David Speert’s Symposium: International Research Symposium Centred on Understanding and Preventing Infection in Children, April 27 & 28 2017
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The International Research Symposium Centred on Understanding and Preventing Infection in Children will be held at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute from April 27-28 2017. This research symposium is being held to celebrate the research career of Dr. David Speert at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC over the past 35 years. During his time here, David has made outstanding and sustained contributions in broad field of pediatric infectious disease and specifically in innate immunity, with a focus on rare diseases and cystic fibrosis microbiology.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP quickly as registration numbers are limited. Registration closes on April 21st.Registration for this event is free but required in order to attend.
We look forward to seeing you there.
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The Canadian Organization for Rare Diseases held their annual Rare Disease Day Awards Gala recognizing individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the Canadian rare disease community on March 30th in Vancouver.
MICYRN’s scientific director, Anne Junker, won the Scientific Leadership Award, which is presented to a distinguished researcher whose career represents a unique blend of scientific excellence and support of the patient community. A list of all the evening’s winners is available on the CORD website.
Dr. Junker also presented at the CORD conference earlier that day on a panel addressing the Vision for Canadian Rare Disease Networks. She explained the importance of networks in research and clinical trials, and highlighted MICYRN’s work in bringing pediatric research networks together in a formal affiliation.
For more information on MICYRN and Dr. Junker, please visit: http://micyrn.ca/
Behavioral and Pharmacological Interventions for Children and Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, May 8-9 2017
On Friday March 10th, the UBC Department of Pediatrics held our Annual Celebrate Pediatric Research Day showcasing the research being done by our pediatric trainees. It was a fantastic day, demonstrating a high standard of research and efforts being done across the various trainee levels. Congratulations to everyone who came out to present their work!
We would like to give a huge thanks to our judging panel, Dr. Ross Petty, Dr. Anne Junker, Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine and the poster presentation judges Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos and Dr. Caron Strahlendorf.
Image: Resident Competition Winner Dr. Rebecca Ronsley and Dr. Lori Tucker, Director of Pediatric Resident Research
Resident Competition: Dr. Rebecca Ronsley
Mentors: Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos & Dr. Cherry Mammen
“Acute kidney injury in children with type 1 diabetes hospitalized for diabetic ketoacidosis”
Fellow Competition: WE HAD A TIE!
Dr. Eimar McGovern
Mentor: Dr Kevin Harris
“Optical coherence tomography for the early detection of cardiac allograft vasculopathy in cardiac transplant recipients: Findings from the International Pediatric OCT Registry”
Dr. Emily Gardiner
Mentor: Dr. Anton Miller
“Difference and Overlap among Behaviour Problems in Neurodevelopmental Disability”
Poster Competition: Dr. Jaclyn Strauss
Mentor: Dr. Linda Casey
“Catheter Related Complications in Central Venous Catheters Locked with Taurolidine vs Ethanol in Pediatric Patients with Intestinal Failure”
‘In progress’ Honorable mentions go to:
Dr. Liesl du Plessis
Mentor: Dr. Rod Rassekh & Dr. Cherry Mammen “Acute kidney injury during chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia“
Dr. James O-Bryne
Mentor: Dr. Gabriell Horvath
“Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms in Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Outcomes and Treatment”
Dr. Iain Johnstone trained in Pediatrics and PICU in London before taking up a consultant post in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2006. He was the Head of PICU at the Great North Children’s Hospital before taking on the role of Clinical Director at GNCH with a remit for the whole children’s hospital. Dr. Johnstone is a strong advocate of teamwork and the importance of communication and interpersonal relationships in the ICU and beyond.
On a personal note, Dr. Johnstone and his family are settling in well their new life in Vancouver. In his spare time, he enjoys music, cycling, skiing and, when time allows, the odd triathlon.
Welcome Dr. Iain Johnstone!
BSc MB ChB FRCPCH
Dr. Christine White, MD, MAT, is a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics and chief residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. White’s interests and research focus on quality improvement. She has led hospital wide efforts to increase medication reconciliation completion. She is currently leading institute-wide improvement projects on improving capacity management and the patient/family experience. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award. And, in 2015 she was the recipient of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation “Excellence in Clinical Care” faculty award.
The presentation will take place at the Chan Auditorium, Friday, May 19, 2017, 830-8930 am.
Congratulations to Drs. Loock, Panagiotopoulos, and van Karnebeek, 2017 Women of Distinction Awards Nominees
YWCA Metro Vancouver is pleased to announce 85 outstanding nominees for the 34th Annual Women of Distinction Awards.
The UBC Department of Pediatrics is well represented in the Health & Wellness and Research & the Sciences category.
Congratulations to Drs. Loock, Panagiotopoulos, and van Karnebeek!
For the full list, please visit: https://ywcavan.org/node/108/2017-ywca-women-distinction-nominees
Health & Wellness
Christine Loock – Developmental Pediatrician, BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
Dina Panagiotopoulos – Pediatric Endocrinologist, BC Children’s Hospital and Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Research & the Sciences
Clara van Karnebeek – Principal Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Dr. Dianna Louie is the 2016 recipient of the Resident Doctors of Canada Puddester Award for Resident Wellness.
Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) represents over 9,000 resident doctors across Canada. Established in 1972, we are a not-for-profit organization providing a unified, national voice for our members. RDoC collaborates with other national health organizations to foster excellence in training, wellness, and patient care. We cultivate meaningful dialogue with our members and Provincial Housestaff Organizations to provide the perspective of resident doctors on national medical education issues. We strive to optimize the ongoing education and professional development of resident doctors, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the best health and care for patients.
Friday, March 10, 2017
8:30am – 3:15pm
The Chan Centre for Family Health Education
4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Guest Grand Rounds presenter:
Dr. Bonnie Ramsey,
Director, Centre for Clinical & Transitional Research,
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
- Resident Research Competition
- Fellows/SSR Research competition
- Poster competition
- Research ‘In Progress’ presentations
- Morning tea & Lunch provided
Link to event Program Below:
My name is Andrea Human, and I will be starting as a locum with the Rheumatology division in March 2017. I was told to send you a picture and a short bio:
Andrea was born in Capetown, South Africa, but raised in beautiful North Vancouver. After attending medical school at the University of British Columbia, she headed east to complete her Paediatric and Rheumatology specialty training at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Andrea is thrilled to return to the west coast and join the Division of Rheumatology at BC Children’s Hospital as a locum in March 2017.
The Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and Pediatric Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Katey Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong obtained her Bachelor of Science & Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB) from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. She completed her Pediatric training from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2013, having spent 2 years devoted to obtaining her Research MD between 2010 and 2012. She completed her Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at UBC with advanced training in Heart Function and Transplant at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Armstrong has been recruited to the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UBC and a Pediatric Cardiologist specializing in Heart Function and Heart Transplant. Dr Armstrong enjoys teaching and hopes to become a mentor for cardiology fellows. Her academic interests are rooted in the field of autonomic dysfunction and heart transplant.
Outside of work she loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys all that BC has to offer especially the skiing!
New oncology patients at BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, now receive state-of-the-art testing for genetic variations that increase the risk of serious complications from two common chemotherapy drugs. With the results of this testing, each child’s care team can develop a personalized treatment plan that balances the risks of side effects with the therapeutic benefits of these life-saving drugs.
“We’re very pleased to treat the 150th patient through this innovative program” says Dr. Bruce Carleton, the Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme at BC Children’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. “Genomic testing allows us to create an individual genetic risk assessment for every patient that helps doctors and families make more informed decisions about treatment.”
Disturbing new numbers show that in some areas of Metro Vancouver the number of kids getting vaccinated has fallen to surprisingly low levels, increasing the risk of an outbreak.
University of British Columbia researchers surveyed vaccination rates among kindergarten students across Metro Vancouver and found that some of the lowest rates were found in more affluent areas such as North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Immunization rates of 90 per cent or above are needed to achieve “herd immunity” within a community or school. Some communities, like Richmond, achieved that. But other communities fell well short of the number needed to protect those who are – for various reasons – unable to get vaccinated themselves.
A record 111 vaccinated on the first day of the Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital!
Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is offering free flu vaccine for children, family members, pregnant women and visitors to patients in the hospital. Refer your patients and their families to our drop-in clinic located in the Ambulatory Care Centre. Please note that the clinic is not intended for staff members.
Both pediatric and adult flu vaccines are available. An on-site nurse vaccinator will advise about who needs flu protection and which vaccine is best suited for each person.
Why is BC Children’s Hospital providing a free flu vaccine clinic at the hospital?
Children experience the highest rates of seasonal influenza (15% – 25%) of any age group and are at highest risk of complications of influenza (especially those patients with chronic medical conditions). Since many “high risk” children pass through the ambulatory clinics of BC Children’s each day, this provides them a convenient opportunity to receive influenza vaccine. Providing influenza vaccination to family members and visitors to patients in the hospital also maximizes protection of high risk children.
Who should attend the flu vaccine clinic?
Please refer your patients and their families, friends and visitors to our drop-in clinic.
Clinic Location and Hours
Drop by our clinic in the Ambulatory Care Centre (main level) across from Unit 7. Signs will be posted in the main lobby giving detailed directions to our clinic.
Dates: November 1 – December 9, 2016
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ambulatory Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital; Main Level
For more information, visit: http://www.vaccineevaluationcenter.ca
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Dr. Szpurko will be working as a locum in the department of Paediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT until June 2016. She is from Ontario and she completed her medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, followed by her paediatrics residency at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Szpurko was a fellow at BCCH in paediatric heme/onc from 2013-2016.
Welcome Dr. Szpurko!
Magnetic resonance imaging scientist Dr. Christian Kames from Dr. Alexander Rauscher’s UBC MRI lab has won the 2016 International Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) Reconstruction Challenge for creating the best method currently available. QSM is a technique that turns an MRI scan into a high resolution map of magnetic properties of biological tissues. Due to its high sensitivity, QSM promises to become a marker for tissue damage and repair in the central nervous system.
Congratulations to Dr. Kames!
Dr. Dianna Louie is one of the recipients of the inaugural UBC Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Award that honours faculty and staff members in Postgraduate Medical Education who demonstrate leadership in resident wellness. All residents across the province were invited to nominate a staff or faculty member for the award. This award recognizes faculty and staff members at any site across the province who:
– display commitment to promoting and advocating for a healthy residency experience;
– consider all aspects of a resident’s well-being;
– lead by example and model wellness in daily life;
– take a leadership role in influencing the culture of wellness in their department/program.
“Dr. Louie goes above and beyond for the pediatric residents, and is more than deserving for this award. She is our staff, our mentor, and most importantly, a strong advocate for the resident body.” – Resident
“Over the last 2 years that Dr. Dianna Louie has been staff, she has shown continued dedication and commitment to resident well-being. She is the staff liaison for the pediatric wellness initiative, and provides staff support for the quarterly ice-cream rounds, and the bi-annual wellness dinners. More recently, she hosted a wellness journal club and organized yoga for 60 residents in the park.” – Resident
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