Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network

OPEN – A leader in medication management research in Ontario

Since 2013, OPEN – the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network has established itself as a leader of medication management research in the province. Our collaborative and multi-institutional network of researchers and knowledge users continues to be a formidable mechanism for widespread system change to improve the benefits and reduce the harms from medications in Ontario.

OPEN’s research provides insight about how the knowledge and skills of pharmacy professionals can be best used and integrated within the broader healthcare system, and how healthcare teams can better work together to improve medication management in all healthcare arenas, including primary care and public health. We work to optimize the use of medications by doing and supporting research into current and emerging medication services, processes and policies from the perspectives of pharmacists, patients, physicians, government and others to ensure system sustainability, and future medication management policy and service development.

OPEN’s goal is to connect knowledge users and researchers and provide robust high-quality evidence that can be used by government, patients and healthcare providers to improve healthcare practice, and ensure the cost-effectiveness of services, and most importantly, the benefits of healthcare for patients and their families/caregivers.

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OPEN Summit 2022 Call for Abstracts

Researchers involved in medication management research across Canada are invited to submit abstracts for live virtual oral presentations at the 2022 Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network (OPEN) Summit, co-hosted with the Center for Practice Excellence (CPE) at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faulty of Pharmacy. Presentations can address new research findings or in-progress research focused on medication management and/or collaborative approaches to healthcare with an emphasis on the role of the pharmacist. COVID-19 research will be considered and there will also be an emphasis given to projects focusing on research not explicitly related to COVID-19 research, to support the advancement of other critical topic areas of research in pharmacy and the health care space.


All are encouraged to submit abstracts for this event, including trainees, new researchers, and practitioners.


This event will bring together researchers, educators, policy makers, healthcare professionals, knowledge users and trainees to discuss current pharmacy research and to engage in discussions about improving medication management and the health and social care system.


Other information

Please note that pre-recorded presentations will not be accepted; all sessions of the OPEN Summit will be hosted live.


Submission requirements:

•             Title of presentation

•             Name and email address(es) of presenter(s)

•             Names of co-authors

•             Institution(s)

•             Abstract of 300 words describing the background, purpose, methods, results (if applicable) and conclusion

Abstracts will be due on Monday, December 6th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.




Summit Dates

The Summit dates will be Wednesday, February 2; Wednesday, February 16; Wednesday, March 2; and Wednesday, March 16, 2021. These events will take place from 1-3pm EST each day.


Each day of the Summit will feature a keynote speaker, oral abstract presentations, and Q&A.


Based on the abstracts received, abstracts will be grouped into 4 topic areas, which will be reflected in the 4 days of the Summit.



Zoom (links to register for specific days of the Summit will be posted)

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School of Pharmacy
University of Waterloo - Health Sciences Campus
10A Victoria St. S, Kitchener, ON N2G 1C5

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto – St-George Campus
144 College St, Toronto, ON M5S 3M2

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