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Dr. Soren Gantt, Immunity in Health & Disease – CIHR Operating Grant – Project: “Correlates of acquisition and immune control of primary Epstein-Barr virus infection in Ugandan infants”$588,852 / 5 years Co-investigators: Dr. Corey Caspar, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Dr. Tobias Kollmann and Dr. Patrick Tang
Dr. Pascal Lavoie, Immunity in Health & Disease – CIHR Operating Grant – Project: “Maternal Omega-3 supplementation to reduce Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in very Preterm Infants : A Randomized Controlled Trial (MOBYDIck Trial)” $2,626,763 / 5 years. Co-principal investigators: Dr. Isabelle Marc, Dr. William Fraser, Dr. Thierry Lacaze-Masmonteil, Dr. Benoît Masse and Dr. Anne Monique Nuyt; Co-investigators: Dr. Pierre Julien, Dr. Jean-Claude Lavoie, Dr. Michel Lucas, Dr. Bruno Piedboeuf, Dr. Anne Synnesand Dr. Mark Walker
Dr. James Lim, Childhood Cancer & Blood Research – CIHR Operating Grant – Project: “Integrin signaling in cell adhesion mediated drug resistance in pediatric acute leukemias”$693,545 / 5 yearsCo-investigator: Dr. Gregor Reid
Dr. Steven MillerandDr. Ruth Grunau, Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health – CIHR Operating Grant – Project: “Analgesia and sedation in the preterm neonate: brain development and outcome” $1,104,217 / 6 years. Additional co-principal investigators: Dr. Margot Taylor. Co-investigators: Dr. Rollin Brant, Dr. Vann Chau, Dr. Edmond Kelly, Dr. Linh Ly,Dr. Kenneth Poskitt, Dr. John Sled, Dr. Anne Synnesand Dr. Hilary Whyte
Dr. Tim Oberlander, Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health – CIHR Operating Grant – Project: “Attention bias and executive functions in 9-14 year olds following prenatal antidepressant exposure”$857,052 / 5 years. Co-investigators: Dr. Rollin Brant,Dr. Angela Devlin, Dr. Adele Diamond, Dr. Ruth Grunau and Dr. Joanne Weinberg
Head, Division of Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation
BC Children’s Hospital & Department of Pediatrics, UBC
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Dr. Caron Strahlendorf has accepted the offer to become the next Head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation, effective September 1, 2014.
Caron was recruited to Vancouver from South Africa in 1999. She currently is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Pediatric Oncology/ Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant, Department of Paediatrics, UBC. A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, she has been an oncologist for 20 years since completing pediatric and subspecialty medical training in South Africa, England and Canada. Her research interests are in hematopoietic stem cells and their role in pediatric solid tumors and in medical bioethics and end-of life care. Caron also has a long-standing interest in global health. She is currently pursuing a PhD (Health) at the University of Bath. Among her many leadership roles at BCCH, she is the site principal investigator for the North American Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials network, Director of the Pediatric Apheresis Program, and member (and prior co-chair) of the Clinical Research Ethics Board. Her contributions have been recognized by several awards including the 2013 Cancer Society Volunteer Award of Excellence, the 2013 UBC Pediatric Resident Faculty Mentor of the Year award and in 2014 she was a finalist for the YMCA Women of Distinction Award. We are delighted that Caron has accepted this position. She is enthusiastic about this opportunity for a new leadership role.
The PLAYbook team is an interdisciplinary collaboration of UBC researchers and students working in close partnership with the Vancouver School Board and parents, teachers and kids at schools. Each team member has a passion for creating dynamic outdoor public spaces that promote health and educational experiences for children and improve the social and ecological well-being of communities. Dr. Marianna Brussoni, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics is a member of the UBC PLAYbook team.
Shapedown BC has a doctor, dietitian, mental health expert and exercise specialist who help families to make positive changes in food, activity, parenting skills and self-esteem.
In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, this program is expanding in Richmond to include sessions in Cantonese and Mandarin. Shapedown BC is currently accepting referrals for its first Cantonese/Mandarin group scheduled in October 2014.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shannon Wires at the rank of Clinical Instructor, to the Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics. Dr. Wires is a community paediatrician based in Kelowna, BC.
Dr. Wires graduated with her medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed her paediatric residency at McMaster University and the University of Manitoba. She is a clinical leader in the newly-formed paediatric clinical teaching unit (CTU) at Kelowna General Hospital, and an enthusiastic teacher of medical students and residents at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. She has broad clinical interests and enjoys the busy, diverse practice in the central Okanagan. Shannon is also mother to three children and finds time to enjoy skiing, hiking and photography.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Julia Panczuk to the Division of Neonatology, at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor.
Dr. Panczuk was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Queen’s University and pursued a career in medicine by obtaining her MD at the University of Toronto. She travelled to the west coast to complete her Pediatrics residency through the University of British Columbia, and then obtained a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine through the University of Toronto. Julia procured a third year of fellowship as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children where she acted as Chief Administrative fellow for the University of Toronto fellowship program. She then embarked on a Masters of Public Health through the University of Liverpool, and pursued research activity in her main area of interest, which is neonatal nutrition.
Her project interests include investigation of the microbiome among very low birth weight infants, novel biomarkers of gastrointestinal inflammation, and neurodevelopmental outcomes of small for gestational age infants. She has an interest in neonatal follow-up, as well as in medical education of trainees in neonatology.
Julia has once again heeded the call of the west to Vancouver and is thrilled to begin her position as Clinical Academic Neonatologist at BC Women’s and Children’s Health Centre.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tiffany Wong to the Division of Allergy & Immunology, as Clinical Instructor. Dr. Wong completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia, followed by her pediatric residency at the University of Calgary, Alberta Children’s Hospital in 2012.
Highlights of her pediatric residency include a one year appointment as the Chief Resident of Education and completion of a Cochrane Review entitled ‘Combined and alternating paracetamol and ibuprofen therapy for febrile children’.
Dr. Wong completed her Allergy & Immunology fellowship at UBC’s Department of Pediatrics in June 2014. She will be working in the Allergy Clinic at the BC Children’s Hospital and plans to set up a community Allergy practice for both children and adults in the Greater Vancouver area.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Lambeth to the Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics at the rank of Clinical Instructor.
Dr. Lambeth studied chemistry at the University of Western Ontario and completed her medical degree at the University of Toronto. She then completed her Pediatrics Residency at the University of Calgary. She recently moved with her family to British Columbia to work as Pediatrician. She is excited to be joining the Department!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Harvey to the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor.
Dr. Harvey is a new graduate from Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT at BC Children’s Hospital. She is excited to be joining the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT as an Attending physician. She will be involved primarily in Oncology with a focus on pediatric sarcomas. She also has an interest in Medical Education and is in the midst of pursuing a Masters in Health Professions Education degree (MHPE) through Maastricht University.
Originally from Ontario, she graduated with her MD and completed her Pediatric Residency training through the University of Ottawa.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sylvia Cheng to the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Cheng received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia followed by her Postgraduate Residency Training in Pediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto in 2011. She recently completed her Postgraduate Residency Subspecialty Training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto in 2014. She is currently in the process of completing a Masters of Science in the Health Practitioner Teacher Education program from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, focusing on assessment in postgraduate medical education.
Her specific clinical interests are in pediatric neuro-oncology and brain tumours. Throughout her training, she has been active in clinical research and has presented her research at national and international oncology meetings. She expects to continue these scholarly endeavours in both clinical oncology research and medical education throughout her career.
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