August 19, 2013

Department Notes and Announcements
Call for Nominations/Awards/Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events/Presentations/Rounds

Department Notes and Announcements

A nnouncement of Funding Support for Youth Engagement in the RICHER Project

Study Reveals role of “Peacekeeper” in the gut

Resident Research Spotlight: Dr. Brenden Hursh and Dr. Karine Khatchadourin

BC Screening Program for Biliary Atresia

July 2013 Issue of Faculty Newsletter

Caring for Kids New to Canada – An essential website for health professionals who work with immigrant and refugee children, youth and families.

BCCH Virtual Surgery Tour

Professional Standards for Learners and Faculty Members in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group (CPEG) Growth Charts

Faculty of Medicine Guideline:  Approval of expenditures with two signatures


Call for Nominations, Awards, Funding Opportunities

August 30, 2013

UBC Faculty of Medicine – Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research. The Inaugural Dr. Chew Wei MBBS [HK] FRCOG [ENG] Memorial Prize in Cancer Research establishes a prize to a physician or scientist – whether in academia, government, non-profit organizations, or the private sector – who has made a transformational, internationally recognized contribution to the fight against cancer, with an emphasis on researchers whose achievements span the spectrum of health research, from the laboratory to clinical care to health systems and public policy. Commencing in 2014, one prize of CDN $50,000.00 will be awarded annually to a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure for cancer.  Deadline: August 30, 2013 4:00pm PDT.

September 3, 2013

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – 2013 Call for Applications Deadline: September 3, 2013. 
The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders is seeking proposals for innovative research projects related to idiopathic gastroparesis. Grants of $40,000 each will be awarded to three investigators for research in humans that ultimately leads to improvements in the understanding of idiopathic gastroparesis, its pathophysiology, and the care of patients. Priority will be given to clinical research, as well as basic research that is translational in nature.

September 10, 2013 

CIHR September 2013 Operating Grant FoM Internal Deadline:  September 10, 2013 The CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) provides operating funds to support research proposals in all areas of health research including randomized controlled trials. The mandate of CIHR is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system (Bill C-13, April 13, 2000).  Priority Announcements offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific research priority areas or CIHR Institute mandates. Applications are submitted through the Fall 2013 Open Operating Grant: 2013-2014 funding opportunity. Priority announcement details can be found here.

September 13, 2013

Friedman Scholars Program; Mission: To extend the global reach of UBC graduate students and UBC Medical Resident Trainees and to enrich our scholarly community by investing in our learners in the health sciences. To increase the sources and perspectives of our future researchers and health professionals’ learning in order to expand their horizons.

September 15, 2013

Killam Research Fellowships assist promising faculty members who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave; It is based on special distinction of intellect with due regard for sound character and personal qualities; Maximum award is $15,000 for a twelve-month period Deadline for applications: September 15 Download an application form and guidelines

September 16, 2013

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – “A” Awards Deadline: September 16, 2013 
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation awards grants designed to fill critical voids in pediatric cancer research. The foundation’s “A” Award is a three-year grant designed for young scientists who want to jump-start their careers in pediatric oncology research. The program seeks to encourage the best and brightest young researchers looking to conduct further research on cures for children with cancer and become leaders in the pediatric cancer field. Applicants must have their M.D., Ph.D., or dual M.D./Ph.D., and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor. M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from finishing a three-year fellowship. M.D. candidates who did not do a three-year fellowship must have three years of research experience after their M.D. was awarded and be no more than nine years from receiving the M.D. Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from being awarded the Ph.D.

October 1, 2013

2014 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
Nominations are being requested for the 2014 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, an annual award of $100,000 CND given to an individual scientist who has made “major scientific advances in any one the four areas of basic science, clinical science, or population or environmental health that have or have the potential to make a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.
2014 Canada Gairdner International AwardsThis award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease. The award recognizes an original, seminal contribution or discovery rather than a lifetime of work.  Gairdner invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from any branch of biomedicine.  Criteria: Nominees should be individuals who’s seminal discoveries and major scientific contributions constitute an original and significant achievement in biomedical science” Nominations in the field of translational research are welcome. CAD $100,000.
2014 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is presented to a scientist who has demonstrated outstanding national leadership in medicine and medical science in Canada consistent with the purpose of Gairdner.  Criteria:  i) leadership in a specific field of biomedical sciences (basic, clinical, population health) in Canada and/or original and sustained contributions to that field at an internationally recognized level.  ii.) institutional academic and scientific leadership in Canada leading to the establishment and development of biomedical research in Canada and internationally. CAD $100,000. Research Area(s): Health & Life Sciences.

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) – Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences  In 2014, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the second annual Lurie Prize, an award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. The Prize amount is $100,000, to be used as the awardee chooses. It is made possible by a generous gift from FNIH board member Ann Lurie. Nominations are to be for an outstanding young biomedical investigator, who must be 52 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2014. 

Wolf Prize – Wolf Foundation:  Since 1978, The Wolf Prize has been awarded to outstanding scientists and artists–irrespective of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views–for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples; International prize committees in each field, comprising renowned experts, select the Wolf Prize winners.  The 2014 cycle is accepting candidate nominations from the field of medicine, among other categories. 

October 15, 2013

Jacob Biely Prize. A $1,500 prize and certificate awarded annually to an active faculty researcher for a distinguished record of published research. All fields of research are eligible. Deadline for applications: October 15 Download an application form and guidelines.

Charles McDowell Award, This award, consisting of a certificate, is presented to an outstanding young faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research. Deadline for applications: October 15. Download an application form and guidelines.

November 1, 2013

Warren Alpert Foundation Prize: The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recognizes one or more scientists whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of and/or ability to treat disease. The $250,000 Prize is open to scientists, physicians, and researchers from any country. Nominations must be received by November 1, 2013.

Events, Presentations and Rounds

Regular Grand Rounds and Advances in Pediatrics will resume September 2013 

August 22, 2013, ED Subspecialty Rounds, Supervisor: SUPERVISOR: Dr. Navid Dehgani
9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Rm. K0-157, ACB ED Subspecialty Rounds, Journal Watch, Henry Stringer, Jason Motkoski, Ben Wilson, Diana Gil, Rachel Hamilton, Anas Manouzi
11:00 am – 12:00 pm; Rm. K0-157, ACB ER Rounds, Dr. Genevieve Ernst
1:00 – 3:00 pm; Rm. E617-619 SHY Bldg., Simulator Session, Supervisor: Dr. Navid Dehgani Fellow/Senior Simulation

August 24-29, 2013, 27th International Congress of Pediatrics 2013 (ICP) Bridging the Gap in Child & Adolescent Health, Location: Melbourne, Australia

September  4, 2013, 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m. Just a reminder that the Oak St. Campus BBQ is on Sept 4 from 11:30 to 1:30 and the Sunny Hill BBQ is on Sept 5 from noon to 1 p.m. All staff are invited as this is an opportunity for Larry Gold, Jan Christilaw, Leslie Arnold and their executive teams to say thank you to everyone (from staff to volunteers to partner organizations like the Foundations and Research groups) for their hard work. It is expected that the Translink TravelSmart program will be presenting info about commuting and transit options at the Oak St. campus event; there may also be some info updates from the Redevelopment project.

September 16, 2013, C&W Mental Health Programs; C&W Health Centre of BC;  The Second Annual Neuropsychiatry Lecture Rounds: 12 noon; Workshop: 1:30 – 4 p.m., Rm: D308, SHY Bldg. Lecture Title: “Self-Injury and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: How Well Do We Understand Risk & Vulnerability?” Workshop Title: “Self-injurious behavior in developmental disability: Overview of functional behavior assessment and pain/sensory evaluation Speaker:  Dr. Frank Symons, Ph.D., Coffman Professor, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota. The Annual Neuropsychiatry Lecture Series is generously funded by an endowment from Dr. Derryck H. Smith, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, UBC V/C Connection Available for Rounds; Please RSVP: Winnie Chen @

September 20, 2013, 1 – 4pm, Save the Date! Third Roger Tonkin Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Health Research  Chan Auditorium, CFRI. The Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at BCCH is hosting the third Roger Tonkin Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Health Research. Our guest this year is Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg from the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Ginsburg is an international leader in Adolescent Medicine and youth resilience.  He is also an inspiring speaker and teacher.   All providers and program planners who work with youth are invited to attend a special workshop entitled “Building the Strength and Resilience of Adolescents”, Sep 20, 1 – 4pm, in the Chan Auditorium, Child and Family Research Institute.  Please RSVP to  Dr. Ginsburg will also be giving Pediatric Grand Rounds at BC Children’s Hospital the morning of Sep 20 (8:30 – 9:30am, Chan Auditorium, CFRI). 

September 20-22, 2013, 2013 Clinical Pediatrics Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

September 25-28, 2013
, Current Issues in Neonatal Care, Napa, CA

September 27-28, 2013
 Canadian Marfan Association Conference: Marfan Syndrome (MFS), Genetic Aortic Disease and Connective Tissue Disorders (CTD) CME Conference. Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Marfan Syndrome & Genetic Aortic Disorders. Join us for the 2013 CMA Conference in Vancouver, B.C.,  Come and learn the latest research, treatment and management for Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, and genetic aortic aneurysm syndromes!

October 4-6, 2013,
 Women’s & Pediatric Dermatology Seminar 2013  Newport Beach, CA

October 24 & 25, 2013
Changing the Course of Autism 2013 addresses a range of issues, including research, education/behavior interventions, communication strategies, biomedical treatments, advocacy and other topics.  The conference is a wonderful opportunity to network with parents, therapists, doctors, researchers, exhibitors and presenters. You can also join by live webcast; no advance registration is required, simply go to

October 25, 2013, 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. SEMP: Simulation-Assisted Emergency Medicine Procedures Course
Venue: The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI) 3602-910 W. 10th Avenue (3rd Floor).  Accreditation: Up to 15 MAINPRO M1, Section 1, and AMA Category 1 CreditsTM.  To register or for more information: Contact: E: or T: 604-875-5101

October 27-29, 2013, The 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health
, Ottawa, Ontario

November 1-3 2013, Lifelong Learning in Pediatrics Course,  The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario. Content areas: Complementary and alternative medicine; Developmental paediatrics; Infectious diseases Neonatology; Neurology Early Bird Registration: September 30, 2013

November 3-6, 2013
Canadian Cancer Research Conference Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario; Abstract Deadline: June 28, 2013 Abstract Submission Deadline Is Approaching. Don’t miss your opportunity to present your work at the conference: abstract submission is open until June 28, 2013. Submitted abstracts will be considered for oral presentations in symposia, oral presentations in poster discussion sessions, and poster presentations. If your data is not available in time for the general abstract submission deadline, consider submitting a late-breaking abstractRegister for the Conference. Registration for the conference is open until October 14, 2013.

November 5-7, 2013
 Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference Location: Montreal, Quebec. Abstract submission open.

November 17-19, 2013, 33rd Annual Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Conference (CACAP), 
The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC

February 7-9, 2014, Lifelong Learning in Pediatrics, Winter 2014 Course, The Four Season Resort Whistler; Whistler, BC. Content areas: Haematology, Mental health, Respiratory health, Sports medicine

May 4, 5, 6, 2014, Paris, France International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Venue: The Hotel Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel on the Seine River less than a mile from the Eiffel Tower. The program will offer a balance of the presenters who are leaders in their field from North America and Europe and around the world. The Scientific Program Planning Committee is accepting abstracts from professionals from throughout the world to present from these areas of expertise: latest medical information and research, legal challenges surrounding AHT cases, evidence-based and creative prevention programs and initiatives. Please click here for more information about the abstract submission process. – Please note all abstracts are due by September 9, 2013. 



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