Dec 7 The Potential for Precision Medicine to Improve Value and Decrease Variability in Care
Dr. John Spertus 12:00 PM–1:00 PM, Lecture Theatre 1500, St. Paul’s Or by Videoconference
PHC KT Community of Practice Meeting 12:00 PM–1:00 PM, Conference Rm 7, St. Paul’s Details
Jan 27 Work in Progress Seminar Dr. Josie Geller 12:00 PM–1:00 PM, Hurlburt Auditorium, St. Paul’s
Feb 9 and 10 E-Mental Health Conference
Child & Family Research Institute 938 West 28th Avenue
2016 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards
The UBC Faculty of Medicine is calling for nominations for its annual faculty and staff awards. Deadlines vary; please visit the Faculty’s website for nomination forms and information.
Research explores bike helmet safety
CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Mieke Koehoorn is a co-author on a joint UBC and University of Toronto study that suggests that in order to reduce bicycling injury rates, policy makers should focus on factors related to shared infrastructure, such as the creation of bike lanes physically separated from traffic or on quiet streets, as opposed to focusing on bike helmet laws.
Researchers studied administrative data on hospital stays for bicycling injuries and looked at national hospitalization rates. The study found no correlation between bike helmet legislation and injury rates.
“Helmet laws didn’t help at all,” lead author Dr. Kay Teschke told 24 Hours. “It did increase helmet use but that didn’t result in lower hospitalization rates.”
Results indicated that higher cycling mode share was associated with lower hospitalization rates. It was also noted that females were found to have lower hospitalization rates due to cycling-related injuries than males, suggesting that women engage in less risky cycling behaviour.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jane Lea to CHÉOS as a new scientist! Dr. Lea is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She obtained her MD in 2005 from the University of Toronto, then completed a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Lea has subspecialty fellowship training in Otology/Neurotology and Paediatric Otolaryngology from institutions in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Her current clinical practice focuses on disorders of the ear and its related nervous system, both in the adult and paediatric population. In 2014, Dr. Lea received a Teacher of the Year Award from the UBC Department of Surgery. Welcome, Dr. Lea!
CHÉOS and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network are hiring for a few positions, including two Research Assistants, and a Communications and Social Media Officer. View the postings on our website.
Trudeau: Put Pharmacare at the top of the agenda
CHÉOS Scientists are among a long list of health professionals and academics who signed an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for a national, public pharmacare system—where the health care system provides coverage for prescription drugs.
Drs. Aslam Anis, Nadia Khan, and Mieke Koehoorn signed the letter along with 300 of their colleagues across Canada. Read the call-to-action.
Call for abstracts
The 2016 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit Planning Committee is now seeking abstracts for poster and “Rapid Fire” oral presentations for next year’s summit. Please submit your abstracts by January 11, 2016. Visit the University of Ottawa Heart Centre’s website for more details.
Please join us in wishing Melanie Kuxdorf good luck as she leaves the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) after four and a half years. Ms. Kuxdorf worked in the CTN Communications Department as their Communications and Social Media Officer. Best wishes, Melanie!
Alireza Kazemi joins the Addiction and Concurrent Disorders research group as a Business and Information Systems Analyst. Welcome!