August 10 – 16

Please see click here to see a message from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International regarding the Second Official Call for Nominations for UBC Faculty Research Awards. Note that the internal Faculty of Medicine signature deadlines are as follows:
Please note that these are internal signature deadlines. If you require additional time to complete the application packages, please contact Bryan Wong ( and he will be happy to accommodate your request.
  • CIHR Foundation Scheme: 2015 2nd Live Pilot – Stage 1 Faculty of Medicine internal signature deadline is September 10th, 2015. Full details are available here.
Funding Opportunities:
  • Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy – 2015 Young Investigator Award
  • Department of Defense – Reconstructive Transplant Research Program and Epilepsy Research Program
  • WorkSafeBC – Innovation at Work
Awards and Honours:
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine – Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award (final reminder)
  • UBC Centre for Blood Research Summer Seminar Series – Podocalyxin function in cancer and bone marrow transplant
  • UBC Centre for Blood Research – 2015 CBR  Research Day (final reminder)
  • UBC Centre for Blood Research – Earl W. Davie Symposium (reminder)

LOI Deadline: August 24, 2015; 11am EST
Full Application Deadline: October 6, 2015; 11am EST (by invitation only)
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Inc. (ACGT) funds research aimed at furthering the development of cell and gene therapy approaches to the treatment of cancer. To this end, ACGT offers its Young Investigator Award to qualified scientists at the Tenure Track Assistant Professor level.
The award for The Young Investigator Award provides up to a maximum of $250,000 distributed up to 2-3 years, inclusive of a maximum of 10% indirect costs. The funds may be used at the recipient’s discretion for salary, technical assistance, supplies, animals or capital equipment, but may not support staff not directly related to the project, e.g. secretaries or administrative assistants. Purchase of equipment is not allowed in the final year of the grant. Continued support is contingent upon submission and approval of a non-competitive renewal application each year.
The overall objectives of this grant are to advance cell and gene therapy into the causes, treatment and prevention of all types of cancer by promoting development of novel and innovative studies by young investigators. The emphasis of this initiative is to promote basic and pre-clinical research approaches utilizing cells and genes as medicine. ACGT will direct its grants into areas of cell and gene therapy research that have demonstrated great promise. The seven main areas of research ACGT will support are:
  1. Tumor-Specific Replicating Viruses and Bacteria
  2. Anti-angiogenesis
  3. Immune-modulatory Therapy and Cancer Vaccines
  4. Oncogene/Suppressor Oncogene/Apoptosis Directed Therapy
  5. Tumor Targeting and Vector Development
  6. Cancer Stem Cell Directed Therapy
  7. Other Gene/Cell based Therapies
For full details, please visit the ACGT website
Department of Defense – Reconstructive Transplant Research Program and Epilepsy Research Program
Pre-application Deadline: See below
The Department of Defense has recently released the following FY15 funding opportunities within its Reconstructive Transplant Research Program (RTRP):
  • Concept Award
    • Pre-Application Deadline: September 16, 2015
  • Idea Discovery Award
    • Pre-Application Deadline: September 16, 2015
  • Translational Research Award
    • Pre-Application Deadline: August 25, 2015
  • Clinical Trial Award
    • Pre-Application Deadline: August 25, 2015
The following FY15 funding opportunity is available within the Epilepsy Research Program (ERP):
  • Idea Development Award
    • Pre-Application Deadline: August 19, 2015
All pre-applications are required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) prior to the pre-application deadline.
All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that are available for electronic downloading from the website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on
Please visit the RTRP website or ERP website for further details.
Notice of Intent Deadline: September 14, 2015
Application Deadline: November 2, 2015
Innovation at Work is intended to provide funding for small-scale projects that will promote increased interaction amongst workplace parties, organizations, and/or researchers. Using the collective resources of those who are most affected by its policies and programs will assist WorkSafeBC and employers in ensuring that critical areas of need are addressed and practical solutions are found and implemented. The maximum grant for these projects is normally $50,000, for a maximum duration of one year. Anyone is eligible to apply — the experience and capability of the project team will be a primary consideration.
For further information, please visit the WorkSafeBC website.
Nomination Deadline: August 21, 2015
Every year the Faculty of Medicine recognizes the outstanding lecturers in our medical research fields. Candidates from Basic Sciences or Clinical Sciences are nominated by fellow faculty members on the basis of a distinguished research career, recognition in the medical community and effective contributions to student educational growth over the past year. Nominees are selected by the Faculty of Medicine Research Council. Acceptance of this award is accompanied by a seminar open to all faculty members and students as a part of the Leaders in Medical Discovery Series.  The seminar will be accredited for College of Family Physicians of Canada and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada credits.
Nominees should be senior Faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, with distinguished research careers. To nominate someone for this award, please provide the following:
  1. A supporting letter signed by two nominators, who are both Faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Please specify whether the candidate is being nominated for the basic sciences or clinical sciences category.
  2. An up-to-date copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae
For further details, please visit our website.
UBC Centre for Blood Research Summer Seminar Series – Podocalyxin function in cancer and bone marrow transplant
Date & Time: August 15, 2015; 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Seminar by:
Dr. Michael Hughes
Research Associate, McNagny Lab
Biomedical Research Centre
Date & Time: August 19, 2015; 12-7pm
Location: West Atrium, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Please join the Centre for Blood Research at their upcoming CBR Research Day on Wednesday, August 19th! We are less than a month away and registrations are pouring in, so be the next person to register online.
This event includes short talks and poster presentations from our 2015 CBR Summer Students and posters from our CBR members.  There will be lunch, BBQ/social/drinks and special awards for our Summer Students and all presenters!   And this year, CBR welcomes Dr. William MIlsom from the UBC’s Department of Zoology as our Keynote Speaker on, “For geese that fly high – it’s in their blood.”
All sessions will be webcast live online and archived for future viewing at the following link: CBR RESEARCH DAY WEBCAST LINK. To ensure your computer/mobile device is capable of receiving the webcast stream, click on the link to test: WEBCAST VIEWING REQUIREMENTS.
*We still have spots available for the poster competition. We will be awarding prizes to the best presenters! Please register your poster here
Should you have any questions leading up to the event, please don’t hesitate to ask
Centre for Blood Research – Earl W. Davie Symposium
Date: November 19, 2015
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings St., Vancouver
‘Save the Date’ of November 19th in your calendar for the 2015 Earl W. Davie Symposium.  This full-day Symposium will be held at the SFU Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings Street in Downtown Vancouver.  See attached program for details.
Please let know if you have any questions.