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Qg Seeking
a cure for
chemo brain
12  A boon for B.C.
their moms
]_g  Helping immigrant
make the grade
• Asthma education for a multi-ethnic mosaic
• Detecting - and treating - the unpredictable
• A hub and spoke for heart patients
a place of mind
Closing the gap in B.C. heart failure care
A specialist in detecting - and treating - the unpredictable
Signals Intelligence: Finding biomarkers for heart and lung ailments
A "blockbuster" intervention for a multi-ethnic mosaic
Seeking a cure for "chemo brain"
Investigations & breakthroughs
A boon for B.C. babies — and their moms
A new opportunity to learn from others' last days
New arrivals to the Faculty/New publications
Helping immigrant physiotherapists make the grade
Forging closer ties with the world's biggest health care system
An R&D enthusiast invests in urologic sciences
A physician's exploits summon an outpouring of support
Testing of stroke strategies gets a boost from a long-time partner
Bayer Inc. commitment gives rise to the UBC Bleeding Disorders Collaborator^
A need expressed, and heard
Making a mark: achievements and awards
At 10-year mark, faculty's aboriginal outreach shows its strength
VOL.8 | NO. 2 FALL 2012
A publication of the University
of British Columbia's Faculty
of Medicine, providing news
and information for and about
faculty members, students,
staff, alumni and friends.
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to brian.kladko@ubc.ca
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Brian Kladko
Contributing writer
Anne McCulloch
Additional Research
Melissa Carr
Daniella Weber
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FSCC0112ST -
Among the medical success stories of the past half-century,
our treatment and prevention of heart and lung disease is near
the top. Canada's death rate due to respiratory diseases has
plummeted - from 59 deaths per 100,000 people in 1960 to an
estimated 38 in 2009. Mortality rates for ischemic heart disease
between 1969 and 1999 decreased by 62 per cent and for acute
myocardial infarction by 70 per cent.
That good news, however, must be tempered by some sobering
realities. Canada's aging population, the prevalence of poor dietary
habits, the sedentary nature of modern lifestyles, as well as the
persistent scourge of smoking, mean that the heart and lung
ailments will continue to be a major cause of illness and death.
Fortunately, this is a battle we are already primed to fight,
and this issue of UBC Medicine illustrates just a few of the many
ways the Faculty of Medicine is not only fighting - but winning.
Our efforts take many forms, whether it's developing biomarkers
of heart and lung disease, standardizing heart failure care
throughout the province, or finding new ways to communicate
vital messages to asthma patients.
But just as Canada cannot declare victory on the basis of
declining mortality rates from heart and lung disease, these
stories should not lull us into complacency. Instead, they
should inspire us to do more.
Sometimes, as in the case of the PROOFCentre's biomarkers
projects, action springs from the realization that a problem can be
overcome with enough talent, creative collaboration and tenacity.
Sometimes, as in the case of BC's Heart Failure Network, it's driven
bythe conviction thatthe status quo is simply not good enough.
This continuous innovation and improvement are hallmarks of
academic medicine, and there are many more opportunities in
cardiology and pulmonology where we can apply it, with
potentially significant results.
That is why the Faculty of Medicine has made heart and lung
health one of its explicit research priorities in its strategic plan.
We believe we can make a difference, and with something as
serious and prevalent as heart and lung disease, every innovation
and improvement has dramatically positive implications for the
health of our population - in other words, longer, better lives
for many more people.
Gown CF. Stuart, MD, FRCSC
Vice Provost Health, UBC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
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the beautiful anatomy and physiology at the core of all            area of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care
of us," he explains."! drew shapes of light and overlayed          Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, says, "I am
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Bruce Hobson, a family practitioner in Powell River, typically
has a handful of patients in various stages of heart failure -
one of the most serious conditions he must treat. But until
recently, he felt very much alone in caring for them.
Yes, he referred patients to internal medicine specialists when
necessary. But when patients came back to him with a diagnosis
and test results, he was often desperate for guidance.
"I could look it up in a book or look it up online, but there was
nothing that was really helpful to me when I was seeing a
patient one-on-one," Dr. Hobson says.
His sense of isolation was broken by BC's Heart Failure Network,
led by Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) Andy Ignaszewski,
provincial clinical nurse specialist for heart failure Bonnie Catlin,
Cardiac Services BC and the five provincial health authorities.
The network is working to ensure that all health care professionals
are working from the most up-to-date evidence about heart
failure, as well as ensuring that patients - no matter where they
live in the province - receive the same quality of care and have
equitable access to heart failure services.
The impetus for the network was motivated by gaps and
discrepancies around B.C. Doctors didn't know about certain
tests, for example, or didn't realize they could push up medication
doses more quickly than they were accustomed to doing.
"Not to say some are wrong and some are better, but there was
no consistent standard for care - in how people were diagnosed,
in what patients were told to do, in the way patients were
medically managed, and in dealing with end-of-life issues,"
says Dr. Ignaszewski, a cardiologist at St. Paul's Hospital.
"If you asked me three years ago what happens to a heart
failure patient in the province, I would know what happens
in some cities, but I wouldn't know in a lot of places."
The catalyst for the network was a province-wide pooling of
purchasing agreements with manufacturers of pacemakers
and defibrillators. Dr. Ignaszewski and other physicians
convinced the Provincial Panel for Cardiovascular Health -
and ultimately, BC Cardiac Services - that standardizing
heart failure care would be the best use of those savings.
A 35-member steering committee began organizing health
care professionals around the province. A set of working groups
were formed, devoted to such issues and tasks as tele-health,
data collection, diagnostic imaging, creation of educational
material for health professionals and patients, identifying
needs of special populations (Aboriginal, Chinese, South Asian,
and the frail elderly) and improving palliative and end-of-life care.
The network adopted a hub-and-spoke service model, with
St. Paul's serving as the provincial hub supporting clinical
excellence in advanced heart failure care, and each health
authority having one or two regional hubs providing advanced
diagnostic capacity and interventional care. Clinics and
family practitioners, where the bulk of the care takes place,
are the outermost spokes.
That collaboration has already resulted in the development
of a heart failure algorithm for primary care physicians -
step-by-step, diagrammatic instructions on caring for patients.
The algorithm and related material are shared with primary
care physicians through continuing medical education programs
and the British Columbia Medical Association's Practice Support
Program, as well as a website (www.bcheartfailure.ca) and
a newsletter.
The network is now developing a pocket reference guide for
community nurses when visiting heart failure patients, and
is establishing competencies for nurses in specialized heart
function clinics. It's also forging agreement on standardizing
echo-cardiogram referral forms and reporting standards.
Currently, each hospital has its own echo reporting practices
- for example, how they quantify the ejection fraction, or the
volume of blood pumped by each beat - so primary care
doctors often have a hard time making sense of the results
that are sent back to them.
"The results are often not comparable with one another - some
use a definitive percentage, some use a range," Dr. Ignaszewski
says. "The doctors tell me they don't understand the results,
which is a waste of time, money and resources."
The network also has developed standardized education resources
for health care professionals, patients and families. Dr. Hobson, an
active member of the network, says he now approaches his heart
failure patients with a much higher level of confidence - he not
only knows more about what he should do, but also knows when
and where to turn for more help. In other words, he feels he is part
of an integrated system.
"Now that there's standardization of care, better communication
is going to result, and we will all have a clear direction for
medication, education and complications," he says. "It has
made a big difference in my comfort level." FOCUS ON:
Andrew Krahn, the Sauder
Family and Heart and Stroke
Foundation Chair in Cardiology
and Paul Brunes Professor
in Heart Rhythm Disorders.
As sudden as cardiac arrest comes on, it's often a foreseeable
event, arising from a confluence of risk factors - body weight,
diet, diabetes, smoking and lack of exercise.
Some cardiac arrests, however, are not only sudden, but completely
unexpected, striking down otherwise healthy individuals while
they are exercising, playing chess, or even sleeping.
"This usually isn't grandpa," says Andrew Krahn. "This is
the grandchild."
Dr. Krahn, the new Head of UBC's Division of Cardiology, has
devoted much of his career to the daunting task of stopping
such seemingly random events before they occur.
Recruited from the University of Western Ontario to lead cardiology
research and education in B.C., Dr. Krahn is an internationally
recognized expert in the genetic causes and management of
cardiac arrhythmias, causes of loss of consciousness, and
implantable heart rhythm devices.
Dr. Krahn's responsibilities for building cardiology research
and teaching capacity, which he assumed in August, will
extend across the entire province.
He also will treat patients - mainly through the implantation
of heart rhythm devices and seeing patients in an emerging
clinic devoted to inherited heart arrhythmia - and will pursue
his own research into inherited arrhythmias.
Dr. Krahn's appointment was made possible by a confluence
of funding sources, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation,
the Sauder family, and the B.C. government, which provided the
funds for the Sauder Family and Heart and Stroke Foundation
Chair in Cardiology; and the Brunes family, the VGH & UBC Hospital
Foundation and Cardiac Services BC, which provided funds for
the Paul Brunes Professorship, named for a B.C. man who died
suddenly of heart disease in 2010, at the age of 31.
One of the major attractions of the position for Dr. Krahn, who
grew up in various towns around B.C., was the chance to create a
province-wide network of clinics to diagnose and treat people with
inherited arrhythmias - estimated to number about 7,000 in B.C.
In Ontario, Dr. Krahn undertook a national study funded by
the Heart and Stroke Foundation that detected rare genetic
conditions in children and adults who have experienced a sudden
cardiac arrest, as well as their family members, who may appear
perfectly healthy. Once a genetic condition, such as "long QT
syndrome," is identified, a potentially fatal cardiac arrest can
be prevented through medication (typically beta-blockers)
or implantable defibrillators.
"When you diagnose long QT syndrome in an 18-year-old who
recently fainted for no apparent reason, the parents are usually
pretty wound up," says Dr. Krahn, the President of the Canadian
Heart Rhythm Society. "It's rewarding to let them know that
you've seen this before, you understand it, and you can treat it."
Now Dr. Krahn is working with Laura Arbour, a Professor of
Medical Genetics, to create a similar, province-wide network
that would refer individuals with inherited arrhythmia - and
their relatives - to a clinic at St. Paul's Hospital or Royal Jubilee
Hospital in Victoria, or use telemedicine technologies to provide
remote examinations and counseling. Dr. Krahn and Dr. Arbour
expect that for every individual identified due to an event, such
as loss of consciousness, four more at-risk family members
will be detected.
As head of Cardiology, Dr. Krahn will provide strategic direction
with the approximately 50 cardiologists at Vancouver General
Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital, with the goal of enhancing
their educational programs and building research capacity.
"All of these things - my clinical, research and leadership roles
- interact to make for a lot of balls in the air, which I enjoy,"
Dr. Krahn says. "I might be teaching a resident in the clinic about
one of these genetic problems, and in so doing also enrol the
patient in a research study to pinpoint the genetic cause, or to
improve diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. If I needed any
further motivation, the warm welcome I've received from the
B.C. cardiovascular community, and its obvious commitment
to excellence in patient care, research and teaching, has
certainly done the job." SIGNALS
The Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Organ
Failure (PROOF Centre), a national Centre of Excellence for
Commercialization and Research based at St. Paul's Hospital
and UBC, has created a pipeline that scans thousands of blood
samples for gene and protein expression signatures that correlate
with particular diseases, especially of the heart and lungs.
Four years ago, a team of clinician-scientists led by
Bruce McManus, a Professor in the Department of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, galvanized around
a compelling idea - developing definitive and scalable
tests to answer questions that now depend on painful,
invasive procedures or educated guesses.
Acute rejection: PROOF Centre's most advanced biomarker
set indicates whether a transplanted heart is surviving the
patient's immune system during the first year. If the test,
based on the expression of eight genes and the presence
of nine proteins, repeatedly comes back negative, a patient
could be spared a painful, somewhat risky heart biopsy,
now a standard procedure for anyone receiving a new heart.
In a test of more than 200 samples across Canada and internationally, the test was 99 per cent accurate. PROOF Centre
is now starting a larger, clinical study involving 1,000 samples
Confirming lung attacks: Lung attacks
are not so easy to diagnose, and could
be easily mistaken for a heart attack,
gradual heart failure, or an embolism.
PROOF Centre is exploring the possibility
of a gene expression blood test - based
on samples being collected from COPD
patients who show up at St. Paul's - that
would confirm in a short time whether
it's indeed a lung attack.
Chronic rejection:Another heart rejection test is aimed
at detecting chronic rejection of a transplanted heart,
which would take place after a year post-transplant.
Because chronic rejection is a type of "hardening of the
arteries," the test includes 18 proteins that correlate
with the degree of blockage in vessels.
Predictive test: A rapid, pre-transplant test
under development would use gene expression
in the donor heart and the recipient's blood to
see if a transplanted heart is more likely to be
rejected after a transplant.This knowledge would
allow physicians to pre-treat such patients more
aggressively with immunosuppressive drugs.
Predicting recurrent lung attacks: When patients show up
at hospital with acute breathing problems, or "lung attacks,"
it's difficult for physicians to know if the episode will turn out
to be a rare flare-up, or the beginning of a downward spiral
that requires more aggressive treatment, including daily
exercise and respiratory therapy. PROOF Centre is analyzing
clinical data and blood samples from 700 patients in the
search for signals of the severity of a patient's lung attack.
Viable hearttissue:Ventricular assist
i   devices (VADs), small pumps implanted
in patients with acute heart failure,
give the heart a break and create the
opportunity for recovery. One PROOF
Centre project, still in the discovery stage,
would determine if the heart muscle in a
VAD-assisted patient has bounced back
enough to allow for removal of the device.
Systolic vs. diastolic heart failure:A blood
test in development would enable general
practitioners to differentiate systolic heart
failure (when the heart muscle becomes
weak and baggy) and diastolic heart failure
(when it's thick and stiff).This would allow
for more effective use of medications,
because the drugs used for systolic failure
THE SETTING: The dining room of a Punjabi family home, somewhere in B.C.
THE CHARACTERS: A half-dozen middle-aged and senior Punjabi men and women, catching up with one another.
THE ACTION: One of the older men begins coughing and becomes short of breath.
Someone fetches him some water and a friend starts rubbing his back.
FRIEND 1: "Should I give him my medication? I brought one from India."
FRIEND 2: "No, listen, your medication is just for yourself, and everybody is different."
FRIEND 1: "Give this medication to him, he will be OK. It works very well for my asthma."
FRIEND 3: "These medications will do nothing. I spent 30 years in the army and I found herbal medication made
from ginger and honey is very helpful in this condition, and one teaspoon will alleviate all the symptoms."
The scene, one of several videos produced by UBC and Vancouver
Coastal Health, may not make for riveting entertainment.
But MarkFitzGerald,a Professor in the Department of Medicine
and the videos'"executive producer" of sorts, wasn't looking to
win accolades at Cannes or Sundance. He was hoping to adapt
education about asthma self-management - what he calls
a "blockbuster drug" - to a multi-ethnic community.
Compared with other chronic ailments, asthma can usually be
controlled through proper behaviour and medication adherence.
But getting people to use their medications, use them properly,
engage in healthy behaviours and avoid irritants is not as simple
as it sounds.
Patients are typically given two different types of medication.
Inhaled corticosteroids maintain asthma control on a day-to-day
basis but also prevent "lung attacks." A second puffer provides
symptom relief by relaxing airway muscles; ideally, well-controlled
asthma patients should not have to use this medication regularly.
Unfortunately, the more effective controller medication is more
expensive than the symptom reliever. Patients, even if they are
willing to pay for and use the controller, don't always grasp its
importance and can over-rely on the reliever.
In addition, patients often don't quite understand how to
coordinate breathing in from the inhaler.
"It's a huge problem," says Dr. FitzGerald, the
Head of the Division of Respiratory Medicine
and Co-Director of the Institute for Heart and
Lung Health.
Simply translating existing material into other
languages isn't enough, Dr. FitzGerald says.
The messages also must take into account
the attitudes and perspectives of the audience, which are
sometimes quite different from those of the medical
professionals who create the material.
Dr. FitzGerald and Senior Health Evaluation Scientist
Iraj Poureslami set about creating new material through
"community based participatory research" - interviewing focus
groups of various ethnic groups to discover what should be
communicated, and how best to do so.They learned, for instance,
that Chinese people are more likely to quit smoking if they believe
it's harming a loved one, and that Punjabis are often inclined to
hide their asthma because it's associated with tuberculosis,
which carries a stigma in that culture.
Armed with those insights, they created brochures and videos in
Punjabi and Cantonese. In addition to the typical "doctor explains
all" type of videos, they produced "community videos," often
starring participants from the focus groups acting out scenarios
that convey lessons about asthma management.
Among the messages conveyed:
> The risks of sharing inhalers, relying on alternative therapies,
smoking, and certain types of home furnishings.
> The importance of taking preventive medication, even in the
absence of symptoms.
> Taking an active role in one's health - not just accepting illness
as one's destiny.
> De-stigmatizing asthma, so that patients won't hesitate to
use medication in front of others, and won't needlessly expose
themselves to irritants (like smoke-filled rooms).
Dr. FitzGerald and Dr. Poureslami, in a randomized controlled trial
funded bythe Canadian Institutes of Health Research, found that
Punjabi and Chinese asthma patients who watched the videos
significantly improved their knowledge of asthma and inhaler
skills, and were more inclined to adhere to medications.
"We're not wasting their time with medical mumbo-jumbo,"
Dr. FitzGerald says. "We need to speak in the patients' own
languages - not just linguistically, but culturally." UBC MEDICINE   9
Scenery Slater went to pick up her mail in the lobby of her
West Vancouver apartment building one day, but when she
got back into the elevator, she forgot what floor she lived on.
She would try to turn off lamps in her home with a wall switch,
only to realize that she had to use the lamp switch.
She would make Yorkshire pudding for herself and her father,
determined to halve the recipe, and wind up doubling it instead.
At first, Slater didn't think any of this had anything to do with her
chemotherapy for breast cancer. Then she heard about "chemo
brain" - a decline in cognitive function experienced while
receiving a powerful cocktail of anti-cancer drugs.
"You don't hear about chemo brain before starting treatment,"
says Slater, 49, who is on leave from her job as an officer with
the Canada Border Services Agency. "You get all this information
about the drugs you'll be taking and the possible side effects,
and no one mentions that. But when I talk to people who have had
chemotherapy, I've only come across one who hasn't experienced
some sort of cognitive interruption to some degree or another."
Now a UBC researcher is trying to determine if there might be
a simple remedy - exercise.
Kristin Campbell, an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Physical Therapy, is seeking breast cancer patients for a
first-of-its-kind experiment: one group of randomly chosen
women engage in a cardiovascular workout four times per
week for six months, while another group of women maintain
their usual lifestyle.
At the beginning and at the end of their participation, the
women take tests of working memory, learning and problem-
solving. While they perform simple tasks, they also have their
brain function assessed using functional magnetic resonance
imaging and electroencephalograms. The study is receiving
support from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
BC/Yukon chapter.
A growing body of research, some of it by Dr. Campbell's colleague
in Physical Therapy, Assistant Professor Teresa Liu-Ambrose,
has demonstrated that exercise can improve cognitive function
in older adults.
"Exercise and cognition is an emerging field," Dr. Campbell says.
"There's a consensus that there's something there. But why, and
what type of exercise is most important, hasn't been answered."
The chemo brain phenomenon gained attention in the 1990s
as a result of advocacy by cancer survivors, says TimAhles,
a behavioural psychologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center in New York.
L - R: Kristin Campbell guides Scenery Slater through an exercise regimen.
Can exercise counteract the
cognitive side-effects of
cancer treatment?
"The survivors kept telling us, This is a real problem. It's not just
depression," Dr. Ahles says. "It can affect the ability to return to
work or to school, quality of life, and activities of daily living."
Some people improve after months or a year, Dr. Ahles says.
Others never fully regain their cognitive abilities.
Slater, who completed her chemotherapy in the fall of 2010,
is still grappling with what she perceives to be diminished
mental acuity. Although she doesn't know how she fared on
Dr. Campbell's tests, she is confronted almost daily by a situation
or question that temporarily stumps her. Before cancer and her
treatment, she could plow through a novel on a day off; now she
has trouble concentrating on anything longer than a paragraph.
But the study led her to discover other benefits of exercise.
She is more energetic and sleeping better. Long after her
participation ended, she continues to work out on the
treadmill in her apartment building, three times a week.
Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact
research coordinator Tiffany Moore at td.moore@ubc.ca or
604.8271914. More information on the study can be found
at http://cepl.rehab.med.ubc.ca p
01 | Reversing cognitive decline
through resistance training
Pumping iron
- or some
variant thereof
- might reverse
decline in
older women.
That was the widely-reported
finding by researchers at
the Faculty of Medicine and
Vancouver Coastal Health,
led by Teresa Liu-Ambrose,
an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Physical Therapy,
and Canada Research Chair
in Physical Activity, Mobility,
and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Published in the Archives of
Internal Medicine, it was the
first randomized controlled trial
to compare the efficacy of both
resistance and aerobic training
to improve executive functions
- such as self-regulation,
problem-solving and decisionmaking - that are necessary
for independent living.
Dr. Liu-Ambrose, a principal
investigator with the Centre
for Hip Health and Mobility
and the Brain Research Centre,
showed that such exercise
improved executive functions
and associative memory, all
robust predictors of
conversion from mild cognitive
impairment to dementia.
The study team, which
included researchers from
the Department of Psychology,
the Division of Geriatric
Medicine and the University
of Iowa, assigned senior
women with probable mild
cognitive impairment to one
of three types of exercise,
conducted in twice-weekly
sessions: resistance training,
outdoor walking (aerobic
exercise), or balance,
stretching and relaxation
exercises (a control group).
Over six months, their
cognitive abilities were
measured with a series of
tests, and their brain plasticity
was assessed using functional
MRI. While the resistance
training group exhibited
significant improvements in
the various criteria, those
engaged in aerobictraining
did not. (Previous studies of
healthy older adults have
demonstrated a positive
effect for aerobic exercise.)
This work builds on the same
research team's Brain Power
Study, also published in
Archives of Internal Medicine,
which demonstrated that
1 2 months of once- or
twice-weekly progressive
strength training improved
executive functions and
functional brain plasticity
in healthy women aged 65- to
75-years-old and led to lasting
benefits, including less use of
health care resources.
"Exercise is as attractive
as a prevention strategy for
dementia as it is universally
accessible and cost-effective,"
says Dr. Liu-Ambrose, a Michael
Smith Foundation for Health
Research Scholar and a CIHR
New Investigator scholar.
02 | Beating back diabetes
with stem cells
A Faculty
of Medicine
scientist and
his industry
partner have
diabetes in mice using stem
cells, paving the way for a
breakthrough treatment for a
disease affecting nearly one in
four Canadians.
The lab of Timothy Kieffer, a
Professor in the Department
of Cellular and Physiological
Sciences, and scientists
from the New Jersey-based
BetaLogics, a division of
Janssen Research &
Development, LLC, were
the first to show that human
stem cell transplants can
successfully restore insulin
production in mice that are
already afflicted with diabetes.
Their findings were published
in the journal Diabetes.
Crucially, they re-created the
"feedback loop" that enables
insulin levels to automatically
rise or fall based on blood
glucose levels. After the stem
cell transplant, the diabetic
mice were weaned off insulin,
and three to four months later,
the mice were able to maintain
healthy blood sugar levels even
when being fed large quantities
of sugar. Transplanted cells
removed from the mice after
several months had all the
markings of normal insulin-
producing pancreatic cells.
Regular injections of insulin are
the most common treatment
for the type 1 form of this
disease, which often strikes
young children. Although
experimental transplants of
healthy pancreatic cells from
human donors have shown to
be effective, that treatment
is severely limited bythe
availability of donors. "We are very excited by
these findings, but additional
research is needed before
this approach can be tested
clinically in humans," says
Dr. Kieffer, a member of UBC's
Life Sciences Institute. "The
studies were performed in
diabetic mice that lacked a
properly functioning immune
system that would otherwise
have rejected the cells. We now
need to identify a suitable way
of protecting the cells from
immune attack, so that the
transplant can ultimately be
performed in the absence of
any immunosuppression."
03 | Combination of blood
thinning drugs shown
to be ineffective as
stroke preventer
A UBC and Vancouver
Coastal Health neurologist
has found that a tantalizing
combination therapy of aspirin
and clopidogrel won't live up
to its promise in preventing
recurrence of a common type
of stroke - and might even
pose serious risks.
Oscar Benavente, a Professor
of Neurology and research
director of VCH's Stroke
and Cerebrovascular
Health Program, sought
to determine if the
combination of clopidogrel
(known commercially as Plavix)
and aspirin would be more
effective at preventing
lacunar strokes, which result
from the narrowing of small
blood vessels.
Dr. Benavente is leading a
$66-million international
study funded by the U.S.
National Institutes for Health
seeking to reduce recurrence
of lacunar strokes - also
known as small subcortical
strokes - and to minimize
the consequences.
Such strokes usually strike
a person repeatedly, tend
to occur at a younger age
than other strokes, and
are particularly frequent in
Hispanics.They usually cause
mild disability but are the
leading cause of cognitive
impairment and dementia.
The study involved 3,020
patients from 82 sites in North
America, Latin America, and
Spain who were followed for
several years.The results,
published in the New England
Journal of Medicine, found
that dual antiplatelet therapy
did not significantly reduce
the risk of recurrent stroke,
and significantly increased
the risk of bleeding and death,
compared to people who were
taking aspirin alone or aspirin
combined with a placebo.
The trial, which was ended
prematurely because of the
possible harm and lack of
efficacy, was monitored by
an independent data and
safety committee selected
bythe U.S. National Institute
of Neurological Disorders,
which funded the study.
"It's a finding that supports
the hypothesis that the role
of platelets and thrombosis
- the formation of clots in
blood vessels - may not be
the same in different types of
strokes," said Dr. Benavente, a
member of the Brain Research
Research Institute. "The
results of our research support
the current guidelines for
secondary stroke prevention:
the use of either aspirin or
clopidogrel, or the approved
combination therapy of aspirin
and dipyridamole [known
commercially as Persantine]."
Additional results are
expected later this year,
which will help determine
the optimal combination of
blood pressure control and
anti-clotting therapy.
04 | Predicting the risks of
childhood cancer treatments
The development of effective
therapies for childhood cancer
is one of oncology's true
success stories in the past
few decades. Although the
numbers are small compared
to adult cancer, 82 per cent of
of these children now survive
their disease.
But the treatments have
consequences - the children
often develop multiple, serious,
and sometimes fatal, health
effects, sometimes many years
later, as a result of their cancer
treatments.The long-term
damage includes hearing loss,
kidney failure, blood clotting
problems, and a specific
form of tissue rejection called
chronic graft-versus-host
disease after hematopoietic
A team led by Kirk Schultz,
a Professor in the Department
of Pediatrics and Director of
Childhood Cancer and Blood
Research of BC Children's
Hospital and the Child &
Family Research Institute,
has received $4.3 million from
the Canadian government
and six leading cancer
organizations to explore
how biomarkers can identify
children and adolescents who
are at risk of adverse effects
of cancer treatments.
The research, to be conducted
at eight pediatric centres
across Canada and 20 others
in the U.S., could lead to
preemptive and timely
therapies to minimize or
eliminate the adverse effects.
The University of British Columbia's Midwifery Education
Program - bolstered by increased funding from the province
of British Columbia - will double in size over the next five years.
Starting this fall, first-year spaces in the Midwifery Program
will grow from 10 to 20. Once the expansion is complete, the
number of students in the four-year bachelor's degree
program will total 80.
Midwives assist women with low-risk deliveries in hospitals,
clinics and homes, and provide pre-natal and post-partum care.
The Ministry of Advanced Education worked with UBC and the
Ministry of Health to determine the number of midwife
graduates that are needed to help meet the need for
greater access to such services.
UBC will receive $1.9 million in one-time funding, and an
ncrease of $833,920 in ongoing operating funding for the
phased expansion.
"This enhanced funding, by allowing us to educate more
students, will enable mothers and their families in British
Columbia to have better access to pre-natal care and
childbirth services, and provide them with a wider range
L - R: Midwifery instructor Patrice Latka leads students Danika
Surm and Meghan Price in a clinical skills lab. photo credit: rob shaer
of health care options," says Elaine Carty, Interim Director of
the Midwifery Education Program. "I know educators like to use
the word 'investment' when discussing funding for educational
programs, but this example truly lives up to that name -
90 per cent of our graduates are still actively caring for
pregnant women and delivering babies."
The Midwifery Program was created 10 years ago, a few years after
the province recognized midwives as primary care professionals
and began regulating the profession. The program, part of the
Faculty of Medicine's Department of Family Practice, is one of
only four midwife training programs in Canada.
"The Faculty of Medicine is grateful that the province has
expanded funding for our midwifery program," says Gavin Stuart,
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and UBC's Vice Provost Health.
"Not only will it grow the ranks of this much-needed profession,
but the hiring of additional faculty will augment midwifery's
potential to contribute through research to the health of
our population."
Midwifery students in the program take foundational courses in
the basic sciences, counseling, lactation support, pharmacology
and research methods. In addition, they spend approximately 1 5
months working alongside registered midwives and three months
with physicians and other health professional instructors. All are
required to attend a minimum of 60 births during their program,
with most attending at least 100.
The program is highly competitive - in the most recent year,
1 61 people applied for the 1 5 slots. That cohort includes students
with academic backgrounds in social work, law, women's health
care research and many of the sciences.
"I would like to say that having twice as many slots will make the
task of selecting new classes easier," Carty says. "But the applicant
pool is just too good and too deep, and getting better and deeper
all the time.Thanks to this funding, we'll be able to harness more
of that ambition." UBC MEDICINE    13
A once empty plot of land on UBC's Vancouver campus will soon
become a haven for those in their last days of life - and a place
for faculty, medical residents and health professions students
to learn more about palliative care.
The land, across from the UBC Botanical Garden and Thunderbird
Stadium, will become home to the St. John Hospice, which will
provide end-of-life care for 14 patients at a time - and will be
the only free-standing academic hospice in Canada.
Ground was broken in May for the $4.5-million, two-storey wood
frame building, which is expected to be finished in the fall of 2013.
In addition to fully-furnished bedrooms with en suites, it will
provide communal living and dining space, a family room, a garden
courtyard and a quiet room for residents and their families.
Three rooms have been set aside for research, in addition to a
room for teaching, equipped with videoconferencing equipment.
The Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation raised
approximately $4.5 million for the project, including $3.5 million
in private donations from individuals and $1 million from the
Province of British Columbia.
UBC provided the land for the hospice and supported the
planning process, with two people - Stephen Owen, the former
Vice President for External, Legal and Community Relations,
and Professor David Hardwick, the Special Advisor to the Dean
for Space Planning and Utilization - playing key roles in moving
the project forward.
Vancouver Coastal Health will provide annual funding for
operations and will manage the facility.
"The foundation is delighted to see the project underway so that
we can meet the demand and serve those in need of palliative
care," says John Norton, chair of the Order of St. John Palliative
Care Foundation, which promotes, advocates for and provides
hospice palliative care throughout B.C. "St. John Hospice will
welcome people from all backgrounds, faiths and income levels."
Hospice staff, in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine,
will use the most up-to-date evidence from current research
to provide best practices in palliative care. New insights from
research conducted at the hospice will be disseminated to health
care providers around the province, helping to improve the quality
of many British Columbians' final days.
This hospice also will help teach future health professionals
about the special treatment and needs of those in palliative care.
While participation in research is optional for hospice residents,
most are eager to do what they can to improve palliative care
for others in the future.
"The St. John Hospice will provide a valuable venue for the
education and training of health professionals in palliative and
end-of-life care, which is rightly assuming a greater place in our
curriculum," says Gavin Stuart, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
and UBC's Vice Provost Health. "It will also provide significant new
opportunities for research by our faculty members, from multiple
disciplines and departments at UBC, who are eager to enhance
our knowledge of pain and symptom management, psychosocial
and spiritual care, determinants of quality of life, and grief and
bereavement therapies."
A rendering of the St. John Hospice, now under construction on
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JjTo promote the integration of anatomy within the
different years of the medical undergraduate curriculum,
with great emphasis on interprofessional settings.
J]To improve the health of residents who live in rural communities.
DIDYDDKNDW? I am passionate
by what is inside me but also by
what is above me. My undergrad
minor was astrophysics, and every
time I am outside the city my eyes
wander in the darkness to spot stars
and planets.On myannualvisitsto
Paris, my hometown, I always make
time for a stop at my favourite place
- the planetarium of Palais de la
Decouverte. If you give me a
madeleine with that, I will be
transported back to the early
mornings I spent as a teenager,
gazing at the fading stars.
EDDCATIDN: Licence in Cell Biology
and Physiology Universite Paris
VI Pierre et Marie Curie; master's
degree in Neurosciences, Universite
Lyon I Claude Bernard; magistere in
Biology-Biochemistry, Ecole Normale
Supeneure Paris-Ulm; Ph.D. in
Anatomy and Cell Biology UBC.
Department of Anatomy and Cell
Biology and Associate Member of
Centre for Medical Education and
Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
Memorial Prize, UBC; Edward
Squires Memorial Scholarship,
UBC; University Graduate Fellowship,
UBC; Honour Award-Studentship,
Ministere de I'Education Nationale
de I'EnseignementSuperieure et
de la Recherche (France).
"Through lifelong learning, I am constantly renewing my
passion for the human body and increasing my understanding
of it. Either on my own or during great discussions with
colleagues, I'm always challenging my own ideas with new
knowledge and integrating my expertise in anatomy with
new and upcoming imaging and surgical techniques.This in
turn helps me to develop new teaching strategies, and to
share my amazement for anatomy. Being an eternal learner
is also a great way for me to stay connected to my students.
It helps me understand how students learn within the ever-
evolving society, and enables me to use new and popular
technologies to help students more efficiently grasp the
complex organization of the human body. Anatomy is the
oldest form of science and art. From interprofessional
case-based learning to hands-on activities, I want to
share our oldest heritage and reinforce anatomy as
the cornerstone of every health care profession."
EDOCATION: Bachelor's degree
in environmentalstudies,Trent
University; bachelor of health sciences
degree in physical therapy, McMaster
University; master's degree in
rehabilitation sciences, UBC.
PREVIOOS POSITION: Physiotherapist,
Northern Health Authority.
DISTINCTIONS: Arthritis Health
Professions Association's Carolyn
Thomas Award; Physiotherapy
Association of B.C.'s Scientific Poster
Competition Award; UBC College
of Health Disciplines Celebrating
nterprofessional Research poster
competition 2nd place; UBC
Rehabilitation Medicine Alumn
Jane Hudson Scholarship; Canadian
Arthritis Network Research Trainee
Award; Physiotherapy Foundation
of Canada Dominion of Canada
General Insurance Scholarship.
DID Y00 KNOW? In 2008,1 competed
in the Yukon River Quest, a 750-km
canoe race, and finished 11th
overall in a time of 47 hours 23
minutesi Crazy, fun, exhausting,
and beautiful all rolled into onei
"Working as a physiotherapist in a number of rural community
hospitals in British Columbia, I came to appreciate first-hand
the complexity of rural health and the need to address the
recruitment and retention of rehabilitation professionals in rural
B.C. The expansion of physiotherapy training to northern and rural
B.C. through UBC's partnerships with the University of Northern
British Columbia and Northern Health presents an exciting
opportunity to influence practice education for physiotherapy
students, support the continuing education of practicing
physiotherapists, and ultimately to improve health services
in rural communities through recruitment, retention and the
linking of education to practice. In my current role as Coordinator
of Clinical Education, Northern and Rural Cohort, I have the
opportunity to contribute to the development of curriculum that
focuses on rural health issues and innovative programming to
expand placement capacity in rural communities." AGE: 34 POSITION: Assistant Professor,
Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine
EDOCATION: Bachelor's degree
(honors) in molecular genetics,
and MD with special training in
research, University of Alberta;
nternal medicine and medical
oncology residencies at UBC and
BC Cancer Agency; fellowship
in earlydrugdevelopmentand
gastrointestinal oncology, Princess
Margaret Hospital and University of
Toronto; master's of public health,
Harvard School of Public Health.
oncologist, B.C. Cancer Agency.
DISTINCTIONS: American Society
of Clinical Oncology Merit Award;
Novants Oncology Young Canadian
nvestigator Award; Canadian
Association of Medical Oncology
1st place abstract (2008 and 2009);
G.B.John Mancini Award for research
achievement during residency.
DIDY00KN0W? During marathons,
IVe stationed family members at
strategic points alongthe course
with mynutritionalsupplement
of choice - Oh Henry bars.
Authors: Karim Khan, Professor,
Department of Family Practice; Peter
Brukner, Associate Professor in Sports
Medicine, University of Melbourne.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
This new edition has over 200 new images and 13 new
chapters, including "Integrating evidence into clinical
practice," "Principles of activity promotion," and "Medical
emergencies in sport," and access to online video instruction.
It has 40 per cent new material over and above the award-
winning previous editions and its international reputation
is based on the clinical relevance and practical tips for
students and practitioners. It contains
contributions from 13 UBC faculty members
and UBC creative media artist Vicky Earle,
who has again added key visual elements.
This edition was one of only five finalists
in the 2012 British Medical Association
Book of the Year Awards.
Technology Enabled Knowledge
Translation for eHealth
"Most of the patients I see are diagnosed with cancer at an advanced
stage, and to make matters worse, gastrointestinal cancers are often
resistant to many of the traditional drugs available today. These diseases
are complex, difficult to treat, and many patients don't survive the first
year after diagnosis. We will collect our patients' treatment and tumour
samples to build a wealth of information. I intend to use this data, and
collaborate with the B.C. Cancer Agency's vast expertise in genome
sciences, to better understand, detect and treat gastrointestinal cancer
more effectively. Through an improved understanding of the genetic
changes of these cancers, along with the development of new targeted
drugs, we aim to develop improved treatment strategies and increase
survival for patients with these cancers."
Editors and contributing authors: Kendall
Ho, Professor, Department of Emergency
Medicine and Director, eHealth Strategy
Office; Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Assistant
Professor, Department of Surgery and
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development;
Helen Novak-Lauscher, Assistant Director, Research,
eHealth Strategy Office; Jennifer Cordeiro, Senior Researcher,
eHealth Strategy Office; Richard Scott, Associate Professor,
University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. Publisher: Springer
Technology-enabled knowledge translation (TEKT) is opening
up numerous arenas for improving access to care, upgrading
quality of care, advancing health education and reducing health
inequities. This book surveys the major TEKT projects and their
potential contributions, in areas such as bioinformatics, youth
e-mentoring and electronic communities of practice. It updates
technological concepts in training, record-keeping and quality
control; provides extended examples of virtual collaboration;
exploresTEKS as a means of improving
health outcomes in disadvantaged
populations; demonstrates applications
of social media in qualitative research;
reports on TEKT projects in Mexico, China
and Brazil; and applies TEKT at the
policy level. 16     UBC MEDICINE
Despite the doubling of UBC's Physical Therapy enrolment over
the past five years, British Columbia continues to grapple with
a shortage of physiotherapists.
At any one time, the province has 100 to 200 openings, according
to the Physiotherapy Association of B.C. And as retirements in the
field accelerate, that shortage won't abate anytime soon.
But B.C. does have another resource to draw on - its ability to
attract immigrants from abroad.
Internationally-educated physiotherapists (lEPs), if they have the
proper credentials, must undergo a national written and clinical
competency examination before being allowed to practice in B.C.
But lEPs have a significantly lower pass rate on both exams than
those educated in Canada.
The Department of Physical Therapy, with initial development
funds from the province, is helping to close that gap.
Under the leadership of Alison Greig, Associate Head of
the Master's of Physical Therapy Program, UBC has rolled out
an exam preparation program, perhaps the only one of its kind in
Canada. It combines online documents (including practice exams)
and interactive, multimedia "virtual patient cases" with in-class
discussions and workshops on campus.
At least 32 lEPs are accepted each year into the written exam
preparation program, and at least 20 students a year for the
clinical exam preparation program. Much of the program is
available online, enabling would-be immigrants to prepare for the
first, written stage of the exam before even moving to Canada.
"This program was really developed to assist people through
the exam process - physiotherapists who have the academic
qualifications and adequate preparation, but who may be
challenged by the type of exam process Canada has in place,"
Dr. Greig says. "There are some people who have never taken
an objective structured clinical examination before. This program
identifies their possible weaknesses, and points out where
they might need to brush up."
Since the program began in 2008, 79 students have completed
the written program, with 66 per cent passing the exam, and
94 have completed the practical program, with 84 per cent
passing. In all, the program can claim credit for helping 71
new physiotherapists now working in B.C.
The program's 23 virtual patient cases harness the power of
technology to help lEPs understand the clinical management
expected of a physiotherapist in Canada. They are walked
through clinically authentic scenarios, including a 32-year-old
man recuperating from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, and
a 65-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis who has suffered
several fall-related fractures. As they view photographs and
documents and listen to audio, students are asked questions
that assess their clinical reasoning skills, before moving on
to the next step.
"With the online cases, I could see how a Canadian physiotherapist
would think," says Paula Portnoi, who moved to Vancouver from
Sao Paulo, Brazil this year.
The program's development was supported bythe Ministry
of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and has since moved to a
cost-recovery model, with participants paying $1,250 for the
written program, and $1,750 for the clinical program.
The program also has appeal for physiotherapists trained in
Canada, whether they are students preparing to take the exams
for the first time, or Canadian physiotherapists who need help
to maintain their licensure through the College of Physical
Therapy of B.C.'s continual competency assessment process.
Helen Uittenbosch of Abbotsford, who worked as a
physiotherapist in Hamilton for 1 5 years before exiting the
profession to raise four children, enrolled in the IEP program so
she could brush up on her knowledge and skills and re-gain her
certification. Without it, she would have had no guidance beyond
the reams of facts contained in her pile of thick textbooks.
The virtual cases, she said, "helped bring a lot of things together,
because I hadn't seen patients for a longtime. Just reading out of
a textbook, it all seemed a little overwhelming. But when you see
a virtual patient and someone interacting with them, I realized,
'I can do this. I've done this before.'"
Facing page: Internationally educated physiotherapists and their
instructors during a recent clinical skills lab. photo credit: don erhardt  FORGING CLOSE
The Faculty of Medicine now has 24 agreements with
international institutions in 11 countries, but the country
that looms largest among all - accounting for half of
those partnerships - is China.
he Facultys emphasis on China reflects that countrys
prominence in UBCs international strategic plan, which calls
for increasing the intensity of connections with top Chinese
universities and increasing the number of China Scholarship
Council students - considered to be the country's most
promising graduate and post-doctoral students - at UBC.
But beyond that institutional imperative, academic medicine in
China provides numerous opportunities to enhance the Faculty':
activities, and the Faculty has an array of expertise that is provir
useful to China's researchers and health system manager?   ■
"The world is changing - research is international," says   '
Weihong Song, a Professor of Psychiatry and Special Advis
to the UBC President on China. "You need to seek out what
you don't have, because disease is disease - irrespective of
borders, political systems or cultures."
The activity has gained inten:
Gavin Stuart, Dean of the Fa>
\rost Health
ig three agn
auring a singia
ncluding comprehensive agreements at Fudan Universr
=>nH Peking University Health Sciences Centre, covering
arch, education and stud'
**A* Left: GeoffCundiff, Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, signs a memorandum of understanding in February 2012 with the Women's Hospital
School of Medicine ofZhejiang University in Hangzhou. Right: Associate Professor Maureen O'Donnell (kneeling) helping to assess a child with cerebral palsy
at Guangzhou Women's and Children's Medical Centre in 2011.
On that trip, Dr. Stuart and others also visited the World Health
Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Education and
Health Promotion in Shanghai, to nurture the Faculty's ongoing
efforts with that organization in the areas of health promotion,
public education and e-health, and the Shanghai Pudong New
Area Health Bureau, which the Faculty will assist with short-
term training of primary care and public health professionals.
The agreements typically encompass exchanges of students,
post-doctoral fellows and faculty members; exchanges of
scholarly information, including research papers, indices
and books; and joint meetings and reciprocal invitations to
scholarly and technical meetings at each other's institutions.
Usually the agreements are high-level, and lead to more
specific agreements in particular fields.
The Faculty's projects in or with China include:
> A massive birth cohort study targeting 100,000 pregnant
women and their newborns in Guangzhou. UBC researchers,
led by Charles Larson,a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics,
are helping to manage and design the Guangzhou-funded
investigation, which will test specific hypotheses about the
interplay of genetics and environment in causing several
serious diseases.The large sample size will enable the study
to make firm conclusions about relatively uncommon
diseases or infrequent exposures.
> A collaborative research endeavor in reproductive medicine
with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. Peter Leung, a
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, has been working
with Hefeng Huang, president of Women's Hospital School of
Medicine ofZhejiang University, in biomedical research and
has provided co-supervision of graduate students and residents
in reproductive endocrinology for several years. Robert Liston,
during his term as Head of the department, participated in an
academic exchange visit, facilitated exchange visits among
faculty members and encouraged further shared research
initiatives. Geoff Cundiff, the current Department Head,
has advanced this collaboration to include clinical
education exchanges for students and faculty members.
> The Canada-China Joint Centre for Translational Medical
Research in Child Development and Alzheimer's Disease,
led by Dr. Song and Chongqing Medical University, which
boasts a 2,000-bed children's hospital.The centre provides a
platform for faculty and student exchange, collaborations on
medical education and resident training, joint graduate student
training, and joint research projects, including one that focuses
on the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease,
in the search for early diagnostic markers and novel targets
for dementia drugs.
> Atraining program for clinical staff in the diagnosis and
treatment of children with cerebral palsy and epilepsy in
Guangzhou, with the aim of bringing greater clinical expertise
to the city's non-specialized hospitals. Led by Dr. Larson,
Clinical Associate Professor Mary Connolly and Associate
Professor Maureen O'Donnell,the program - funded bythe
Fu Tak lam Foundation and an anonymous donor - brings
Guangzhou health professionals to BC Children's Hospital,
and has sent teams of Canadian and international trainers
to Guangzhou Women's and Children's Medical Centre.
Related goals include improving Guangzhou's information
systems for better follow-up of such patients, and developing
ways for more affordably providing specialized equipment.
> A public, bi-national forum in Guangzhou in March that
explored diabetes prevention and management through
the lenses of Western and Eastern medicine.The Canadian
delegation included Kendall Ho, a Professor in the Department
of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Faculty of Medicine's
eHealth Strategy Office, and KwangYang.a Clinical Assistant
Professor in the Department of Family Practice and founder and
president of the Canadian Health Awareness Society. The event,
sponsored by Health Canada through its International Health
Grants program, drew 1 50 people.
L - R: Bob Armstrong, former Head of the Department of Pediatrics, Clinical
Professor Charles Larson and Zhibin Li, a neurologist at Guangzhou Women's
and Children's Medical Centre, discuss the roll-out of trai ni ng programs in non-
specialized, regional hospitals of Guangzhou city and Guangdong province. L- R:Peter Black, photo courtesy of vch research institute, Mehdi Moradi. photo credit: brian kladko
Jason Ko, president of Richmond-based Viva Pharmaceutical
Inc., knows the value of research and development. He has
also come to appreciate, as a patient, the expertise of
UBC's Department of Urologic Sciences.
So when he decided to direct some of the profits from his
natural health products company to philanthropy, it wasn't
difficult for him to identify the department's research
activities as a worthy cause.
His company donated $1 million to the Faculty of Medicine for
three key areas: robotic research, bladder cancer and stones.
"Our company is firmly committed to research and development
to make sure we meet the needs of our customers," Ko says.
"I personally benefitted from British Columbia's high-quality
urology care, and wanted to show my appreciation by giving
back to the research enterprise that was there for me when
I needed it."
Assistant Professors Chris Nguan, Peter Black and DirkLange
are among the clinical and research scientists whose work
will benefit from this boost in funding. Dr. Nguan, working in
the clinic, is developing novel robotic technologies to improve
kidney surgery. In the laboratory, Dr. Black is investigating gene
expression and signalling pathways in bladder cancer, while
Dr. Lange is exploring the role of bacteria in causing and treating
urologic disease, particularly recurrent kidney stone disease.
"External funding is critical to our success," says
Larry Goldenberg, Professor and Head of the Department
of Urologic Sciences. "It fuels our research, builds B.C.'s vibrant
biotechnology sector, and most importantly, ensures our
community receives the very best care for urological disorders."
To support urologic sciences, please contact Sarah Roth
at 604.8270569.
By pooling their generosity into a $300,000 donation, a trio of
B.C. men have enabled two seemingly disparate parts of UBC
to jointly recruit a promising biomedical engineering scientist.
Mehdi Moradi, a specialist in imaging technologies, was hired
by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
using the donation to the Department of Urologic Sciences.
"This donation is a win-win-win situation - for the two faculties
and for B.C. men," says Larry Goldenberg, Professor and
Head of the Department of Urologic Sciences and Director of
Development at the Vancouver Prostate Centre. "If it weren't
for partnerships within UBC and support from the community,
these kinds of collaborations would remain beyond our reach."
Teaming up with scientists in the two departments and the
Vancouver Prostate Centre, Dr. Moradi is working on a method
that combines magnetic resonance, ultrasound and genetic
analysis to allow for more targeted prostate cancer treatment.
Since starting at UBC in May 201 2, Dr. Moradi has already
published a journal article on creating cancer "probability
maps" from magnetic resonance imaging for better detection
and grading of prostate tumours.
The goal is to integrate these diagnostic and prognostic maps
with the field of view surgeons see during robotic surgery of
the prostate gland.
"My goal is for surgeons to see the radiological and genetic
signatures of prostate cancer so they have a patient-specific
plan before they decide to proceed with invasive, life-changing
surgery," says Dr. Moradi, who was lured back to UBC from
Harvard University. "The technologies I apply to prostate
cancer are constantly evolving, but my goal remains the
same - improving the quality of life for men with this disease."
To support urologic sciences, please contact Sarah Roth
at 604.827.0569. UBC MEDICINE    21
L - R: Eleanor Reimer, a Clinical Professor in the Department of
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Dagmar
Moulton, a resident and trainee of the Branch for International
Surgery, prepare a Ugandan child for surgery.
Rick Hodes tends to some of the most deformed, sick and
destitute people on the planet. Over the course of more than
20 years of living in Ethiopia, he has treated people suffering
from heart disease, cancer, scoliosis and tuberculosis of the
spine, helping thousands of them live longer and better lives.
Now, thanks to the initiative of Vancouver philanthropists
Garyand NanciSegal, more medical residents in the Faculty
of Medicine's Branch for International Surgery will be able to
emulate Dr. Hodes' global commitment.
After witnessing his extraordinary work in Ethiopia, the Segals
organized "An Evening to Bring Back Hope," a gala fundraiser
held in Dr. Hodes' honour in April.
"The more we got to know Rick, the more we wanted to introduce
his inspiring story to others, and engage new and wider support
for his life-saving work," Gary Segal says. "We believe a local
academic connection with the UBC Faculty of Medicine will
multiply his contributions, by introducing new knowledge and
new physicians to the practice of international surgery."
Of the event's proceeds, $180,000 was directed to the Branch,
led by its founder and director, Clinical Associate Professor
Robert H.Taylor. The infusion of funding will enable the Branch
to develop two new postgraduate courses focused on surgical
care for global disability and humanitarian disaster response,
explore sustainable partnerships with Ethiopian surgical teaching
institutions, and offer scholarships for surgical residents to
conduct academically rigorous clinical research in Ethiopia
with Dr. Hodes.
"Our deepened partnership with Dr. Hodes will enrich training
and research opportunities for our residents," Dr.Taylor says.
"Together, we will prepare tomorrow's global health leaders
to continue delivering life-changing surgical care for the
poor and marginalized in Ethiopia and around the world."
To support global health, please contact Laura Ralph
at 778.994.8941.
Twenty-five years after Kar/'m Damji volunteered in a clinic in
a poor mountain village of Sierra Leone, the ophthalmologist
and frequent international volunteer is leading the Class of
1987 to establish the Faculty of Medicine's first global health
travel award.
Dr. Damji, his classmates and friends have donated more than
$49,000 to endow the Travel Award in Global Health, which
will help cover travel costs of fourth-year medical students
participating in global health electives.
"When it came up to our 25th anniversary, I thought it was time
to give back," Dr. Damji says. "Students need financial support
to avail themselves of global health encounters and opportunities.
For me, it's all about the ethic of global citizenship, of sharing,
caring and learning, and passing it on to the next generation.
It's part of who I am as an Ismaili muslim."
"The award will recognize students who dedicate a great deal
of their own time to organizing global health projects, conducting
research, advocating for low-resource and vulnerable populations
and fund-raising for project-related costs," says Videsh Kapoor,
an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Division of
Global Health. "These students are contributing to and impacting
how UBC engages in global health, while empowering communities
to address issues that affect their health outcomes."
Hillary Quinn, a family
medicine resident who
traveled to rural India in both
her second and fourth years
of medical school at UBC,
says the travel award will
encourage more students to
get involved in global health.
Karim Damji in 1985, during one of his
volunteer efforts as a medical student
in Sierra Leone.
"I spent time in India before
medical school, and by going
back, I was able to stay
inspired," says Dr. Quinn, who graduated this spring. "I needed to
see how my skills could bring about clear and apparent change."
To support the Travel Award in Global Health, please contact
Laura Ralph at 778.994.8941. Oscar Benavente photo credit: martin dee
When blood flow to the brain is interrupted or blood vessels in
the brain rupture, neurons start dying within minutes. By then,
the damage of stroke is already done. The best way to protect
people from the suffering and decline that follow is to prevent
it from happening at all.
That basic truth spurred the Heart and Stroke Foundation to
donate $500,000 to the Faculty of Medicine to create a clinical
trials unit for stroke prevention and recovery in the Djavad
Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, now under construction
on the Vancouver campus.
"The stroke clinical trials unit will quickly turn good ideas from
research into prevention strategies that people and clinicians
can use," says Diego Marchese, Chief Executive Officer,
BC & Yukon, of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A long-time supporter of the Brain Research Center, the
Foundation has funded a chair held by Professor Yu Tian Wang,
who focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of stroke, and
a professorship held by Philip Teal, a Clinical Professor who
specializes in acute stroke.
The clinic will build on the work already being done by UBC
clinician-scientists on the warning signs of stroke and innovative
approaches to rehabilitation.The unit will create a coordinated
hub for designing, conducting and analyzing clinical trials,
and trainingjunior investigators.
"The Foundation's renewed commitment to stroke research
at UBC will expand our capacity in prevention and recovery,"
says Neurology Professor Oscar Benavente, Research Director
of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Health Program of Vancouver
Coastal Health. "Approaching stroke from all angles will protect
more people and families from its devastating effects."
To support stroke research, please contact Fatima Hassarn
at 604.822.8079.
Bayer Inc. is providing financial support to the Faculty of
Medicine to expand research into bleeding disorders and to
foster greater sharing of hematology knowledge among basic
and clinical scientists.
The $750,000 commitment will enable the creation of the
UBC Bleeding Disorders Collaboratory comprised of a pediatric
section based at BC Children's Hospital, an adult section at
St. Paul's Hospital and a Centre for Blood Research (CBR)
section on UBC's Vancouver campus.
"Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia can mean significant
limitations on a child's ability to take part in the everyday
things most children take for granted - like playing with friends
or family," says Doug Grant, Senior Vice President, Corporate
Affairs, Bayer Inc. "Long-term effects can restrict adult patients'
abilities to lead active, healthy lives. With patients of all ages
in mind, we're especially proud to support the UBC Bleeding
Disorders Collaboratory."
The pediatric section plans to investigate such areas as rare
inherited bleeding disorders, the transition of older pediatric
patients to adult care, and improving vascular access for
infants.The adult section will focus on research into orthopaedic
physiotherapy, novel use of technology to individualize patient
care, and a pilot program to care for aging bleeding disorder
patients.The CBR section will fund summer studentships,
expanded slots for graduate students and post-graduate fellows,
Vancouver-wide theme meetings and international seminars.
"The UBC Bleeding Disorders Collaboratory will help integrate
pediatric and adult care, expand research at clinical sites,
and foster more intensive networking among basic scientists
and clinical scientists," says Howard Feldman, the Faculty of
Medicine's Executive Associate Dean, Research. "Bayer Inc.'s
support will yield tremendous improvements in our ability
to treat people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders."
To support blood research, please contact Stephanie Huehn
at 604.218.0275.
L - R: Shannon Jackson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology;
Shiera Stuart, Manager, Government Affairs, Bayer Inc.; Ed Conway, Professor
in the Division of Hematology and Director, Centre for Blood Research; Doug
Grant, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Bayer Inc.; Sarah Mink,
Business Relations Manager, Bayer Inc.; Jan North, Scientific Affairs Liaison,
Bayer Inc.; John Wu, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics. A NEED EXPRESSED,
When it came time to expose their students to the latest
technology, the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences used
to improvise - borrowing equipment from speech clinics around
Vancouver or sending students out to the clinics for practice.
Now, they will have that sensory and imaging equipment
- in their own, on-campus laboratory.
The Rotary Hearing Foundation of the Rotary Club of Vancouver
has donated $132,700 to the School to purchase state-of-the-art
equipment used by speech language pathologists to diagnose
and treat speech and voice disorders. Located in the Clinical
Speech Technology Teaching Laboratory, which will be named in
honour of the foundation, the equipment can be easily accessed
by students for practice, projects and research.
"Frequent, in-depth practice with the profession's advanced
equipment is essential," says Valter Ciocca, Professor and
Director of the School. "Students need every opportunityto hone
their skills as they prepare to effectively care for their patients."
L - R: Students Allison Mackey and Moko Chen, using a video otoscope.
Ultrasound, video imaging and acoustic analysis tools help clients
visualize their progress, which is particularly important for people
who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and who are unable to hear changes
in their own speech. Ultrasound, for example, shows patients an
image of their own tongue position, and of the tongue position they
are trying to emulate, to help them produce the desired sound.
"The hard-of-hearing benefit greatly from innovative speech
therapy techniques," says Jack Zaleski, President of the Rotary
Hearing Foundation. "Our investment in BC's future speech language
pathologists will go a long way toward helping people who would
otherwise face difficulty expressing themselves all their lives."
To support the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences,
please contact Stephanie Huehn at 604.218.0275.
The VanderHoek family of Langley took a day off work and
school in September to present cheques totalling $32,013
to the Faculty of Medicine for diabetes research.
The gift was the product of a family fund-raising project inspired
by its youngest member, 10-year-old Paige, who suffers from
Type 1 diabetes. "Diabetes affects our whole family," Bryan, the
father, says. "It's Paige's disease, but we all live with it and help
her manage it."
Each member of the family pitched in with the fund-raising.
Bryan and his wife, Christie, organized three golf tournaments
with the help of their children, Tyler, 18, Joel, 1 6, Lucas, 14 and
Paige. Some of the proceeds sponsored Tyler to undertake two
fund-raising cycling trips across B.C. - Cyclebetes and CYCLE4:
What Matters.
"I went for it to help my sister,"Tyler says.
The children made up for the day off school with a different type of
science class. They toured the diabetes research laboratory in the
Life Sciences Institute with post-doctoral fellow Jennifer Bruin,
a member of the research team led by Professor Timothy Kieffer.
(See article on Dr. Kieffer's recent discovery on p. 10.)
"I like what we're doing together," says Paige, who was diagnosed
at age 5. "It makes me happy."
To support diabetes research, please contact Leanne Denis
at 604.803.7633.
A resident of Kelowna for 20 years, Lillian Halberg has donated
$50,000 to the Faculty of Medicine to create a new bursary for
students in any year of the Southern Medical Program.
The need for her community to attract and retain new doctors
inspired her to help local students in the newest site of the
distributed MD undergraduate program. Knowing that many
students incur substantial debt while in medical school,
she wanted to help ease the burden.
The Lillian Halberg Southern Medical Program Bursary will
support two $5,000 bursaries for five years.
The second, 32-member class of the Southern Medical Program
started classes in September.
To support the Southern Medical Program, please contact
Adrienne Skinner at 250.807 9924. 24     UBC MEDICINE
Seven doctoral students in
the UBC Faculty of Medicine
have received Vanier Canada
Graduate Scholarships from
the Government of Canada:
Anna Chudyk,
Experimental Medicine
David Knapp,
Experimental Medicine
Gareth Mercer, MD/PhD
Julia Pon, MD/PhD
Mali Poormasjedimeibod,
Experimental Medicine
Jacob Rozmus, Pathology
& Laboratory Medicine
YichengXie, Neuroscience
Vanier scholars receive $50,000
annually for up to three years
to support their graduate
studies, and are selected
through a competitive process
administered by Canada's
three research granting
councils, including the Canadian
nstitutes of Health Research.
Two members of the Faculty of
Medicine - afaculty member
and a student - received Women
of Distinction Awards from the
YWCA of Metro Vancouver.
Dianne Miller, an
Associate Professor
in the Department
of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, was
recognized in the Science,
Research and Innovation
category for her work battling
ovarian cancer, and for her role in
creating the B.C. Ovarian Cancer
Research initiative (OvCaRe).
f^jk        Alison Lee, an M D
student (Class of
2013) and this
*      year's "Young
■V       J    Woman of
Distinction," has organized
more than 1 20 international
exchange opportunities for
Canadian medical students,
volunteers as an oncology
research assistant and at
Canuck Place Children's Hospice,
and co-founded the Learning
Buddies Network, which pairs
struggling readers and math
students with high-school or
university reading"buddies."
Peter von Dadelszen, a
Professor in the Department
of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
received the 201 2 Knowledge
Translation Award from the
Canadian Institutes of
Health Research.
A world authority on diagnosing
and treating pre-eclampsia,
he has received $7 million
from the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation to test a battery of
new strategies for monitoring,
preventing and treatingthe
condition in the developing
world.The project is unfolding
in 11 countries in Africa,
South Asia, Asia-Oceania
and Latin America.
Aboriginal eMentoring BC
received the J.W. McConnell
Family Foundation Award as the
top entry for post-secondary
education in the Changemakers
initiative: InspiringApproaches
to First Nations, Metis and Inuit
Learning competition.
Led by Sandra
Assistant Professor
in the Department
of Surgery and
Associate Director of the
eHealth Strategy Office,
eMentoring connects Aboriginal
youth in grades 7 through 1 2
with post-secondary health
science students in
nstitutions across B.C.
Philip Hieter, a
I-fc%^    Professor in the
Department of
Medical Genetics,
has been elected
to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Hieter studies the molecular
genetics of proteins that are
required for proper transmission
of chromosomes during cell
division, with the goal of
relating his work in yeast
to human cancer.
Two Faculty of Medicine
members received awards from
Life Sciences British Columbia:
Neil Cashman,
Professor in the
Division of Neurology
and a Canada
Research Chair in
Neurodegeneration and Protein
Misfolding Diseases, received
the Genome BC Award for
Scientific Excellence.
Bruce McManus,
b.4^rW       Professor in the
Department of
Pathology &
Medicine, the former Director
of the UBC James Hogg Research
Centre at St. Paul's Hospital,
Co-Director of the Institute
for Heart + Lung Health, and
Director of the NCE CECR Centre
of Excellence for Prevention of
Organ Failure (PROOF Centre),
received the 201 2 Milton Wong
Leadership Award.
Natalie Strynadka,
Professor in the
Department of
Biochemistry &
Molecular Biology,
received a Senior International
Research Scholar award from
the Howard Hughes Medical
Dr. Strynadka studies the
molecular details and function
of membrane protein assemblies
that play key roles in antibiotic
resistance and bacterial
pathogenicity. Her goal is to use
this information to guide design
of novel antibiotics and vaccines
to treat bacterial infections.
Sam Sheps,
Professor in the
School of Population
and Public Health
and the Director
of the School's MSc and PhD
programs, received the 2011
George Elliot Award for lifetime
contribution to public health
in B.C.
Danuta Skowronski, Clinical
Professor in the School of
Population and Public Health
and a Physician Epidemiologist
at B.C. Centre for Disease
Control, received the 2011
James M. Robinson Award
for significant contributions
to public health. 2012 FACULTY OF
Shafik Dharamsi, an Assistant
Professor in the Department of
Family Practice, has received
the Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies Visiting
Scholar Abroad Award.
Dr. Dharamsi will work with
medical faculty at Nepal's
Patan Academy of Health
Sciences, which focuses on
the health of socioeconomically
vulnerable citizens in rural
areas who have little or no
access to care.
Three faculty members have
received Awards of Excellence
in Medical Practice from the
College of Physicians and
Surgeons of British Columbia:
Clive P. Duncan, Professor in
the Department of Orthopaedics
Gary Jackson, Clinical Instructor
in the Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology
Dianne Miller, Associate
Professor in the Department
of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
j0**K,       Two members of
"\     the Child & Family
Research Institute ■
David Speert,
^L   ^h    a Professor in the
Department of
Pediatrics, and Jan Friedman,
a Professor in the Department
of Medical Genetics - have
received the Distinguished
Medical Research Lecturer
Awards from the Faculty
of Medicine.
Dr. Speert's research focuses
on the innate immune system
and the control of inflammation
in health and disease.
Dr. Friedman's research has
led to seminal advances
in improving the diagnosis
of neurofibromatosis by
enumerating the complex
and variable spectrum of
its clinical features.
Six faculty members were
elected Fellows by the Canadian
Academy of Health Sciences
this year:
Jan Friedman,
Professor in the
Department of
Medical Genetics
and Acting Associate
Dean, Research, Children &
Family Research Institute
William Honer, Professor
and Head of the Department
of Psychiatry and Director of
the Institute of Mental Health
Andrei Krassioukov, Professor
in the Division of Rehabilitation
Christian Naus, Professor
in the Department of Cellular
& Physiological Sciences and
Director of the Life Sciences
Weihong Song, Professor in
the Department of Psychiatry
Eric Yoshida, Professor
and Head of the Division of
Gastroenterology at UBC and
Vancouver General Hospital
Bill and Marilyn Webber
Lifetime Achievement Award:
MaxCynader, Professor
n the Department of
Ophthalmology & Visual
Sciences and Director
of the Brain Research
Centre and the Djavad
MaxCynader      Mowafaghian Centre
for Brain Health
Awards for Excellence in
Mentoring Early Career Faculty:
Aslam Anis, Professor in
the School of Population
and Public Health and
Director of the Centre
for Health Evaluation
& Outcome Sciences
Aslam Anis
George A. Mackie, Professor in
the Department of Biochemistry
& Molecular Biology
MiekeKoehoorn, Associate Professor
n the School of Population and
Public Health
Clinical Faculty Award for Career
Excellence in Clinical Teaching:
Louis Wadsworth, Clinical Professor
Emeritus in the Department of Pathology
& Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence
in Clinical Teaching:
Edmond Chan, Clinical Assistant
Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
Joseph Lam, Clinical Assistant Professor
n the Department of Pediatrics
Andrew TraWos, Clinical Associate
Professor in the Department
of Medicine
Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence
in Community Practice Teaching:
Warwick Evans, Clinical Instructor in the
Department of Surgery, Northern Medical
Michael Kenyon, Clinical Instructor in the
Department of Medicine, Island Medical
William MacEwan, Clinical Associate
Professor in the Department of
Psychiatry, Vancouver Fraser Medical
Andrew McLaren, Clinical Instructor in
the Department of Family Practice,
sland Medical Program
Distinguished Service
to CME-CPD Award:
G.B. John Mancini, Professor
n the Department of Medicine
Innovation in CME-CPD Award:
Rivian Weinerman, Clinical Associate
Professor in the Department of
UBC Killam Teaching Prizes:
Karen Bartlett, Professor in the
School of Population & Public Health
GaryBrayer, Professor in the Department
of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Steven Jones, Professor
n the Department of
Medical Genetics
Sue Murphy
Kevin Eva
Sue Murphy, Senior
Instructor in the
Department of
Physical Therapy
Applegarth Staff Service Award:
Cheryl Niamath, Administrative
Manager at iCORD
Joanne Wouterse, BMLSc Program
Assistant in the Department of
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Excellence in Education:
Jehannine Austin,
Assistant Professor
in the Department
of Psychiatry
Kevin Eva, Associate
Professor in the
Department of Medicine
Excellence in Basic Science Research:
Michael Kobor, Associate Professor in
the Department of Medical Genetics
Richard Harrigan, Associate Professor
in the Department of Medicine
Excellence in Clinical or
Applied Research:
John Mark Ansermino, Associate
Professor in the Department of
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology
Stuart Peacock, Associate Professor
in the School of Population and
Award for Service to the University
and Community:
Kendall Ho, Associate Professor in the
Department of Emergency Medicine and
Director of the eHealth Strategy Office
MiekeKoehoorn, Associate Professor
in the School of Population and
Award for Overall Excellence:
Michael Brauer, Professor in the School
of Population and Public Health
Janice Eng, Professor in the Department
of Physical Therapy
Award for Outstanding Contributions
by a Senior Faculty Member:
PieterCullis, Professor in the
Department of Biochemistry
Marco Marra, Professor in the
Department of Medical Genetics
Clive Duncan, Professor in the
Department of Orthopaedics L - R: Aboriginal MD students Todd Alec, Nathan Teegee and Lara Deroches. photo credit: don erhardt
A decade ago, the Faculty of Medicine had just two Aboriginal
students in its MD undergraduate program. When the newest crop
of first-year students matriculated in August, there were 30.
That growth didn't just happen on its own. It was the result of
a sustained effort that succeeded beyond the expectations of
its creators.
Through a set of programs that cultivated interest in medical
careers among First Nations students and walked them through
the process of becoming medical students, the Faculty is well
on its way toward hitting the goal of graduating 50 Aboriginal
students by 2014 - six years ahead of its own schedule.
Right now, the total is 35.
Last year's contingent of a dozen Aboriginal MD graduates
was not only a high-water mark for the Faculty, but the highest
number of graduates among Canada's 1 6 medical schools.
The Faculty's success in Aboriginal admissions was celebrated
this fall with a traditional celebration feast at the UBC Longhouse,
an event that included Coast Salish dancers, Metis musicians and
a salmon feast.
But instead of declaring "mission accomplished," the Faculty of
Medicine and UBC are now looking for ways to raise the bar higher.
A university-wide working group is exploring strategies to
support more developments in this area, including increasing
representation of Aboriginal students in other health professional
programs, supporting training of all UBC health professional
students in working effectively and respectfully with Aboriginal
peoples, and focusing research on issues of importance to
Aboriginal communities.
The effort is led by Martin Schechter, Professor and former
Director of the School of Population and Public Health; Kamal
Rungta, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Advisor
to the Executive Associate Dean, Education; and Line Kesler,
an Associate Professor in the First Nations Studies Program
and Senior Advisor to the UBC President on Aboriginal Affairs.
The dividends of such an investment are not hard to see.
More aboriginal students in health professions programs will
likely translate into more health professionals working in, or closely
with, Aboriginal communities. Already, there are examples that give
reason for hope, such as Jennifer Parker, a Cree Metis member of
the Northern Medical Program's first class, who is now caring for
several Aboriginal patients as a family practitioner in Fort St. John.
"We want to give back
to our community."
Todd Alec
Aboriginal first-year MD student
And there are more to follow. Nathan Teegee, of the Takla Lake
First Nation, and Todd Alec, of the Nak'azdli First Nation, may have
just begun their medical education, but both of them - friends from
their days at Prince George Secondary School - are fairly certain
they will return to the region where they were raised.
"There is a real need for Aboriginal doctors in those communities,
because they need people who understand the culture," Alec says.
"We want to give back to our community."
Although they were determined to go to medical school since
their high school days, the Faculty's outreach program, they say,
ensured that they didn't lose interest - or hope.
"It just solidified what we wanted to do,"Teegee says, "and
clarified what we had to do to get here."  V1EDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
BOARD 2012-2013
Jack Burak, MD 76
Bob Cheyne, MD 77
Marshall Dahl, MD'86
Harvey Lui, MD'86
Island Medical Representative
Ian Courtice, MD'84
Northern Medical Representative
Donald MacRitchie, MD'70
Southern Medical Representative
TomKinahan, MD'84
Michael Golbey, MD '80
Newsletter Editor
Beverley Tamboline, MD'60
Admissions Selection Committee
Jim Cupples, MD'81
Admissions Policy Committee
David W.Jones, MD'70
Bruce Fleming, MD'78
Ron Warneboldt, MD'75
Nick Carr, MD'83
MarkSchonfeld, MD72
Arun Garg, MD'77
David Hardwick, MD'57
Charles Slonecker, DDS, PhD (Hon.]
Ex-Officio Members
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Gavin Stuart (Hon.]
Faculty Representative
Barbara Fitzgerald, MD '85
MUS Representative
Elisa Kharrazi, MD'15
Alumni Relations Director
Anne Campbell-Stone
Alumni Relations Officer
Kira Peterson
To support the Faculty of Medicine and its
programs directly and through advocacy
with the public and government;
To ensure open communication among
alumni and between the alumni and the
Faculty of Medicine;
To encourage and support medical students
and residents and their activities;
To organize and foster academic and social
activities for the alumni.
The Medical Alumni News is published
semi-annually and this edition was
produced bythe UBC Faculty of Medicine.
We welcome your suggestions, ideas and
opinions. Please send comments, articles
and letters to:
Beverley Tamboline, MD '60
Alumni Affairs Faculty of Medicine
2750 Heather Street
Vancouver, BCV5Z3M 2
Ph: 604875 4111 ext. 67741
Fax: 604 875 5778
It is an honour to serve
as your Medical Alumni
Association President for
the next two years. I would
like to thank Dr. Marshall
Dahl, Past President, and
the Board and staff for their
support and mentorship.
As I reflect on my first message
to my Alumni colleagues it is
with gratitude that I connect
to my own roots with the
UBC Faculty of Medicine from
which I graduated 36 years
ago. Like most, if not all of us,
the challenges of completing
medical school, applying for a
residency position, completing
our national examinations
and starting a medical practice
consumed our energy and time.
Our family journey complete
with juggling schedules for
our loved ones, raising our
children and assisting with and
supporting them in their school
and extracurricular activities
occupied what little remaining
time we had.
We become fully engaged and
absorbed with our individual
striving to be happy creative,
balanced within ourselves
and committed to our patients
and medical practice. As a
consequence, we lose track
of our greater community of
life, including our connection
with our medical school
classmates, teachers, mentors
and our medical school. In
short, we become isolated and
disconnected from our roots.
With time, the chance to
reflect and look back on our
professional careers, and the
sense of maturity that naturally
comes with age, some of us
have rediscovered the joy of
connecting with our UBC
medical school again. We've
become re-engaged with
medical students, residents,
colleagues in practice and the
University. We've reconnected
to the larger community which
shaped our medical careers and
we have rekindled the joy of
becoming mentors and giving
back to our noble profession.
I marvel at how our medical
students and residents utilize
our Medical Student and
Alumni Centre (MSAC) at
West 12th and Heather Street
— for study, videoconferencing
with classmates in other parts
of B.C., exercising in the
gym, socializing over pizza
with friends, participating in
an endless array of organized
events or just simply hanging
out. This is their community
and it is also ours, as alumni.
MSAC serves as a venue
for all of us.
During the next two years,
my challenge is to engage
students, faculty and
community alumni in the
broader medical community
which is filled with the ripeness
of knowledge, experience,
camaraderie, and the willingness
and eagerness to share and give
back to our students and the
medical school. The distributive
UBC medical school sites
require similar medical
student and alumni centres.
The Medical Alumni
Association will continue to
play a very important role in
assisting with reestablishing
our medical community
of inclusiveness and
encouragement. Whether we
are completing our training,
starting our medical careers,
or already long established
alumni, let's become engaged
and committed to giving back
to our wonderful medical
school and to those who
have followed us! The cost of
membership is small but the
rewards and enrichment of our
collective medical community
are enormous. Let's reconnect
to our roots!
Best wishes,
Jack Burak, MD 76
Medical Alumni Association m
4 .    i
L-R: L.Collins, MD'68;
M. Schonfeld, MD 72
It is wonderful to be
here today, surrounded
by colleagues and friends,
some of whom I have known
for 20, 30, or 40 years. But
most importantly, I am happy
to be here today to present a
Wallace Wilson Leadership
Award to my good friend,
Dr. Mark Schonfeld.
Dr. Schonfeld and I worked
together as general practitioners
and then as members of the
BCMA board. I found him
to be a man who is a father,
a gentleman, a scholar, and
very importantly, a very fine
physician. His patients still
recall a depth of knowledge
and understanding that he
exhibited on a daily basis.
As a leader, he has been
involved in virtually everything
associated with medicine in the
last 20 to 30 years, whether it is
economics, the solution to the
Relative Value Guide, or areas
that are not widely known. He
has been definitive and helpful
in sorting out the relationships
between clinical faculty and
UBC, solving issues between
the sections, and has been able
to work with the government
at times when others were
much less kind with their
feelings and attitudes.
A personal memory for
me was when I sat on the
UBC Admissions Selection
Committee and a prospective
student came forward with
recommendations from Dr.
Mark Schonfeld and Dr. John
Anderson. I recall arguing hard
at a committee meeting for
that student because I thought
that he must be very special to
be supported by two leading
physicians in British Columbia.
Dr. Schonfeld has shown that
he will act, speak and care for
physicians who are having
problems and I know that there
are members of the BCMA
who are very grateful for his
actions on their behalf.
Presented by
Larry Collins, MD '68
111 found him to be a
man who is a father,
a gentleman, a scholar,
and very importantly,
a very fine physician."
L - R: M. Schonfeld, MD72; D. Jones, MD70
Larry Collins, MD '68, the presenter of
Dr. Schonfeld's award, passed away on July 24,
2012. He was a caring physician and mentor
to all those who knew him. The MAA extends
their condolences to his family and colleagues. 30     UBC MEDICINE   I   ALUMNI NEWS
L- R: D. Hardwick, MD '57; P. Ballem, MD'78 photo credit: nancy Thompson
It was a great pleasure to
nominate Penny Ballem for
a Wallace Wilson Leadership
Award and I am happy to
have the honour of presenting
this to her today.
Penny is a graduate of the
UBC MD Class of 78.
She was extremely bright and
very hard working throughout
medical school and following
graduation completed a
fellowship in internal medicine
clinical hematology. Her career
began with the position of
Deputy Medical Director for
the Canadian Red Cross, Blood
Transfusion Service in B.C.,
followed by the Director of the
Women's Health Services, and
then finally the Vice-President
of Children's and Women's
Hospital and Health Centre.
Throughout her career she did
an amazing job in handling the
complexities of these positions.
Penny then took on the role
of Deputy Minister of Health
for the Ministry of Health of
British Columbia. While there,
many of her colleagues had
the opportunity to continue
to work closely with her and to
see that she dealt with matters
very openly and directly.
After serving the longest term
as Deputy Minister of Health
in the country, Penny took a
break and focused on being
an advisor to health-policy
makers and practicing academic
hematology. Penny is now the
City Manager of the City
Unfortunately she cannot
be here this afternoon to
accept this award, but we
were lucky to have her accept
it earlier this month and
recorded her acceptance.
Congratulations Penny.
Presented by
David Hardwick, MD '57
P. Ballem, MD 78 as she gives her pre-recorded acceptance speech.
DH0T0 CREDIT: VARUN SARAN PHOTOGRAPHY (Left photo) L - R: Dr. D. Snadden (Hon.); D. MacRitchie, MD 70
(Right photo) L - R: I.Courtice, MD '84; Dr. 0. Casiro (Hon.);M. Dahl, MD'86 photo credit: varun saran photography
To put David Snadden in
perspective, I want to tell you
a short story about David,
which will tell you why we
love him.
In June 2000, twelve years ago,
the citizens of Prince George
held a rally, attended by 7000,
regarding the deteriorating state
of medical care in northern B.C.
The focus was on the decreasing
number of physicians. The
mandate from that meeting was
"train them in the north to stay
in the north." That coincided
with UBC's recognition that the
Lower Mainland could not train
enough doctors each year to
meet the needs of the province,
so the concept of distributed
sites was established.
David was the first physician
hired to start up the program
in Prince George, arriving in
2003. Just prior to that, a
trust fund had been set up for
the north with a goal to raise
$6 million to offset some of
the expenses that students in
the northern program would
incur. Nineteen northern
communities pledged to this;
the first community to meet
its pledge was Tumbler Ridge.
David and Moira, his wife,
arrived in Prince George and
two weeks later mounted their
yellow tandem bicycle and
cycled the 400 mountainous
kilometers to Tumbler Ridge.
Their trek was simple, very
clever, understated, a bit off
the wall, and hugely successful.
David began his medical
training at the University of
Dundee in Scotland; he then
did a family practice residency
in Inverness, a community
comparable in size and character
to Prince George. He then
worked for a little over a decade
as a rural family practitioner
in northern Scotland. In 1991
he went to the University of
Western Ontario where he
earned a master's degree in
family medicine, and then a
doctorate from the University
of Dundee in 1998.
Outside of medicine, David and
Moira are active mountaineers,
back-country cross-country ski
specialists, wilderness canoeists,
and cyclists. I salute David and
thank him for all the leadership
he has given our community
and the north over the past
Presented by
Donald MacRitchie, MD 70
Dr. Oscar Casiro, Regional
Associate Dean, Vancouver
Island, UBC Faculty of
Medicine is responsible
for strategic leadership
of undergraduate and
postgraduate medical
programs on Vancouver
In addition, Dr. Casiro is Head
of the Division of Medical
Sciences at the University of
Victoria, which was established
to support medical education
programs on Vancouver Island
and promote scholarship and
innovation in medical research
at the university.
Dr. Casiro obtained his
MD from the University of
Buenos Aires, Argentina, and
completed training in Pediatrics
and Neonatology at the
University of Manitoba. Before
his appointment to UBC in
2004, Dr. Casiro was Professor
of Pediatrics and Associate
Dean, Undergraduate Medical
Education at the University
of Manitoba.
He has held leadership positions
at local and national levels in
the field of medical education,
including a term as President of
the Medical Council of Canada
(MCC), 2009-10, and Chair of
the MCC Assessment Review
Task Force.
To achieve the expansion of
the UBC Medical Programs
to distributed sites, insightful
leaders with clarity of purpose
who understood the concepts
and requirements of a fully
functional distributed program
were needed. Without Dr.
Casiro's incredible leadership
of the Island Medical Program
and Dr. Snadden's leadership of
the Northern Medical Program,
this could not have been
accomplished. We extend our
deep appreciation to them.
The award presented today to
Oscar Casiro recognizes the
pivotal role that he has played in
the success of the disseminated
medical educational program.
This is evidenced by the number
of graduates who have made
commitments to return to
clinical practice on Vancouver
Island, particularly in areas
outside of Greater Victoria.
Presented by
It is an honour and privilege
to join those who have
honoured Larry Goldenberg
and I welcome him as a UBC
Honorary Medical Alumnus.
Larry graduated from the
University of Toronto in 1978
and one year later came to B.C.
to begin a urology residency.
In 1984 he went to St. Paul's
Hospital as a Clinical Assistant
Professor and in 1993 went to
VGH where he co-founded
the Vancouver Prostate Centre.
He is currently Professor and
Head of the UBC Department
of Urologic Sciences.
Larry has many skills and
wears many hats, all of them
very well. He is accomplished
at many things: clinician,
educator, scientist and
administrator. He is an
internationally acclaimed
urologic surgeon, who has
focused on prostate cancer
treatment and research. One
passion is patient education
and he is very proud of the
book on prostate cancer he
published for the layperson.
As a clinician-scientist he
co-founded the Canadian
Uro-Oncology Group which
today is a global leader in
clinical trials research. As a
scientist he has helped develop
hormone therapy approaches
that have become standards
of care worldwide. He also
has authored more than
200 peer-reviewed papers.
As an administrator he has
chaired the Division - now
Department - of Urologic
Sciences for over 10 years.
He has served as President
of the Canadian Urologic
Association, the Western
Section of the American
Urologic Association and many
other professional organizations.
He has received many awards
including the Order of
British Columbia, 2006, the
American Urologic Association's
Distinguished Service Award,
the B.C. Innovations Council's
Champion of the year, 2008,
the Order of Canada, 2009
and the Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee Award, 2012.
Larry not only has great hands
as a urologist, but has a very
golden finger as evidenced
by the funds he has raised
over the past 15 years.
Currently he has his sights set
on the Men's Health Initiative
across BC and Canada.
Larry, we are very proud to have
attracted you from Toronto and
are fortunate to have you now as
an Honorary Medical Alumnus.
Presented by
Martin Gleave, MD '84
L- R:M. Gleave, MD'84, Dr. L. Goldenberg (Hon.), and M. Dahl, MD'86 photo credit: varun saran photography Dr. G. Meneilly (Hon.) after
he accepts his Honorary
Medical Alumnus Award.
Grady Meneilly has been
the Eric Hamber Professor
and Chairman of the UBC
Department of Medicine
since 2002.
His roots in British Columbia
go back to 1978 when he began
his rotating internship at Royal
Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. He
earned his medical degree from
the University of Saskatchewan
and did his residency training
in internal medicine at the
University of Toronto, followed
by fellowships and faculty
appointments in Boston at
Harvard Medical School and its
affiliated teaching hospitals.
He launched his academic
career at UBC in 1988.
Grady's clinical and research
specialty lies in geriatrics
with focused expertise in
carbohydrate metabolism
and diabetes in the elderly.
He has published over 100
papers and has given many
advanced research and
practical clinical presentations
on diabetes in the elderly
throughout North America.
He has served in numerous
leadership capacities, including
the American College of
Physicians, Canadian Diabetes
Association, and Canadian
Association for Professors
of Medicine.
At UBC, Grady is still very
active in clinical teaching on
a weekly basis. He became a
full Professor in 1998 and was
Division Head of Geriatric
Medicine between 1997 and
2002. He then became the
Department Head of Medicine
at UBC. This is a huge role,
evidenced by the fact that the
Department of Medicine is
larger than some faculties
at UBC.
Grady has held several major
leadership roles at Vancouver
General Hospital and recently
was appointed Physician
in Chief. He is a great role
model for students and faculty.
He is one of the few academic
clinicians who is a triple threat,
a combination of excellence
in clinical medicine, teaching,
and research. He has been
a great mentor to many
faculty members.
We are pleased to present
this award from our Medical
Alumni Association.
Presented by
Marshall Dahl, MD '86
It is my pleasure to present
Wendy Yeomans, MD '87
with the UBC Medical
Alumni Association's
Silver Anniversary
Award to recognize her
accomplishments as a
bedside physician, a gifted
teacher, mentor and a
respected leader and advocate
for palliative care in BC.
For over 20 years Wendy has
been the Medical Lead of the
Palliative Care Program at
Vancouver General Hospital.
She has earned the respect of
her colleagues and staff for her
collaborative style, intelligence,
straight-forwardness, kindness,
and vision.
Thousands of patients and
families have benefitted from
her ability to generate trust
and safety at a vulnerable time
in their lives. Her unique
combination of clinical acumen,
compassion, insight, humour
and basic human goodness
epitomize the dual pillars of
the art and science of medicine.
She has applied these same
qualities as a teacher and
mentor, educating medical
trainees and presenting
frequently at CME
conferences for specialists
and Family Physicians.
Presented by
Hilary Vallance, MD '87
L - R: W. Yeomans, MD '87 and H. Vallance, MD '87 at the Vancouver Yacht Club
where the Class of 1987 held their 25th anniversary reunion on September 15,
In February 2012,
Dr. Joanna Bates (Hon.)
received the AFMC President's
Award for Exemplary National
Leadership in Academic
At the Faculty of Medicine
Awards Reception to recognize
Faculty of Medicine awards
recipients, May 29, 2012,
Randy Gascoyne, MD '82
received a UBC Killam Research
Prize. William MacEwan,
MD '82 and Andrew McLaren,
MD '00 were recipients of
a Clinical Faculty Award for
Excellence in Community
Practice Teaching. Kendall
Ho, MD '86 received a
Distinguished Achievement
Award for service to the
university and community
and Dr. Clive Duncan (Hon.)
received a Distinguished
Achievement Award for
outstanding contributions
by a senior faculty member.
The College of Physicians and
Suregons of B.C. 2012 Awards
of Excellence in Medical
Practice were presented to
Dr. Clive Duncan (Hon.),
Gary Jackson, MD '79,
Gordon McFadden, MD '69,
Dianne Miller, MD '80 and
Dr. LornaSent (Hon.).
These presentations were
made at the annual President's
Dinner on May 30.
The BCMA Annual Awards
Ceremony was held June 9,
2012, and among those
honoured were Vera Frinton,
MD '69, who was one of
three recipients of the BCMA
Silver Medal of Service.
This award, established in
1986, is the Association's
highest honour. Mark
Schonfeld, MD '72 received
the Dr. David M. Bachop
Gold Medal for Distinguished
Medical Service and Jim Lane,
MD '73 was the recipient of
the Dr. Cam Coady Award.
CMA Honorary Membership
was awarded to John Campbell,
MD '70 and Wally Unger,
MD '69.
Top: J. Lane, MD'78; V Frinton, MD'69
Middle (L - R): M. Schonfeld, MD'72; D. Miller, MD'80
Bottom (L - R): Dr. C. Duncan (Hon.); Dr. L Sent (Hon.) (Left) L - R:J. Edworthy MD 77; Dr. D. Read; J. Lane, MD 73; G. Wong, MD '92 (Right) L - R: C. Kinahan, MD '85; P. Kinahan, MD '85; Dr. R. MacGillivray; T. Brimner
Medical Alumni & Friends
Golf Tournament Sponsors
Presenting Partner
> Scotiabank
Gold Sponsors
> MD Management
> Clinical Sleep Solutions
> KNV Chartered Accountants
Silver Sponsors
> Med Ray
> Harper Grey LLP
> Sport Med/Paris Orthotics
> BC Biomedical Laboratories
> Kintec
Bronze Sponsors
> Guidelines and Protocols
Advisory Committee (GPAC)
> Don Docksteader Motors
> UBC Alumni Association
> Bulmer Investment Group
> ZLC Financial Group
> Pollock Clinics
> Mardon Insurance
> Madaisky&Co.
> London Drugs
> SchmunkGatt Smith
> Cedarlane Labs
> Morrey Auto Group
> False Creek
Healthcare Centre
UBC Medical Alumni
& Friends Golf Tournament
June 26, 2012
The UBC Medical Alumni &
Friends Golf Tournament was
the most successful tournament
to date, in no small measure
due to the generosity of the
sponsors and number of
golfers who attended.
The tournament was held at
the University Golf Course on
June 26, 2012. The weather
was perfect, the course was in
tip-top shape and the players
came in droves! A total of 112
participants took part in the
tournament's first shot-gun start
which allowed all of the teams
to start and finish their round
of golf together. To top it off,
over $16,000 was raised for the
Medical Alumni Association
which will support student
The afternoon was spent
connecting with friends,
colleagues, former classmates,
and teachers. Between holes,
golfers had the opportunity
to catch up with one another
and engage in some friendly
competition banter. The day
went by quickly and was
followed by a delicious dinner
in the clubhouse before the
prizes were awarded.
It is hoped that a full field of
144 alumni and friends register
for next year's tournament
in June. Registration will
open in early spring, so invite
your colleagues early as the
tournament will fill up quickly!
Special thanks to Ron
Warneboldt, MD '75, Bob
Cheyne, MD '77, David Jones,
MD '70, Jim Lane, MD '73,
Patty Scrase from Scotiabank,
Anne Campbell-Stone, and
Kira Peterson for organizing
this year's tournament.
L - R: Dr. C. Carpenter; G. Romalis, MD'62
L - R: S. Madill, MD '59; Dr. C. Slonecker (Hon.); KNV Gold Sponsor Staff;
B. Gordon, MD '59; G. Morrison, MD '62
Low Gross Score:
Dr. John MacCarthy
Mens' Low Net Score:
Dr. Elliott Phillips
Brad Fritz Prize
(best score over 9 holes):
Ron DeMarchi, MD'81
Chuck Slonecker Prize:
Bob Cheyne, MD'77,
Richard Sztramko, MD'10
and Paul Zakus, MD'10
Winning Senior
(net score from a grad
class earlier than 1972):
L - R:B. Mackie, MD'76; L. Warren, MD'68; A. MacPherson, MD'97;M. Vu, MD'01;
residents and alumni socializing at "Residents in a New Residence" event in Calgary.
2012 Hooding & Graduation
May 22-23, 2012
The tradition of giving a
'doctor's shingle' to UBC
Medicine graduates started in
1954 with the first graduating
class. This was started by the
students and still exists today.
In 1954, the 3rd year students
organized the shingles and gave
them to the 4th year students at
the Medical Ball in the spring.
That practice went on for many
years but over time the shape
and design changed.
Now the Medical Alumni
Association produces the
shingles for each graduating
class as a gift to each student,
welcoming each one as an
alumnus and a member of
the MAA.
This year Jack Burak, MD '76,
Marshall Dahl, MD '86 and
Morton Dodek, MD '54
attended the Hooding
Ceremony on May 22, 2012 as
representatives from the Medical
Alumni Association. After some
inspiring words from Dr. Burak,
the three alumni presented the
shingles to graduating students
as each walked across the stage.
Dr. Dodek was thrilled to give
his grandson, Joshua Wenner,
MD '12 his shingle, a moment
he will remember forever.
The hooding ceremony was
followed by the graduation
ceremony on May 23.
Residents in a New Residence
July 11, 2012- Toronto, ON
July 23, 2012 - Calgary, AB
The Faculty of Medicine
Alumni Relations team has
made it a goal to engage new
residents as they venture out as
young alumni in communities
across Canada. Becoming a
resident is often exciting, but
can bring along some stress.
Add in a move across the
country and the whole process
can become a little daunting.
To ease the minds of the newest
alumni, the Faculty of Medicine
Alumni Relations unit planned
"Residents in a New Residence,"
a welcome event in Toronto
(July 11, 2012) and Calgary
(July 23, 2012). Toronto's event
was hosted by Ivor Fleming,
MD '85 and Lenora Fleming
while Calgary's event was hosted
by Jackson Wu, MD '93 and
Viviana Chang, MD '98.
This event brought together
new residents and alumni
currently living in these areas.
It was an evening filled with
great conversation, delicious
food, and refreshing beverages
(on some great patios, too!).
It was a pleasure to have many
of Medicine's established alumni
there to meet and greet the
newest alumni, and let them in
on the hidden gems of the city.
If you are interested in
hosting a "Residents in a New
Residence" event in your city
next summer to welcome
the MD 2013s who will be
starting their residencies there,
contact med.alumni@ubc.ca
or 604.875.4111x67741.
Student Orientation 2012
August 27, 2012
The class of 2016 was
welcomed by four alumni
speakers, Andrew MacPherson,
MD '97, Bill Mackie, MD '76,
MarkVu,MD'01, and
Linda Warren, MD '68,
at the Student Orientation
in late August.
This remarkable panel of
doctors gave insight into the
wide range of areas of practice
in medicine, focusing on
important goals rather than
personal competition, making
the transition to "thinking like
a doctor" and the joys and
privilege of working in medicine.
Class Reunions >
Class of 2002
Class of 1987
September 8-9, 201 2
September 14-1 6, 2012
Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver, B.C.
Organizer: Dr.Tanya Orton
Organizers: Dr. Leith Dewar
Class of 1957
September 14, 2012
Vancouver, B.C.
Dr. Allan Holmes
Dr.Trevor Newton
& Dr. Kathy Bell
Organizers: Dr. lanTurnbull
Class of 1960
Dr. David Hardwick
October 12-14,2012
Vancouver Island, B.C.
Organizer: Lynn Ledgerwood
For more information on class reunions, please contact the
UBC Faculty of Medicine
Alumni Affairs Office at
marisa.moody@ubc.ca or
Upcoming Events >
Victoria Medical
UBC Medical Alumni
Society Dinner
Association AGM
January 19, 2012
Victoria, B.C.
UBC Medical Alumni &
Vernon Hockey
Friends Golf Tournament
June 2013
March 1-2,2013
University Golf Course
Spring Gala &
Please go to
Alumni Reception
events/ for updated calendar
event information. US REPORT
The Medical Undergraduate
Society (MUS) kick-started
the year by welcoming the
class of 2016! This year's
cohort is comprised of 288
aspiring future physicians,
commencing medical studies
at one of four distributed
sites across the province.
As the student governing
body, representing all students
enrolled in the UBC MD
program, the MUS is constantly
expanding and improving in
order to serve the growing
needs of our student body.
We currently support over
90 student clubs and specialty
interest groups, allowing
students to further explore
their medical and extracurricular interests.
In response to student requests,
MUS recently incorporated
the Wellness Initiative Network
(WIN) under the MUS Internal
portfolio. The primary objective
of WIN is to promote a healthy
and balanced life throughout
medical school and beyond
by focusing on topics such
as nutrition, fitness, stress
management and community
development. Further
information about WIN
and other MUS initiatives
can be found on our newly
launched website:
Aside from providing internal
services to UBC medical
students, the MUS advocates
for policies that are beneficial
to students and our future
patients. In February 2012,
UBC representatives, along
with colleagues from other
Canadian medical schools,
participated in a National
Lobby Day with the federal
government. The group met
with Members of Parliament
and advocated for support of
programs aimed at attracting
medical school applicants
from rural backgrounds.
The MUS also acts as the liaison
between students and external
organizations such as the
Canadian Federation of Medical
Students (CFMS). Over the
past year, we have striven to
strengthen our relationship
with our colleagues from
medical schools across Canada
by demonstrating a stronger
presence at national gatherings.
With assistance from our vast
network of established alumni,
we hope to further develop
this relationship by submitting
a bid to host the 2013 CFMS
Annual General Meeting in
British Columbia.
Lastly, on behalf of more than
1,000 UBC medical students,
the MUS would like to thank
our network of alumni, UBC
faculty and staff in addition
to supportive community
members, for enhancing our
educational experience.
Elisa Kharazi, MUS President
ekharazi @alumni. ubc. ca
MD'12s Donate to
Renovate MSAC
Graduating students of the
Class of 2012 initiated a
voluntary collection and
voted to donate a class gift to
MSAC. They asked that the
MSAC Videoconference Room
(formerly the Health Sciences
Bookstore) be renovated
to better accommodate the
dancers, martial artists, fitness
groups, and other performers
who rehearse at MSAC.
Over the summer, old carpeting
was removed and a new smooth
surface was installed, improving
the room's appearance and
turning it into a multi-use
space. MSAC is now ready
for the Bhangra and Hip Hop
dance clubs, the Carotid Chop
and kickboxing clubs,
weekly yoga classes and the
MedFit group.
Many groups rehearse at MSAC
for the yearly Spring Gala and
the medical student talent show
held at the Chan Centre, with
proceeds donated to a charity.
Thanks to the generosity of
MD12s, rehearsing medical
students will be free to sing
loudly and dance wildly
without disturbing more serious
meetings in the three meeting
rooms on the upper floor
of MSAC.
MSAC continues to evolve and
improve to meet the needs of
our medical students.
Nancy Thompson, MSAC Services
& Events Coordinator
(Top photo): Medical students practicing a Bhangra dance routine in the MSAC
courtyard on a cool day in March, photo credit: Isabel chen.md'1 6
(Bottom photo): Medical students in performance at the Chan Centre.
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Faculty and Platform Party for the Class of 2012 Hooding Ceremony.
Please join us in welcoming our newest graduates as they pursue their residency programs.
On behalf of the UBC Medical Alumni Association, we are proud to welcome you as alumni and colleagues.
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Victoria - Aboriginal
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University of Alberta
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Vancouver Fraser
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Medicine Hat Rural
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Lethbridge Rural
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Saint John
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Vancouver Fraser
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Vancouver Fraser
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University of Calgary
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University of
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Vancouver Fraser
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University of Calgary
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Greater Toronto Area
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Okanagan Rural
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Medicine Hat Rural
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Vancouver - St.Paul's
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