, France and an expert in pediatric lymphedema and by Dr. Catherine McCuaig, Clinical Director of the Pediatric lymphedema program at Saint-Justine Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, this interactive session will be an opportunity for all lymphedema clinicians and therapists treating children to collaborate and share best practices.

Pediatric workshop invitation