Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness
Dr. Wingfield Rehmus and several residents and fellows co-authored, Pediatric Dermatology: A Primer by Dr. Wingfield Rehmus, MD, MPH, a valuable resource, which is free for download at https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/pedsdermprimer
The manual covers the basics of treating common skin conditions like Melanoma and Cancer in children, adolescents, and adults and it is meant to accompany rotation or a course in pediatric dermatology.
More about Dr. Rehmus: https://bcchr.ca/wrehmus
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Meet the Community, May 29 2023
CIHR-III and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UBC will be hosting a ‘Meet the Community Event’ on Monday, May 29 2023 to highlight four talented early career researchers. A Q&A panel, trainee poster session, and reception will follow.
Please register in advance: https://bit.ly/3BWxDLJ
Cross-posted with permission.
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Anti-Racism Awareness Week BC
DYK, the Province of British Columbia has proclaimed May 22-26, 2023 as Anti-Racism Awareness Week? This week holds the opportunity for British Columbians to become educated about B.C.’s diverse culture, reflecting on biases, celebrating differences, and standing together against racism.
Check out some of the amazing work of by our faculty in advancing equity in child health care.
Dr. Anas Manouzi
Dr. Saleem Razack
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Congratulations Dr. Anne Junker!
Congratulations to Dr. Junker, the 2023 recipient of The Michael Smith Health Research Leadership & Advocacy Award!
Dr. Junker, Associate Professor Emerita, UBC and Principal at UBC Emeritus College has contributed over four decades of work in clinical practice and clinical trials-related activities in pediatrics.
This award recognizes Dr. Junker’s extraordinary leadership contributions to the establishment of formal pediatric clinical trial guidance and the advancement of pediatric ethics, quality assurance, rare disease research and clinical trial data management efficiencies at all levels of governance.
She is a strong promoter and advocate for the development of clinical trial and research networks in BC, Canada and internationally, including the Global Genomics Alliance, Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN) and (BCCRIN), which is now known as Clinical Trials BC.
Dr. Junker has mentored and inspired many clinical trial clinicians and professionals and is an avid supporter of education and training for all research team members.
Cross-posted with permission.
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Congratulations to Dr. Richard A. Schreiber!
Dr. Schreiber is the recipient of the 2022 CASL-CLF Sass Kortsak Lecture Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL).
This award is given out every 2 years to a pediatric hepatologist who has made significant career contributions to the liver health of children.
Dr. Schreiber’s career as a pediatric hepatologist included his time at BC Children’s Hospital from 1997-2022.
He is recognized world-wide as an expert in Biliary Atresia, and spearheaded the implementation of the BC Infant Stool Colour Screening Program to enable early diagnosis of this serious disease in newborns.
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The Senior Pediatric Spring Luncheon
The Pediatric Seniors Group met up on May 5th at the Arbutus Club to enjoy a healthy lunch and lively group updates.
DYK, our senior retired physicians have been gathering for over 20 years?
Past chairpersons of the group include, Drs. Rob Hill and Judy Hall.
Dr. David Smith, now organizes the bi-annual luncheons and is setting up the details for the Fall meet up.
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Congratulations to Dr. Steven Miller!
Dr. Miller is the 2023 recipient of the James H. Graham Award of Merit from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Steven Paul Miller, MDCM MAS FRCPC is a renowned physician-scientist leader, whose brain-imaging studies of critically-ill newborns identified the power of the early-life intensive care unit experience to shape the trajectory of brain development through childhood. His findings led a paradigm shift from brain injury as a fixed-event to a focus on “everyday” interventions that he showed are modifiable to promote brain maturation across the life-course.
The James H. Graham Award of Merit is awarded to individuals whose career achievements are outstanding, enduring, and reflective of the Royal College strategic priorities.
Dr. Graham served as the secretary-general of the Royal College for 24 years from 1953 to 1979 and he was much admired for his administrative skill and the wise guidance he gave to successive presidents and councils
In 1979, he was awarded the Order of Canada in 1987, the Council of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recommended that an award of merit be given to a person whose outstanding career achievements that reflect the aims and objectives of the Royal College.
Learn more about Dr. Steven Miller:
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Dr. Quynh Doan appointed Associate Dean, Research, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, UBC Faculty of Medicine & Senior Executive Director, BCCHR
A message from Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research and Jana Davidson, Chief Medical Officer, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Quynh Doan has been appointed Associate Dean, Research, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), UBC Faculty of Medicine and the Senior Executive Director, BCCHR for a five-year term effective to June 30, 2028.
Dr. Doan is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Emergency Medicine and a health services research scientist at UBC. She is also the Director of Clinical Research at BCCHR, where she has served as interim Senior Executive Director since December 2021. [Full announcement]
Cross-posted from https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/office-of-the-dean/leadership/appointment-announcements/
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Faculty Spotlights – Celebrating National Physicians’ Day | May 1, 2023
National Physicians’ Day is dedicated to recognizing and supporting those who serve in the profession of medicine. It is celebrated on May 1st annually and honors the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female physician to practice in Canada.
Learn more about our 2023 faculty spotlights: Drs. Marie-Noelle Trottier-Boucher, Anamaria Richardson, and Caron Strahlendorf. Let’s celebrate their work and dedication to improving children’s health across the province!
View other profiles:
PHSA profile on Dr. Catherine Biggs
BCCHR profiles on Drs. Amanda Li & Cherry Mammen
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Disrupting the Status Quo: Intersecting Inequities Impacting Women in the FoM and Opportunities for Change
On June 7, 2023, Dr. Tatiana Sotindjo will be presenting at the UBC Faculty of Medicine (FoM) Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) 2nd Annual virtual Symposium entitled: “Disrupting the Status Quo: Intersecting Inequities Impacting Women in the FoM and Opportunities for Change.”
Register today to hear discussions that explore intersectionality and the differentiated experiences of women in academia and health care.
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International partnership supports vaccine research to prevent future outbreaks
“We are comparing antibody responses after different COVID-19 vaccines and after SARS-CoV-2 infection in adults and children from existing Canadian cohorts,” says Dr. Sadarangani. “This will provide insights on the mechanisms of vaccine protection and how we might improve responses to vaccines in general by modifying their design.”
Dr. Manish Sadarangani is among five Canadian scientists receiving funding for pandemic preparedness projects as part of a new partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Health, announced the partnership during National Immunization Awareness Week. The initiative will provide $2.7 million in grant funding to five Canadian researchers to pursue projects that will help prepare for future epidemic and pandemic threats. [MORE]
Learn more about Dr. Manish Sadarangani’s work:
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Celebrate Research Day, April 14 2023
On April 14 2023, Celebrate Research Day was held at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Simultaneous presentations were held in two rooms with residents and fellows giving oral presentations at a record pace.
Dr. Sarah Peters won for Best Resident Research Paper and she advances to the Pediatric Resident Research in Canada competition for a chance at a national prize. See: https://pedresresearch.ca/
We wish Sarah all the best! Dr. Rebecca Ronsley from BCCH won this prize twice, in 2015 and 2017.
A special shout out to the event organizers, keynote speaker, judging panel, mentors and the staff and faculty, whose support makes this event so special.
See all of the posters here and we will see you all next year!: https://pediatrics.med.ubc.ca/research/research-passport/events-and-competitions/
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Pediatric Dermatology: A Primer
Pediatric Dermatology: A Primer by Dr. Wingfield Rehmus is now available online.
This manual covers the basics of treating common skin conditions in children, adolescents, and adults.
Co-authored by Dr. Rehmus and several residents and fellows this valuable resource is available for download at https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/pedsdermprimer
“I am interested in how skin disease affects children and families and in learning more about how we can lessen the impact of skin disease. Increasing access to dermatology care, improving models of care, training local providers in diagnosis of skin disease, and decreasing the stigma of skin disease will all improve the lives of children with skin problems. We are working with remote communities both in British Columbia and around the world to build capacity so that the community is ready and able to respond effectively to childhood skin problems.”
– Dr. Wingfield Rehmus, , MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor and Head, Division of Dermatology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
More about Dr. Rehmus: https://bcchr.ca/wrehmus
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Big congratulations to our incoming 2023 residents!
We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you into our residency community. Enjoy the last leg of your medical school journey and we will see you in July!
Cross posted from IG: https://www.instagram.com/ubcpediatricresidents
Image © UBC Pediatric Residents. Created by Drs. Meghan Glibbery and Renee Lurie
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Committing to change in care: Dr. Saleem Razack, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics
The highest quality health care is equitable, culturally safe and accessible for all. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of work to do to make this a reality — major organizations in Canada have declared racism a public health emergency.
Dr. Saleem Razack is a critical care physician and new investigator with BCCHR. He has a particular interest in how we teach about race and ways to increase opportunities to incorporate anti-racist practices in education for health professionals. He has investigated how equity, diversity, excellence and meritocracy impact the medical school admissions process, as well as how patients and their families can contribute to the pediatric critical care curriculum.
Learn more about Dr. Razack and his research: https://bcchr.ca/srazack
Cross-posted. Original post, see: https://www.bcchr.ca/news/committing-change-care-qa-new-investigator-dr-saleem-razack
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New Pediatric Fraser Site Director Appointed: Dr. Hemendra Ramdhani
The General Pediatrics Residency Program is happy to announce the development of a new Pediatric Fraser Residency program. The first cohort of two first year residents will start on July 1, 2023. We would like to introduce Dr. Hemendra Ramdhani as the new Pediatric Fraser Site Director. Dr. Ramdhani will work with our Residency program directors to establish and develop the Fraser program and curriculum. He brings a wealth of medical education experience having previously served several terms as the Pediatric DSSL and also as Pediatrics Head at Surrey Memorial Hospital. This is an exciting opportunity for our Pediatric residency program to expand training into the many hospital sites and large and diverse child population in the Fraser Health region.
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New Clinical Faculty Appointment: Dr. Farbod Bahadori-Esfahani, MD
Welcome to Dr. Farbod Bahadori-Esfahani, MD, Clinical Instructor with the Division of Neonatology.
Dr. Bahadori-Esfahani was born in Vancouver and spent his early years growing up in Burnaby.
He completed his residency in the United States in Louisiana and his PICU fellowship in Minnesota.
He is the newest member of the NICU team at BCCH.
Dr. Bahadori-Esfahani is passionate about medical education and he loves finding new ways to improve how we teach and train our next generation of health care providers.
Welcome Dr. Farbod Bahadori-Esfahani!
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New Academic Faculty appointment: Dr. Genelle Lunken (Healey), PhD, RD
Welcome to Dr. Genelle Lunken (Healey), PhD, RD, Assistant Professor with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Dr. Lunken undertook her PhD in Nutritional Science at Massey University in New Zealand. The aim of her PhD research was to determine what influence habitual dietary fibre intake has on host and gut microbiota responses to a prebiotic intervention. In this novel research she demonstrated that individuals with high habitual dietary fibre intakes had a greater improvement in satiety and a more significant shift in their gut microbiota in response to a prebiotic than low habitual dietary fibre consumers.
Before undertaking her PhD coursework, Dr. Lunken worked as a registered Dietitian supporting patients with various diseases including gastrointestinal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), renal disease and diabetes.
In 2017, Dr. Lunken moved to Vancouver to start a postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Bruce Vallance and Kevan Jacobson at UBC to research the impact nutrition, particularly fibre, has on the gut microbiome and disease outcomes for patients with IBD.
In addition to her new appointment, Dr. Lunken, is registered as a Dietitian in British Columbia and, one day, she aims to establish her own successful translational research program.
Learn more about her work:
Welcome to Dr. Lunken!
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BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place are ChildKind certified!
This is an immense accomplishment and congratulations all.
This international award recognizes excellence in providing pediatric pain care.
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The BCCHR Mentorship Program
Looking for a mentor? The BCCHR Mentorship Program has just opened registration for its first ever Speed Mentoring Event!
From the Department of Pediatrics, we have: Drs. Alex Weber, Chris Maxwell and Scott Wenderfer ready to answer your questions.
Date & Time: Monday, April 3, 1:00-2:00pm. This is an in-person event taking place in the Chan Auditorium at BCCHR on April 3 from 1:00-2:00pm.
Please register by Wednesday March 22 at 12 noon: https://forms.gle/Q2jEp4rM1j9S2KvU8
To learn more about all of the mentors and their topics, view their full profile on Mentorship Connect: https://hub.bcchr.ca/auth/login.php?origin=/display/BMP/Mentorship+Connect
– Scott Wenderfer: Mentoring Clinician Scientists
– Laura Chan: Planning Your Research as a Trainee
– Jessica Dennis: Work-Life Balance
– Marianne Vidler: Mentoring Women
– Chris Maxwell: Publications
– Alex Weber: Trainee Supervision
– Jeffrey Helm: A Career in Research Administration
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