$19.6 million funding renewal awarded to NeuroDevNet
On January 13, the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, announced an additional $19.6 million in funding to NeuroDevNet, a national research network dedicated to understanding children’s brain development.
The investment is the result of the most recent competition in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. With this renewal for a second five-year term, the total funding award to NeuroDevNet is $39.2 million for 2009-2019.
The Scholars of Excellence Program is funded by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
CFRI has launched an exciting new initiative to develop future leaders in child health research. The Scholars of Excellence Program will provide exceptional research trainees with the opportunity to generate innovative research under the mentorship of world-class researchers based at CFRI and BC Children’s Hospital.
Who is eligible?
We welcome applicants who have completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent, MD, or PhD-MD less than three years from the award start date. Applicants with more than three years post PhD or MD due to a career delay or interruption (family or health reasons), or for dedicated clinical training (residency and/or fellowship) may have their eligibility window extended on a case-by-case basis. For full eligibility details, please refer to the Program Guide.
What funding is available?
The program provides scholars with a generous stipend of $70,000/year for 3 – 5 years. In the first two years, additional funds are available for research-related expenses ($10,000/year) and travel expenses to attend conferences ($3,000/year).
Now accepting applications for the 2015 Program The Summer Student Research Program is funded by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
CFRI’s Summer Student Research Program includes funding and education opportunities that foster research awareness and interest for the undergraduate and medical community. The program attracts students from local, national and international academic institutions, and exposes them to research in the area of children’s and women’s health.
The CFRI Summer Studentship is 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.
Thursday, February 19: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Bryan Wong, Grant Applications Officer, UBC Faculty of Medicine: email@example.com.
The RISe system was recently updated and the following changes will affect all researchers who submit applications to the UBC Research Ethics Board (REB):
First-time users who are faculty, students or staff are now able to register themselves for an account in RISe. More information on how users can self-register for a new RISe account can be found on the ‘how to register for access to RISe webpage‘.
Changes on the Ethics Harmonized forms in RISe reflect addition of new research institutions or organizations, revised process in order to adapt to new requirements, and review for all brand new studies and studies that have not been submitted prior to December 13, 2014.
We know recognition happens every day in many different ways, but we have created a dedicated month to celebrating and recognizing our employees.
Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace — everyone wants a pat on the back for a job well done. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way in creating the type of environment where we all want to spend our working hours.
But recognition is not only a management responsibility, although that aspect is vitally important. To be the most meaningful, recognition should originate from every level of the organization, including peer to peer. When you say ‘thanks’ or ‘good job!’ to colleagues, it makes them feel great. And it makes you feel good, too, by helping to create a positive workplace where everyone’s contributions are recognized and appreciated.
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).
Submit a business model canvas (a graphic representation/ presentation) of an idea and road map to inaugurate the idea and innovation. Then, pitch of the idea and innovation before a panel of judges drawn from the digital media and investment communities.
Successful participants will be rewarded with a three-month residency in the MAGIC Lab (renewable for another three months) and in-kind technical and business support/mentoring to take the idea, innovation and business proposal to the next stage.
This round is open to the entire UBC community, but applications are particularly welcome from graduate students and staff.
The BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI) has taken a significant step towards a more efficient and coordinated research ethics review process. A six-month pilot implementation of a new model for harmonized ethics review of minimal-risk studies began on Monday, December 1.
Documents that will assist researchers with the new harmonized processes during the pilot phase can be accessed from the Resources tab of the BCEHI website.
A message from the three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or “the Agencies”:
The Presidents of the Agencies are pleased to announce the release of TCPS 2 (2014) – the revised version of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). TCPS 2 (2014) replaces TCPS 2 (2010) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies.
Tips for incorporating fitness into your busy life… from LifeSpeak
LifeSpeak is an on-demand library of health, wellness and professional development videos and podcasts. The library includes topics that will help you overcome challenges and give you the inspiration to reach new goals.
January’s featured video by Helen Vanderburg, health and fitness writer and speaker: fitness strategies for busy employees:
A four-week meditation class is coming to Children’s and Women’s. These sessions will provide the chance to learn simple, powerful visualization techniques that can give you more energy, focus and enthusiasm for life. 4-Class Series – Thursdays January 22 – February 12 | 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Shaughnessy, Room D210
The 4th Annual Alberta-British Columbia Islet Workshop is being organized by Dr. Francis Lynn, CFRI Scientist; Associate Professor, UBC Development of Surgery and Cellular & Physiological Sciences. Session topics include stem cells and development; islet transplantation and immunology; insulin secretion and islet biology; beta-cell mass; genetics and epigenetics; and new techniques and methodologies.
February 9 – 12 | Silver Star Resort, Vernon BC
For information on visiting guest speakers and to register, visit the workshop website.
Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2014 – a fantastic success!
The CFRI Diabetes Research Program held the inaugural Vancouver Diabetes Research Day on World Diabetes Day: November 14, 2014. November 14 is Dr. Frederick Banting’s birthday, the Canadian medical scientist who won the Nobel prize in 1923 for discovering insulin.
Nearly 100 attendees attended the event, which showcased the strong local diabetes research community. Plans are underway for the next Vancouver Diabetes Research Day in November 2015. Stay tuned for more information.
Mini Med School XV: 2014 round-up
Mini Med School XV was a fantastic success! Here’s what some of the 135 senior high school students and 60 members of the public that attended had to say about the program:
“Each presentation was unique in its own way. The presenters engaged the audience their own special way and all the topics were intriguing”
“Overall, 2014 series was very successful in creating awareness, education, and attracting interests especially among young generation. The sessions were well organized; hopefully the event could be expanded to the broader public in the future. Thank you to all the organizers!”
“My second year attending, truly intriguing and interesting! I was very excited about this year’s topic and was not disappointed! Thank you!”
Overall the feedback received was extremely positive and highlighted the importance of this unique opportunity, the enthusiastic speakers and well organized event. Congratulations to CFRI Research Education on another great year.
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.
This series will cover a specific database in more detail. Learn about techniques to find more relevant information more efficiently. Also learn how to keep up-to-date with newly published research in your field. Attend one or more of any of the sessions:
Tuesday, January 27 | 12:00-1:00pm | Room F412, CFRI
Web of Science
Tuesday, February 3 | 12:00-1:00pm | Room F412, CFRI
Space is limited. For more information and to register for one or more workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note a UBC CWL is required for all the sessions.
CRPD: managing effective collaborative research teams
This interactive workshop will equip participants with an enhanced understanding of collaborative groups in academia and will allow participants to develop tools and techniques that can be used in practice.
This workshop is part of the Clinical Research Professional Development (CRPD) program. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for continuing education / professional development purposes.
Tuesday, February 17 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Chan Centre for Family Health Education, CFRI
You are invited to the Garrod 2015 Symposium, “Metabolic Medicine in Motion”.
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.
What is required for follow-up after an audit or inspection? This session covers the five C’s: common findings in audit/inspection reports, classifications of findings, clarification or corrections of report findings and writing effective CAPA.
Session #1 – Advance Preparation: Be Prepared: From Notice to Knock
Thursday, February 12 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Room 3113, CFRI
At the next CelGeT seminar Dr. Elizabeth Simpson (CFRI Scientist; Senior Scientist, CMMT; Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics; Associate Member, UBC Department of Psychiatry) will present the paper, “CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering: An adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector toolbox, PMID 25186301.”
Friday, January 30 | 2:30 p.m. | Room 2108, CFRI
Dr. Paul Orban (Research Associate, Hayden Lab, CMMT), will present on his research, “Getting tolerance where it’s needed.”
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.
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.