CanVECTOR National Thrombosis Seminars


2020-2021 Seminar Series

CanVECTOR is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural CanVECTOR National Thrombosis Seminar series: live, monthly, virtual webinars featuring state-the-art thrombosis / venous thromboembolism (VTE) lectures presented by both Canadian and international experts!

The series will run from September 2020-April 2021 with the exception of October 2020. Each webinar will be free to register and attendees are eligible for CME credits as the CanVECTOR National Thrombosis Seminars is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Program Schedule

National Thrombosis Seminars

September 2020

Program / Speakers



Theme: COVID-19- VTE Research

Keynote Speaker

  •  Dr. Agnes Lee, Medical Director of the Thrombosis Program and Professor of Medicine at University of British Columbia, Canada
    • Presentation: COVID-19 and Thrombosis – Concept of Immunothrombosis

Featuring the two winners of the CanVECTOR COVID-19 VTE-Related Rapid Funding competition:

  • Dr. Tobias Tritschler, General Internal Medicine physician at University of Bern, Switzerland
    • Presentation: Anticoagulation in hospitalized patients with COVIDÔÇÉ19: an individual patient data network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
  • Dr. Edward Conway, Director of the Centre for Blood Research and Professor of Department of Medicine at University of British Columbia, Canada
    • Presentation: The role of complement in SARS-CoV-2-triggered thrombosis

Featuring a 15 minute Q&A following the presentations. 

Learning Objectives 

  • To review the incidence of VTE in COVID-19
  • To introduce the concept of immunothrombosis
  • To understand the potential role of immunothrombosis in COVID-19

Date / Time

  • Monday, September 21, 2020
  • 12:00-1:00 pm (EST)


November 2020

Program / Speakers


Theme: Malignancy Screening in Patients with Unprovoked VTE


  • Dr. Marc Carrier, Head of the Division of Hematology in the Department of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.
    • Presentation: Screening for cancer in unprovoked venous Thromboembolism (VTE).
  • Dr. Patricia Liaw, Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism,  McMaster University.
    • Presentation: Mechanisms of Thrombosis in Cancer Patients.

Featuring a 15 minute Q&A following the presentations. 

Learning objectives

  1. Describe the rates of occult cancer detection following venous thromboembolism (VTE).
  2. Discuss risk stratification and future occult cancer screening diagnostic modalities for patients with unprovoked VTE.
  3. Select appropriate occult cancer screening strategies (limited vs. extended) in this patient population.
  4. Describe how Virchow’s triad contributes to thrombosis in cancer patients
  5. Describe how anti-cancer therapies contribute to the hypercoagulable state in cancer patients
  6. Describe how immune cells promote thrombosis in the setting of cancer


Date / Time

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
  • 12:00-1:00 pm (EST)