2022 UBC Faculty of Medicine Academic Gowns and Emeriti Recognition Ceremony

On May 25, 2022, the UBC Faculty of Medicine celebrated the academic achievements and distinguished careers of faculty members. Recipients from across the faculty wore black gowns to mark their recent promotions to Professor, Clinical Professor or Professor of Teaching.
Margaret Colbourne, Clinical Associate Professor Emerita
For the past 37+ years, Dr. Colbourne has been affiliated with UBC/BCCH, first as a medical trainee, then as a Clinical Instructor in 1997 and promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in 2007. She had a major impact on the educational development and clinical care of both the subspecialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) and the Child Protection field. Nationally, she was a member of the first RCPSC PEM Examination Board and was awarded RCPSC PEM Founder designation in 2011. Dr. Colbourne also developed the Child Maltreatment Residency Training Program, served as the Resident Coordinator of the BCCH Child Protection Program, and was Medical Director, Child Protection Services.
Peter Wong, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Wong joined the Faculty of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 1981 and was promoted to Professor in 1994. For 40 years, he was the Director of Diagnostic Neurophysiology at BCCH and was at the forefront internationally in the development of digital EEG and brain mapping and developed an exceptional EEG laboratory. He was Editor in Chief of the neuroimaging journal “Brain Topography” for several years. He received many honors, including: Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2003 for his service to the community; Honorary Professor Jichi Medical University (Japan) 2003, and Honorary Advisory Professor Shanghai Medical College Fudan University (China) 2004.
Shelina Babul, Clinical Professor
UBC/BCCH career highlights for Dr. Babul include: appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2002; BCIRPU Associate Director 2007-present; Brain Waves Director 2009-present; and Clinical Professor in 2021. Her research includes sport and recreational evidence-based research and knowledge implementation, with a focus on concussions/traumatic brain injuries. She developed the online Concussion Awareness Training Tool utilized by medical professionals, coaches, parents, school professionals, athletes and those supporting survivors of partner violence both nationally and internationally. In 2019/2020, Dr. Babul was awarded the BC Hockey Service Recognition Award,
Angela Devlin, Professor
UBC/BCCH career highlights for Dr. Devlin include: appointment as Assistant Professor in 2004; Co-Lead Origins of Child Health Disease Group 2015-present; Graduate Advisor of the Human Nutrition Graduate Program 2019-2021; and Professor 2021-present. Her research program encompasses both discovery based mechanistic studies and clinical studies on the intersecting themes of nutrient metabolism and requirements during development and cardiometabolic disease prevention in children. She has also demonstrated commitment to trainee education with many of her trainees winning awards and becoming faculty themselves. Dr. Devlin won the CNS Award for Nutrition Translation in 2019.
Laura Sly, Professor
UBC/BCCH career highlights for Dr. Sly include: appointment as Assistant Professor in 2008; Director, CFRI (now BCCHR) Containment Level III Laboratory 2010-present; Associate Dean Academic, UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 2019-2022; and Professor 2021-present. Her research programs in basic and translational immunological research, particularly immunity in health and disease within the fields of gastroenterology, immunology, and signal transduction, improving quality of life for patients of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Sly has won a 2018 Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Research Leadership Award and the 2020 UBC DAA Award for Overall Excellence – Mid-Career.