HiRO Annual Symposium

The HiRO Annual Symposium brings together the Canadian community of cardiogenetics specialists, researchers, patients and families, with a goal to improve the care of families with inherited heart disease.
The HiRO Karen Gibbs Bursary, named after HiRO's founding coordinator, provides support for up to 3 trainees to attend the Annual Symposium, with the expectation that they will present in some capacity at the meeting, and report back to their home institution.

Upcoming Symposium

HiRO 2022 (Edmonton, AB)

The 6th Annual HiRO Symposium will be hosted by the Edmonton Inherited Arrhythmia team on June 10-11th 2022. We're excited to announce Dr. Jacob Tflet-Hansen as the 2022 invited speaker. The program is now available here . Please contact for registration inquiries.

Past Symposiums

HiRO 2021 (Virtual)

The 5th Annual HiRO Symposium was hosted by Dr. Anne Fournier’s Montreal team. The Symposium was held virtually - with the largest turn out to date! The Symposium was centered around three primary themes: diagnosis of inherited heart disease, patient-centered care, and the status of CPR & AED in 2021. We were joined by international guest, Dr. Sami Viskin. You can view the program here.

HiRO 2020

The HiRO 2020 Annual Symposium was postponed to 2021.

HiRO 2019 (Kelowna, BC)

The 4th Annual HiRO Symposium was hosted by the UBC HiRO Coordinating Center in conjunction with the Porubanec family in Kelowna. The themes were: “Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation in Your Community”, “Genetic Information Can Improve Care”, and “Working Together in HiRO”. Our international keynote speaker was Dr. Chris Semsarian. The program is available here. Dr. Glenn Corneil hosted a Patient Education Seminar on inherited heart conditions, which is available on YouTube . Our Public Forum also made Global News.

HiRO 2018 (Halifax, NS)

The 3rd Annual HiRO Symposium was held in Halifax, NS, and hosted by Drs. Gardner and MacIntyre. Our international guest speaker was Dr. Michael Ackermann. The program is available here. Our Family Forum was picked up by Global News.

HiRO 2017 (Winnipeg, MB)

The 2nd Annual HiRO Symposium was held in Winnipeg, MB and hosted by Dr. Colette Seifer’s team. We were joined by international keynote speaker, Dr. Elijah Behr. The program is available here.

HiRO 2016 (Vancouver, BC)

The launch of the Annual HiRO Symposium took place in Vancouver, BC - where our Coordinating Center is located. We were joined by international guest speaker, Dr. Athur Wilde. The program is available here.