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Online registration for the video library access is now available for $25.
Online registration for the 
September 30, 2023 event is closed.

Welcome to the 6th International Family Integrated (FICare) conference, a multidisciplinary event, supporting the implementation and sustainability of Family Integrated Care. This one-day International conference will be held in person in the heart of downtown Toronto. Virtual participation is also an option. We have an exciting line up of international speakers and parents sharing their new knowledge and expertise.

In keeping with the theme of “Partners in care” we are hosting this conference in collaboration with the Canadian Premature Babies foundation (CPBF) and the Canadian Association for Neonatal Nurses (CANN), running the events over 3 consecutive days and sharing international speakers.

Our shared event schedule is as follows:
International FICare conference, Saturday Sept 30
CPBF/CANN conference Sunday October 1-Monday October 2, 2023
For more information about CPBF/CANN conference and Registration please see the link or you can go directly to the events page CANN 2023 Conference

Please do consider registering for more than one day.

Why we are coming together

  • To increase communication and collaboration between all care providers interested in providing family centered 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
  • To provide an opportunity for co-learning among interdisciplinary care providers to support the implementation of FICare

Who should attend

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

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Karel O'Brien MB, BCh, BAO, FRCPC, MSc
Professor and Staff Neonatologist, Department of Paediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Karel O’Brien is a staff neonatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is a clinical teacher and neonatologist at a very busy perinatal center that specializes in fetal diagnosis and therapy and also works in the follow up clinic. She has trained in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research. Her current research has focused on the development of Family Integrated Care, a model that changes how we deliver care to families and their infants in the NICU, and she has recently completed an international trial of this model of care. Going forward Karel is passionate about the importance of including families in the care of their infants, and investigating how best to support the entire team, nurses, physicians and parents to provide this care in a way that improves staff, family and infant outcomes. Her motto is “Be the change you wish to see”.

Dr. Linda Franck RN, PhD, FRCPCH, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco

Professor Linda Franck holds the Jack and Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. Her extensive clinical, research and academic focuses on maternal and newborn/child health, with an emphasis on patient, family and community partnership in healthcare delivery and research. From 2015-2020 she served as Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Postnatal Research for the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative. In 2020, she was inducted into the Sigma Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame and named the UCSF School of Nursing Research Mentor of the Year.

Returning Registrant

Event Date & Time

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Event Location:

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
Located beside The Hospital for Sick Children


See Venue and Accommodation page for details

Information & Assistance:

Conference Services

UHN Conference Services does not issue letters of invitation to international delegates. Administrative fees will apply to cancelled registrations.

FICare Website