The first ever International Congress on Personalized Health Care took place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in June of 2016. Hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals descended on the convention centre for this world first, created in Montréal by Daniel Bouthillier, an Appointed Ambassador of the Palais and Executive Director of the Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care and the President of the Palais Ambassadors Club, Dr. Pavel Hamet, Chief of Gene Medicine at the CHUM research centre, and Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Predictive Genomics, jointly with the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
The medicine of the future
Congress President, Dr. Hamet described what sparked the organization of the International Congress on Personalized Health Care: “We are at the dawn of a new era of medicine that will redefine healthcare management. Recent breakthroughs and advancements in molecular biology, genomics and data management enable the development of a more specific medical approach focusing on individual genetic makeup in its relationship with the environment.” Because applying this type of medical approach raises technological, financial, ethical and legal issues, the Congress aimed to address these and also evaluate the uses for this medicine.
The Palais des congrès de Montréal has helped stage major events related to the life sciences for over 30 years. In 2015-2016, it hosted 24 national and international events linked to this sector of excellence. All told, these conventions, meetings, consumer shows and trade shows have brought almost 41,000 participants and business tourists to Montréal. These activities, along with the more than 45,000 room nights they generated in the city’s hotels, have amounted to $70 million in tourism revenues for Montréal and Québec.