The St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation is requesting applications for their Enhanced Patient Care Fund (EPC). The EPC fund is intended to directly enhance patient care by providing several smaller grants (ranging up to a maximum of a few thousand dollars) for initiatives identified and driven by members of the St. Paul’s Hospital family—caregivers, allied health, staff, researchers, and physicians. Last year, all 45 applications from 25 program areas received funding.
Please contact Tracey Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form. Applications are due July 21.
Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship
CHÉOS, in partnership with the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the BC Personalized Medicine Initiative, is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Personalized Medicine. With this partnership, the Fellow will have a unique opportunity to be supervised and mentored by leading researchers, clinicians and policy makers. Apply now.
Luxury Cars for a Cause
In June, CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Manoj Raval participated in the 2014 Diamond Rally, a car rally for luxury car enthusiasts. Participants in this invite-only event raised money for the charity of their choice. In an initiative led by one of his former patients, Darren Pederson, Dr. Raval took part in raising nearly $10,000 for a new piece of equipment at St. Paul’s Hospital. The equipment will be used to perform incisionless, minimally invasive operations for pre-cancerous polyps and some early rectal cancer.
The National Post wrote an article about crowdfunding campaigns that raise funds for cancer and rare diseases research. The article references a study by CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Larry Lynd and Postdoctoral Fellow Nick Dragojlovic.
Dr. Nick Bansback Receives New Investigator Award
We’re pleased to announce thatCHÉOS Scientist Dr. Nick Bansback has received a CIHR New Investigator Award. This five-year award will allow Dr. Bansback to explore research on the economics of patient-centred care. He will study whether implementing decision aids, tools that promote informed shared decisions between patients and their providers, is clinically effective and cost-effective in patients with chronic diseases. Particular focus will be on diseases that lead to elective surgeries and/or have issues with adherence to medications. The ultimate aim of this program of research is to provide evidence leading to a patient-centred and economically sustainable Canadian health care system. Great work, Dr. Bansback!
CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Michael Krausz has received the 2014 Healthy City for All Individual Award of Excellence from the City of Vancouver. The award pays tribute to outstanding leadership by an individual or organization in working towards creating a healthier city.
Dr. Krausz is a psychiatrist, and conducts research on addiction, homelessness and concurrent disorders. As recognized by the City of Vancouver, Dr. Krausz’s work “has had a profound impact on the health and visibility of some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.”
“I see this award as acknowledgment of the clinical and academic work for the most vulnerable,” Dr. Krausz said. “It is a great encouragement that the City is such an important leader in these efforts.” Congratulations, Dr. Krausz!
(Photo: Dr. Krausz (centre) with Vancouver City Councillor Dr. Kerry Jang (left) and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. City of Vancouver Photo)
CIHR Operating Grant Competition
Our scientists were also successful in receiving funding for five projects in the March 2014 CIHR Operating Grant Competition. Congratulations to all! Read about their research.
Dr. Larry Lynd Promoted Within UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences
We’re also proud of CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Larry Lynd, whowas promoted to the rank of Full Professor in the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences on July 1. Dr. Lynd also takes on the role of Director for the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation based at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Inner City Youth Program treats homeless and tenuously housed youth and young adults aged 16 to 24 with undiagnosed or untreated mental illness and/or addiction. Read more.
Dr. Harris Receives Faculty of Medicine Award
The UBC Faculty of Medicine has awarded CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Devin Harris with the 2014 Innovation in CME-CPD Award. This achievement is given in recognition of outstanding innovation and/or creativity with original work in the area of CME/CPD programming. Congratulations, Dr. Harris!
Improving Patient Care Using Online Monitoring Tools
We also wish to acknowledge CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Linda Li, who has received a 2014 Innovation and Translational Research Award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. In its inaugural year, the competition’s objectives are to fund research projects that contribute new knowledge to practice and/or policy, to help take research outcomes to the implementation stage, and to create commercial opportunities from pre-existing research outcomes.
Dr. Li received funding for her project, “Improving physical activity using an online monitoring tool: A new model of care for knee OA.” Read more about Dr. Li’s project and the other five award recipients.
13 Teams Receive Funding in Practice-Based Research Challenge
Three teams involving CHÉOS Scientists have been awarded funding for the 2014 Providence Health Care Practice-Based Research Challenge. The Research Challenge is designed to support point-of-care staff who do not have research experience.
CHÉOS Scientists Drs. Najib Ayas, Josie Geller and Martha Mackay will provide mentorship for 3 out of the 13 teams that received funding. Each team will receive ongoing support from their mentors and advice on the research process; CHÉOS is pleased to offer guidance on methodology and statistics to all participating teams on request.
CHÉOS researchers will be presenting their work at the 20th International AIDS Conference, which will take place from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne, Australia. View the abstracts.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Shifana Premji and Ms. Gina Willis, two new staff members at CHÉOS.
Shifana Premji has joined the Centre asClinical Research Support Manager. Previously at the BC Cancer Agency, she brings over 10 years of experience in the conduct of clinical research, ranging from expertise in ethics and regulatory submissions, trial monitoring, data management and project supervision. Shifana is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and the Clinical Research Professionals of British Columbia (CRPBC). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Master of Science in Clinical Research with Honours from the University of Liverpool. Welcome Shifana!
Gina Willis is the new Programme Manager at CHÉOS supporting centre operations. Prior to joining CHÉOS, Gina worked at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and has a certificate in Project Management. Welcome Gina!