You’re invited to the Holiday Social and Shoebox Challenge!
Wednesday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. Chieng Family Atrium at CFRI
Please help make the holidays brighter for youth in our community:
Rally your colleagues from CFRI and beyond, form teams and see which team can contribute the greatest number of “shoeboxes” to support street youth in need this holiday season.
CFRI will collect all contributions and deliver them to Covenant House to be used in their Christmas Backpack Program to support street youth ages 16-24 by giving them a backpack filled with new clothing, toiletries and small items.
Flu vaccine clinic at CFRI on Thursday, November 20
PHSA Workplace Health is hosting a mobile flu immunization clinic on:
Thursday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The mobile clinic will service CFRI, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute. The vaccination trolley will travel throughout the Translational Research Building, Variety Club Building, Clinical Support Building, North and South Blocks, and CMMT.
The mobile clinic is open to all. Please remember to wear a short sleeve or loose-fitting shirt.
Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is offering free flu vaccine for children, family members, pregnant women and visitors to patients in the hospital. Refer your patients and their families, friends and visitors to our drop-in clinic located in the Ambulatory Care Centre. Please note that the clinic is not intended for staff members.
Flu vaccine and nasal spray flu vaccine (Flumist® – for eligible patients) are both available. An on-site nurse vaccinator will advise about who needs flu protection and which vaccine is best suited for each person.>> More…
Update on BC Children’s Ebola Virus Disease (EBV) preparedness activities
As you may know, BC Children’s Hospital is the designated site for potential pediatric EVD cases in the province. Significant planning has been underway for any potential Ebola patients. Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that we are prepared in the unlikely event that a suspected or confirmed case of EVD presents in one of our facilities.
A staff forum will be held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education. This will provide an opportunity to receive the most up-to-date information on our preparedness activities and to ask questions of the Senior Executive Team.
To ensure the safety of patients, families, staff and drivers, three new speed bumps will be installed on the Ring Road to slow traffic flow. Please note, the speed limit on the Ring Road is 30 km/hr. Please reduce your speed while driving on campus, watch for pedestrians and slow down at pedestrian walkways.
Other tips for staying safe:
Be aware of your personal safety in the dark and during wet weather conditions.
Follow the designated pedestrian and vehicle detour routes.
Obey flaggers and the posted speed limits for vehicles.
These actions will help address concerns raised regarding pedestrian/driver safety. Let your program director know if you have any further concerns.
New ways to access perinatal health data
Good news for researchers requesting perinatal health data: Perinatal Services BC and Population Data BC have signed a data sharing agreement, so researchers will be able to access linked data from the Perinatal Data Registry in PopData.
More information will be sent in early 2015, when this process is scheduled to take effect.
Other news articles and updates are available from CSTproject.ca.
CFRI’s lively Halloween
It was a rainy Friday afternoon, yet the mood in the CFRI atrium was anything but glum on October 31. CFRI’s trainees arrived decked out in holiday garb for the annual Halloween trainee costume contest.
Pictured: The Kobor Lab
Gairdner Symposium success
On Monday, October 27, CFRI and CMMT hosted 207 high school students from across the Lower Mainland at the annual Gairdner Symposium. The students were introduced to a wide range of career and education opportunities in the fields of health and sciences research.
Session topics included how scientists ID bacteria and the process of biobanking. The students later attended lectures from two world-leading medical researchers and then broke into small groups for behind-the-scenes tours of CFRI’s and CMMT’s research facilities.
The BC Women’s Research Rounds feature investigators who specialize in the area of women’s health. Hear the latest in women’s health research every third Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Drinks and snacks are provided.
The next Research Rounds is on Friday, November 21:
Dr. Liisa Galea, Professor, UBC Department of Psychology: “Pregnancy and motherhood: Effects on cognitive and mental health”
If you would like the rounds video conferenced to your site, please complete a brief online survey.
Friday, November 21 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Room D308, Shaughnessy Building
The Cellular and Gene Therapy (CelGeT) Seminar Series occurs on the last Friday of every month (except December). Everyone is welcome to attend.
The next seminar on Friday, November 28 will feature two speakers:
Dr. Megan Levings, CFRI Scientist and Professor, UBC Department of Surgery: “Superiority of Rapamycin Over Tacrolimus in Preserving Nonhuman Primate Treg Half-Life and Phenotype After Adoptive Transfer”(a review and commentary on the paper recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation)
Andrea Korecki, CMMT Lab Manager, Simpson Lab: “Developing MiniPromoters for Ocular gene therapy using AAV”
Friday, November 28 | 2:30 p.m. | Room 2108, CFRI
Upcoming CAPHC webinars
What we can learn about children’s health through data linkage Wednesday, November 12
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST More…
For information on other upcoming CAPHC webinars, please visit the CAPHC website.
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) will be announcing the launch of the funding competition for trainee awards on Friday, Nov. 28. More…
Professional specialization certificate in population health data analysis
Online courses to advance your career in population health. Offered in partnership with University of Victoria and Population Data BC. More…
Research methodology training grant
Designed to help defray the costs of travel and living expenses for CFRI trainees who wish to participate in unique and specialized research training opportunities unavailable in the Lower Mainland. Grants are limited and range from $500 – $3,000.
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.