CFRI would like to extend a warm welcome to the members of the CFRI Scientific Advisory Board, who are visiting in March: Dr. Terry Klassen of the Children’s Research Institute of Manitoba, Dr. Roderick R. McInnes of the Lady Davis institute for Medical Research, and Dr. Maria Grazia Roncarolo of the Stanford School of Medicine.
The CFRI Scientific Advisory Board will advise CFRI Executive Director Dr. Wyeth Wasserman and the CFRI Research Leadership Council on scientific strategy and priorities. By providing a valuable external perspective and identifying areas of opportunity, the Scientific Advisory Board will support CFRI in maintaining a high level of scientific excellence and strengthen our position as a leading research institute.
We are delighted that these distinguished researchers are joining us to provide their perspective to CFRI.
Looking for research trainees this summer?
Are you looking for a summer student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow? Get the word out by posting research training opportunities on the CFRI Training website.
If interested, email Ashley Biggerstaff at email@example.com and provide the following information:
Type of training position (i.e. summer student, graduate student, etc.)
Brief description of the position
Start and end date of position (if applicable)
Contact information (email and/or phone)
How long you wish to have the posting online
David Hardwick Reading Room reopens
Construction is now complete on the David Hardwick Reading Room, which is located in Room 3051 (above the coffee shop, between the north and south block). This quiet study area is now available for use by trainees onsite. The space includes a group meeting room and study facility with 4 study carrels, desk space and 3 networked computers.
On Friday, March 6, the 2nd floor CFRI administration area in the Translational Research Building will close at 12:00 p.m. Beginning that afternoon and continuing over the following week, work will be ongoing to rework the area to support moving in administrative staff who currently sit in other parts of the building, as well as making more efficient use of the existing space.
Please be advised that there may be some noise related to the renovations beginning on the afternoon of March 6 and continuing until March 13 when the wall installation will be completed and staff members displaced by the work will return to their permanent spaces.
We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Jacques, Facilities Director, at (604) 875-2409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important updated CIHR application deadlines
What’s been updated?
The deadline to submit CIHR Transitional Operating Grants to the UBC Faculty of Medicine for approval is now Friday, February 20.
The complete deadlines for CIHR Transitional operating grants are as follows:
Friday, February 20: Submit to UBC Faculty of Medicine for approval
Monday, February 23 by 4:30 p.m.: Submit to ORS for signatures
Friday, February 27 by 8:30 a.m.: Submit on ResearchNet
*Monday, March 2 by 5:00 p.m.: CIHR external deadline for UBC to submit grants
*Your final grant must be submitted on ResearchNet by Friday, February 27 at 8:30 a.m. to meet the CIHR deadline of Monday, March 2.
IMPORTANT: If you have not already done so, and would like proposal assistance and grant review, please contact Dr. Dawn McArthur in the CFRI Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) at email@example.com.
Please contact Bryan Wong, Grant Applications Officer, UBC Faculty of Medicine: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fostering a Culture of Respect
A message from Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, CFRI Executive Director, and Dr. Mike Stonefield, CFRI Chief Operating Officer:
Fostering a culture of respect within CFRI, and among those institutions and agencies with whom we collaborate, is vital to our success. We are proud to support PHSA’s workplace initiatives through February’s ‘Respectful Workplace’ month and beyond, and we encourage every team member to participate in some way that is meaningful to you.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Marco Marra to his new role as Head, Department of Medical Genetics for the UBC Faculty of Medicine and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre effective January 5, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
The staff drop-in immunization clinic is available to PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Primary Health Care (PHC), Fraser Health Authority (FHA) paid employees and physicians.
Recommended immunizations are offered without cost to our employees:
Influenza (seasonal): still available
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis: booster dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria recommended every 10 years. One adult dose of Pertussis is recommended.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): past history of disease may not provide lasting immunity to these diseases. Based on your immunization records (if available) and age, your immune status will be determined at the clinic.
Varicella (Chicken Pox): if you don’t know whether you have had the disease, we will test you. If you are not protected, we will offer you the vaccine.
Hepatitis B: a series of three Hepatitis B vaccinations over 6 months & then blood work to determine if you are protected (eligibility depends on potential occupational exposure to blood and body fluids).
CFRI is proud to recognize our outstanding researchers who have received the UBC Killam Research Award over the years. As we congratulate Dr. Poul Sorensen, the 2014 recipient, we would also like to acknowledge and celebrate all of our past prize recipients. These researchers were nominated by their peers and selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee for their excellence in research.
Congratulations to all of our UBC Killam Research Prize recipients:
Do you have an outstanding colleague you would like to recognize? A peer? A Research Manager? A Research Assistant? Admin support staff? The Faculty of Medicine Awards and UBC President’s Award provide a wonderful opportunity to honour the contributions of exceptional faculty and staff. Deadlines are coming up soon.
Faculty of Medicine Awards:
– Clinical and Full-time faculty members
– Staff members: research managers, research assistants, admin support staff
The various faculty and staff awards have deadlines occurring between February 2, 2015 and May 1, 2015.
2015 UBC President’s Awards: President’s Awards for Staff
Nomination deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 4 pm.
CCHCSP “Rising Researchers” at National Symposium
The Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) is a transdisciplinary training program for the next generation of clinician-scientists in child and youth health research in Canada. CCHCSP will hold their annual symposium on June 5-7 at the Westin Nova Scotia in Halifax.
CCHCSP will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for two “Rising Researchers” from UBC who wish to attend the symposium. These researchers must come from different disciplines.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Liisa Holsti at 604-875-2000 ext 5200 or email@example.com.
More information about the conference program and registration will be posted on the CCHCSP website in the coming weeks.
The deadline for abstract submissions is coming up soon on March 6, 2015.
The event will feature a wide range of interesting topics for clinicians, scientists and trainees. The program will allow ample time for abstract presentations, with travel awards and prizes being awarded to support the attendance of students.
Telus World of Science Community Science Initiative
Are you a scientist seeking to share your research and work with your community?
Science World’s new Community Scientist Initiative (CSI) is looking for scientists, researchers and other science-based professionals with a keen interest in engaging with public audiences, to become science communicators and ambassadors. Supported by gallery curators, and under the direction of the CSI Program Director, volunteers will develop and deliver activities and experiences at the TELUS World of Science.Upcoming training workshops:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
Celebrate Research public lecture: “Breathe into Research”
Every year CFRI, Providence Health Care Research Institute and Vancouver Costal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) present a free public forum on the latest discoveries in health research.
This year’s lecture “Breathe into Research” will explore the latest health resources and research findings in the field of lung health. Dr. Chris Carsten, Dr. Don Sin and CFRI Scientist Dr. Pascal Lavoie are the featured speakers.
Wednesday, March 4 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital
CIHR has planned visits in early 2015 with a number of research institutions, including UBC on March 25, 2015. These events will continue to engage the research community and partners to discuss the new Open Suite of Programs and peer review process as changes are implemented.
Our most-read and most-clicked stories included the launch of the MSFHR trainee award competition and congratulations to two recent award winners at CFRI, Dr. Shelina Babul and Dr. Peter von Dadelszen.
The Scholars of Excellence Program is an exciting new initiative from CFRI that will give exceptional trainees the opportunity to develop innovative research under the mentorship of researchers at CFRI and BC Children’s Hospital. Scholars will receive a generous stipend of $70,000 a year for 3-5 years.
The deadline for the CFRI Summer Studentship and Summer Student Research Education Program (for externally funded students) is March 15, 2015.
CFRI’s Summer Student Research Program includes funding and education opportunities that foster research awareness and interest for the undergraduate and medical community. The studentships are available to undergraduate students in sciences/allied sciences or medical students completing research projects between May and August, and supervised by a CFRI faculty member. More…
MSFHR trainee award competition
The 2015 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Trainee Award guidelines are now available. Letters of intent are due March 17, 2015 and the application deadline is April 20, 2015.
MSFHR Trainee Awards support highly qualified applicants at the post-PhD and post-health professional degree (MD, DDS, DVM or DPharm) stages to prepare for careers as health researchers. More…
CFRI conducts discovery, translational and clinical research to benefit the health of children and their families. CFRI is supported by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and works in close partnership with the University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital, and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority). For more information, visit www.cfri.ca.