THE POWER OF PERT: SPEAKERS
Stefanie Condon-Oldreive (Moderator)
Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society
Stefanie Condon-Oldreive is an elementary school teacher in Nova Scotia, Canada and Founder and Director of Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society. Stefanie established Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society after losing her father to pancreatic cancer in 2006, eight weeks after diagnosis. After learning about the limited pancreatic cancer awareness, patient and healthcare programs, and resarch funding in Canada, she knew she had to do something to improve patient outcomes. In January of 2007, Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society was registered as a non-profit and in 2012 the organization received its charity status.
Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society is leading the development of the new PERT calculator, called DigestThis!, meant to help pancreatic cancer patients to receive better estimates for their PERT dosages.
Dr. Enrique Dominguez MuÃ±oz
University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Prof. J. Enrique Dominguez MuÃ±oz is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He is a permanent member of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Galicia, Member of the Council of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG), Board member of the Foundation Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela (FIDIS), and President-elect of the European Pancreatic Club (EPC).
In addition, he is Past-President of the Spanish Society of Gastroenterology (SEPD) and Past-President of the Spanish Foundation of Gastroenterology.
He was trained in Madrid and became a specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in Germany. He is the editor of twelve books, author of 292 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 96 book chapters. He acts as invited reviewer of the most relevant scientific journals in the field of Gastroenterology, and he is frequently part of the invited faculty of international scientific meetings. His main areas of interest are pancreatic diseases, pancreatic function, and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.Â
Dr. Popi Kasvis
McGill University Health Center, Montreal
Dr. Kasvis is a Clinical Nutritionist and Dietitian at McGill University Health Center, Montreal, working within the multidisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation Program (CAREPRO). As a nutritionist with CAREPRO, Kasvis’ duties include assessing patients for the presence of malnutrition, creating a nutritional treatment plan to optimize nutritional status, and managing nutrition impact symptoms. Dr. Kasvis received her PhD in the department of Health and Exercise Science at Concordia University. Her research is focused on the effect of early diet and exercise interventions on the health-related quality of life of patients with pancreatic cancer, undergoing both curative and palliative treatments.
Dr. Amanda Landers
Otago Medical School, Christchurch
Dr. Amanda Landers was born and bred in rurla Aotearoa New Zealand. The Deep South is where her passion for palliative care began as a junior doctor. She enjoys talking with patients and families facing life-limiting illness, helping them to plan and prepare for the future and ensuring symptoms are well-managed. She has worked in large urban areas, and in extremely remote environments of both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Amanda is currently a senior clinical lecturer with the Otago Medical School in Christchurch and loves to teach others about palliative care. In 2020, she commenced a PhD looking at end-stage chronic lung disease and their health care network, with the long-term goal of evaluating a model of care. Amanda also leads the Aotearoa Australian Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy Research (ASPERT) Group who strive towards best practice for those with pancreatic cancer in Australasia.