Breakthrough Breakfast V

We are celebrating five years of DMRF's Breakthrough Breakfast, where we recognize outstanding local health research and the philanthropy that supports it. This year, the event will look a little bit different, as we invite you to enjoy your "eggs, with a side of hope" from the comfort of your home.

For the fifth year in a row, we are pleased to be presented by: 

Live and online - Wednesday, November 25 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. (AST)


Tom Murphy (CBC Nova Scotia News) will host this virtual event, which will feature 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 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. 

Hosted by: 

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 is presented by:


with support from: