FoM Medicine This Week | Feb 13 – 17


A weekly roundup of news, stories, and media mentions from the Faculty of Medicine.
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Medicine This Week | Feb 13 – 17, 2017
Here is the round-up of news, stories, and media mentions from the UBC Faculty of Medicine.


  • UBC scientists create a mouse that resists cocaine’s lure
  • Sam Aparicio part of global team creating 3-D tumour map
  • MD students win UBC’s Premier Undergraduate & Wesbrook Scholarships
  • Researchers begin clinical trial for rare yet devastating condition among pregnant women
  • Yeast found in babies’ guts increases risk of asthma

Media Mentions  

  • National Public Radio (U.S.): Cellular and Physiological Sciences’ Shernaz Bamji creates a mice that doesn’t get addicted. Similar articles appeared in the CBC, CBC’s The Current, Global News, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, The Province, Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo,Independent, Daily Mail, Sun (UK), International Business Times, Inverse, Medical Xpress, Times of India, Irish Examiner, Vice, Fortune.
  • New York Times: SPPH’s Michael Brauer finds rapid industrialization, population growth and an aging populace contributes to India’s air pollution as the deadliest in the world. Similar articles appeared in International Business Times U.K., Times of India, Washington Post, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Business Standard India, Straits Times, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Star Phoenix and Vancouver Sun.
  • CBC: Psychiatry’s Pat McGeer says new operating rooms barely reduce surgery wait times. A similar appeared in Yahoo.
  • MSNBCMedicine’s Nadia Khan explains how her work in preventive care contributes to the longevity of Canadians
  • Globe and Mail: SPPH’s Steve Morgan finds that United States and Canada were the only countries without universal coverage of medicines, regardless of age or income. Similar story appeared on News 1130.
  • Globe and Mail: SPPH’S Paul Kershaw shares the high cost of raising children in Canada. A similar article appeared in Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
  • Men’s Health: Physical Therapy’s Marie-Louise Bird says Pilates is one of the best ways to support the spine during exercise.
  • Irish Examiner: Psychiatry’s Rosemary Basson says sexual desire is not a ‘drive’ for women but rather a ‘response’ that must be ‘triggered.’
  • CBCDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Kenneth Lim studies whether Viagra can treat a rare condition during pregnancy. A similar article appeared in Yahoo. 
  • Vancouver Sun: Medicine’s M-J Milloy’s research on how Canadians use cannabis is highlighted. A similar article appeared in Calgary Herald.

Social Media Highlights

Top Tweet

Learning about Colonel Jetly’s role of being a doctor serving overseas
Top Facebook Post

Ben Mortenson joined CBC’s Rick Cluff in studio to talk about findings of a new study he co-authored exploring older adults’ online dating profiles.
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