Jan 17 & 18
E-Mental Health Conference
Child & Family Research Institute, 938 West 28th Avenue Details
Work in Progress Seminar
Dr. Martha Mackay 12:00–1:00 PM, Hurlburt Auditorium, St. Paul’s Details
A Special CHÉOS and ICVHealth Joint Presentation:
Dr. John Spertus 1:30–3:00 PM, Hurlburt Auditorium, St. Paul’s Details
Your Life, Your Genes,
Your Health and Happiness 6:00 PM–8:00 PM, Alice MacKay Room,
Central Library, 350 West Georgia St Details
Work in Progress Seminar
Dr. Carl Brown 12:00–1:00 PM, Hurlburt Auditorium, St. Paul’s Details
Webinar: When Your Patient Refuses Their Pills
Covert Administration of Medication—An Ethics Perspective
Jenny Young, Clinical Ethicist Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, Rm 1477, St. Paul’s Or by webinar
BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative
As of December 1, the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI) began the pilot implementation and evaluation of the harmonized ethics review model for minimal risk studies. Learn more on the BCEHI website.
Call For Proposals—Drug Research
As part of its effort to encourage rigorous collaborative international research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program has issued three program announcements soliciting proposals for the International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research. The expiration dates for these program announcements have been extended until May 8, 2015. For more information, please visit the NIDA website.
Moral Distress Among Health Care Workers
New research findings on moral distress and its impact on health care workers by CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Peter Dodek and colleagues has garnered local and national media attention.
Moral distress can be described as the angst people feel when trapped between what they think they ought to do, and what they are compelled to do, and consequences of moral distress can range from frustration, stress and burnout to compassion fatigue, medication errors, and attrition. In fact, researchers found that half of the critical care nurses surveyed and 27 per cent of intensive care unit (ICU) doctors have considered quitting due to the distress they have experienced in response to how patient care was handled at their place of work.
Read The Vancouver Sun article for more information. Dr. Dodek has provided media interviews to CBC’s On the Coast(Dec. 18, 08:30 mark), CKNW 980, CHQR 770 (Calgary), and KRPI Radio (Washington State).
Well Done, Margo and Hongbin!
We would like to congratulate Margo Pearce and Hongbin Zhang, who successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in 2014. Under the supervision of Dr. Lang Wu, Mr. Zhang defended his thesis, “Joint inference of GLMM model and NLME model with informative censoring,” in October, and has completed all requirements towards his PhD in Statistics at UBC (convocation May 2015). He is now undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Hubert Wong.
Under the supervision of CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Patricia Spittal, Ms. Pearce successfully defended her thesis, “The Cedar Project: Understanding the association between childhood maltreatment and psychological distress, resilience, and HIV and HCV vulnerability among young indigenous people who use drugs in three Canadian cities,” in November, and has completed all the requirements towards her PhD at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, which will be formally conferred upon her this February.
Congratulations on your successful dissertations!
Save the Date: Presentation by Dr. John Spertus
On Monday, February 2, Dr. John Spertus, Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Division of the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO), will be giving a presentation at St. Paul’s Hospital. The talk will take place from 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the Hurlburt Auditorium. Please check the CHÉOS website for event updates.
Enter the Practice-Based Research Challenge!
The 2015 PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge is now accepting applications for this year’s competition. The Research Challenge is designed to support point-of-care staff who do not have research experience; therefore, eligible teams must include at least one member who is a point-of-care practitioner. CHÉOS is pleased to offer guidance on methodology and statistics to all participating teams on request. A study of the research challenge and its role in promoting evidence-based practice was recently published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, withCHÉOS Research Methodologist Joseph Puyat and Statistician Hong Qian as co-authors.
Organizers will be holding information sessions in January, with one on January 14 at St. Paul’s Hospital. Applications are due February 12. For more information, please visit our website.
Personalized Medicine: Your Life, Your Genes, Your Health and Happiness
On February 4 at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Larry Lynd (above) will be one of five speakers who will be discussing how environmental, behavioural and biological (including genetic) factors collide and interact to impact the health of British Columbians. Please visit the UBC Life Sciences Institute website for more information and to register for this event.
New Staff Announcements
Please join us in welcoming new staff members to CHÉOS.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nathalie Beliveau has joined the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network as the Chief Clinical Research Officer (CCRO) in January 2015. Dr. Beliveau’s position is shared with CHÉOS, and she will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of comprehensive clinical trial support. Nathalie received her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa and holds a PhD in Health Administration. Her experience includes leadership and oversight for Clinical Program Monitoring Functional Service Partnerships in Europe, Canada, and South America. Before joining us, she was an Associate Director for a CRO, managing large-scale clinical trial teams in Canada, Mexico, and Latin America.
This month, Dr. Daphne Ling begins her joint appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Personalized Medicine with CHÉOS and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. Dr. Ling will be working with CHÉOS Scientists Drs. Aslam Anis, Larry Lynd, and Nick Bansback. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at McGill University and has conducted research in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and Taiwan. Prior to joining CHÉOS, Dr. Ling worked as an epidemiologist at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control in the areas of HIV, STI and TB.
PhD Student Stephen Pan has moved back to Vancouver after a term conducting research in China under the U.S. Fulbright Student Program and will be working as a Research Assistant for CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Patricia Spittal.