In this week’s issue:
- CIHR – Operating Grant: Collaborative Health Research Projects (NSERC Partnered)
Awards and Honours:
- Weston Brain Institute – Outstanding Achievement Award (final reminder)
- UBC Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Dr. Soren Gantt: Herpesvirus infections: new insights from human cohort studies
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Family Practice Oncology Network (FPON) Webinar: Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis and Follow-up for Primary Care (final reminder)
- UBC Centennial Emerging Research Workshop on Epigenetics – Bridging Genes and Environment: How Epigenetics Remembers the Past to Shape Your Future
- UBC SPARC Office – NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants Workshop
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – HIV Management: It’s Easier than You Think! (Vancouver Island)
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Polypharmacy Risk Reduction for our Growing Frail Elderly Community
- FLEX – Call for Proposals
LOI Deadline: May 24, 2016
The CHRP Initiative funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. The CHRP Initiative funding requires the translation of the research results to knowledge/technology users (KTUs) and related stakeholders outside the academic or training environment. As such, the proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. KTU organizations should be meaningfully engaged throughout the research process, as appropriate, to inform research planning and design.
The CHRP Initiative projects must include training opportunities for highly qualified personnel (HQP) in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors. Given that interactions between personnel from academic institutions and other sectors contribute to knowledge sharing and the development of HQP, NSERC and CIHR encourage secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops.
Funding will be provided for innovative interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborations between the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community, with a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and training leading to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system.
CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.
- The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20.4 million over three years. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.
- The maximum duration of support for any one grant is three years.
- This funding is non-renewable.
For further information, please visit the CIHR website.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nomination Deadline: April 25, 2016; 2pm EDT
The Weston Brain Institute is pleased to announce the Weston Brain Institute Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is a $40,000 (CAD) prize to recognize exceptional Canadian investigators who have made significant advances in accelerating the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, demonstrated leadership in the field, and are of high character.
The award is an opportunity to support research excellence, and to celebrate exceptional achievements in Canadian research.
Self-nominations are not accepted. Anyone in Canada or elsewhere can nominate an individual. Nominees must be:
- Appointed at a Canada Revenue Agency qualified donee institution.
- Working in Canada at least 50% of the time.
- A researcher and/or clinician who is actively engaged in translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
Please visit the Weston Brain Institute for further information on this award.
UBC Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Dr. Soren Gantt: Herpesvirus infections: new insights from human cohort studies
Date & Time: April 20, 2016; 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Dr. Soren Gantt
Associate Professor, Department of Infectious and Immunological Disease, UBC
Senior Associate Clinician Scientist, CFRI
Members of the human herpesvirus family infect nearly everyone on Earth beginning in early childhood, and are responsible for an enormous global burden of disease. These viruses, which include herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus and others, all have the ability to establish latency in long-lived cells and persist for the life of the infected individual. We have conducted prospective cohort studies, following children from birth and studying transmission and primary herpesvirus infection within households. In doing so, we have detected frequent transmission events that do not result in established infection. In addition to transient herpesvirus infections, these studies have revealed numerous other aspects of herpesvirus biology in unprecedented detail, including the routes of transmission, the infectious dose, and the early events that determine successful infection. The implications of this work for herpesvirus vaccine development and prevention of disease will be discussed.
Date & Time: April 21, 2016; 8-9am PST
Target Audience: GPOs and all other cancer care providers
Accreditation: up to 1.0 Mainpro-M1 credits
Presented by Dr. Jonn Wu, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre
Please register at http://ubccpd.ca/course/FPON-webinar-thyroid-cancer-2016.
Date: April 28-29, 2016
Location: Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver
This workshop aims to bring together researchers across UBC in this relatively new but already complex area to better understand and raise the profile of epigenetics research at UBC.
The workshop will include presentations from UBC and international scholars showcasing the latest research being conducted in this field. An event to highlight the impact of epigenetic research to the general public will be held the evening of April 27th at Science World.
For more information about the workshop, including topics to be covered and keynote speakers, please visit our website: https://research.ubc.ca/workshop/bridging-genes-environment
Workshop or Webcast Registration
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! We invite the UBC community of staff, faculty, and students interested in epigenetics research to attend the workshop or to participate via webcast.
We encourage you to register to attend the workshop early as space is limited.
Register for the workshop at https://research.ubc.ca/content/registration-ubc-emerging-research-workshop-epigenetics.
Register for the webcast at https://research.ubc.ca/content/ubc-centennial-emerging-research-workshop-epigenetics-webcast-registration.
We are still accepting abstracts from students and post-docs for the poster session on April 28th.
Three poster presenters will be selected during the event to give a 10-minute presentation on April 29th.
Submit your abstract at https://research.ubc.ca/content/ubc-epigenetics-workshop-abstract-submission.
Public Event at Science World – April 27
Nature or nurture? Epigenetics provides the connection. Join UBC researchers for a free evening at Science World to learn more about the emerging research field of epigenetics, and its role in human development.
Presented in partnership with Science World, Genome BC and the Child and Family Research Institute.
Learn more about the public event and register at https://research.ubc.ca/how-epigenetics-remembers-your-past-shape-your-future-evening-science-world.
Date & Time: May 5, 2016; 1-3pm
Location: Room 101, Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver
The SPARC Office is pleased to once again announce it is organizing an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant Workshop for UBC researchers interested in applying to this valuable research partnership funding program.
Pamela Moss, Director, Research Partnerships, from the NSERC-Ottawa office will be coming to UBC on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 to give a presentation, meet with researchers and address any questions you may have related to the NSERC CRD program. In addition to Ms. Moss, some successful CRD applicants from UBC will also outline and discuss their experiences with the NSERC CRD program.
This information session is scheduled for:
1:00 pm – 3:00pm on Thursday, May. 5th, and additional information is available on the NSERC CRD Workshop registration webpage on the SPARC website.
Please NOTE that registration for this Workshop is REQUIRED. Lunch will be provided.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to forward them to David Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org), in the SPARC Office.
Date & Time: May 6, 2016; 12:30-5pm
Location: Begbie Woodward Room, Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, with webconference across Vancouver Island
Target audience: Family physicians, nurse practitioners & pharmacists
Up to 4.5 Mainpro-M1 credits
Presentations will be followed by case study discussions. Facilitated by local family physicians and experienced physicians working at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Date & Time: June 7, 2016; 6-9pm
Location: Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Ave, Vancouver
Target Audience: Family physicians & residents
Accreditation: up to 3.0 Mainpro-C credits
Cost: No cost to members of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (non-members are welcome to register and apply for VDoFP membership). Dinner and course materials will be provided.
Workshop Format: This workshop will be delivered in an in-person and interactive format, maximizing opportunities for group discussion, questions, and networking.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Recognize frailty and its implications
- Understand the dangers of polypharmacy particularly in the frail elderly
- Identify and reduce polypharmacy within frail elderly patient population
- Effectively discuss Goals of Care and utilize this as a way to frame polypharmacy discussions
FLEX – Call for Proposals
Deadline: See below
The following message is from Dr. Dawn Cooper, FLEX Co-Director:
FLEX (FLEXible and Enhanced Learning) is a new course that is being offered as part of the renewed MD Undergraduate curriculum. Launched in the FALL of 2015, FLEX is an innovative new course that offers a number of new teaching and mentoring opportunities for faculty. It provides both time and space for medical students to participate in a variety of different learning activities, including research projects. The course promotes scholarly inquiry by introducing students to the basics of research and scholarship, and then provides them with time and support to pursue, design and participate in projects in their area of interest.
FLEX will span the first three years of the MD Undergraduate curriculum and will make use of one afternoon per week and dedicated blocks of time which are devoted solely to FLEX activity. As such, the framework for the course will support student engagement in larger, longitudinal projects, including research projects that may span more than one year.
FLEX will serve to connect students with specific projects and with potential Activity Supervisors. Attached to this email is our “FLEX Call For Proposals”, a document that provides background information about the course (goals of the course, information about course scheduling and how to get involved), the role and responsibilities of the Activity Supervisor, and instructions for filling out the FLEX proposal form (there is a link to the form provided in the attached package).
Please feel free to distribute thispackageto the members of your Department or to any individuals you feel would be interested in submitting proposals for activities to be added to the FLEX repository (database).
Deadlines for submissions: FLEX proposals can be submitted at any point during the year. For the 2016/2017 academic year, we will be accepting proposals until August 15, 2016.
If you are interested in working with a Year 2 student for the 2016/2017 academic year (for projects that will begin Aug 22, 2016), our students will be selecting projects by May 16, 2016. Please submit your proposal prior to May 12, 2016.
Year 1 students will begin their FLEX activities March 2017 and will therefore be selecting projects in January 2017. If you are interested in working with a Year 1 student, please submit your proposal by Aug 15, 2016.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to meet with you personally (or by phone), to present information about the course to your group and/or meet with any individuals who are interested in getting involved. I should also note that faculty will receive evaluations and letters for their teaching dossiers.
For more information, Dr. Dawn Cooper can be reached at email@example.com or 604-827-5957.