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Welcome to the 4th International Family Integrated (FICare) conference, a multidisciplinary event, supporting the implementation and sustainability of Family Integrated Care. This is an exciting year as it marks 10 years of FICare research in Canada.   Registration is now closed for this event.  Registration will re-open once we have posted the video content, within one week following the event.

Here is what you can expect

  • A digital platform will provide new ways to interact with international guest speakers and other conference delegates participating in FICare initiatives and research
  • Networking with attendees from around the world
  • Sessions will be recorded for registered guests to view post event

Why we are coming together

  • To support the adoption of FICare
  • To increase communication and collaboration between all interested in providing comprehensive care to infants and their families in the NICU
  • To provide a platform to share knowledge of FICare research and initiatives supporting parent engagement in the care of their infant in the NICU

Who will be joining us

  • General paediatricians
  • Neonatologists
  • Nurses
  • Social workers/other allied health care professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Residents, fellows and graduate students
  • NICU parents

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Shoo Lee: Over his forty-year career Dr. Lee has transformed the field of neonatology, improving the outcome of infants born preterm. He revolutionized the care of newborns by leading and promoting research that has shifted the paradigm for parents by embracing and empowering them to become integrated into the care of their infant; care partners. This renowned work continues to be disseminated and implemented worldwide.
Dr. Karel O'Brien: Dr. O’Brien is a Staff Neonatologist and lead family integrated care researcher at Mount Sinai hospital, Toronto, who continues to promote the importance of parent engagement in the care of their infants while in the NICU and supports ongoing research and knowledge translation initiatives worldwide.

Conference Planning Committee Members

Dr. Linda S. Franck, Professor of Pediatric Nursing, University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Liz McKechnie, Consultant neonatologist, Leeds Children’s Hospital, UK

Ms. Chandra Waddington, RN, PhD student, University of Toronto

Ms. Marianne Bracht, RN, FICare Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

Fabiana Bacchini, Executive Director, Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

Returning Registrant

Event Dates

Thursday October 14 & Friday October 15, 2021

Event Times:

Day 1:

California, USA 8:00 – 12:00

New York, USA 11:00 – 15:00

London, UK 16:00 PM – 20:00

Brussels, BELGIUM 17:00 – 21:00

*Note that Day 2 starts on Thursday evening for PDT and EDT time zones (see below)

Day 2:

California, USA 18:00 – 22:00 (Thursday evening)

New York, USA 21:00 – 01:00 (Thursday evening)

Perth, AUS 09:00 – 13:00

Shenzhen, CHINA 09:00 – 13:00

Sydney, AUS 12:00 – 16:00

New Delhi, INDIA 06:30 – 10:30

Event Location:

Zoom Webinar
Information to join event will be sent by email prior to the event date

Sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees post event

Information & Assistance:

Conference Services

FICare Website