May 11 – 17

  • Faculty of Medicine Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund Internal Competition
Funding Opportunities:
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Grant Opportunities (final reminder)
  • Department of Defense – Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities
  • Weston Brain Institute – Rapid Response 2015 (reminder)
  • Mitacs – Globalink Research Internship
Awards and Honours:
  • UBC College of Health Disciplines – 2015 Awards Competition
  • UBC SPARC Office – CIHR 2015 Foundation Scheme Information Session (final reminder)
  • Biomedical Research Centre Seminar Series – Dr. Benjamin Freedman: Modeling kidney disease with human pluripotent stem cells.
  • Alumni UBC – School of Hard Knocks
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Allergy & Clinical Immunology Update 2015

Faculty of Medicine Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund Internal Competition
A Faculty of Medicine Internal Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI JELF; formerly known as Leaders Opportunity Fund) Retention Competition with full details will be launched on Friday, May 15, 2015.
Please note that the application form will mirror the national CFI JELF application form.
Competition Timeline
Competition Launch
May 15, 2015
Intent to Apply Deadline
May 27, 2015
Competition Deadline
July 6, 2015
Results Announced
August 14, 2015
Successful Applicants work towards UBC CFI Internal Deadline
September 15, 2015
CFI National Deadline
October 15, 2015
Anticipated CFI Decision Date
April 2016
Please direct any questions to
Deadline: May 13, 2015
The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs:
  1. Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round.  Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.
Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015 on the following topics:
  • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • Reducing Pneumonia Fatalities Through Innovations that Improve Pneumonia Diagnosis & Referral of Malnourished Children
Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.
Department of Defense – Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities
Deadline: June 2015, See below
The Department of Defense has recently announced funding opportunities within the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP).
PRCRP Opportunities:
  • Career Development Award – Pre-Application Deadline: June 1, 2015
  • Idea Award with Special Focus – Pre-Application Deadline: June 1, 2015
  • Translational Team Science Award – Pre-Application Deadline: June 16, 2015
PRMRP Opportunities:
  • Clinical Trial Award – Pre-application Deadline: June 18, 2015
  • Discovery Award – Letter of Intent Deadline: June 25, 2015
  • Focused Program Award – Pre-application Deadline: June 18, 2015
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award – Pre-application Deadline: June 11, 2015
Full details for PRCRP Opportunities here
Full details for PRMRP Opportunities at here
LOI Deadline: June 16, 2015; 2pm EDT
The Weston Brain Institute is delighted to launch its Rapid Response 2015 program to provide seed funding for totally novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research ideas to catalyze the development of safe and effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Each project may receive up to $150,000 over 12-18 months
Applicants must be researchers or postdoctoral fellows, and developing a therapeutic and/or a tool to help accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
Submission of the Letter of Intent is done through the Institute’s online grant management system found here.
The Weston Brain Institute will be holding a Program Information Session for this funding opportunity on May 20th at 1:00 PM. This session is intended to provide you with comprehensive information on the application process and to provide an opportunity for open questions.
To sign-up for the WebEx and receive the dial in details as well as submit any questions you may have in advance, please follow the link.
The Institute welcomes inquiries about our funding programs at or 416-935-4056.
Additional information about the Program can be found here.
Deadline: June 18, 2015; 5pm PDT
The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is now accepting faculty submissions for summer 2016. GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to September.
  • All disciplines eligible
  • Top-ranked senior undergrads from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam
  • Graduate recruitment: returning interns eligible for Globalink Graduate Fellowship funding
Submit projects by June 18, 2015, at 5 p.m. PDT.
Questions? Visit the Mitacs website, or contact
Deadline: June 2015, see below
The College of Health Disciplines is pleased to announce this year’s awards competition to acknowledge outstanding students, educators and health professionals that exemplify interprofessional health, education and practice. Please assist the College by bringing these scholarships and awards to the attention of your students, colleagues and community partners in health, and kindly post/distribute the attached posters within your units.
Student Scholarships – 2015 Call for Applications
Open to current UBC students in any health or human services degree program who will be entering their final year of study in September 2015.
  • John H. V. Gilbert Interprofessional Scholarship
  • Professor Jessie Gordon MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship
Application deadline: June 8, 2015.
Interprofessional Awards – 2015 Call for Nominations
Open to teams and/or individuals who exemplify excellence in interprofessional collaboration in health care. Nominees may be health professionals or educators, and may be from or outside UBC.
  • John F. McCreary Prize for Interprofessional Teamwork
  • Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education Teaching
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Professional Development
  • Practice Education Team Award
Nomination deadline: June 8, 2015 for McCreary Prize; June 15, 2015 for rest of interprofessional awards.
Full details and application/nomination forms are available on the College’s website
Date & Time: May 14, 2015; 1-4pm
Location: UBC Point Grey campus, with videoconference connections to hospital sites and UBC Okanagan
The SPARC Office has arranged a CIHR 2015 Foundation Scheme Information Session, hosted by Dr. Lara Boyd. The target audience is brand-new 2015 applicants and grant facilitators/research support staff who are not yet familiar with the Foundation Scheme.
For full details and to register for the May 14th session, please visit the Information Session announcement here. Note: There is limited capacity at some of the sites, including UBC Vancouver, so priority will be given to brand-new 2015 applicants. As such, please register by no later than Monday so that numbers can be finalized.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to receive a copy of the presentation slides, please let Christy McTait ( know and you will be included on the message she will be sending to workshop registrants on Tuesday/Wednesday. Otherwise, the presentation slides and a recording of the session will be uploaded to the Presentation Materials section of the SPARC website (CWL required) in early June.
One final note: Christy will be away from the office from May 14th to June 1st inclusive, so will response to all queries as soon as possible upon my return.
If you have any questions, please call or email Christy McTait at 604-827-5615 or
Date & Time: May 15, 2015; 4-5pm
Location: Biomedical Research Centre, 2222 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Seminar by:
Dr. Benjamin Freedman
Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor (July 1), University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have dual value as laboratory models of disease and as potential cell therapeutics. For the kidney, hPSCs represent the only long-term cultivatable cells capable of producing new nephrons. We recently devised methods to differentiate hPSCs into convoluted, tubular organoids that mimic kidney development and integrate diverse nephron cell populations, including proximal tubular cells, podocytes, and endothelial cells. When treated with small molecules cargoes or nephrotoxic compounds, this ‘kidney-in-a-dish’ exhibits functional characteristics typical of kidney tissue. Using patient-derived and genome-modified hPSCs, we are using this system to investigate the molecular pathophysiology of polycystic kidney disease and glomerulonephritis. hPSCs provide a new tool for analyzing kidney development and disease in vitro, with potential for high-throughput therapeutic screens, personalized biomarkers, and regenerative medicine.
Hosted by Dr. Kelly McNagny
Date & Time: June 11, 2015; 6:30-9pm
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver
What Have We Learned about Sport Concussion?
At least 332,000 professional and amateur athletes in North America will watch their sport from the stands or the couch as they recover from a concussion this year. Being sidelined certainly isn’t the most severe consequence of a rough or violent hit in sport. Concussions can have serious, cumulative, and long-lasting effects. When concussed athletes return to play before their brain function is fully restored, they are more likely to sustain a second concussion, which in turn may have greater consequences.
Join scientists and clinicians from UBC’s Faculty of Medicine for a discussion on the latest science behind sport concussions. Tailored for parents, athletes, coaches, and teachers, this panel of international thought leaders will cover the big questions on everyone’s mind:
  • What are the real dangers of sport concussions?
  • How can they be prevented?
  • What treatments are available?
  • How much do we really know?
  • Is there more to learn?
Program begins at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by following this link.
Date: October 17, 2015
Location: Segal Building (SFU), 500 Granville St, Vancouver
Target Audience: Family Physicians, pediatricians, hospitalists, nurses, residents & students
Up to 6.25 MainPro-M1/ MOC Section 1
The BC Society of Allergy and Immunology and UBC Continuing Professional Development have joined forces to create a brand new conference! Designed to address identified knowledge gaps, the robust agenda captures the most common issues faced by family physicians in a clinical setting. Participants will hear from leaders in the field on such topics as immunotherapy, food allergy testing and the management of specific allergies.