In this week’s issue:
- Please see attached Email from David Farrar, Provost and Vice-President Academic, regarding the Faculty of Medicine’s New Dean and Invitation to Open Forum
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research 2015 Research Trainee Award application procedures will be announced next week. Unlike previous years’ competitions, Faculty approval will be required.
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – 2015 Research Trainee Award
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – Various Opportunities
Awards and Honours:
- Canadian Academy of Health Sciences – Fellowship (final reminder)
- Michael Smith Laboratories Director Search – Open Form for Three Candidates
- Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Using gaps in current clinical practice to guide research, a translational approach to the study of complex childhood disease
- Child & Family Research Institute, Providence Health Care Research Institute, and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute – Annual Public Lecture: Breathe into Research (final reminder)
- Defense Research and Development Canada – Information Session
- Centre for Blood Research – Norman Bethune Symposium
- Centre for Blood Research – Earl Davie Symposium Save the Date: November 19, 2015
- IT in the Faculty of Medicine: We Want Your Input
LOI Deadline: March 17, 2015
The MSFHR Research Trainee Program – Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards support highly qualified applicants at the post-PhD and post-health professional degree (MD, DDS, DVM or DPharm) stages to prepare for careers as independent health researchers.
At the time of application, applicants must commit at least 75 percent time to research training; this commitment does not include holding a full-time paid research position. Health professionals with active clinical service must commit at least 50 percent time to research training.
Applications are submitted through the MSFHR ApplyNet system.
Letter of intent deadline is March 17, 2015.
Full application deadline is April 20, 2015.
Please visit the MSFHR website for additional information.
Deadline: See below
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is pleased to announce grant guidelines and applications are now available for the following categories:
- ‘A’ Awards (Deadline: May 22) are designed for early career scientists with an original project who can demonstrate outstanding mentorship and have a strong future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation. The grant is open to MD, MD/PhD and PhD investigators. Maximum of $450,000 awarded over three years.
- Reach Awards (Deadline: May 29) are designed to move hypothesis-driven research toward the clinic. The goal of this award is to support selected “late translational” studies needed to ultimately initiate a clinical trial. A successful application will identify an unmet clinical need relevant to the care of pediatric cancer patients and describe how the proposed project will allow for the pre-clinical research to be translated to the clinic while keeping broader clinical testing and implementation in view. Maximum of $250,000 awarded over two years.
- Bio-Therapeutics Impact Grants (Deadline: June 30) empower investigators to initiate clinical trials for promising and novel biologic approaches to treating childhood cancer. Introduced in 2014, the goal is to maximize recent advances in bio-medical research making it possible to develop new treatments that harness a patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer or apply new biologically based treatments to target specific childhood cancers. Maximum of $1.5 million over three years.
Questions? Contact Grants@AlexsLemonade.org.
Please visit the ALSF website for information about all of our research funding opportunities.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nomination Deadline: March 13, 2015
The annual call for nominations for Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences will open formally on Monday, January 5th, 2015 with the release of letters of notification to leaders of Health Sciences Faculties across Canada.
This process literally determines who we are and where we are to go as an Academy. In concert with many moves by the Academy to engage our Fellows, the nomination process has been changed this year to place the onus for the nomination of new Fellows on current Fellows of the Academy.
We have been well-served in the past by reliance upon Deans, Vice Presidents of Research and other leaders of academic health sciences (often with the support of local CAHS Fellows) to take the initiative to nominate colleagues for Fellowship, and to organize letters of support, both internal and external. The Academy has now had 10 years of growth to a robust 550 Fellows – a cadre of expertise and achievement ideally qualified to bring forward new candidates.
From this year onward, we are asking our CAHS Fellows to take the responsibility for nominating colleagues to Fellowship, to work with leaders in our institutions to generate supporting letters and to solicit the external letters essential to making the case for each nominee.
Nomination forms and guidance on preparing a Fellowship nomination form are available on the CAHS website at http://www.cahs-acss.ca/nominations/.
Michael Smith Laboratories Director Search – Open Form for Three Candidates
Date & Time: See below
Location: Room 102, Lecture Theatre, Michael Smith Labs, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver
Three candidates will present their vision for the MSL (followed by questions) during the following dates & times:
Friday, February 27, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Dr. Leonard Foster
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, Centre for High-Throughput Biology (CHiBi)
Wednesday, March 4, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Dr. Wilfred Jefferies
Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories
Professor, Medical Genetics
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Friday, March 6, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Dr. Joerg Bohlmann
Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, Michael Smith Laboratories
Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences
Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Using gaps in current clinical practice to guide research, a translational approach to the study of complex childhood disease
Date & Time: March 4, 2015, 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Dr. Kelly Brown
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Childhood rheumatic diseases are a group of genetically complex and phenotypically diverse disorders that include the more commonly known juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and relative newcomers such as auto-inflammatory diseases. In Canada, rheumatic conditions are the most common chronic illness of childhood, affecting approximately 10 000 of our children and youth. Despite their diversity, the common denominator for all rheumatic diseases is pain and/or inflammation in joints, muscles, and critical organs, and all have significant potential for lifelong poor health and disability. This talk will introduce our new Pediatric Rheumatology Lab at the CFRI/BC Children’s hospital. Our group is involved in clinical, translational and basic science research that aims to provide an evidence base for treatment decisions in pediatric rheumatology practice, and to bridge gaps between researchers and caregivers to ensure that new knowledge is translated efficiently to patient care.
Date & Time: March 4, 2015; 7-8:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Location: Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital, 890 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
An informative evening talk with today’s research leaders in lung health. Learn about the health resources and research findings that are empowering people living with or caring for others with lung diseases.
Lecture hosted by Dr. John Fleetham. Come and meet our featured speakers: Dr. Chris Carlsten, Dr. Don Sin, and Dr. Pascal Lavoie.
Please RSVP at www.vchri.ca/celebrateresearch.
Defense Research and Development Canada – Information Session
Date & Time: March 13, 2015; 1-2pm
Location: Room 102, Lecture Theatre, Michael Smith Labs, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver
UBC is going to have a visit from a group from Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) on March 13th who will be presenting at 1pm-2pm in the Michael Smith Lab 102 Lecture theatre.
DRDC is interested in research partnership with UBC PIs and also in recruitment of graduates/PhDs. See the areas below for an idea of their research areas of interest.
DRDC carries out a broad range of defence and security related research activities, with staff having scientific backgrounds in the following six broad domain areas:
- Physical Sciences
- Electromagnetic Sciences
- Information Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Operational Research and Analysis
In their upcoming recruitment drive, they are not just looking into rejuvenating our workforces generally in the above domain areas, but also looking to grow the following specific areas:
- RF Electronic Warfare
- Cyber Security
- Tactical and Op Intelligence
- Personnel CBR (Chemical, biological, radiological) Defence
- Social and Cultural Influence
- Operational Research / Analysis for Enterprise Resource Management
- Analysis of S&T Intelligence
Moreover, they are also anticipating increased research activities related to the following areas:
- Arctic surveillance
- Electronic Warfare
- Cyber Operations
- Additive Manufacturing
- Space-based Radar
This is by no means a comprehensive list. DRDC is looking for new recruits (from undergraduate to postdoc) with very diverse knowledge background, and we are expecting a series of job postings throughout the year.
If you are a 1) researcher interested in partnership opportunities or 2) an undergraduate, graduate student or post-doc/research associate seeking employment with DRDC please join DRDC at the event on the 13th March.
Date & Time: April 16, 2015; 7:15am-6:30pm
Location: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville St., Vancouver
Dr. (Henry) Norman Bethune (1890-1939) was a Canadian physician who in the 1930s spearheaded the implementation of the first practical mobile blood collection and distribution system and promoted universal access to health care. This symposium is held in his honour and will be informative and entertaining, with participation of a full range of scientists and clinicians at all levels of training.
What you can expect to achieve from this symposium:
- Gain new knowledge of advances in personalized treatment of HIV
- Acquire new knowledge on rapid diagnostics for HIV
- Acquire new insights into future therapies for hemophilia and bleeding disorders
- Gain new knowledge on platelet function and related disorders
Detailed program of the day’s events is attached to this message.
Centre for Blood Research – Earl Davie Symposium Save the Date: November 19, 2015
Date & Time: November 19, 2015; 7:30am-6:30pm
The CBR will be hosting its annual Earl Davie Symposium on November 19th, 2015. A draft program is attached to this message, with more details to come.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hana Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT in the Faculty of Medicine: We Want Your Input
Do you have thoughts about what IT services you or your unit needs? Ideas about what may or may not have been working well with IT at the FoM?
We would like to hear from you.
Please complete this 10 minute survey to provide input for the Future of IT in the Faculty of Medicine initiative.
The purpose of the initiative is to put mechanisms in place to ensure that IT investments are aligned with and support the mission of the Faculty of Medicine.
This work includes –
- Strategy: Developing IT governance and finance models
- Services: Clarifying the scope of services required by FoM departments, centres, and programs
- Service Delivery: Developing the technical and organizational means to deliver these services
- Engagement & Improvement: Establishing mechanisms for ongoing customer engagement and continuous improvement of IT services
The Dean has convened a Steering Committee with representatives from the FoM, UBC and PHSA to oversee this initiative. The committee is chaired by Mike Allard, Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Sciences.
Your input is critical in order for the Steering Committee to make informed recommendations about IT in the FoM.
For more information and regular updates, see the Future of IT in the FoM.
[Full survey link: https://ubc.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g3cf5]