In this week’s issue:
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – Friedman Scholars Program (deadline extended)
- National Ataxia Foundation – Pioneer SCA Translational Research Award
Awards and Honours:
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prize (final reminder)
- McGill University – Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health
- Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research Lecture – Cystic Fibrosis: From the Perspectives of a Molecular Geneticist, Professor Lap-Chee Tsui
- Canadian Institutes of Health – Visit to UBC (final reminder)
- UBC Life Sciences Institute & Irving K Barber Learning Centre – LSI Public Talks: Tuberculosis – A Silent Local Killer and Global Threat
- Centre for Blood Research – Norman Bethune Symposium (reminder)
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Clinical Neurosciences 2015: Integrated Therapy: From Street to Office
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – UBC Sexual Health 2015: Building Clinician Confidence & Competence (final reminder)
- Personalized Medicine Summit – Transforming the Practice of Medicine
Deadline: March 31, 2015; 4pm PST (extended)
The Constance Livingstone-Friedman and Sydney Friedman Foundation Scholarships in Health Sciences are named after the first two faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Drs. Constance and Sydney Friedman believed that a full well-rounded education requires students to learn from different perspectives and learn from different cultures. The goal of the Friedman Scholar program is to provide funding to graduate students or medical residents so that they can pursue a learning opportunity to further their career or to bring new perspectives to the education they have already received.
Please visit for more information: http://grad-postdoc.med.ubc.ca/friedman-scholars-program/
LOI Deadline: August 17, 2015
The National Ataxia Foundation is committed to funding the best science relevant to hereditary and sporadic types of ataxia in both basic and translational research.
The foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for research projects focused that will facilitate the development of treatments for spinocerebellar ataxias. A grant of up to $100,000 over twelve months will be awarded in 2015.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than August 17, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by September 15, 2015.
For complete program guidelines, information about past award recipients, and application procedures, visit the National Ataxia Foundation website.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Deadline: March 24, 2015
The University of British Columbia is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes, each with a value of C$50,000.
The Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain disorders. The Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of heart disorders. The Prizes are awarded with the expectation that the Prize recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work.
Nomination Deadline: March 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm PST
For further information, please visit www.med.ubc.ca/margolese
Deadline: May 15, 2015
McGill University’s Faculty of Education is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2015 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. This important annual academic prize, valued at $50,000 CDN, recognizes an academic whose research has contributed to understanding how factors such as physical activity, nutrition, fitness or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being, and whose work could have a positive impact on our behaviour and lifestyle choices.
As recipient of the prize, you will receive the funding as a research grant to further enhance your work, and will have the opportunity to have your research promoted through McGill’s Bloomberg Manulife website, eDigest and social media channels that exist to support the prize. The recipient will be invited to participate in a series of moderated discussions in Toronto and at McGill University in Montreal. In addition, the winner will be invited to participate in media interviews to discuss his/her research and to meet with academics at McGill.
The Prize is presented in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg, Manulife Financial, and the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education with McGill’s Faculty of Education.
Please visit our website at www.mcgill.ca/bloomberg-manulife for more details including eligibility, how to apply, and information on previous winners.
Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research Lecture – Cystic Fibrosis: From the Perspectives of a Molecular Geneticist, Professor Lap-Chee Tsui
Date & Time: March 23, 2015; 12-1pm
Location: Cullen Family Theatre, 1st floor Providence Building, St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver
Dr. Tsui has had a distinguished academic career with major discoveries in Genetics and Genomics. He identified the Cystic Fibrosis gene in the late 1980s and in further studies of the human genome, characterized chromosome 7. He contributed significantly to fighting the SARS coronavirusin 2003 and led the Hong Kong consortium in the international effort in completing the first comprehensive catalogue of the human genetic evaluations.
Dr. Tsui has made significant policy and government contributions early on with the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He was instrumental in the establishment of Genome Canada in its earlier phase and served as Co-Chair of the interim Board. Noteworthy is his leadership in organizations such as the Human Genome Project (HUGO) and his presidency in the University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Tsui is the recipient of many national and international prizes, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences USA and a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He received the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
Date & Time: March 25, 2015; 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Room 1002, Life Sciences Building, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
You are invited to an open session being presented by Dr. Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Aubin will review recent and upcoming changes in CIHR funding and answer your questions.
Dr. Aubin’s talk will be video-conferenced from Life Sciences Institute (room 1002) to:
- BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital (CSB V2-222)
- Paul’s Hospital (SPH 1500 LT)
- Vancouver General Hospital – Diamond Health Care Centre (2263)
- UBC-Okanagan campus (DVC Boardroom, ADM 101)
Researchers, research grants facilitators, and graduate students are welcome.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at the following link: http://research.ubc.ca/vpri/cihr-visit-ubc
Date & Time: March 25, 2015; 6-8pm
Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver
Join us for the final LSI Public Talk of this season, Wednesday, March 25, 6 – 8 PM at Vancouver Public Library.
Tuberculosis (TB) has plagued humanity since antiquity. Today it still infects one third of the human population and new drugs are urgently needed to prevent the spread of drug-resistant strains. UBC LSI Public Talks, in collaboration with TBVets Charitable Foundation, presents an interactive panel of internationally acclaimed speakers on the local and global state of TB as well as cutting-edge approaches to combatting the disease.
Moderator: Jeremy Hirota PhD
Assistant Professor, UBC Dept. of Medicine
Bill Jacobs, PhD
Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology and Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Kevin Elwood, MD
Clinical Professor Emeritus, UBC Dept. of Medicine, BC Centre for Disease Control
The LSI Public Talks are delivered by the UBC Life Sciences Institute in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library and UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. This edition is presented in collaboration with TBVets Charitable Foundation.
Further details available and please RSVP at http://lsi.ubc.ca/talks.
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.
Date & Time: May 1, 2015; 8am-3:45pm
Location: Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St., Vancouver BC
Target audience: Psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health professionals, family physicians, nurses, residents, and medical students
Up to 5.25 Mainpro-M1/MOC Section 1 credits
- Explore novel approaches to complex patients
- Discuss techniques to better assess and treat complex patients
- Assessment concepts for people autistic spectrum disorders
- Group therapy treatment for people with severe personality disorders
- Community based engagement and treatment of transitional age youth with severe psychiatric and substance abuse problems
- Techniques that can be utilized in practice that will enable clinicians to better assess and treat their complex patients
- Lunch offered & plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues!
Date: May 29-30, 2015
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver
Target audience: Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Registered Nurses, Specialists, Residents & Other Allied Health Professionals
Up to 12.25 MainPro-M1/ MOC Section 1
Our culture presents us with images and messages about sex and sexuality on a daily basis, and yet sexual health remains an under-addressed topic in CPD and in the clinic. Why? Let’s face it: Sex and sexuality include a range of topics that are, on some level and to some degree, uncomfortable for all of us – patients and practitioners alike.
Therefore we are very excited to invite you to attend the 1st Sexual Health conference. Our planning committee has had to work overtime to narrow down a huge number of sexual health topics to accommodate a 2-day CPD program. This course aims to offer something for all practitioners – from generalists to specialists – addressing sexual health through many of its lenses: all ages, genders and orientations; positive and negative health consequences; relevance in society, the law, and of course in day-to-day clinical practice.
We hope to inspire a positive and healthy approach to some of the common issues and challenges faced by patients, and clinicians – and that by attending this CPD event you will build your confidence and competence in an area that has relevance in most domains of healthcare.
Sexual Health 2015 offers two full days of interesting plenary sessions and smaller group case-based/interactive workshops – and still we couldn’t manage to fit it all in!
We look forward to your participation on May 29-30, 2015.
Date: June 7-9, 2015
Location: Life Sciences Institute, UBC, Vancouver BC
The intent of this summit, organized by the Life Science Institute, University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Personalized Medicine Initiative, GenomeBC and LifeScience BC, is to make recommendations on the best practices for the implementation of Personalized Medicine (PM) in British Columbia and Canada. In many ways BC constitutes an ideal testing ground for putting a Personalized Medicine programme into practice, with its highly integrated single payer health care system, its ethnically diverse, well educated population, and its advanced expertise in the development and application of molecularly-based medicine.
Early bird registration is current on now until April 7th. Please register at https://services.ubcconferences.com/iebms/reg/reg_p1_form.aspx?oc=01&ct=STD&eventid=13041.