Dr. Manish Sadarangani named Sauder Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Congratulations to Dr. Manish Sadarangani on his recent appointment as the Sauder Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. Funded by a donation from the Sauder Family, the Chair supports research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood infectious diseases.
When it comes to saving the lives of kids with serious infections, Dr. Sadarangani believes “the best option is prevention.” This new Chair will enable Dr. Sadarangani to further laboratory, clinical and population-based studies aimed at:
• understanding the immune response to vaccines
• developing new vaccines
• evaluating vaccine programs at the population level
• examining the incidence, causes and effects of serious childhood infections
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Dr. Biggs graduated from UBC Medicine in 2011. She then completed her Pediatrics Residency and Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. As a trainee in Boston, she received the Frederick H. Lovejoy Jr. Residency Award and performed translational research on primary immunodeficiencies and immune dysregulatory syndromes.
Dr. Biggs will be joining the Allergy/Immunology Division at BC Children’s Hospital.
She has been awarded the AllerGen Emerging Clinician-Scientist and CAAIF Research Fellowships to continue her research training into allergic and immune diseases under the mentorship of Dr. Stuart Turvey.
Welcome to Dr. Biggs!
Two UBC doctoral students, Stephanie Lake (Faculty of Medicine) and Brett Schrewe (Faculty of Education), have received the prestigious 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship. They are the 22nd and 23rd recipients of this scholarship from UBC since its inception, and Brett is the first from educational studies.
To learn more about Dr. Schrewe and the 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, please see: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/news/two-ubc-doctoral-students-awarded-2017-pierre-elliott-trudeau-doctoral-scholarships
Dr. Schrewe is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics.
Congratulations Dr. Schrewe!
Dr. Alison Lee is this year’s recipient for the 2017 Outstanding Achievement by a Resident from BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
“It is wonderful that your hard work, dedication, and research productivity is being recognized. We are all very proud of your achievement!” – Dr. Lori Tucker, Director, UBC Pediatric Resident Research Program
Congratulations Dr. Lee!
Dr. Bhanji has been selected by the Family Practice residents at the Vancouver Fraser Site to receive a Postgraduate Teaching Award for 2016-2017.
The award recognizes preceptors who have made extraordinary contributions in the area of teaching and education in our Residency Program.
“Proving once again that he is LOVED by all!” – Raquel Kirby Feswick, Program Coordinator, Department Family Practice, Postgraduate Program
Congratulations to Dr. Bhanji!
Drs. Hildebrand and Houghton are the recipients of the 2017 Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.
The Clinical Faculty Awards for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching recognize senior Clinical Faculty members who have demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching over the course of their careers.
Three awards are available. The awards, presented at the Faculty of Medicine Awards Reception, consist of a certificate and financial prize of $1,000.
The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.
Dr. Judge is the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice’s (PEMP) 2016 “Issue of the Year” award winner for his article entitled, “Congenital Heart Disease in Pediatric Patients: Recognizing the Undiagnosed and Managing Complications in the Emergency Department.” The award recognizes the efforts of authors who have expanded and enhanced the body of evidence-based emergency medicine literature via EB Medicine’s premier journal.
The article can be found at: http://www.ebmedicine.net/topics.php?paction=showTopic&topic_id=502
Congratulations to Dr. Judge!
At the recent 94th Annual Canadian Paediatric Society Conference meeting in Vancouver, Dr. Jessica Woolfson won the “Best Pediatric Trainee Research Competition Award for Excellence for Abstract/Oral presentation” entitled “Biliary Atresia home screening program in British Columbia: Evaluation of the first two years.”
Congratulations Dr. Woolfson!
Dr. Aven Poynter is this year’s recipient of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s national “Distinguished Community Pediatrician” award.
The Community Paediatrics Section established the Distinguished Community Paediatrician Award in 1999 to recognize a colleague(s) who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the field of community paediatrics.
This year’s Distinguished Community Paediatrician is Dr. Aven Poynter (Langley, B.C.), who has practised in the Langley community for 30 years. Dr. Poynter cares for kids well beyond the scope of her private consultation practice. In addition to providing general consulting and community paediatric respiratory services with pulmonary function testing, she is a consultant Paediatrician in the Ministry of Child and Family Development’s Child and Youth Mental Health team in Surrey and is a clinical assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Paediatrics. Over the years, she has continued to teach a variety of programs, such as asthma education and mental health to family physicians, medical students, family practice residents, and members of the public . She was an active Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) instructor for 25 years.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cps.ca/awards-prix/details/distinguished-community-paediatrician-award
In a statement issued by her family, former Social Credit cabinet minister in British Columbia Grace McCarthy died peacefully at her Vancouver home surrounded by her family on May 24, 2017 after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.
Grace McCarthy blazed a trail for women in politics and business; she was 89 at the time of her death.
In 1995, Ms. McCarthy started the CH.I.L.D Foundation, the first Canadian charity focused on finding a cure for children suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and liver disorders. Since then the foundation has raised millions of dollars in research funds, supporting laboratories and researchers housed at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, as well as the Canadian Children Inflammatory Bowel Disease Network, linking all the major Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease centres in Canada towards a combined research effort.
According to Dr. Kevan Jacobson, Division Head, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at UBC, “Grace’s efforts were instrumental in the expansion of the inflammatory bowel disease and liver research programs at BC Children’s Hospital and in the upgrading of the Division’s procedural suite. Further, researchers from our department such as Dr. Laura Sly, Dr. Bruce Vallance, Dr. Richard Schreiber, and myself included have been impacted by the work of Ms.McCarthy. Hundreds of patients and families across BC and the rest of the country owe their thanks to the tireless work of Ms. McCarthy who was inspired to help other sick children when her own grand-daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. ”
Ms. McCarthy was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1992, and was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2004.
Dr. Dina Panagiotouplos received the award for Health and Wellness from a finalist slate of 11 nominees at the YWCA 34th Annual Women of Distinction Awards on May 29 2017.
Other faculty nominated from the department include:
Dr. Christine Loock in the Health & Wellness Category and Dr. Clara van Karnebeek in the Research & the Sciences Category.
Dr. Dina Panagiotouplos is a pediatric endocrinologist and Founder/Director of the Type 2 Diabetes and Provincial Mental Health Metabolic Programs at BC Children’s Hospital, Dina Panagiotopoulos is a nationally recognized leader in pediatric diabetes and has helped thousands of children and families. She is an advocate for the health and well-being of vulnerable children and youth, including those with mental health conditions and those from Aboriginal and Inuit communities. Dina has been recognized by the BC Medical Association and Canadian Diabetes Association for her volunteer work and for pioneering innovative and sustainable clinical and healthy living initiatives for children and their families. A Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, she is a leader in medical education and was the 2016 Pediatrics Faculty Mentor of the Year.
Congratulations to Drs. Panagiotopoulos, Loock, and van Karnebeek!
For the full list, please visit: https://ywcavan.org/node/108/2017-ywca-women-distinction-nominees
Dr. Pike plans to develop a social marketing campaign and conduct research related to awareness, attitudes and behaviours among recreational boaters in British Columbia. The research project aims to study recreational boaters in BC, and to develop a campaign to increase safety practices and reduce drowning.
“I am pleased to see that, year after year, our partners and stakeholders are onboard with our efforts to promote the importance of safe boating practices across the country. Together, we are making our waterways safer and working to reduce boating fatalities and injuries.” – Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra
In partnership with Dr. Alison MacPherson and Dr. Tessa Clemens of York University, together with the Canadian Drowning Research Centre, the Community Against Preventable Injuries and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Association Dr. Pike’s project will receive $920,745 for a 3-year project. In-kind and self-generated funds bring the value of the project to $1.35M over the next three years.
For more information, please visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2017/05/23/C6105
Congratulations Dr. Pike.
In a statement issued by her family, former Social Credit cabinet minister in British Columbia Grace McCarthy died peacefully at her Vancouver home surrounded by her family Wednesday night after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.
Grace McCarthy blazed a trail for women in politics and business; she was 89 at the time of her death.
In retirement, Ms. McCarthy started the CH.I.L.D Foundation, which has raised millions in research funds for children suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and liver disorders. According to Dr. Kevan Jacobson, Division Head, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, “Faculty from the department such as Dr. Laura Sly and Dr. Bruce Vallance owe their thanks to the tireless work of Ms. McCarthy who was inspired to help other children when her grand-daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease”.
She was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2004.
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We are delighted to announce that our candidates to the 29th Annual National Pediatric Resident and Fellow Research Competition (known as the Winnipeg Competition) have both WON!
Dr. Rebecca Ronsley won in a tie for first place in the Pediatric Resident category with her research titled “Acute kidney injury in children with type 1 diabetes hospitalized for diabetic ketoacidosis” , and Dr. Eimear McGovern, fellow in Cardiology, won in the Fellow category with her work titled “Optical coherence tomography for the early detection of cardiac allograft vasculopathy in cardiac transplant recipients: Findings from the International Pediatric OCT Registry”. It is fantastic news for all involved and again notably to Rebecca as this is her second National Winnipeg Competition win as a resident after also winning in 2015.
We congratulate them both on winning this prestigious award, and their research mentors (Drs. Dina Panagiotopoulos, Cherry Mammen, and Kevin Harris) on their outstanding efforts.
In March 2017, Dr. John Wu chaired the Canadian Inaugural Hemophilia Inhibitor Workshop.
The workshop was made possible by an arms-length educational grant of US$ 112,000 from Shire; and organizational support from the UBC Centre for Blood Research.
“The Department of Pediatrics extends its thanks to Dr. Wu for his patient care and service but also the advancement of the science and education for our colleagues.” – Dr. Caron Strahlendorf, Division Head, Hematology, Oncology and BMT.
Congratulations Dr. John Wu!
Dr. Ting was presented with the Early Career Investigator Award in Women’s and Newborn Health Research from the Women’s Health Research Institute on Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at the 2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium.
Dr. Ting is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
This award is to recognize research excellence in an early career investigator from British Columbia who focuses on women’s or newborn health research. The award will be presented to an outstanding researcher in the first six years of his or her academic career who has made an outstanding contribution to scholarly or research endeavours in women’s or newborn health research. Candidates who conduct women’s or newborn health research in any of the four research themes of CIHR (Biomedical; Clinical; Health Services; Social, Cultural, Environmental, and Population Health Research) are eligible for consideration.
Congratulations Dr. Ting.
To learn more about Dr. Ting’s work, please visit:
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”
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