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Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, It is with mixed feelings that we announce the resignation of Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Specialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective June 30, 2020. The Program and the Department will miss her outstanding leadership, […]
Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share with you the news that Dr. Lynn Raymond will be stepping down from her role as the Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, in the Department of Psychiatry. As you are aware, Dr. Raymond recently accepted the position of Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre […]
Extension of Application Period for UBC IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021
Dear Colleagues, Given the significant disruptions to research and other activities across UBC due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department will extend the application deadline for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021, from March 31, 2020 to the new deadline of May […]
**Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Education** Dear Year 3 and 4 clerkship supervisors: Thank you all for your work at this challenging time. As you are aware, on March 14, 2020, the UBC Faculty of Medicine placed an immediate hold on the Year 3 clinical clerkship and […]
** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Program Director, UBC Postgraduate Psychiatry ** Hello Faculty, I am sad to say that given the current events regarding COVID-19, in discussion with the PGY5’s, we have decided to postpone their Graduation Gala. It was scheduled to happen in June 2020, but we likely […]
Many of you may have received an email from “Lakshmi Yatham” with an unusual request (ie. e-transfers etc.). Please be aware that this is a fraudulent email from an unknown Gmail account, so please refrain from opening or responding to this email. As a rule of thumb, if you receive any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary […]
Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Recipient of $1.5M in Funding to Explore Pharmacogenomic Testing in Clinical Settings
UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Jehannine Austin, along with project co-lead Dr. Stirling Bryan, Professor in UBC SPPH, is the recipient of $1.5 million in funding from Genome BC, Genome Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), to investigate if pharmacogenomic testing should be routinely used in BC for people with depression. […]
UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Weihong Song and his lab, along with researchers from the Central South University (CSU) in China, have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, led by Dr. Xinxin Liao by who completed a joint PhD at UBC and CSU, the […]
UBC Broadcast: Remote Work Arrangements and On-campus Research Curtailment – Extended to End of April
As you know, on March 16, UBC embarked on a three-week pilot for Remote Work Arrangements for faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student employees who are able to work remotely. On March 19, the university also announced it was curtailing on-campus research activities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. This curtailment was […]
This message is being sent on behalf of Dr. Kim McGrail and is intended for wide distribution – please feel free to share with your BC-based academic colleagues. **** Dear BC Research Community: Many of you have been in contact with PopData and other research-supporting groups to ask how to fast-track research related to […]
Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, Each Recipients of the 2020 P2P Award!
The Department congratulates Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, recipients of the BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit’s 2020 P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards, designed to build and strengthen capacity for patient-oriented research in BC. Dr. Lam and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez, with their respective Patient Co-Leads and […]
A New Study by MacVicar Lab’s Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier Shows Microglia Still Function in Glucose-Limited Environment
A new study published in Nature Communications, led by UBC Psychiatry Research Associate Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab, is one of the first to look at immunometabolism in the brain. The team studied the metabolic plasticity of microglia, the immune cells of the brain which act as the main line of […]
Dear colleagues, We are all shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the passing of Professor Glenda MacQueen on Thursday March 26, 2020. Dr. MacQueen was a distinguished researcher and educator, a beacon and a true leader in Canadian psychiatry, and a close associate and mentor to many students and colleagues in psychiatry across […]
Please be aware that currently there are three dangerous e-mails being circulated to UBC members. CRA refund (phishing – an attempt to get your credit card information) “Request for commercial debt collection” (ransomware – makes all files on your computer unreadable) Offers for face masks and thermometers (keylogger – steals all text that you […]
*** Sent on behalf of Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs, UBC Faculty of Medicine *** Dear Colleagues, A decision has been made that all public sector employees will continue to be paid for all of March and April. That does not mean that layoffs are necessarily coming after that time, but […]
DetwillerSent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***** Updated on Wednesday March 25, 2020 ***** Dear Department Members at the UBC Hospital Site, Following the email circulated on Monday March 23rd regarding controlled access to the four buildings at UBC Hospital (including DMCBH) as a protective measure against the […]
***** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Brad Hallam ***** Please note this invite is for Psychologists and Psychiatrists only. Please ignore this invite if you are neither. We apologize if this is a duplicate invite as this has also been sent too Richmond MH & A Physicians, PHC MHP Physicians, […]
Dear colleagues, Following the March 19th UBC Broadcast email regarding the university-wide order for researchers to curtail all non-critical research activities on campus and to implement plans to operate remotely by the end of day on Tuesday March 24th, I want to ensure that our UBC Psychiatry research community stays well informed regarding […]
The Department congratulates Jacob Stubbs (Supervisor: Dr. Will Panenka) on receiving a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship! Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency and Affiliated Fellowship competition. Way to go, Jacob!
UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19 as an advisor on risk and behavioural sciences. This expert panel will advise the Chief Science Advisor of Canada (CSA) on the latest scientific developments relevant to COVID-19, and this information will assist the CSA in […]
Dear colleagues, In the wake of the current public health emergency unfolding in BC, the Department is working with the Regional Psychiatry Heads of Health Authorities to plan for a coordinated emergency response by our mental health practitioners to a potential surge in demand for mental health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]
******* Sent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry ******* Dear Department members, As you are aware, the bulk of UBC Psychiatry administrative operations are now being conducted remotely and online, however we remain fully functioning at this time and do not anticipate undue delays with regard to […]
Dear Department members, As you are aware, the Government of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have announced a number of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The purpose of this memo is to provide you with a summary of the impact of these measures […]
A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC. Dear Colleagues, The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern, both within Canada and across the world. I wish to reassure all of you — our students, learners, staff and faculty based around the province — that your health, […]
Transition to online classes at UBC As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the university. Today I am announcing the transition to online classes effective Monday March 16, 2020 […]
Psychiatry IT has about 10 used 500Gb SATA hard drives available. They are mostly 7200rpm, 16Mb cache, Western Digital models. Please email Psychiatry.email@example.com to let us know if you would like one or more for your UBC work.
Information for managers and supervisors Guidance has been posted to the Human Resources website, with FAQs for managers and supervisors, related to employee illness and concerns related to COVID-19. You can view the information at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/. Faculty and staff travel guide A guide has been developed with a summary of key travel guidance, […]
An Important UBC Broadcast on Friday March 13, 2020 As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern within our community. This is also reflected in the fast-changing nature of the situation, and the response from the BC Provincial Government. Events with more than 250 people in attendance Yesterday, the Office of the […]
MEMO Date: March 13, 2020 To: Department Faculty Members and Residents From: Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry Re: Postgraduate […]
Due to health concerns surrounding group gatherings and COVID-19, please note the cancellation of all rounds, including the following: The March 16, 2020 Brain Awareness Week Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture, Dr. Nir Lipsman, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future time. The April 7, 2020 Regional Psychiatry Grand Rounds […]
In New Interviews with BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, Dr. Steven Taylor Discusses “Panic Buying” Behaviours in Response to COVID-19
Various media outlets, including the BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, have sought UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor’s perspectives on widespread “panic-buying” behaviours observed in Canada, the U.S. and around the world in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases. As an expert and author on the psychology of pandemics, Dr. […]
UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and his research technician Joshua Beharry were recently interviewed by CBC News about Heads Up Guys, an initiative founded by Dr. Ogrodniczuk and intended to reach out to men with depression and other mental health challenges. Heads Up Guys aims to provide information, remove stigma, encourage men to […]
UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Brian MacVicar and his colleagues discuss their exciting new study which focuses on the meninges, a highly specialized component of the brain that is not yet well understood by neuroscientists. Read the full DMCBH story here
The Department congratulates Dr. Lynn Raymond, who has been appointed as the Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), effective March 1, 2020. In this role, she will lead the Centre into its next phase of growth by supporting and enhancing foundational, translational and clinical research that will lead to improved […]
**** Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry **** Dear Department Clinical Faculty, In an effort by the FoM Clinical Faculty Affairs Office to improve the clinical faculty promotion process and identify the barriers, you are strongly encouraged to complete this Survey by replying with your existing […]
Dear Department Members, We have had a busy few months in the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We are pleased to share that all departmental scholarly activity procedural, policy and support documents are now fully reviewed and updated. New amongst the resources provided for residents and faculty is a copy of a […]
**** Sent on behalf of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team **** Dear Faculty, Please save the date on your calendar and join us on celebrating the Postgraduate Psychiatry Grad Gala 2020. Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 Address: Vancouver Convention Centre Level 2, […]
Given the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 outbreak for the weeks and months to come, the Department has made the decision to postpone Research Day, which had been planned for Thursday May 28, 2020. Department members will be notified in the near future as soon as a new date for Research Day has been […]
****Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director and COUPE Representative**** 2020 COUPE EARLY EDUCATOR AWARD PURPOSE: The Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) is proud to announce the creation of our first COUPE Early Educator Award. This award is designed to recognize a teacher who is actively involved […]
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Request for Psychiatrists to Participate in the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program (Mon. June 8 to Wed. June 10)
Dear Faculty, After two successful years, the Department of Psychiatry 3rd annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 8 – Wed, June 10, 2020. The 3-day program provides an opportunity for 1st Year undergraduate medical students to explore the field of psychiatry as a potential career option through engagement with psychiatrists and psychiatry residents. […]
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, named Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association!
The Department would like to congratulate our clinical faculty members Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, both of whom were recognized as Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association. CMA’s Physician Changemakers are outstanding physicians who are “developing innovative technologies and programs, influencing public health policy and using their voices to advocate […]
Call for Applications: UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021
Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021. The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) established the Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health to support the training of young investigators in […]
Thanks to all who came by last Wednesday to congratulate Dr. Steven Vincent on his retirement. Here are some lovely photos from the reception! The entire album can be viewed on the UBC Psychiatry Flickr page here.
Dear UBC Psychiatry Faculty Members, Following the Dean’s Call for Nominations for the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards on January 22, 2020, I wish to announce that the Department will carry out an internal nomination and selection process for the Award Categories listed below. Hence, at this initial stage we invite nominations for […]
CTV News: Dr. Raymond Lam Discusses His Meta-Analysis Published in CJP, Revealing Potential Benefits of Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
CTV covered a recent UBC News piece on Dr. Raymond Lam and his meta-analysis titled “Light Therapy for Patients With Bipolar Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” which was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. It is the first meta-analysis of light therapy for bipolar depression to be published […]
Fall 2019 CIHR Project Grant Recipients in UBC Psychiatry: Congratulations to Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother!
The Department congratulates three of its faculty members, Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who were awarded funding through the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant competition for Fall 2019. Dr. Honer and Dr. Panenka were awarded a full project grant totaling $1,235,475 for their project […]
Clinical Faculty: Submit your 2019-20 Postgrad CTwPC invoices (PGY2-6) – All invoices due Tuesday March 31, 2020!
***** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager ***** Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the new 2019-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. […]
Do you need a common e-mail address for your UBC Psychiatry program or research project? FASmail Generic accounts can be setup for your UBC Psychiatry program and research projects, at no cost. They can only be accessed by one or more specified FASmail User account holders. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, 2020 Recipient of an Honorary Degree from Swarthmore College
The Department congratulates Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, a 2020 recipient of an honorary degree from Swarthmore College. Swarthmore College confers honorary degrees each year to alumni who have had distinguished careers in their professions and have made significant contributions to society. The announcement made by Swarthmore states, “Dr. Diamond’s work has fundamentally changed the […]
This week, an article in DMCBH News & Events discusses a new database published in PLOS Biology which lists the top 100,000 cited researchers worldwide in all fields of science. Among these top-cited researchers, DMCBH scientists are very well represented and include UBC Department of Psychiatry members Dr. Ann Marie Craig, Dr. Adele Diamond, […]
Dr. Steven Taylor Interviewed by CTV, CBC, Huffington Post and National Post For His Expert Take on Reactions to 2019-nCoV in Canada and Abroad
Dr. Steven Taylor, Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, was interviewed this week by CTV News, CBC Vancouver, and Huffington Post for his expert take on the public’s response to new cases of 2019-nCoV in Canada. Dr. Taylor, a clinical psychologist and researcher in health anxiety, OCD and panic disorders, has recently […]
CBC Interviews Dr. Diane McIntosh on Depression and Tackling the Stigma and Misunderstanding that Persist
Dr. Diane McIntosh, Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and author of This is Depression: a Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide, was recently interviewed by CBC in an article titled “A Psychiatrist Tackles 7 Dangerous Myths About Depression.” Here, she dispels several of the commonly-held misconceptions about depressions, and offers straightforward information and […]
Windows 7 End of Life (Jan 14, 2020) Windows 7 was introduced in July 2009. After more than 10 years, Microsoft will no longer be providing updates to protect it against hackers. This leaves it very vulnerable to attacks from the internet and somewhat vulnerable, to attacks from insertion of infected media, like USB memory […]
Faculty Career Opportunity: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder
The UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) invite applications from clinician scientists for a CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with […]
You Are Invited: Afternoon Tea Reception to Honour the Retirement of Dr. Steven Vincent – Please RSVP!
Dear Department Members, Please join us in celebrating our long-serving faculty member, Dr. Steven Vincent, who recently retired on December 31, 2019 after 36 years with the UBC Department of Psychiatry. An afternoon tea reception will be hosted by Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on Wednesday February 12, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30pm in […]
*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Clerkship Director *** Dear Clinical Faculty, Beginning Monday, January 20, 2020, the Undergraduate Year 3 Rotational Clerkship program is piloting an updated WBA form for Direct Observation #3 (DO #3) – Differential Diagnosis for students rotating through Psychiatry. This will be integrated […]
Hi everyone, Happy New Year! We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our February 13, March 12, April 9, & May 14 2020 mock exams. The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we are proud to say that last year’s PGY5’s achieved […]
The next Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place from Monday – Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020. Online applications will be open from January 2 – 31, 2020. To apply, please click the 2020 Online Application Form. For more information, please contact Julia Lew at email@example.com.
Dear Department Members, I am writing to let you know that Rachel Schweikert, Administrative Assistant to the Department Head and Mood Disorders Program, has had to leave her position effective December 23rd, 2019 due to unexpected circumstances. Rachel expressed her regrets about having to leave for home without the opportunity for a proper farewell […]
Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Newly Appointed to a Senior Leadership Role within Island Health
The Department congratulates Dr. Wei-Yi Song on his appointment as Department Head and Island Medical Director for Psychiatry and Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) within Island Health, effective January 1, 2020. In this role, Dr. Song will be responsible for ensuring high quality mental health and substance-related medical services across Island Health. His […]