Chronic Illness and the Family

Spring 2018 Conference

Conference Details

This conference will explore how emotional process in the family can interact with the expression of certain genes in members of the family that affect our behaviour and our health. In addition, the conference will examine the possibility that modifying patterns of family interaction may alter the expression of genes linked to health and illness. Clinical cases will also be presented. Please see brochure for full description, including learning objectives.


Date: March 23 & 24, 2018 (Friday/Saturday)

Speakers: Dr. Michael Kerr, Dr. Steve Cole, Joan Jurkowski, LCPC.

Location: St. Paul’s Hospital 1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6Z

Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, Conference Centre, Providence, Level 1

Click here for the conference brochure:  Chronic Illness and the Family Brochure

Conference Speakers

Dr Michael E. Kerr, M.D. is a family psychiatrist. He trained under and worked with Murray Bowen M.D. for more than twenty years and then succeeded Dr. Bowen as Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.  He presents at conferences around the world and has many publications.


Dr. Steve Cole is a Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine. His research uses genomics and computational bioinformatics to map the biological pathways by which social environments influence gene expression by viral, cancer, and immune cell genomes. He pioneered the field of human social genomics.   


Joan Jurkowski is a registered LCPC who is on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC and has a private practice in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has a longstanding personal and professional interest in the relationship between family emotional process and cancer.

Conference Registration

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Non-member fee $279, Member’s fee $259, Group fee, $249, Full-time student $170.

There is no extra cost for the Live-Streaming option, but please select the Live Stream option when purchasing.

Registration fee is refundable less $40 before March 1st and only refundable after March 1st for emergency purposes as defined by Living Systems.

Please use the following form to fax or email your registration to us: Registration Form

Select your Conference Fee

For a map to the conference location please click on the link below.

Map to St Paul’s Hospital and Conference Centre


Watch a short video on Purpose and Gene Expression   

To visit Dr. Cole’s website and key publications click here.


NEW Option: Video Live-Streaming

We are offering an option to watch the conference via live streaming video.  You will be able to submit questions which would be answered like other questions during the discussion periods.  A URL will be e-mailed the week of the conference. Participants can also watch the conference up to 3 weeks after it has been live.

No special technology is required.  Participants should be able to watch YouTube videos or Netflix or do live video calls on the device they plan to use. The quality will depend on your internet speed and connection.

IMPORTANT: Please note, if you’ve chosen to be there in person you cannot change to live streaming after the early bird deadline

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