September 30, 2013


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

Department Notes and Announcements

Welcome to Dr. Elmine Statham, Clinical Instructor, Southern Medical Program

Four CFRI PhD students receive Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

UBC Association of Professors Emeriti – Fall 2013 Newsletter

Website helps youth identify risky medication and substance cocktails

Welcome to UBC’s first digital and interactive Connected by Commitment 2012-2013 Annual Report

KidCareCanada Fall 2013 Newsletter

ABC Educational Primer for Clinicians – Please visit the Faculty of Medicine website for workshop dates and registration info.

Events, Presentations & Rounds

September 30, 2013, 12 noon, Rm D308, SHY Bldg, BCCH,  C&W Mental Health Programs, Academic Rounds presents: “Structural Brain Alterations in First Episode Mania with and without Psychosis: Data from the Systematic Treatment Optimization Program for Early Mania (STOP-EM)”,   Featuring Dr. Kamyar Keramation, Post Graduate Yr 5, Department of Psychiatry, UBC

September 29 – October 1, 2013, Vancouver 2013 Brain Development Conference, Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

October 1, 2013, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Rm. P4-312, Mental Health Bldg, BCCH ,  C&W Mental Health Programs, Neuropsychiatry Rounds presents“DSM-V Intellectual Disability, Tough Cases” , Featuring: Dr. Charmaine Miranda.

October 1, 2013, 7am-8am, Rm 2108,
CFRI Building, OPSEI Academic Rounds, Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in Infants and ChildrenDr. Cherry Mammen

October 2, 2013, 1 – 3:30 p.m., Michael Smith LabsRm. 102, Promotion & Tenure Workshop, If you are a faculty member coming up for tenure and/or promotion this Fall, this workshop is for you! The speakers will guide you through all aspects of the tenure and promotion process at UBC. You’ll leave with a clear sense of how the process unfolds and your role in it. Please join us to ask questions, discuss concerns and share experiences!. You’ll hear from the following presenters: Dave Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic, UBC Judith Daniluk, Chair, UBC Senior Appointments Committee; Deena Rubuliak, Executive Director, UBCFA; Mark Trowell, Senior Manager, UBC Faculty Relations, Dr. Ken Reeder (Education), FA Appointee to the Senior Appointments Committee, will moderate the workshop. Please register

October 3, 2013, ED Subspecialty RoundsSUPERVISOR: Dr. Paul Korn
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. , Rm. K0-157, ACB Topic: Blunt Abdominal Trauma, Dr. Melanie Lecavalier 
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.,  HSP & Kawasaki Disease, Rm. K0-157, ACB, Dr. Gaby Yang
11:00 – noon,   Rm. K0-157, ER Rounds  Dr. Gen Ernst
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Simulator Session, Rm. E617-619, SHY Bldg., Supervisor: Dr. Paul Korn, *Fellows/Senior Residents Sims

October 4, 2013, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Chan Centre for Family Health at CFRI AuditoriumDepartment of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Title: “New Approaches to Rare Diseases: A Global Agenda”, featuring:  Dr. Anne Junker, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Scientific Director, MICYRN

October 4, 2013, 12:00 – 1: 00 p.m.,  Rm D308, BCCH, Advances in Pediatrics: featuring: “Introduction of the Letter of Understanding for Jehovah’s Witness families and the BC Children’s Hospital Health Care Team”, Presenter: Dr. Erik Skarsgard, MD, FRCSC, Professor, Surgeon in Chief, BC Children’s Hospital, Co-Director of Centre for Surgical Research, Dept. of Surgery, Panelists: Ms. Susan Greig, Partners in Care Liaison, Ms. Susan Heathcote, BScN, CRM, Director of Risk Management, Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, MD, FRCSC, Head, Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Nicholas Au, MD, FRCPC, Hematopathologist, BC Children’s Hospital

October 4, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Rm. 2108, Chan Centre for Family Health & Education, CFRI: CMMT/CFRI/UBC presents Friday Afternoon TGIF SeriesFeaturing: Charles Lecellier, Visiting Professor, Wasserman Lab, CMMT, UBC  Title:  microRNAs and HIV: from fundamental virology to diagnosis -and- Shane Fung, PhD, CFRI Bertram Hoffmeister Postdoctoral Fellowship; Postdoctoral Fellow, Turvey Lab, CFRI, Title: Identification of a Potential Anti-inflammatory Agent from Unbiased Screening of Marine Sponge Extracts

October 4 & 5, 2013 – 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, CFRI Children’s Health Today Conference.  You won’t want to miss this upcoming conference, which is presented through a partnership between the BC Pediatric Society and the BC Children’s Hospital Division of Neurology. Through lectures and small group workshops, this 2-day meeting will explore current issues in pediatrics and pediatric neurology, with an emphasis on up-to-date evidence and practical management approaches. For more information and to register, please visit

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

October 7-10, 2013, Diabetes Educator Course, The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC

October 9, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., The CFRI is pleased to present Mini Med School XIV, a 6 part series on Diabetes: Mythology and Modern Research. This series takes place on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm beginning October 9 in the Chan Centre for Family Health Education at the Child & Family Research Institute (938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver). Admission is free but space is limited. If you are unable to attend all sessions will be recorded and viewable on the CFRI Training website for educational purposes. October 9, 2013 features: Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Type 2 Diabetes Presented by Dan Metzger, David Meyre, Tim Kieffer

October 20-23, 2013Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) 2013 Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario

October 21, 2013, 4-6 p.m., Gairdner SymposiumLife Sciences Centre, UBC, (LSC2), 2350 Health Sciences Mall, free public lecture will feature: Dr. Nasmyth [2007 Canada Gairdner International Award Recipient] Title: How are chromosomes held together? and Sir Gregory Winter [2013 Canada Gairdner International Award Recipient] Title: The antibody revolution: new pharmaceuticals for a new age.

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 24, 2013, 9:00 am
, CFRI Member & Staff Recognition Awards Celebration Event You’re invited to celebrate excellence in research and service at the CFRI Member & Staff Recognition Awards event.  Join us on Thursday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the Chan Centre for Family Health Education for The Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship, presented by Dr. Ron Barr, and a special awards presentation. Reception to follow; RSVP to or by telephone to Luisa Ciarniello at ext. 2244.

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

October 31, 2013, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Records for Life: A Design Contest that can Save Lives Deadline: October 31, 2013 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched Records for Life: A Design Contest that can Save Lives. This new grant opportunity seeks individuals or teams to re-examine the current child health record and design new ways to accurately track vaccine doses, increase ease of interpretation and use, and incite behavior change to make the record a valued asset for health professionals and families alike. The application deadline is October 31, 2013. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at

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

January 23-25, 2014Western Society for Pediatric Research Meetings, Carmel CA. Abstract Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013. For more information, please contact Dr. Colin White:

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

February 25-March 1, 2014, 14th Annual Conference on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Beaver Creek, Colorado, Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.

May 3-6, 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies and Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting, May 3-6, 2014, Vancouver, BC.  Call for Abstracts Now Available Online  Submission Deadline: November 14, 2013, 11:59pm CST

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.


Call for Nominations, Awards, Funding Opportunities

September 30, 2013

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – 2014 Royal College Peter Warren Travelling Scholarship Deadline: September 30, 2013; 5pm EDT 
This new scholarship, offered for the first time in 2014, is intended to encourage post-graduate trainees in medicine to undertake research projects in the history of specialty medicine, the history of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and/or the history of Post-Graduate Medical Education in Canada; and to encourage the use of the Royal College historical and archival collections as a resource for scholarly work within the field of the history of medicine. The details of this award are also available at the website.  Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM (EDT) September 30, 2013 in order to be considered. In keeping with the College’s green initiative, we would request that you submit your nominations electronically to

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 AwardThis 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.

October 18, 2013

Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Faculty of Medicine Internal Deadline: 
October 18, 2013 Deadline: November 1, 2013; Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact.

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.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – The New Idea Award LOI Deadline: November 1, 2013 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to announce our second year of The New Idea Award, a grant program designed to identify novel research strategies with high potential for high impact on the future of blood cancer treatment(s).  Specifically, this program supports academic researchers with innovative ideas for approaches that are substantially different from standard therapies and prognostic/diagnostic modalities, as well as ideas that may fundamentally change our understanding of blood cancer(s).  Grants will be awarded in an amount of up to $100,000 for a one year grant period. Please visit the LLS website for further details.

November 11, 2013

Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Innovation Award LOI Deadline: November 11th, 2013 Do you have a high risk idea that has potential for high impact on pediatric cancer patients? Does your idea, approach, or methodology have the potential to move your research and the field in a new direction? ALSF's Innovation Award provides seed funding for proof-of-concept proposals. The award is $250,000 over two years. Notification will be sent early January 2014. Upon invitation, the full application will be due March 3, 2014. Please review the application guidelines.

December 16, 2013

Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Young Investigator Award Deadline:
December 16th, 2013 ALSF is committed to the next generation of pediatric cancer investigators! The Young Investigator Award provides start-up funds for new scientists at the end of their fellowship training or early in their research career. Developing an impactful line of research and a sustainable career in pediatric oncology research are key components of this grant program. The award is $100,000 over two years.  Please review the application guidelines.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Epidemiology Grants Deadline: December 16th, 2013; ALSF provides funding that will allow investigators to pursue novel and promising epidemiological approaches to understanding childhood cancers. New in 2014, we have expanded our eligible areas of investigation to include comparative effectiveness and outcomes research. Proposals for evaluating effectiveness of interventions related to prevention, detection and treatment of childhood cancer will be considered. Maximum $100,000 of direct costs will be awarded to applicants annually and a maximum of two years of funding may be requested. Please review the application guidelines.

See: Department of Pediatrics Career Opportunities