Breakthrough Breakfast V

Although the 2020 DMRF Breakthrough Breakfast was held virtually and looked a little bit different this year, we were thrilled to recognize outstanding local health research and the philanthropy that supports it.

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Thank you for attending the 5th annual Breakthrough Breakfast! Couldn't make it? Watch the recording below! 

Tom Murphy (CBC Nova Scotia News) hosted this virtual event, which featured live entertainment and a pair of panel discussions concerning important COVID-19 pandemic-related issues.


Patient access to care has been a topic of conversation in this region for quite some time. While the global health pandemic caused by the novel corona virus COVID-19 created catastrophic health impacts, it forced us to look at how we can better provide access to care, utilizing virtual technologies. 

Dr. Fred Burge: Dalhousie Professor and Faculty Researcher, Department of Family Medicine
COVID-19 Research Project:
Primary Care and Pandemics: How Do We Get Care to Those Who Need It?

Dr. Ashley Miller: Dalhousie Assistant professor, Division of General Internal Medicine , Department of Medicine
COVID-19 Research Project:
Right Care, Right Time, Right Place: Leveraging a Virtual Care Solution in the Delivery of Community-Based Care for COVID-19 Patients

Mr. Rick Cameron: Recovering COVID-19 patient 


Health care providers can suffer burnout at the best of time, but experience further strain during a global health pandemic. What does this experience look like and how can we best help those on the frontlines with mental health and burnout issues?

Dr. Debra Gilin: Professor, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary's University
COVID-19 Research Project:
Preventing Burnout Among Front-Line Care Workers to Fight Covid-19: Screen and Intervene

Dr. Sam Searle: Geriatric Medicine Fellow, Dalhousie University 
A geriatrician based who practices medicine at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Searle has first-hand experience working during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, particularly in longterm care facilities. 

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Tom Murphy is co-host for CBC Nova Scotia News and the host of Land and Sea on CBC Television. He started his career at CBC in Charlottetown working as both a radio and television reporter and back up host for eight years before moving to CBC Halifax in1999 as a current affairs reporter. He is a regular on The National, contributing to both news and current affairs. He became the Maritimes National Correspondent in 2006. Tom won a RTNDA award for TV short feature, Atlantic Journalism Awards, a Columbus International Film and Television Festival award and received several Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards nominations.

The 2020 DMRF Breakthrough Breakfast was presented by:


with support from: