August 3 – 9

Funding Opportunities:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development – Technological Platforms to Strengthen Public Sector Accountability and Citizen Engagement Call for Proposals
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine – Discussion Groups (final reminder)
  • CIHR – Team Grant: Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium
  • Simons Foundation – Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems
  • UBC  Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development Sexual Health Forum: Online Journal Club & Practice-Based Dialogue (final reminder)
  • UBC Office of the Vice President Research & International – Research Orientation Day (reminder)
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – 9th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference (final reminder)
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – 4.0 Mainpro-C Routine HIV Testing in Family Practice Workshops
  • 13th Annual Canadian Blood Services International Symposium – Blood Borne Pathogens: Defend, Detect, and Destroy (reminder)

Expression of Interest Deadline: August 10, 2015; 4pm
UBC Internal Application Deadline: September 2, 2015; 4pm
Funding Agency Deadline: October 27, 2015
The purpose of the Technological Platforms to Strengthen Public Sector Accountability and Citizen Engagement call for proposals is to fund initiatives that will support public sector institutions and civil society in their ability to advance equitable democratic reform, deliver effective and sustainable development results to citizens, improve service delivery, combat corruption, and engage meaningfully with citizens through the use of technological platforms.
Project duration: Initiatives may be between three to five years in duration.
Project value: $1M – $5M
Organizations must submit proposals with activities that align with the ultimate outcome and at least one of the following intermediate outcome statements:
Ultimate Outcome:
Increased empowerment of women and men, girls and boys, and marginalized groups, to engage in democratic processes, and enjoy and exercise their human rights.
Intermediate Outcomes
  1. Enhanced equitable and inclusive participation in democratic decision-making processes, especially by women and marginalized groups, through the use of technology in select countries.
  2. Increased use of technology by people, especially women and marginalized groups, in select countries to hold their governments to account.
  3. Increased responsiveness of public institutions to the diverse needs and rights of people, especially women and marginalized groups in select countries, through the use of technology.
Only 1 application per Canadian institution is permitted for this call.
In the event that UBC receives more than a single expression of interest by the August 10th deadline, an internal adjudication of proposals will take place to determine which will go forward.  The documents required for this adjudication will be determined following the expression of interest deadline.
By Monday, August 10th at 4pm, please email Danica Kell,, with your name, department and faculty, and a brief summary of your proposed application.
Please visit the DFATD website for further details.
Deadline: August 14, 2015, 4pm
In recognition of the need to establish an effective bridge between students and the wide knowledge base of medical research professionals and faculty both within UBC and abroad, the Faculty of Medicine has limited funds available for the support of Point Grey discussion groups and seminar series.
Only one application per UBC Faculty of Medicine department/centre will be accepted. Up to $1500 per group will be awarded.
Please visit the Discussion Groups website for more details.
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2015
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015
CIHR has recently announced its Team Grant: Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium funding opportunity.
The specific objectives of this $2.0M four-year funding opportunity are to:
  1. Create a consortium infrastructure that will facilitate linkages, communication and knowledge translation across the Canadian TBI research community; and
  2. Support research projects that will help integrate national TBI research efforts and align them with international research efforts.
To facilitate the realization of these objectives, funding is being allocated for two key components: the Consortium Coordination Component and the Consortium Research Component.
For further details regarding this funding opportunity, please visit the CIHR website.
Intent to Apply Deadline: October 5, 2015
UBC Internal Application Deadline: October 26, 2015
Funding Agency Deadline: October 28, 2015
The Simons Foundation will accept up to two nominations per university in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems program. The aim of this program is to support the most active and creative junior researchers during the years when they are developing into and serving as the intellectual leaders of the field. Our intent is to identify exceptional scientists making major contributions to their field and to provide them with resources to undertake new and creative investigations. MMLS Investigators must be within five years of their first faculty appointment at the time of nomination and are typically untenured faculty.
For further information regarding the MMLS program, please visit the Simons Foundation website.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Bryan Wong (bryan.wong@ubc.caby October 5, 2015. Bryan will then provide nomination instructions.
Date: August 5, 2015 to June 19, 2016
Location: Online journal club and dialogue
Target audience: Family physicians
Up to 12.0 Mainpro-M1 credits
We are excited to launch this first ever sexual health online community of practice through UBC CPD.  The Sexual Health Forum is a virtual community of practice – a place for physicians to learn from and with each other, and to expand knowledge, skills, and expertise in order to provide the best care for patients in the realm of sexual health care.
The Sexual Health Forum provides two main ways for you to engage with your colleagues:
  1. A Journal Club – made up of six five-week sessions starting on August 5, 2015 running to June 19, 2016 (up to 12.0 study credits).
  2. An ongoing practice-based Dialogue – where you are invited to discuss anything relevant to sexual health and clinical practice with other members of this online forum.
By participating in this community of practice you will:
  • Recognize the importance of sexual health for the well-being of patients of all ages, genders, and orientations;
  • Think critically about issues affecting sexual health and sexual health care delivery;
  • Contribute to a learning community of primary care clinicians who are interested in sexual health;
  • Acquire knowledge, strategies, and skills to improve healthcare and health outcomes for patients.
Please contact for more information.
Date & Time: August 27, 2015; 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: Cecil Green Park House, 6251 Cecil Green Park Rd, Vancouver
Research Orientation Day is a FREE annual, day-long event intended for assistant, associate and full professors who are new to UBC’s Vancouver campus (and affiliated health research institutes) since January 1, 2013. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2015 and will connect new faculty members with research support units and available resources. New researchers will also meet experienced faculty, research directors and other new faculty.
Presentations include an overview of support services available to researchers in all disciplines, advice on securing funding, and an introduction to research ethics and financial compliance procedures. Attendance is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.
Attached is the event poster with further information. If you have any other questions, please contact Clement Woo (
Date: September 18, 2015
Location: Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 405 North Road, Coquitlam
Target audience: Psychiatrists, pharmacists, primary care physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers.
Up to 5.75 Mainpro-M1/MOC Section 1 credits (This conference will also be accredited for CCCEP)
  • This year’s theme is: Balancing Risks and Benefits to Improve Adherence.
  • Plenary lectures and smaller workshops with lots of time for Q & A.
  • Lunchtime Working Group: Clozapine Serious Adverse Drug Reaction BC Surveillance Monitoring Project (Limit 30 participants.)
Keynote Presentations:
Treatment Adherence in Bipolar Disorder
Martha Sajatovic, MD.
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Case Western Reserve University
Director, Geropsychiatry Program, and Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Willard Brown Chair in Neurological Outcomes Research, Cleveland
Improving Outcomes for People with Schizophrenia
Robert Zipursky, MD, FRCPC.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Please note that a Pre-Conference Workshop is also available on September 17th.
Date & Time: See below
Location: See below
Target audience: Family physicians and nurse practitioners. We also welcome specialists, allied health professionals, residents & students
Free of charge, dinner provided
Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel, Kelowna BC
September 22, 2015 (Tue) 5:45-8:30pm, facilitated by Dr. Heather McDonald, Dr. Dwight Ferris, Ms. Kim Bucek, and Ms. Gwen McDonald, and Ms. Maja Karlsson (Dinner provided)
Penticton Health Centre, Penticton BC
October 6, 2015 (Tue) 5:45-8:30pm, facilitated by Dr. Mike Murphy, Ms. Colleen Mahoney, Dr. Lisa Friesen, and Ms. Maja Karlsson (Dinner provided)
Prestige Harbourfront Resort, Salmon Arm BC
October 8, 2015 (Thu) 5:45-8:30pm, facilitated by Dr. Mike Murphy, Ms. Nicola Shanks, and Ms. Maja Karlsson (Dinner provided)
Super 8 Castlegar, Castlegar, BC
November 30, 2015 (Mon) 5:45-8:30pm, facilitated by Dr. Dharma McBride, Mr. Zak Matieschyn, Mr. Robyn Van Stolk, and Ms. Maja Karlsson (Dinner provided)
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops BC
December 2, 2015 (Wed) 5:45-8:30pm, facilitated by Dr. Rob Baker, Dr. Elizabeth Parfitt, Dr, Kevin Laupland, Ms. Jenna Ziegler, and Ms. Maja Karlsson (Dinner provided)
More information can be found here | 604-875-5101 |
Date: September 26, 2015
Location: Colony Ballroom, Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON
This one day symposium will review the challenges blood-borne pathogens present to the field of transfusion medicine. Physicians, technologists, nurses, and researchers involved in transfusion medicine will enhance their knowledge of blood-borne pathogens and gain an understanding of the approaches used to ensure the safety of the blood supply.
Confirmed international and Canadian speakers:
Ms. Nancy Angus, Canadian Blood Services, Toronto, ON
Dr. Charles Chiu, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Roger Dodd, formerly of the American Red Cross, Washington, DC
Dr. Margaret Fearon, Canadian Blood Services, Toronto, ON
Dr. Niels Lion, Transfusion Interrégionale CRS, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Allison McGeer, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
Dr. Peter Schubert, Canadian Blood Services, Vancouver BC
Dr. Marc TurnerMRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Edinburgh, Scotland
Online registration is now available at
Registration includes a light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. (If you have specific dietary restrictions, other than vegetarian, please contact before September 4th). Registration excludes the cost of parking.
Early Registration (Before Sept. 5):
Non-Industry (e.g., government, hospital, academia, Canadian Blood Services employees): $100
Industry (e.g., pharmaceutical company): $125
Late Registration (Sept. 5 – Sept. 26):
Non-Industry (e.g., government, hospital, academia, Canadian Blood Services employees): $125
Industry (e.g., pharmaceutical company): $150
$60 cancellation fee applies if canceled before Sept. 5. No refunds provided for registration made on Sept. 5 or after.
Planning Committee:
Dr. William Sheffield, Dr. Kathryn Webert, Dr. Ed Pryzdial, Dr. Sophie Chargé, Dr. Margaret Fearon, Dr. Robert Skeate, Mr. Ahmed Coovadia, Dr. Mia Golder, Dr. Geraldine Walsh, Ms. Sue Gregoire.
A report of the 12th Annual Canadian Blood Services International Symposiums is published in Transfusion Medicine Reviews.