We would like to offer a hearty thank you to Dr. Gabriella Horvath from the Division of Biomedical Diseases for taking over as the Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for Pediatrics. Dr. Horvath will serve as the departmental representative and act as the bridge between the Department and the Clinical Faculty Affairs Council.
“Dr. Horvath is a Pediatrician and Biochemical Geneticist working in the Division of Biochemical Diseases at BC Children’s Hospital. She also has an appointment as a biochemical geneticist in the Adult Metabolic Clinic at VGH. Dr. Horvath has particular expertise in neurometabolic and neurotransmitter-related inborn errors of metabolism and genetic dysautonmias. She works closely with the pediatric neurology team and sees patients in the joint metabolic clinic and in the newly created Rett Syndrome clinic. Dr. Horvath is a clinical investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and a member of the Brain Behaviour and Development Theme. Her research focus is on precision medicine in rare genetic disorders. She is also the director of the CCMG accredited Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship Program and member of the DoP DARPT Committee.” – Dr. Sylvia Stockler, Division Head, Biochemical Diseases
UBC Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Faculty Affairs Advisory Council Composition:
This advisory council is made up of ex officio, appointed, and elected members.
The Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to equitable and diverse membership on its committees and advisory councils guides its nomination and selection process.
The purpose of this advisory council is to:
– Advise the Dean on matters related to Clinical Faculty members.
– Engage representatives of the Clinical Faculty community from across the province and across Faculty of Medicine programs to enhance the vital partnership between Clinical Faculty and the Faculty of Medicine.
– Provide a multi-way communication forum among Clinical Faculty representatives and the Faculty of Medicine.
– Facilitate inter-professional collaboration among Clinical Faculty representatives from across the Faculty of Medicine’s programs.
– Assist the Clinical Faculty Affairs function through advice to the Director, Clinical Faculty Affairs.
The CFAC plays an important role and represents the interests of Clinical Faculty across the province.
The CFAC oversees areas of appointment and promotion, recognition and remuneration, faculty education development and Faculty of Medicine representation as it relates to clinical faculty.
“The Pediatrics Department and your colleagues would like to share its gratitude to Dr. Pei-Yoong Lam, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, for her service as the pediatric representative on the CFAC for the last few years, which included one extra year due to the pandemic!” – Dzung X. Vo, MD, Division Head, Adolescent Health and Medicine
Thank you both for your service to the department!
Celebrate Research Day, the UBC Department of Pediatrics’ annual resident and fellow research competition, is coming to you virtually again this year on April 9th, 2021 from 12-4pm. With the ongoing success and outstanding research projects, Celebrate Research Day will be featuring 20 oral presentations and 12 poster presentations by pediatric residents and fellows at BC Children’s Hospital! To celebrate and showcase everyone’s fascinating research projects before and after the competition, virtual posters are being showcased here online on the UBC Department of Pediatrics website for a 30-day period starting April 1st. To view the competition posters as well as the competition program schedule, please click on the following link [25 mb].
Presented by the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), the BC Health Care Awards were created in 2007 to celebrate excellence and innovation in B.C.’s health care community by recognizing deserving teams and individuals that are improving health care delivery in B.C. and individuals whose achievements and actions inspire those around them.
“I feel very lucky to have had a 30-year career at BC Children’s Hospital and I have loved every minute of it,” she says.
Linda began her career nursing babies of mothers who were addicted to narcotics at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. After a brief stint as a school nurse and educator in Japan, she returned to Vancouver as a nurse at BC Children’s and then moved into research.
Now, as clinical research coordinator, she’s managing the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) cohort study in Vancouver, with the goal of advancing the health and well-being of children.
“Linda is the heart and soul of CHILD study,” says Dr. Stuart Turvey, co-director of the CHILD Cohort Study and the Vancouver site study lead. “Really, probably, her greatest contribution has been to engage with the children and their families as true partners in research… This true commitment to having the patients as our partners is Linda’s legacy to the CHILD study.”
But Linda hasn’t been content to practice her passion for pediatric nursing solely through paid work. A humanitarian at heart, Linda has volunteered with charities in communities devastated by destruction and poverty, including Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Tanzania.
For four years, Linda dedicated her compassionate spirit, time and nursing expertise in Haiti, running a pediatric clinic to care for impoverished children with Rose Charities, a Canadian charity that helps people overcome poverty through education, community support and health care.
In Haiti, Linda worked as a first responder and provided pediatric care and assessment. However, Linda and Rose Charities knew that in order to provide sustainable support, it was important to ask the Haitian health-care providers their priorities. In response to the concerns they identified, she helped facilitate a neonatal resuscitation teaching program for Haitian doctors and nurses, while living in adverse conditions herself. Her focus has always been on listening to the needs of others, providing education and empowering people to be active partners in their own care.
From the moment she started nursing, Linda knew she’d found her calling, and with each new experience – be it heartwarming or heartbreaking – she learned that she could make a difference. Her path has always been clear: to improve the health care and lives of children.
Original post: https://pod.phsa.ca/news/Pages/Health-Care-Hero-Linda-Warner.aspx
A big shout out to Drs. Krystal Cullen, Division Head, Pediatrics & Keith Menard, Maternity Care & Pediatrics Department Head at Island Health for their caring and outstanding leadership this past year.
And congratulations to Dr. Henry Stringer! The 2020 recipient of The Vancouver Island Clerkship Preceptors Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding dedication, enthusiasm, and respect as a clerkship preceptor. The award acknowledges the outstanding dedication, enthusiasm and respect a clerkship preceptor demonstrates in teaching the third year students of the Island Medical Program.
– Dr. Brett Schrewe MDCM, MA, FRCPC, Clinical Asst Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, UBC
Southern Medical Program:
In honor of our inaugural Canadian Women Physicians Day, a day designated to honor women’s achievements in medicine. I would like to pay tribute to Dr. Alysha Mackenzie-Feder who has been amazing this past year.
She has gone above and beyond, taking the education lead in our department for acute care and ensuring that our department was recognized for best practices for pediatric acute care during the pandemic. Alysha also led our group in pediatric simulation and provided education support for students, residents and staff.
– Dr. Shannon Wires, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Instructor, Dept of Pediatrics, UBC
Northern Medical Program:
We would like to acknowledge our Administrative Assistant, Lisa Lakusta, who will be retiring from the department after years of working for and with our residents. Lisa has been instrumental in the planning, scheduling and implementation of all of the UBC pediatric resident rotations that come to Prince George.
She has been a keen supporter of the Community Impact Training Program and is the administrative ‘point person’ for all of our CI residents, as well as for all pediatric residents who come for elective blocks in Prince George.
We wish her the best and she will be sorely missed!
– Drs. Kirsten Miller, MD FRCPC and Dr. Lara Rachel Malks-Jjumba, MD, FRCPC
The Rural Coordination Centre of BC invites you to the BC Rural Health Conference on May 29–30, 2021. This dynamic virtual event will include rurally-relevant plenaries and breakout sessions, plus options for small-group workshops (PICC Like a Pro; Rural Airway Management in the Time of COVID-19; and Basic Suturing Techniques). More than 25 clinical and practice-oriented topics will be available, along with wellness breaks, and chances to virtually connect with colleagues. Plus, on Saturday night, join the fun, interactive Cocktail Mixology Class, and family-friendly Magic Extravaganza Show! To register: www.rccbc.ca/rhc #RHC2021
BC Children’s and BC Women’s investigators were awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Fall 2020 competition. Our research community received around $6 million in new research grants.
Some of the projects funded were:
Dr. Angela Devlin, Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos and Dr. Pascal Bernatchez (UBC) – Healthy Starts and Childhood Diseases – Project: “Correcting early vascular dysfunction to improve cardiovascular outcomes in type 1 diabetes.” BCCHR Co-investigator: Dr. Brad Hoffman. $841,500 / 5 years.
Dr. Quynh Doan – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Evaluating the psychometric properties and help-seeking impact of HEARTSMAP-U: a digital psychosocial self-assessment and navigational support application for post-secondary students.” BCCHR Co-investigator: Mr. Punit Virk (Supervisor: Dr. Doan). $554,624 / 4 years.
Dr. Jaime Guzman – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Treating Children with Arthritis According to their Individual Probability of Outcomes and Response to Treatments – The PERSON-JIA Trial.” BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. David Cabral and Dr. Lori Tucker. $455,175 / 5 years.
Dr. James Lim – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Targeting CD47 in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.” BCCHR Co-investigators: Dr. Philipp Lange, Dr. Christopher Maxwell and Dr. Gregor Reid. $1,028,925 / 5 years.
BCCHR and WHRI investigators had a funding success rate of 27 per cent, compared to the national average of 15 per cent and the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) success rate of 14.7 per cent for full, bridge and operating grants. With the success of the fall 2020 competition, the RTDO team is already assisting with resubmissions for the spring 2021 competition. [MORE]
Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan and Dr. Laura Sly, 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Award nominees in the Research, Sciences & Technology category.A recognized pediatrician, medical researcher and educator, Quynh is an advocate for child and youth mental health and addictions across BC and Canada. Her health services research has broken new ground on issues of access and overcrowding in Emergency Departments and her innovative research in youth mental health has led to the development of novel screening tools to identify social, behavioral, psychiatric and substance abuse issues in children and youth. Having personally overcome multiple traditional barriers in her field, Quynh is a dedicated role model and mentor for all, particularly women and women of colour, within academic medicine. Through her professional and community advocacy and her leadership roles, Quynh has been a true champion of equity, diversity and inclusion and contributes to the resilience, integrity and wellness of the next generation.
Laura is an Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC and an immunologist and leader in intestinal inflammation research at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sly is also an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC. She has also developed a new graduate program focused on women+ and children’s health at UBC. This unique program offers students a multi-disciplinary curriculum and the opportunity to acquire skills like collaboration, leadership, advocacy and professionalism, supporting a new generation of scientists. Laura is also the Associate Director of BC Children’s Hospital Federation of Clinical Immunological Societies Centre of Excellence and the Lead of the Immunology in Health and Disease research group. Dr. Sly works to enhance opportunities for women and served on the Society for Leukocyte Biology’s Women and Diversity Committee from 2017 – 2020.
Learn more about the awards
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honour extraordinary women leaders. Read more about the nominees here and purchase tickets to the online YWCA Women of Distinction Awards gala here.
Dr. Anamaria Richardson is a recipient of the Peter Wall Institute Wall Scholars Award for 2021-2022. The Wall Scholars Research Award is a unique opportunity for faculty members to spend a transformative year in residence at the Institute in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. [MORE]
Dr. Richardson is a community based pediatrician, who works with children and families with complexity – this includes children with medical, behavioural and social complexity – and includes children with genetic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and mental health disorders as well as families living with impacts of racism.
The Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Pediatrics are collaborating on the development of an umbrella program for graduate student training in Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences (WACH). The term Women+ embraces women, transgender, and non-binary individuals.
The WACH Program will offer new academic training opportunities for future Scientists including allied health care professionals, and will create meaningful clinically-based learning experiences for our research trainees. Together, these initiatives will train scientists to work together effectively to meet current career requirements. Our overarching educational goal aligns with the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Initiative for Education: “Teaching, development, and mentoring of practitioners and scientists who can work together effectively in an evolving system.” [MORE]
Our Provincial Mental Health Metabolic Team at BC Children’s Hospital is this year’s recipient of the PHSA 2020 Interprofessional Collaborative Practice & Nursing Awards.
This multi-disciplinary team provides specialized management for children and youth with mental health and endocrinology or metabolism complications such as weight gain, elevated insulin and blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and or high cholesterol.
Team members work together to provide screening, education, medical assessment, monitoring, follow up, and lifestyle counselling including healthy eating, physical activity, good sleep habits, and stress management.
Clinical Care for Homeless, Runaway and Refugee Youth: Intervention Approaches, Education and Research Directions
Clinical Care for Homeless, Runaway and Refugee Youth: Intervention Approaches, Education and Research Directions by Curren Warf (Author, Editor), Grant Charles (Author, Editor) is now available!
Adolescent homelessness is a growing problem that results in a variety of health challenges. This text is a practical resource designed to promote effective interdisciplinary health and social care interventions targeting adolescents who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. It is based on extensive interdisciplinary experience, reviews of pertinent research and insights and contributions of leading professionals who are directly involved in the care of these young people.
Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, Clinical Care for Homeless, Runaway and Refugee Youth is a first of its kind text for physicians, social workers, public health workers and any other individual that works directly with these vulnerable populations.
About the Authors:
Curren Warf is the former Division Head of Adolescent Health and Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and Grant Charles is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and an affiliated faculty with the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics with the Faculty of Medicine.
On November 10th, 2020, the Board of the Global Sepsis Alliance elected Niranjan ‘Tex’ Kissoon as the new President of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Tex succeeds Konrad Reinhart, who co-founded and successfully led the GSA since its inception in 2010.
Dr. Kissoon’s international work has included many areas of the world with limited resources and vulnerable critically ill children. He is fully committed to improving the health care of children nationally and internationally. Part of this commitment has enabled him to assist colleagues worldwide in quality and safety projects and search for new knowledge as well as enabling them to access resources they would not otherwise have.
Congratulations Dr. Kissoon!
Dr. Laura Sauvé is the recipient of the PCC 2020 COVID LEADERSHIP AWARD in honor her outstanding work during the pandemic. PCC wanted to acknowledge the deep appreciation they have for the priceless role that she played during these trying times.
This year, the Pediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) provided a unique opportunity to honor those who have responded in a heroic way to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individuals and teams that are part of the healthcare workforce. As part of its 2020 Annual Awards Celebration, to be held virtually, PCC will be honoring these leaders from across the country.
These heroes have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to patient safety amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Healthcare workers and facility leadership are the fiber of the Canadian healthcare system, which has never been more evident than now. The pandemic reminds us all how much we depend on their courage and caring at our most vulnerable moments.
Congratulations Dr. Sauvé!
The Division of Allergy & Immunology is excited to announce two big awards from the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology:
Dr. Catherine Biggs was awarded The CSACI Early Career Award which is presented to a CSACI Fellow, who has been working post-fellowship for five years or less, and has shown contribution to the CSACI.
Dr. Edmond Chan was awarded the The F. Estelle R. Simons Award for Research in recognition of his exemplary research in the field of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. To even be considered for this award, the candidate’s research is to be viewed as significant and of benefit to the specialty.
Stuart Turvey MBBS DPhil FRCPC
Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Precision Health
Aubrey J. Tingle Professor of Pediatric Immunology
Professor | The University of British Columbia
Dr. Ian Pike was awarded the 2020 Award for Research from the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition for his social marketing campaign aimed at recreational boaters in BC.
The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition was formed in response to the call to action from the World Health Organization’s 2014 report. Drowning is a multisectoral issue that requires partnership among all stake holders. The purpose of the Coalition is to establish and implement a long-term multis ectoral plan to reduce drowning in Canada. Drowning threatens all populations, but the risks parallel many social determinants of health, disproportionally affecting Indigenous peoples, new immigrants, the elderly, and rural populations. Fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents impact not only the individual, but families and entire communities.
Congratulations to Dr. Pike and his team!
Dr. Quynh Doan has been appointed to the position of Director, Clinical Research starting Monday, October 26, 2020. Quynh is a pediatric emergency physician at BC Children’s Hospital with expertise in evaluating care at the pediatric emergency department, an investigator with the Evidence to Innovation Theme, and associate professor with UBC’s Department of Pediatrics. She has also helped transform emergency care through the development of new tools and processes, such as HEARTSMAP, to ensure that young people receive the mental health care they need.
In her new role, Quynh will advance the work of the previous Clinical Research Director, Dr. Soren Gantt, to improve the quality of clinical research and expand the specialized support services offered by the Clinical Research Support Unit. She will foster a culture of clinical research innovation, kick off a strategic planning process for clinical research and support the development of networking opportunities at the local, national and international levels.
Dr. Stuart Turvey is stepping into the lead role for our Precision Health initiative.
Precision Health is a particular area of strength for BC Children’s and an area of tremendous promise for our patients and their families. Our research institute is home to world-class expertise and innovative programs aimed at transforming outcomes for children through care tailored to their individual biological, environmental and lifestyle factors.
In this new role, Stuart will further the development of this important strategic initiative. He will work closely with Russell Bonaguro, Project Manager, and the Precision Health Advisory Committee to lead the development of a robust and cohesive support system aimed at fostering the development and testing of innovative therapies and improving access to precision health care.
Stuart is an Investigator and Pediatric Immunologist at BC Children’s and the Aubrey J. Tingle Professor of Pediatric Immunology at UBC. He holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Precision Health. From 2012-2018, Dr. Turvey served as the Director of Clinical Research at BC Children’s. In this role, he implemented initiatives to build capacity for clinical research across the site, developed specialized research support in the areas of health informatics and data management, and strengthened the Research Institute’s relationship with hospital leadership. Stuart’s experiences as a clinician drive his research; he’s led scientific discoveries that directly impact and improve care for his patients and children around the world.
One of Stuart’s initial tasks will be to recruit a new staff scientist to support this important initiative.
Cross-post from Research Communications, BC Children’s Hospital, Provincial Health Services Authority by Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, Vice-President Research, BC Children’s Hospital.
Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service.
Congratulations to our 2020 recipients!
We celebrate Drs. Sly, Meckler, Sadarangani and Brussoni for their contributions.
Ottawa – 18 September 2020
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) is pleased to unveil the list of individuals that were selected to join as Fellows for 2020.
CAHS recognizes excellence in health sciences. Fellows have demonstrated, through their careers and lives, that they are committed to their field of expertise in many ways.
In a year where the impact of health sciences has been celebrated through our struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and its many repercussions, we were pleased to receive the largest ever number of applications for Fellowship.
Speaking to the new Fellows, the Chair of the Fellowship Committee, Dr. Proton Rahman, said, “Congratulations on being elected as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Your induction is a reflection of your vision, innovation and sustained excellence in your field and, undoubtedly, your expertise will further enrich our Academy. We are looking forward to your engagement in CAHS’ activities.”
Dr. Paul Allison, CAHS’ President, congratulated the new Fellows and mentioned, “Your dedication to health sciences is what is recognized today. Our Fellows understand that being elected to the Academy carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future wellbeing of the health sciences, irrespective of the Fellow’s specific discipline.”
Serge A. Buy
Chief Executive Officer / Président directeur général
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences / Académie canadienne des sciences de la santé
You are invited to the first Symposium on Rett Syndrome in BC, a virtual meeting for professionals and families, featuring two international guest speakers, who are world experts in this condition. There will be plenty of break-rooms in the afternoon for families to ask questions from the speakers and to meet other families. Rett Symposium Poster & Agenda
To find out more please contact: Janet Espino
Please RSVP by September 25, 2020
Our university is not just a place, it is our people – their success is UBC’s success. By promoting their wellbeing, we promote their excellence.
– Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor
In June 2020, the UBC Department of Pediatrics (DoP) and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) were awarded a Special COVID-19 Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) from the UBC Faculty of Medicine to launch a health and wellness program to support psychological and physical wellbeing and to create social connections and shared experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To foster discovery through progressive research while advancing knowledge to the highest standards of health education, scholarship and innovation. We transform pediatric health by strengthening and sustaining our partnerships with key stakeholders through promoting ‘best health’ prevention and clinical excellence while ensuring high quality pediatric health care for the Province.
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