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a place of mind
A pioneer in pain management taps UBC to promote his cure
A donor's diverse passions - and donations
A teacher leaves a legacy through his work - and generosity
A clear vision for ophthalmology advances
Philanthropy news
Flashes of brilliance
Fighting cancer through the workplace
Fusing two great ideas into a life-saving protocol
Investigations & breakthroughs
A clinic where students run the shop
The Faculty of Medicine expands its footprint
Three Minute Thesis
New arrivals to the Faculty
New homes for research and care
Making a mark: Achievements and awards
Invitation to a (tech) revolution
VOL. 7 | NO. 2 FALL 2011
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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As the fiscal realities of the global economy seem to hover over
institutions and individuals alike, I've been heartened by the fact
that one resource-ambition-remains as abundant as ever in
the Faculty of Medicine.
That ambition takes many forms: learning the ways of healing
(and perhaps improving upon them); fostering the next generation
of clinicians and researchers; probing the mechanisms of disease
and finding new or better treatments; preventing illness; and
improving the delivery of health care through smarter public policies.
Those ambitions are gratifying, of course, but also frustrating,
because they always seem to outpace our available resources.
Fortunately, I have the privilege of being the dean of a medical
school with a large and growing base of support-private donors. In
this issue of UBC Medicine, we have focused on that philanthropy
demonstrating how donors'curiosity and goodwill has become
central to realizing our potential.
That generosity includes includes student financial support-
such as that provided bythe MD Class of 1961 or the Kapoor Singh
Siddoo Foundation-that allows learners to focus more on their
education and worry less about paying for it. Similarly, support of
our faculty gives our scientists and clinicians the opportunityto
focus on questions and problems that can often be all-consuming.
For example, the Canadian Cancer Society's funding for a chair in
primary cancer prevention, held by one of our exceptional faculty
members, Carolyn Gotay has allowed her to pursue projects like
the one described in these pages.
Gifts for specific fields or educational endeavors are particularly
crucial in keeping the Faculty at the forefront of knowledge
transmission -whether it's transmitting knowledge from teacher
to student, or from lab bench to bedside. Such donations spring
from a diverse array of motivations: the gratitude of patients
[ike Denham and Sheila Kelsey who were spared from the
perils of blindness through the efforts of our faculty members;
commitment to a particular cause, such as Robert Rothwell's
passion for rheumatology or Chan Gunn's belief in intramuscular
stimulation; or the dedication of a faculty member like Fred
Bryans, who wanted his contributions to the Faculty to last beyond
his lifetime.
What they almost always have in common beyond their obvious
generosity is a desire to forge a connection with our students,
educators, scientists and clinicians, or to deepen a connection
that was already there. The result is a truly symbiotic relationship:
The Faculty's ambitions are transformed from wishful dreams
to achievable goals, while the donors become part of an
unquestionably crucial endeavor-the improvement of our health.
invite you to enter into that relationship, or to broaden your
nvolvement, in whatever way you can. With each new member
and each new point of contact, we become less of an institution
and more of a community, whose triumphs belong to us all.
kJ* *^>.
Gavin C.E. Stuart, MD, FRCSC
Vice Provost Health, UBC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine I
Pursuing innovative ideas. Strengtheninj
research and teaching. Helping students pay
for their education. These are just some of the
ways that philanthropy nurtures the Faculty
of Medicine's mission. FOCUS ON:
Chan Gunn has a cure for much of the world's physical pain - the
aches and strains that don't usually show up on MRIs or X-rays,
but can be debilitating nonetheless.
Working out of his Vancouver clinic, he has spent the past
four decades spreading the word about his non-surgical, non-
pharmaceutical technique for alleviating chronic pain, called
ntramuscular stimulation (IMS).
A blend of Eastern acupuncture and Western medicine, it involves
nserting a needle deep into muscle, causing it to relax, thereby
relieving pressure on the nerve causing a patient's pain. A few
such treatments are usually enough to banish the aches.
Dr. Gunn, a general practitioner, is convinced that IMS is the
answer for millions of people with continual pain in their back,
neck, arms and legs, or those suffering from headaches or
neuralgia (a condition that includes extreme skin sensitivity).
Thousands of sports medicine physicians and physiotherapists,
ncluding those at UBC's Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre,
have taken it up. His Institute for the Study and Treatment of
Pain in Vancouver has a large backlog of would-be practitioners.
Yet Gunn IMS is still largely unknown in medical circles.
Now the Faculty of Medicine, with financial support from Dr. Gunn,
will lend its resources to his cause. Dr. Gunn has made a significant
gift to the Division of Sports Medicine to expand Gunn IMS training
for medical professionals, perform research into its effectiveness,
and raise overall awareness of the technique.
:Asjust one person, I can only do so much," Dr. Gunn says. "Most
people who need Gunn IMS have no access to it, because they don't
know about it, or their physicians or therapists don't know about
it, or they live far from a qualified practitioner. With UBC's help,
I'm confident that IMS will become a common remedy for people
tortured by chronic pain."
The gift would be used to create a training program within the
Sports Medicine Division, establish a research fund for graduate
and undergraduate students, and hold an annual lecture at UBC
that would focus on Gunn IMS and pain caused by nerve damage
(known as neuropathic pain). In the longer term, the Faculty
would create dedicated space for Gunn IMS training and
research at a new sports medicine facility being planned for its
Vancouver campus.
:'Dr. Gunn is truly a pioneer, and the medical establishment has
much to learn from his 'outside-the-box'thinking," says Gavin
Stuart, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and UBC's Vice Provost
Health. "UBC is known for exploring new ideas, which are often
unjustly overlooked by conventional wisdom. Thanks to Dr. Gunn's
generosity, UBC will now lead the way in spreading knowledge
about this treatment and affirming its usefulness."
Dr. Gunn, a Chinese Malaysian who earned his medical degree at
Cambridge University and settled in Vancouver in 1966, developed
his technique while working for the B.C. Workers' Compensation
Board, which had asked him to investigate claimants who
complained of persistent back pain.
He uncovered a curious pattern.Those with pain that persisted
beyond a few weeks also tended to exhibit extreme tenderness in
the affected area. Sometimes, people with pain in other parts of
the body also exhibited a similar sensitivity, both in the affected
area and close to their spine.
From those observations and others, he concluded that such
persistent pain is not caused solely by tissue injury, but also
nvolved some sort of nerve dysfunction (with spinal nerves being
the most vulnerable part of the body). That leads to an unfortunate
feedback loop: a nerve goes awry, causing the muscle to react and
contract, thereby pinching the nerve. Not only can this situation
not be imaged - it can't be cut or medicated away.
While Dr. Gunn's interest in acupuncture led him to his needle-
based technique for relaxing muscles around "trigger points,"
he makes it clear that IMS is firmly grounded in scientifically
established concepts of Western anatomy, and must be based on
a systematic, specific medical examination of each patient.
"Gunn IMS is used extensively now in musculoskeletal medicine,"
says Don McKenzie, Professor and Director of the Allan McGavin
Sports Medicine Centre. "Dr. Gunn has demonstrated its
usefulness in treating patients with neuropathic pain, and Gunn
MS represents the standard of care in the management of the
elite athlete with musculoskeletal pain or injury." L- R: Robert Rothwell;Fred Bryans photo credit: don erhardt
Robert RothweWs donations to the University of British Columbia
are as eclectic as the donor himself.
As a UBC undergraduate in the 1960s, he completed an honours
degree in political science while also taking courses in organic
chemistry. Years later, after establishing a successful rheumatology practice in New Westminster, he became an avid collector
of paintings, rare wines and a garage full of Harley-Davidson
motorcycles and monster trucks.
Now that he is giving back to his alma mater, Dr. Rothwell's
donations are similarly diverse in form and purpose.
It began with a bursary to help today's medical students pay for
their education. This year, he decided to leave an estate gift to
the Faculty of Medicine to establish an endowed professorship
in rheumatology.
"There are too few full-time academic rheumatologists in
Vancouver," Dr. Rothwell says. "By supporting rheumatology as
an academic discipline at the university level, I hope to improve
rheumatology care throughout the province."
Some of Dr. Rothwell's donations are a bit less conventional:
bottles from his wine collection to the UBC Wine Research
Centre for chemical analysis; century-old books belonging to his
grandfather to the UBC Library for safe-keeping; several paintings
for the common areas of the Faculty of Medicine; and donations
to the Faculty of Forestry to honour his father's interest in botany
and preserving B.C. trees from destructive insects.
"I really like the idea of turning my various interests into good
things for UBC, knowing that what I cherished will be preserved
and used in the future," he says.
Even as Fred Bryans spent his final days in hospital, he didn't
stop teaching.
When medical students came by on rounds, the former Head
of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology answered
questions, offered explanations and quizzed them to make sure
they understood, always maintaining his naturally patient and
unassuming manner.
That behaviour exemplified his career. For five decades, he
nurtured the growth of academic obstetrics in British Columbia,
which barely existed when he arrived in Vancouver in 1954. Bythe
time he stepped down, the department was known across Canada
for how much it had accomplished in so short a time.
His contributions did not end with his death.
His wife Jane, acting on his long-expressed desire to support
clinical education, gave $500,000 to the Faculty of Medicine for
a new endowment to support the Fred Bryans Master Teacher
Program, which will enhance the teaching skills of faculty
members from the medical program's four distributed sites.
Jane also donated $70,000 to create the Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty
Forum, focused on sharing expertise within the department and
setting the direction of future research.
"Fred and Jane Bryans' friendship with the department will last for
all time," says Geoffrey Cundiff, Professor and Head. "I'm honoured
the Bryans family chose to give to the department to further Fred's
legacy of improving clinical teaching and research for children and
women in B.C."
Dr. Bryans was the second full-time academic faculty member in
the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Six years after
his initial appointment, he was named Head at the tender age of
36-a role he held for the next 18 years. His dedication, as both
a physician and educator, never flagged. Until shortly before his
death, he attended 7:30 a.m. gynaecology rounds and taught an
ethics course to medical students.
"Fred's loyalty and commitment to the department was sustained
and unfailing," Jane says. "He was always interested in and proud
of all those who trained under his watch."
A tribute to Dr. Bryans by his close friends and colleagues can be
found at http://bit.ly/Bryans-BCMJ. FOCUS ON:
Denham and Sheila Kelsey photo credit: carol sowerby
After 20 years of sharing their love of photography, nature,
computers, reading and traveling, Denham and Sheila Kelsey
took turns contending with the prospect of blindness.
Denham was the first. He was 51, with several good years left in
his career as a chartered accountant, when he found himself lying
in hospital with a detached retina, wondering if he would ever
see again. Fifteen years later, Sheila had to confront the same
possibility- in her case, the result of glaucoma in both eyes.
Both Denham and Sheila's sight was saved through surgery, an
outcome for which they credit members of the Department of
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
"Here we are in our late 80s, still seeing quite acutely," says
Mr. Kelsey. "We're still able to pursue our passions, which would
have been denied us all those years without the marvellous skills
of our physicians and the caring way they followed up on treatment."
After retiring, Mr. Kelsey applied his financial and management
experience to numerous boards of directors, including those of
UBC Hospital and the John Hardie Mitchell Family Foundation,
a benefactor to the Faculty of Medicine. With time, he gained
tremendous respect for the Faculty's professionalism, expertise
and commitment.
Since 1996,theThetis Island couple donated more than $30,000 to
the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. This year,
they added a $100,000 planned gift in their estate.
"The emphasis on the very rich giving millions sometimes makes
others feel like small fish in a huge puddle," Denham says. "I think
it would be helpful if more people-who, like us, are comfortable
but not very wealthy- realized that if enough little bits add up, it
makes a difference."
Frederick Mikelberg, Professor and Head of the department, says
the Kelseys' gifts have been - and will continue to be - particularly
helpful in addressing his department's needs for the latest
equipment and research operating funds.
"Undesignated gifts like the Kelseys' permit researchers to pursue
avenues they otherwise couldn't," Dr. Mikelberg says. "In the
current environment, very little money is available for upgrading
research equipment to keep us at the cutting-edge, and the
operating costs of conducting eye research continue to rise."
The Kelseys can't know for certain that their money will contribute
to a breakthrough, but Denham knows the department will put
the resources to good use."The members of the department know
better than us what they need," he says.
"Possibly, even likely, something will come out of the work that's
going on that makes an enormous difference to others, just as
previous research made an enormous difference for us," he says.
"Sheila and I marvel every day. I'm looking out the window now, and
see clearly."
The Kelseys' sight was saved through
surgery, an outcome for which they
credit members of the Department of
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. PHILANTHROPY NEWS
01 | A touch of sweetness to
protect critically ill newborns
Pre-term and critically-ill
newborns already have it
tough.To make matters worse,
they must undergo a battery
of tests and procedures to
maximize their chances for
survival. Liisa Holsti, Assistant
Professor in the Department
of Occupational Science
and Occupational Therapy
and Canada Research Chair
in Neonatal Health and
Development, received a
donation of $90,289 from the
Alva Foundation of Toronto to
study ways of reducing infants'
stress while their heart function
is evaluated by ultrasound.
The babies must remain very
still and calm while the probe
is moved around their chest
for up to 20 minutes-a long
time for a baby who is awake.
If the baby gets upset, the test
results are difficult to interpret.
Called the SweetHeartStudy,
this randomized controlled trial
is examining two methods of
calming-holding the infant's
head, arms and feet (known
as "facilitated tucking")
and the administration of
oral glucose-as natural
alternatives to medication.
Using a scale developed by
Holsti and her colleagues, they
will examine whether either
method reduces crying and
facial and hand movements,
and prevents elevated heart
rate. They will also determine
if these treatments improve
the quality of tests and reduce
the time they take. Dr. Hoist
hopes that the study could be
used to establish guidelines for
care of high-risk infants, not
only sparing them from stress
but possibly protecting their
developing brains.
02 | A boost to thrombosis
training and research
Pfizer Canada has donated
$174,000 to support the
Thrombosis Research
Fellowship Program in the
Division of Hematology. The
first fellowship of its kind
in British Columbia, the
two-year program will offer
ntensive training in clinical
and laboratory thrombosis,
a master's degree in clinical
epidemiology focused on
research methodology
and hands-on experience
conducting clinical trials.
The fellows will be based
in theThrombosis Clinic at
Vancouver General Hospital.
Under the leadership of Agnes
Lee, an Associate Professor
of Hematology, the clinic
sees more than 850 patients
annually for blood clotting
conditions, serves as an
education facility for students
and residents in thrombosis,
and conducts innovative
03 | Commitment to the
present and future of medical
After supporting one MD
undergraduate student each
year for nearly 30 years,
the Kapoor Singh Siddoo
Foundation has established
an endowment to ensure
its support continues for
decades to come. The Kapoor
Singh Siddoo Foundation
Scholarship Endowment,
created with an initial gift of
$30,000, will provide higher-
value scholarships for medical
students. From 1983 to 2010,
28 UBC medical students who
were deserving of assistance
and had first-class standing
were selected to receive a
total of $77,000 in scholarship
funding from the West
Vancouver-based foundation.
One of those recipients, Jovan
Vuksic, says, "The scholarship
was unexpected - I was very
surprised. After three-and-
a-half years of working hard
for good test scores and
to do well for patients, the
recognition was important
to me."The foundation also
supports students in forestry
and forest ecology, with a total
of $284,000 contributed and
101 scholarships awarded so
far for UBC students. Kapoor
Singh Siddoo ran the Kapoor To leorn more about giving to the UBC Faculty
of Medicine, please visit www.giving.med.ubc.ca,
or call Hannah Hashimoto at (604) 822-5664.
Lumber Company, which began
railway logging on Vancouver
Island in the 1920s. His giving
to UBC began in 1 955, and the
foundation was formed after his
death in 1964.The foundation
is now led by his daughters,
Jagdis K. Siddoo and Sarjit K.
Siddoo, both physicians who
continue his legacy of support
for education in B.C.
04 | An investment in
brain health
Rudy North,
a Vancouver
$1.5 million
to build the lecture theatre
nthe Djavad Mowafaghian
Centre for Brain Health, now
under construction. North has
followed the progress made by
the 13-year-old Brain Research
Centre and, impressed by its
scientific output, was inspired
to support the new facility
which will bring research in
psychiatry, neurology and
neuroscience closer to patients
with a range of brain disorders.
The lecture theatre, which
will be named for North, also
will be an important venue for
nterd isciplinary education
for hundreds of the Faculty's
medical students and graduate
students. North, who earned
his bachelor's degree from UBC
in 1963, co-founded Philips,
Hager & North Investment
Management Ltd. soon after
graduating. After retiring in
1998, he started a new firm,
North Growth Management Ltd.
He has donated to a variety of
marine environment causes,
and was appointed to the Order
of Canada this year.
05 | Getting together to
give back
The MD Class of 1961 may have
been a fraction of the size of
today's graduating classes,
with only 41 donning robes that
spring. But their wholehearted
participation in their 50th
anniversary reunion, and their
speedy progress towards
their ambitious goal for giving
back, are well worth emulating
by subsequent classes.
More than half of the living
class-18 alumni-returned
to UBC in September to tour
world-class museums on the
Vancouver campus, exchange
stories about personal and
professional adventures,
and rekindle old friendships.
Conversations about
meaningful careers and good
fortune led the classmates to
work towards establishing a
bursary in memory of those
classmates who passed away
and they are well on the way to
exceeding their goal, with several
classmates already making
substantial contributions.The
MD Class of 1961 Memorial
Bursary, by providing financial
assistance to medical students,
stands as a testament to the
power of alumni partnering with
the Faculty to support future
061  Prestigious grant to
advance Crohn's research
There is no cure for Crohn's
disease, an auto-immune
response that causes
severe inflammation of the
ntestinal tract, leading to
abdominal cramps, fever,
fatigue, loss of appetite,
painful bowel movements,
diarrhea and unintentional
weight loss. Two faculty
members who have made
progress in understanding
the condition have received
a $100,000 seed grant from
the Los Angeles-based Eli and
Edythe Broad Foundation to
take their research further.
Associate Professor Megan
Levings, in the Department
of Surgery, and Associate
Professor Theodore Steiner,
in the Division of Infectious
Diseases, have developed a
sensitive test for detecting
T-cells that target flagellin,
a protein in bacteria that live
naturally in the gut; those
T-cells trigger the production
of antibodies that attack the
bacteria, ultimately causing
the intestinal inflammation.
With the Broad grant, Dr.
Levings and Dr. Steiner will
use their new test to probe
the basic mechanisms of
the disease and develop
new, more specific tests
for diagnosis and ongoing
assessment. It also will open
the door to new ways of
treating Crohn's disease by
targetingT-cell responses to
flagellin, without impairing
the immune system's ability to
fight other infections. Light may be the most revealing tool physicians have at their
disposal- it enables careful observation of a patient, revealing
cues that manifest themselves through colour, shape, texture
and size.
The light that the human eye can perceive, however, is only a
fraction of the electro-magnetic spectrum. One of medicine's
greatest feats over the past century has been its exploitation
of other parts of the spectrum, through x-rays and magnetic
resonance imaging, to supplement what physicians cannot see
on their own.
Faculty of Medicine researchers are now pushing the boundaries
even further.
They are using different forms of light, and are aiming them at
varied targets: oral cancers, melanomas and bladder disease.
And, encouragingly, their research has already moved from the lab
to the clinical stage.
Two of the projects stem from the same group of tinkerers in
the Faculty of Medicine -Harvey Lui, Professor and Head of
the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, Professor
David McLean and Associate Professor Haishan Zeng in that
department, and Calum MacAulay, a Clinical Associate Professor
in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Their latest project, called the Verisante Aura, is a handheld device-intended to be used by dermatologists, family
practitioners, physicians' assistants or nurses-that can help
determine whether a discoloration on the skin is a melanoma
or other form of skin cancer.
The technology is based on something called the Raman shift-
when light is scattered by tissue, a very tiny portion of its
energy can be altered or "shifted."The amount of lost energy is
proportional to the energy of the chemical bonds in the tissue.
For every billion photons of light that bounce back from the skin,
only one will have been diminished through the Raman shift.
"You compare the energy going in with the energy coming back out,"
Dr. Lui says. "That shift tells you about the chemistry of the skin.
We're trying to find something that is extremely weak, but
if you find it, it's very revealing. The technological challenge has
been to detect these Raman signals."
When Dr. Lui's team began work on the technology a decade ago
in collaboration with the B.C. Cancer Agency, the shift-detection
procedure took about 30 minutes, which wasn't feasible for
widespread clinical use. They have reduced that time to one
second. Verisante Technology Inc., the Vancouver medical device
company that bought the license for the device, has compressed
the technology into a sleek, hand-held device.
The device won't replace biopsies, but will help guide a physician
as to whether a biopsy needs to be done.
"If we can target the spots that are more likely to be cancer, we
can limit the number of unnecessary biopsies, and thus limit the
number of unnecessary scars, and limit the strain on our scarce UBC MEDICINE    11
Opposite page: David McLean demonstrates the Verisante Aura. Above, L - R: The VELscope;
thePortaMon. photos courtesy ofverisante, led dental, nter national journal of spectroscopy
pathology lab resources at a time when one in five Canadians are
developing skin cancer," Dr. Lui says. "This isn't going to replace any
physicians, but it will allow the physician and patient to make a
more informed decision."
Health Canada approved the device for marketing and selling in
October, based on preliminary results from more than 1,000
patients who were treated at the Skin Care Centre at Vancouver
General Hospital. In November, it was included in Popular Science
magazine's annual "Best of What's New."
Meanwhile, another light technology developed bythe same team
a few years before has caught on with clinicians who want more
accuracy in delineating the contours of oral cancers, which kill an
estimated 1,1 50 Canadians a year.
While healthy tissue fluoresces-emitting a greenish glow-
when exposed to filtered light, cancerous tissue does not. That
knowledge led the team to invent a device that generates the
necessary "blue light"; when the reflected light is viewed through
optical filters, the fluorescence - or lack of it - becomes apparent.
The resulting device, called the VELscope, is being developed
and marketed by LED Dental Inc. of Burnaby, and is now used
around the world.
The VELscope is now being evaluated in the Canadian Optically
Guided Approach for Oral Lesions SurgicalTrial (COOLS), led by
researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of
Dentistry: Miriam Rosin, a Senior Scientist at the B.C. Cancer
Agency and Professor in the Department of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine, Scott Durham, a Clinical Professor and
Head of the Division of the Otolaryngology, and Catherine Poh,
an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry.
The $4.7 million trial will involve 400 patients at nine sites, and
is being funded entirely by the Terry Fox Research Institute. Its
goaLTo determine if use of the device during surgery reduces the
recurrence of oral cancer by enabling more thorough removal of
cancerous tissue. In smaller trials in Vancouver, there has been
almost no recurrence when the device is used.
The project "has the potential to change surgical practices for
cancer of the mouth nationally and internationally," says Victor
Ling, the President and Scientific Director of the Terry Fox
Research Institute and Professor in the departments of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Yet another form of light-near-infrared waves-has been shown
by Faculty of Medicine researchers to be an effective and far
less invasive tool than conventional procedures for diagnosing
bladder disease.
The current "gold standard" diagnostic method involves inserting
urethral and rectal catheters that measure bladder pressure and
urine output-"a stressful and painful procedure that provides a
limited amount of physiologic information," says Andrew Macnab,
a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Scientist at the
Child and Family Research Institute.
Dr. Macnab's team tested a cellphone-sized device, called the
PortaMon (manufactured bythe Netherlands-based Artinis
Medical Systems), that measures how much near-infrared light
projected through the skin returns from the bladder wall. The
resulting data reveals oxygen levels and blood flow around the
bladder; inadequate amounts indicate that the organ's muscles
aren't functioning normally.
In an article published in May in the International Journal of
Spectroscopy, the team-which also included M. Lynn Stothers,
a Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences and Director of
Research at the Bladder Care Centre at UBC Hospital, and Kourosh
Afshar, an Assistant Professor in the department-found that the
device is as reliable as the current invasive tests based on a trial
nvolving 37 healthy and symptomatic adults and children. Healthy
patients produce consistent patterns; those with voiding problems
produce divergent patterns, depending on the underlying cause.
"We're trying to find something
that is extremely weak, but if
you find it, it's very revealing"
—Horvey Lui
Dr. Macnab had previously demonstrated the accuracy of the
technology, compared to the conventional catheter tests, in diagnosing men who had difficulty urinating due to possible prostatic
enlargement. The more recent study showed that its benefits
extended to children, for whom the conventional tests are an
even greater challenge.
"Its small size and ease of application generated no anxiety, didn't
limit their movement and didn't inhibit their ability to empty their
bladder," Dr. Afshar says.
In addition to confirming physiological causes of urinary incontinence in individual patients, the device can help answer the
question of whether inadequate blood flow is a root cause-and
if so, point the way toward new treatments. Carolyn Got ay
Carolyn Gotay has a compelling message-50 per cent of cancers
can be prevented by our own actions, such as eating right and
exercising. But how to communicate that message in a way that
people will heed, and act on?
Dr. Gotay, a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health
(SPPH), is exploring one avenue of persuasion-the workplace.
Employees are certainly a captive audience. Health Canada says
67 per cent of adults spend more than 60 per cent of their time on
the job. Yet little academic research has been done to gauge the
effectiveness of worksite-based health promotion programs.
"We need to think of the workplace as a highly rich laboratory for
making a difference in people's lives," says Dr. Gotay, the Canadian
Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention.
She has undertaken a three-year study, Be Well at Work, to test
different types of programs in three B.C. workplaces, measuring
their impact on individuals and organizations.The $583,000
project, funded bythe Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute,
also will measure whether the programs can curb absenteeism
and "presenteeism" (diminished productivity while on the job).
Be Well at Work is part of a long-running partnership between the
Faculty of Medicine and the Canadian Cancer Society, with the
goal of raising funds to support the Canadian Cancer Society-UBC
Cancer Prevention Centre.
"We want to take research out of thejournals and put it into action,"
Dr. Gotay says. "Our ultimate goal is for people to realize that
certain behaviour changes can lower their risk of getting cancer
and to act on that knowledge."
The project's three worksites - UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna,
the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford and Thompson
Rivers University in Kamloops- involve nearly 700 faculty and staff.
Two staff members of Be Well At Work at SPPH and the Canad ian
Cancer Society coordinate with key employees at each worksite
who champion the programs to their colleagues.
UBC's Okanagan campus participants use an individual-focused
online program called "Alive!" developed by NutritionQuest, a
California company. Through weekly e-mails, employees read tips
on how to achieve goals that match their nutrition or activity levels,
such as taking a 1 5-minute walk at lunch twice a week.They also
get information on diet and exercise, and track how they're doing.
Participants receive a personalized health assessment of their diet
and physical activity, and a tailored program of small but healthy
changes in behaviour.
The University of the Fraser Valley has adopted the Canadian
Cancer Society of B.C. & Yukon's "WellnessWorks," which focuses
on group activities. Besides providing employees with tips on being
healthy and strategies for behavior change, it seeks to create an
environment that makes it easier to make healthy choices. For
example, it advises managers on how to provide nutritious food at
meetings and how to start team-based challenges around physical
activity and better eating.
Thompson Rivers University is testing a combination of the
ndividually-based "Alive!" program and the group-based
All participants completed a health risk assessment questionnaire
at the start of the program in early 2011 and will complete more
throughout the year to measure their progress.The research team
will start evaluating results this spring, and will provide reports to
the employers and to the wider community through public forums
in Kamloops, Kelowna and Abbotsford in 2013. The results will
also be shared across the province and nationwide through the
Canad ian Cancer Society's network.
"We think it's likely that some kinds of interventions work well
for some people and other approaches work well for others, so
matching the strategyto the characteristics of the individual may
well be important," Dr. Gotay says.
For more information, visit www.okanagan.bewellatwork.ubc.ca,
www.tru.bewellatwork.ubc.ca, and www.ufv.bewellatwork.ubc.ca. 5* ■
The mobile phone pulse oximeter; health workers in Uganda learn to use the device, photo credits: natural sciences and
The best innovations often arise from the joining of two distinct,
independently developed innovations. Two members of the
Faculty of Medicine are on their way to proving that principle
yet again.
Peter von Dadelszen, a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology, has combined his model for diagnosing preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) with mobile
technology, developed by Mark Ansermino, an Associate Professor
in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and
Therapeutics, that measures oxygen saturation in the blood.
The pairing of the diagnostic and treatment plan with the mobile
technology was deemed so compelling that it won a seed grant of
$250,000 from the international competition, "Saving Lives at Birth:
A Grand Challenge for Development."Their selection was one of 19
chosen from among 600 applicants in the competition sponsored
bythe U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the World Bank, and
the Government of Norway.
The goal of Dr. von Dadelszen and Dr. Ansermino, both scientists
at the Child & Family Research Institute, is to catch the onset of
pre-eclampsia, which could lead to seizures, stroke or failure of the
lungs, kidneys or liver. It's the second-leading cause of maternal
death worldwide, killing 76,000 women a year-almost all of them in
lower- and middle-income countries.
Dr. von Dadelszen has devoted much of his career to developing a
diagnostic and triage framework tailored to low-resource settings.
Last year, the Gates Foundation awarded him $7 million to test a
battery of new strategies to monitor, prevent and treat the condition,
including a trial to determine the efficacy of calcium supplements,
a program for diagnosis and triage with simple lab tests (or no lab
tests at all) and creation of a "treatment pipeline" from remote
villages to properly-equipped medical facilities. (See "Setting a
Global Dragnet for Pre-eclampsia," UBC Medicine, spring 2011.)
Meanwhile, Dr. Ansermino has spent years working with Guy
Dumont, a Professor in the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, on various ways of collecting, synthesizing
and transmitting data to anesthesiologists and surgeons. After
developing tools intended for operating rooms in Canada and other
nations with advanced medical systems, they have turned their
attention to technology for low-resource settings-in particular, a
mobile phone-based pulse oximeter, which uses a probe fitted over
a patient's finger to measure blood oxygen levels. Their work won
the prestigious and lucrative ($250,000) Brockhouse Canada Prize
from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada this year. (See "Applying Algorithms to Anesthesia," UBC
Medicine, spring 2011.)
With both the pre-eclampsia project and the anesthesia efforts
receiving high-profile recognition, it was perhaps inevitable that
these two strands-with their focus on improving health in the
developing world - would come together.
The key element of their proposal is the fact that low oxygen levels,
or hypoxia, is not only a threat during surgery; it also is one of the
symptoms of pre-eclampsia. A level below 93 per cent of baseline
is associated with a high risk of adverse outcomes, either for the
mother or the fetus.
"So we are integrating a cellphone-based pulse oximeter with the
predictive scoring system for diagnosing the risk of pre-eclampsia,
to better predict the likelihood that a pregnant woman will develop
complications," Dr. Ansermino says.
The funding will be used to develop a customized pulse oximetry
application geared specifically for pre-eclampsia detection, along
with data-entry fields for additional information that is necessary
to calculate a risk score. The application will respond with advice to
the user about next steps, including treatment or referral. While the
device can function on its own without connection to a network, if
connected it can also transmit that information to referral centres.
Once developed, Dr. Ansermino and Dr. von Dadelszen will test the
application and hardware in Zimbabwe and South Africa, comparing
results with clinics that aren't using the technology. In two years,
if their idea proves its worth in the field, it's eligible for another $2
million from the Saving Lives at Birth competition.
"We have to get this device into the hands of people in the
community-work it through, find the bugs, refine the algorithms,"
Dr. von Dadelszen says. "If it works, it has the potential of saving
many women's lives." 1*     UBC MEDICINE
01 | The lasting marks
of parental stress
The stress that parents
experience can leave an imprint
on their sons' or daughters'
genes - an effect that persists
into adolescence and may
nfluence how these genes are
expressed later in life.
Michael S. Kobor, Associate
Professor in the Department of
Medical Genetics, measured
methylation patterns in
cheek cell DNA collected from
more than 100 adolescents.
Methylation is a chemical
process that acts like a dimmer
on gene function in response to
social and physical environments.
The methylation patterns
were compared to survey data
obtained from the parents in
1990 and 1991, when these
same children were infants and
toddlers.The survey examined
the parents' stress - including
depression, family-expressed
anger, parenting stress and
financial stress.
Kobor's team found that
higher stress levels reported
by mothers during their child's
first year correlated with
methylation levels on 139
DNA sites in adolescents.They
also discovered 31 sites that
correlated with fathers' higher
reported stress during their
child's pre-school years (3 Vi -
to 4 Vi years old).
"This literally illustrates
a mechanism by which
experiences 'get under the skin'
to stay with us for a long time,"
says Dr. Kobor, a scientist at the
Centre for Molecular Medicine
and Therapeutics at the Child
and Family Research Institute
(CFRI), and a Mowafaghian
Scholar at the Human Early
Learning Partnership (HELP).
The team also found that
fathers' stress levels are more
strongly associated with DNA
methylation in daughters,
while mothers' stress levels
have an effect with both boys
and girls.This reinforces other
research showing that the
absence of fathers or their lack
of participation in parenting
is associated with an earlier
onset of puberty and difficult
temperamental traits in girls, but
not in boys.
"What is particularly intriguing
is that a mother's higher stress
levels during infancy, but not
during the preschool years,
leads to epigenetic changes,"
says co-author Clyde Hertzman,
Professor in the School of
Population and Public Health
and Director of HELP. "And the
opposite is true for fathers - it's
their higher stress during a
child's preschool years, but not
during their infancy, that counts."
02 | Testing a new
replacement for heroin
A clinical trial to test better
treatment options for chronic
heroin addiction-the only
clinical trial of its kind in North
America- is getting under way
in Vancouver.
The Study to Assess Longer-
term Opioid Medication
Effectiveness (SALOME) will
test whether hydromorphone
(a licensed pain medication
known by its trade name,
Dilaudid) is as effective as
diacetylmorphine, the active
ngredient of heroin, at getting
the most vulnerable long-term
street heroin users to enroll in
treatment programs and end
their use of illicit drugs.
The three-year project, led
by Michael Krausz, the B.C.
Leadership Chair in Addiction
Research in the Department of
Psychiatry, and Eugenia Oviedo-
Joekes, Assistant Professor
in the School of Population
and Public Health, seeks to
determine whether some
participants become healthier
and reduce their illicit drug use
or are able to switch to other
forms of treatment.
SALOME also intends to test
if, after stabilizing patients on
njectable medications, they
can effectively transition to
oral formulations. Conducted in
collaboration with Providence
Health Care, the project will
enroll 322 individuals with
chronic heroin dependency
who currently are not
sufficiently benefiting from
conventional therapies, such
as methadone treatment, at
one site in Vancouver.
Some 60,000 to 90,000 persons
are affected by opioid addiction
in Canada.
"If the SALOME study shows
that hydromorphone can go
head-to-head with heroin as an
alternative therapy for people
who have failed optimally
provided methadone, then
think this should be part of the
treatment continuum that's
available through licensed
physicians," says Perry Kendall,
B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer. 03 | Cancerscreeningtechnique
achieves near-perfect results
AUBC-developed quality
assurance program for
diagnosing cancer mayvery well
be responsible for a marked
improvement in identifying a type
of breast cancer.
The program, developed by
Blake Gilks, a Professor in the
Department of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine and Division
Head of Anatomic Pathology
at Vancouver General Hospital,
nvolves making a set of tissue
microarrays, each with about 40
samples. Those arrays are then
distributed to participating labs,
which examine them and report
their diagnoses online.
The goal is to pinpoint labs
that have deviated from the
diagnosis reached by most of the
participants-and then to figure
out why.The program, called the
Canadian Immunohistochemistry
Quality Control program (clQc),
is intended to be used two to
four times a year, to prevent labs
from drifting into a pattern of
misdiagnosis, either because of
errors in protocol or pathologists'
misinterpretation of what they see.
clQc was used to improve the
accuracy of d iagnoses of human
epidermal growth factor receptor
2 (HER2) breast cancer, which can
be particularly aggressive
but also responds well to such
drugs as Herceptin and Tykerb -
if caught early enough.
The challenge of accurately
diagnosing breast cancer
subtypes made headlines in
2005, when a pattern of errors
in St. John's, Newfoundland,
resulted in some women
not receiving appropriate
treatment.That discovery
led to the expansion of Dr.
Gilks' program, in collaboration
with the University of
Saskatchewan and the
University of Toronto, involving
more than 70 labs across
Canada and in other countries.
To monitor progress, 39 labs
across Canada were assessed
in 2009 and 2010 using clQc.
The results were unmistakably
positive: there was diagnostic
agreement of HER2 cancer in
99.93 per cent of the cases.
The level of accuracy could be
attributed to several factors,
including better specimen
handling, greater use of
reliable reagents and more
automation in the staining
process. But it's also possible
that those changes, as well as
more accurate interpretation,
were helped along by the
adoption of clQc, which also
is being used for improving
diagnoses of gastrointestinal
stromal tumours, melanoma,
mesothelioma and other
tumour types.
"Anatomic pathology is largely
unregulated because testing is
interpretative, and dependent
upon the skill, experience, and
discipline of the pathologist,"
Dr. Gilks says. "But with this
quality assurance program,
we can objectively assess
the accuracy of diagnosis,
which allows oncologists to
confidently deliver the most
effective course of treatment
to patients."
04 | Uncovering new
mutations with devastating
In the space of two months,
Professor of Medical Genetics
Matt Farrer published findings
about two d ifferent genes
responsible for late-onset
Parkinson's disease-providing
two new targets for potential
More than 100,000 Canadians
and more than 10 million people
worldwide are affected by
Parkinson's disease. Symptoms
nclude trembling in the hands,
arms, legs and face, stiffness
in the limbs and torso, as well
as slow movement and poor
balance and coordination.
There is currently no cure
and treatments manage only
the symptoms.
One mutation, located on a
gene called VPS35, was found
in the DNA of two members of a
Swiss family in which 11 people
developed the disease.The
other mutation, EIF4G1, was
found in a family from northern
France in which more than
half of the members of each
generation develop it.
Both mutations are involved
in a cell's "recycling" of its own
components.That provides
a crucial linkto Parkinson's
disease, because a hallmark
of Parkinson's is the presence
of Lewy bodies-collections of
discarded proteins that remain
trapped in certain brain cells.
"These discoveries provide
direct evidence that
Parkinson's may result from
a genetic predisposition to
d isease," says Farrer, the
Canada Excellence Research
Chair in Neurogenetics and
Translational Neuroscience
and the Dr. Donald Rix B.C.
Leadership Chair in Genetic
Medicine. "The resulting
impairments highlight neuronal
recycling systems as a focal
point in the effort to develop
more effective drugs." Physical therapy students Manni Wong and Cynthia
Leung work with patient David Jeffs on trunk control
and sitting balance at the student-run clinic.
"I was eager to have a student work
with me. They tend to be very keen
and interested in what they're doing."
—Marlene Hancock, clinic patient
After a career of guiding students through the thickets of political
science at Douglas College, Marlene Hancock now finds herself
on the receiving end of instruction.
And her instructor, appropriately enough, is a student.The subject,
however, isn't politics. It's her own recovery.
Hancock stands between two parallel bars in a rehabilitation
clinic at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, leaning
against one rail with both hands, and sidestepping her way
between the two. Standing next to her, watching every move and
correcting every misstep, is Ryan Hik, a second-year UBC physical
therapy student.
"You have to keep that foot nice and straight," he says. "I'm going
to crack the whip on you."
Hancock, for her part, doesn't mind a bit.
"He's teaching me to think how to make my body work again," says
Hancock, who was bedridden for five weeks during a coma brought
on by kidney problems. "I was eager to have a student work with
me. They tend to be very keen and interested in what they're doing."
Hik is one of scores of physical therapy and occupational therapy
students who have been fortunate to land a placement at the
Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic, perhaps the first of its
kind in Canada. Here, the students pretty much run the shop,
and have helped hundreds of people in the Fraser Health region
recuperate from the effects of stroke, bone fractures, hip or knee
replacements, or other conditions that hinder their mobility.
Created two years ago, the clinic provides an authentic clinical
experience for students pursuing two-year master's degree
programs in either physical therapy, which focuses on helping
people regain functional movement, or occupational therapy
which helps people regain independence with everyday tasks.
Typically, students in those programs are assigned to work with
therapists in hospitals or private clinics. In these one-to-one
placements, students may be assigned certain patients but
usually don't have much control over their caseloads, and they
often have little contact with other students or professionals.
Here, however, every patient is seen by a student, and often by
students of both physical therapy and occupational therapy. The
students are monitored by clinical instructors, who must approve
the students' initial assessments and treatment plans, and who
often assist in the early stages of treatment.
Students also get a feel for scheduling patients and managing
caseloads-crucial skills they will need in a few months, when they
are working professionals.
"It's liberating, actually," says Ewa Kowalska, a second-year
occupational therapy student.
Also, by working in such close proximity to students from another
discipline (often on the same patient atthe same time), students
gain a better appreciation for the goals, techniques and challenges
of each others'fields.
The benefits to the students, meanwhile, are rivaled if not surpassed bythe benefits to the patients. Before the clinic came
along, residents of New Westminster had no outpatient
rehabilitation services nearby, so they would have faced long
waiting lists or overly restrictive eligibility criteria at the region's
hospitals-or they would have had to pay out-of-pocket at a
private clinic.
"My guess is 80 to 85 per cent of these people would not have been
seen," says Hyman Gee, the clinical instructor in physical therapy. UBC MEDICINE    17
Soon after the decision was made to expand and distribute
medical education and training in British Columbia a
decade ago, the Faculty of Medicine began planning how
to accommodate increasing numbers of students and
postgraduate residents in clinical settings throughout the
province. Hospitals aren't "ready-made" for teaching, so the
an ambitious program of renovations. Over the past year and in
coming years, a new round of improvements have come to-or
will come to-fruition.The map b~' ^ u~*" ~c
those projects, showing how the Faculty is fulfilling its mission
to serve the entire province.
Clinical skills rooms: fully-^B
equipped examination rooms that
allow students and trainees to^
interact with patients and their^B
instructors without interruption  1
from other hospital activities.
On-call rooms: spaces for students
and residents to sleep or study
when not tending to patients.
01 |   Nanaimo Regional
General Hospital
purpose: Expanded
capacity for Island
Medical Program,
family practice
enhanced clinical skills room with
patient simulation mannequin
features:6 on-call rooms with
lockers, washrooms and showers,
student/trainee lounge, 4 offices,
2 videoconference rooms, patient
simulation room, library witfl
study stations
completed: February 2011
02 |  Campbell River and District
Regional Hospital
purpose: Expanded
capacity for Island
Medical Program
and postgraduate
features:Videoconference room
completed: May 2011
03 |  St. Joseph's General
Hospital (Comox)
purpose: Expanded
capacity for Island
Medical Program
and postgraduate
features:Videoconference room
completed: May 2011
04 |  Cowichan District Hospital
purpose: Expanded
capacity for Island
Medical Program
and postgraduate
features: 2 team conference
rooms, videoconference room,
student/trainee lounge, library
and study stations, 1 office and 2
workstations """
completed:October 201 1
Fort St. John Hospital
purpose: Expanded
capacity for
Northern Medical
Program and
features: 2 on-call rooms, 2
videoconference rooms, library,
study area, online exam room, 2
enhanced clinical skills rooms
with simulation mannequins,
MPLETION:June 2012
06 |   Royal Inland Hospital
j, ; j; ;|Bpb.    capacity for
Sg^S    Southern Medical
3§j    Program
Videoconference room, offices,
library renovations
completed: May 2011
07 |   Kelowna General Hospital
capacity for
Southern Medical
Program and
features: 16 on-call rooms,
student/trainee lounge
estimated completion: June 2012
08 | Vernon Jubilee Hospital
purpose: New
space forSouthern
Medical Program
and postgraduate
features:2 videoconference rooms,
clinical skills room, 4 on-call
rooms,student/trainee lounge,
library, study areas, offices
September 2012
09 |  Surrey Memorial Hospital
purpose: Expanded
capacity for
Medical Program
and postgraduate
FEATURES:Video-conference room,
7 on-call rooms, student lounge, 3
offices in F-Tower
COMPLETION: July 201 1
features: 1 lecture theatre, 3
videoconference rooms, 9 clinical
skills rooms, 20 on-call rooms,
student/trainee lounge, library,
study areas and offices in Critical
Care Tower
estimated completion: July 2014
10|   Lions Gate Hospital (West
purpose: Expanded
capacity for
Medical Program
and postgraduate
features: 8 on-call rooms, student
lounge, 8 clinical skills rooms, 3
videoconference rooms, library,
study areas, offices
completion: late 2013
11 |  St. Paul's Hospital
purpose: Expanded
capacity for
Medical Program
and postgraduate
features: Renovated
lecture theatre, 2
rooms, 10 on-call rooms,
7 clinical skills rooms
completion: Lecture theatre, on-call
rooms and videoconference
rooms completed October 2011;
clinical skills rooms estimated to
be ready in fall 2012
12 |   B.C. Women's Hospital& B.C.
Children's Hospital (Vancouver)
purpose: Expanded
capacity for
Program and
features: Renovated
lecture theatre and
conference room,
2 enhanced clinical skills rooms
with simulation mannequins, 10
clinical skills rooms, 23 on-call
rooms, 5 videoconference rooms,
library with study stations, offices
completion: Lecture theatre
completed September 2011;
all others to be completed
between January 2012 and
September 2013 In the spring of 2011, the University of British Columbia held its
first-ever "Three Minute Thesis" competition. Intended to
help graduate students develop effective presentation and
communication skills, the "3MT" requires participants to explain
the breadth and significance of their research projects to a
non-specialist audience in just three minutes. They can use only
one slide, and can't use any electronic media or props. The idea
originated at the University of Queensland in Australia, and has
since grown to include all of Australia and New Zealand, with
over 50,000 PhD and Master of Philosophy students from 33
universities competing. UBC was the first university in North
America to host an official 3MTcompetition, and is hoping to
expand it to B.C., Canada and eventually North America.
What follows is a first-hand account from one of the
participants - Sarah Chow, a fifth-year graduate student in the
Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences. UBC MEDICINE    19
When friends and family ask me about my research, frustration is
the usual result-on both ends.
Like most basic science researchers, I spend my days (and more
than a few nights) on an esoteric topic- in my case, analyzing the
thermodynamic interaction between the pacemaker protein of
the heart and a molecule called cAMP, which together increase
heart rate.
While I thrill at being the first person in the world to run a certain
experiment, and rejoice at knowing something before anyone else,
couldn't convey that excitement to people outside my lab. My
explanations were usually met with puzzled expressions. Sharing
my passion appeared to be as difficult as earning a doctorate.
Fortunately, something came along that forced me to try harder:
the Three-Minute Thesis competition. When I first saw the posters
for it in the Life Sciences Centre, I knew this was the chance to
improve my communication skills.
My competitors and I all faced the same challenges: How do
we translate scientific jargon, such as isothermal titration
calorimetry? How do we explain the complex processes that lead
from molecular reactions to an observable physical ailment? How
do we get people to see the big picture based on our work on one
small piece?
My first draft received lukewarm results. A senior graduate
student suggested I put more emphasis on the novelty of my
research. Another suggested I cut out complicated words like
cAMP.The best piece of advice came from my supervisor,
Associate Professor Eric Accili: You can't please everyone, so
do what you feel is right.
found myself walking a fine line. I knew I couldn't get very
technical, but I also didn't want to sound condescending.
swapped words in and out, like cAMP, eventually finding
my balance.
The title of my presentation: "Mending Broken Hearts: A Novel
Approach to Designing Heart Rate Controlling Drugs." My key line:
"What if I told you that you didn't need an artificial pacemaker
because everyone in this room has their own natural pacemaker?"
In my first run-through, I got tongue-tied. So I rehearsed in front of
a video camera, checking for awkward movements or weird
facial expressions.
At the first round, in the Life Sciences Centre, my stomach churned,
knew two of the 11 competitors (all from the Faculty of Medicine),
and they were great speakers. But as I analyzed the pros and
cons of each performance, I found my confidence building. When it
was my turn, I walked toward the front of the lecture hall, my heart
racing. I faced the audience, opened my mouth, and the words
spilled out.
made it to the semi-finals, which filled me with both joy and
dismay, because I had to endure all of that stomach-churning
anxiety again-this time, against graduate students from
throughout the university. With two weeks to wait, I contemplated
changing my speech, then decided against it. Instead, I just
practiced every chance I had.
In the semi-finals, I was less nervous and I felt less pressure,
because I was relieved just to have made it this far. Although
thought my speech could use more passion, the judges surprised
me by awarding me first place.
continued to practice my speech in the two weeks before the
final showdown. I wore my lucky blue dress and my favourite pair
of boots as I ascended the creaky wooden stage in the Graduate
Student Society ballroom.
exuded passion about my research, maintaining eye contact
with the audience to drive home the point: my research will save
lives. Basking in my last few seconds of attention, I smiled and
walked off the stage. I felt more confident than ever, and thought
would place.
Thejudges didn'tthink so. I was a runner-up.
Of course, I was disappointed. But I took solace in breaking down
the barrier that prevented me from communicating what I do, and
why I do it. As a scientist, I hope to share my knowledge effectively
so the public will understand what's at stake, and now I'm better
prepared to do that.
And maybe, when I'm talking with friends and family about
the hours I spend in the lab, I'll be met with smiling faces and
understanding nods.
"As a scientist, I hope to share my knowledge
effectively so the public will understand ...
and now I'm better prepared to do that."
—Sarah Chow, graduate student
Facing page: Sarah Chow at work in the Life Sciences Centre, photo credit: martin dee
Above: Sarah Chow at the 3MTfinals, photo credit: Brian kladko ENHANCING EXCELLENCE
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nTlw To advance understanding of howthe human
brain processes images and makes sense of complex
visual patterns.
IniMH To build on the strengths and accomplishments of the
UBC nephrology group in collaboration with a vibrant provincial
network of clinicians, administrators, researchers and educators,
and to enhance the care of patients living with kidney disease.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's and master's
degrees in computer science,
Bogazici University, Istanbul; PhD in
psychology, New York University
Associate, UBC Department of
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
DID YOU KNOW? Lived in Asia
(southeast Istanbul) and commuted
to Europe (northwest Istanbul) daily
throughout college.
DISTINCTIONS: Founding member
of Visual Cognitive Neuroscience
Group in the UBC Department
of Ophthalmology and Visual
Sciences; recipient of NSERC
Discovery grant; recipient of UBC
Faculty of Medicine spring 2011
Start-up Fund competition.
"Visual recognition is based on networks of cortical regions
working together in tandem. Visual dysfunction, such as the
inability to recognize faces (e.g., prosopagnosia), common
objects (e.g., visual agnosia) or written text (e.g., dyslexia) can
occur due to impaired processing in one or more regions, or
disruption of the connections between these. Various causes,
including developmental dysfunction and brain injury, can lead
to problems with recognition and significantly impair quality
of life. Currently, there is no known cure for these conditions.
Precise characterization of the neural disruption leading to
these impairments holds tremendous promise in devising
effective treatments. Although significant advances in the field
have been made usingvisual psychophysics and neuroimaging,
potential for further progress through any single methodology
alone is limited. It is difficult to test a neurological model
through behavioral experimentation, and correlates of neural
activity are hard to directly link to visual experience. My research
at UBC will combine innovative neuroimaging techniques and
analysis tools with rigorous psychophysical methods and
computational modeling to create new avenues of investigating
neural mechanisms of visual recognition and the disruption that
leads to impaired visual function, ultimately improving diagnosis
and rehabilitation efforts."
EDUCATION: Honors Bachelor's
degree in science, University
of Toronto; MDfrom McMaster
University; internal residency
at McMaster; clinical fellow
nephrology residency, University
of Toronto; clinical research
fellowship, University of Toronto/
Kidney Foundation.
Director, B.C. Provincial Renal
Agency (continuing in that
position); Clinical Professor, UBC
Division of Nephrology.
DID YOU KNOW? Obsessed with
swimming at least 2.5 km per
day, at least five days a week,
irrespective of where she
is-favorite website is www.
swimmersguide.com, which lists
lap swimming locations in any city.
Hospital Dr. Howard Stein Master
Teaching Award; Dr. Shelley
Naiman Award for Clinical Teacher
of the Year, UBC Department of
Medicine; Providence Health Care/
St. Paul's Hospital Department
of Medicine Faculty Research
Mission Award; Anesthesia Master
Teaching Award, St. Paul's Hospital;
Kidney Foundation of Canada
Special Appreciation Award;
Kidney Foundation of Canada Dr.
John B. Dossetor Mission Award
for Research; National Kidney
Foundation's Garabed Eknoyan
Award; Curriculum Chair, KRESCENT
(national training program for
clinician scientists in kidney
disease); Secretary General,
International Society of Nephrology.
"UBC and the province of British Columbia have an opportunity
to develop a unique collaboration whereby academic
endeavors and clinical care in nephrology are developed and
maintained together with the highest standards. We have a
group of enthusiastic nephrologists interested in delivering
best care around the province, and enrolling patients in
cohort and interventional studies. We have medical students,
residents and sub-specialty trainees in nephrology as well
as dedicated pharmacists, dieticians and nurses who are
interested in delivering state-of-the-art, fiscally responsible
care. Currently, the division of nephrology has obtained
substantial research funding from peer review grants, as
well as industry-sponsored grants, some of which are
investigator-initiated. Coordinating these human and financial
resources with our interest in translational research, clinical
epidemiology, clinical trials and health outcomes research
should provide a fantastic platform for further development of
the UBC Division of Nephrology." UBC MEDICINE    21
IniMH To identify new therapeutic targets for cancer,
diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases by studyingthe
basic molecular machineries that mediate intracellular
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree and
PhD in biochemistry and molecular
biology, UBC.
fellow, Harvard Medical School.
DID YOU KNOW? Born in Hong Kong,
moved to Vancouver at age 14;
became Lord Byng High School's
interscholastic basketball.
Foundation for Health Research
Career Investigator Award;
CIHR Jean-Francois St.-Denis
Fellowship in Cancer Research;
CIHR Fellowship; Jane Coffin Childs
Memorial Fund Fellowship (U.S.);
Lionel E. McLeod Health Research
Scholarship from Alberta Heritage
Foundation for Health Research.
"Much like the conductor of a symphony orchestra, signaling
molecules switch on or off the various proteins and protein
complexes in the cell at the appropriate time to ensure that
they can perform their functions in a highly coordinated
fashion. Perturbations to the normal activities of signaling
molecules-which disrupt essential processes that regulate
cellular survival, growth, and proliferation-are the underlying
causes of chronic diseases, including cancer, type 2 diabetes,
and neurodegenerative disorders. My research at UBC focuses
on the basic biological functions of cell signaling machinery
and the molecular mechanisms through which they exert their
activities. In particular, my research group uses a cutting-
edge imaging technique known as single-particle electron
microscopy (EM) to visualize the three-dimensional structures
of signaling molecules to sub-nanometer level details. We
believe that through investigating the structure and function
of key cellular signaling molecules, we can elucidate
fundamental principles governing the transmission of signals
in the cell and gain important insights into the intracellular
regulatory processes, thus paving the way for more effective
therapeutic strategies, and ultimately improving the health
and quality of life of many Canadians."
Professor Emerita Constance
Friedman, one of the first faculty
members of the UBC Faculty of
Medicine, died at her Vancouver
home in June.
She and her husband, Sydney Friedman, joined the
Faculty in the year of its founding, 1950, establishing
the Department of Anatomy. She taught histology and
anatomy to medical and dental students and pursued
research into hypertension until her retirement in 1985.
She and her husband published more than 200 papers
on the effect of salt on hypertension.
Dr. Friedman obtained her PhD from McGill University
in 1948 in the area of renal physiology and hypertension,
and taught medical histology there until she and her
husband joined UBC.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Dr. Friedman
was a prolific reader, and enjoyed gardening, travelling,
boating and the arts.
In her memory, UBC lowered the B.C. flag on campus
June 17. She is survived by her husband. Clockwise from top left: Prostate cancer researchers in the Robert H.N. Ho
Research Centre; cutting the ribbon on the Ho Centre; UBC President Stephen
Toope at the Ho Centre opening; Heather McKay, Director of the Centre for
Hip Health and Mobility, with B.C. Health Minister Mike de Jong in the safe
movement lab; Ho Centre entrance, photo credits: jonetsu photography
During its relatively short existence, the Faculty
of Medicine has established itself as one of the
world's leading centres for health research, even
as many of its scientists laboured in cramped and
scattered facilities outfitted with increasingly
obsolete equipment.
This fall, the Faculty joined with Vancouver Coastal Health,
government officials and donors to celebrate major progress in
giving researchers the infrastructure they deserve: the opening of
the Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre and the construction start of
the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
The Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre, situated in the heart of the
Vancouver General Hospital complex, will house 1 50 scientists,
clinicians, trainees and staff focused on making discoveries in
prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and bone and joint problems -
and exploiting those discoveries for patient care.
"Can you - can any of us - comprehend the magnitude of what we're
losing in human potential to these three diseases?" UBC President
Stephen J. Toope said at the Sept. 1 5 opening, which also featured
a speech by B.C. Minister of Health Michael de Jong. "The gifts and
talents, contributions and capacities in B.C. alone?This building,
and all that takes place within it, is about giving those years back." Clockwise from top left: Djavad Mowafaghian speaks at groundbreaking for Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain
Health; rendering of the brain health centre; the centre under construction; Max Cynader, Director of the Brain
Research Centre, and postdoctoral fellow Michael Borich explain transcranial magnetic stimulation to B.C. Health
Minister Mike de Jong and John Duncan, federal minister for Aboriginal affairs and northern development.
Among the features of the seven-storey, $38.8 million building:
■ A state-of-the-art microscopy suite in the Vancouver
Prostate Centre (VPC);
■ Liquid nitrogen-vapour storage freezers to preserve tissue
samples for the VPC;
■ State-of-the-art wet labs for the VPC and the B.C. Ovarian
Cancer Research Program;
■ A biomedical engineering laboratory in the Centre for Hip Health
and Mobility (CHHM) that will pursue new surgical techniques
for bone and joint replacement;
■ A "safe movement laboratory" to assess mobility patterns and
an "exercise prescription suite" to evaluate specific exercise
programs'efficacy, both in the CHHM.
"This will be a centre for cross-over and pollination of ideas, where
collaboration pushed further than individual efforts ever could,"
said Robert H.N. Ho, whose $1 5 million donation for construction
of the centre and other areas of care supplemented $47.2 million
in provincial and federal government funding.
Less than a month later, a similar celebration unfolded a few
kilometers away, on UBC's Vancouver campus, to break ground
for the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Expected to open in 2013 adjacent to UBC Hospital, the centre will
bring together experts in psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience,
and will bring research in those fields closer to patients who will
be treated in the facility.
Reflecting major financial contributions from the federal and
provincial governments, the ceremony included speeches by
de Jong and John Duncan, the federal minister for Aboriginal
affairs and northern development and Member of Parliament for
Vancouver Island North. Minister of Advanced Education Naomi
Yamamoto also attended.
"It's quite remarkable, isn't it, that in this complicated machine
called the body, the core of it, that which helps propel the rest, is
still fraught with mystery?" de Jong said. "This centre is dedicated
to the task of removing as much of that mystery as is possible. And
it will succeed. And there will be breakthroughs."
The $68.8 million center will include a brain tissue and DNA bank
that will be used to find genetic risk factors and biomarkers; larger
exam rooms and work spaces to accommodate instruction; and
patient-friendly corridors with short walking distances, simplified
way-finding and numerous places to pause or rest.
The centre is named for Djavad Mowafaghian, a Vancouver
philanthropist whose foundation donated $1 5 million for the
project.The Faculty has received three other gifts for the centre:
$5 million from the Townsend family, $1.5 million from Rudy North
and $2.5 million from a private donor.
At the event, Mowafaghian saluted the "group of tireless and
knowledgeable researchers at this centre, who have decided to
conquer the ultimate frontier of medicine, which is brain health." 24     UBC MEDICINE
Three faculty members are
among the new Fellows of the
Royal Society of Canada, one
of the country's highest levels
of recognition of intellectual
01 | Judith Hall, Professor
Emerita in the Department of
Pediatrics, is a pediatrician
and clinical geneticist who has
researched birth defects and
non-traditional mechanisms of
Steven Jones, Professor in the
Department of Med ical Genetics,
has made leading contributions
to the field of genome
nformatics, applying his insights
to various projects, including
SARS and cancer.
Peter Leung, Professor in the
Department of Obstetrics &
Gynaecology and Associate
Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral
Education, has conducted
nnovative research in the
area of endocrine control of
02 | David G. Huntsman,
Professor in the Department
of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine, received the inaugural
Virginia Greene Leadership
Award, which recognizes
someone who has made major
contributions to overcoming
ovarian cancer in British
Dr. Huntsman, the Director of
the Ovarian Cancer Research
Program at Vancouver General
Hospital and the B.C. Cancer
Agency, led a research team
that discovered ovarian cancer
is not one d isease, but five
subtypes that behave like
distinct diseases.This work,
published in 2008, has changed
the way in which ovarian cancer
is diagnosed and treated.
03 | Tom Oxland, Professor in
the Department of Orthopaedics
and Acting Director and
Principal Investigator of ICORD,
was inducted as a Fellow of
the Canadian Association of
Engineers (CAE).
Dr. Oxland, who holds the
Canada Research Chair in
Spinal Cord Biomechanics,
is also a Professor in the
Department of Mechanical
Engineering in the Faculty of
Applied Science. His research
focus is understanding,
diagnosing and treating
musculoskeletal problems, with
a focus on spinal cord injury and
treatment of the aging spine.
04 | Jerry Shapiro, Clinical
Professor in the Department of
Dermatology and Skin Science,
will become President of the
World Congress of Dermatology
(WCD) in 2015, and Harvey
Lui, Professor and Head of
the Department, will become
Also, Dr. Lui was elected to the
board of the International League
of Dermatologic Societies after
being nominated bythe Canadian
Dermatology Association.
The election of Dr. Shapiro and
Dr. Lui at the WCD in Seoul
coincided with that organization
choosing to hold its next
gathering in Vancouver in 201 5.
05 | Jerry Spiegel, Associate
Professor in the School of
Population and Public Health,
received the Canadian Public
Health Association's 2011
nternational Award.
Dr.Spiegel has led community-
university partnership projects
in Cuba and Ecuador and is
currently directing a project in
South Africa.
2011 Faculty of Medicine
Distinguished Achievement
Excellence in Education
■ Sandra Jarvis-Selinger
■ Amanda Bradley (Pathology &
Laboratory Medicine)
Excellence in Basic
Science Research
■ Kurt Haas (Cellular &
Physiological Sciences)
■ Yuzhuo Wang (Urologic
Excellence in Clinical or
Applied Research
■ Peter von Dadelszen
(Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
■ Torsten Nielsen (Pathology &
Laboratory Science)
Service to the University &
■ Anita Palepu (Medicine)
■ Doug Cochrane (Surgery)
Overall Excellence
■ Timothy Kieffer (Cellular &
Physiological Sciences)
■ Jon Stoessl (Medicine)
Outstanding Contributions by a
Senior Faculty Member
■ William Honer (Psychiatry)
■ Kay Teschke (School of
Population & Public Health)
06 | Roger Wong, Clinical
Professsor in the Division
of Geriatric Medicine of the
Department of Medicine, has
ascended to the presidency
of the Canadian Geriatrics
Society-the first British \       m.'      ?i^05   06
TOP ROW L-R: Judith Hall, Steven Jones, Peter Leung, David Huntsman, Thomas Oxland, Jerry Shapiro, Haivey Lui
BOTTOM ROW L-R: Jerry Spiegel, Roger Wong, Graydon Meneilly, Ravi Sidhu, Alia Dharamsi, WeihongSong
Columbian to lead the
organization in 20 years.
Dr. Wong is the Division's
Associate Postgraduate
Program Director and Head
of the Geriatric Consultation
Program at Vancouver General
07 | Graydon Meneilly, Professor
and Head of the Department
of Medicine at UBC and
Vancouver Coastal Health, has
been elected Governor of the
British Columbia chapter of the
American College of Physicians
(ACP), the nation's largest
medical specialty organization.
Dr. Meneilly, whose primary
area of professional interest
and expertise is diabetes in the
elderly, was elected by local ACP
members to the four-year term.
08 | Ravi Sidhu, Assistant
Professor in the Department
of Surgery, received the 2011
Young Educators'Award from
the Association of Faculties of
Medicine of Canada.
Dr. Sidhu, a vascular surgeon
at St. Paul's Hospital, is Director
of Postgraduate Education
in the Surgery Department,
and also is the Core Surgery
Program Director.
09 | Alia Dharamsi, a student
in the MD Undergraduate
Program, received a B.C.
Community Achievement Award
from the British Columbia
Achievement Foundation.
Dharamsi has volunteered at
the Canuck Place children's
hospice, tutored and mentored
high school students, developed
a wellness conference for inner-
city youth, and led UBC's Meal
Exchange program that finds
contributions for local food
2011 Faculty of Medicine
Bill & Marilyn Webber Lifetime
Achievement Award
■ Pieter R. Cullis, Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular
UBC Killam Teaching Prizes
■ Catherine Pang, Department
of Anesthesiology
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
■ Gurdeep Parhar, Department
of Family Practice and
Associate Dean, Equity/
■ Ken Baimbridge, Department
of Cellular & Physiological
■ Paula Gordon, Department of
Applegarth Staff Service
■ Ciaran Connolly, Manager,
Gross Anatomy Lab
■ Andrew Fisher, Program
Assistant, MD Undergraduate
Clinical Faculty Award in
Teaching Excellence
■ Andrew Ignaszweski,
Department of Medicine
■ Cindy-Ann Lucky, Department
of Family Practice
■ Mary Clark, Department of
Occupational Science and
Occupational Therapy
Clinical Faculty Award for
Excellence in Community
Practice Teaching
■ James Spence, Department of
Clinical Faculty Awards for
Career Excellence in Clinical
■ Trevor Hurwitz, Department of
■ Nazmudin Bhanji, Department
of Pediatrics
2010/2011 Innovation in CME/
CPD Award
■ Jeff Plant, Department of
Emergency Medicine
2010-2011 Distinguished
Service to CME/CPD Award
■ Rona Cheifetz, Department of
Awards for Initiatives in
Promoting Healthy Faculty,
Staff & Learners
■ Nicci Bartley, School of
Population and Public Health
■ Gilbert Lam and Sally Ke, on
behalf of the UBCWellness
Initiative Network
Awards for Excellence in
Mentoring Early Career Faculty
■ William G. Honer, Department
of Psychiatry
■ Stephen G. Withers,
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
■ Sylvia Stockler-lpsiroglu,
Department of Pediatrics
10 | WeihongSong, Canada
Research Chair in Alzheimer's
Disease in the Department of
Psychiatry, has received China's
highest honour for foreign
experts - the Friendship Award.
Dr. Song, who forged crucial
Chinese-Canadian research
collaborations since emigrating
from China two decades ago,
was presented with the award
by Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang
in Beijing, and later met with
Premier Wen Jiabao. Nina Sun, a Grade 12 student, monitors her blood pressure at the eHealth Young Innovators Summer Camp, photo credit: Raymond chan
For 49 curious teens, the summer of 2011 -or at least one week
of it-was a chance to get a close-up view of health care's future.
The inaugural season of the eHealth Young Innovators Summer
Camp showcased how information technology is transforming
health care, and encouraged the "campers" to become part of
that transformation.
Taking place mostly on UBC's Vancouver campus in two week-long
sessions, the program-the first of its kind in North America-was
organized bythe Faculty's eHealth Strategy Off ice, with financial
support from TELUS.
The camp was the brainchild of Kendall Ho, Director of the eHealth
Strategy Office and Associate Professor in the Department of
Emergency Medicine. He noticed that young people have been
conspicuously absent from public forums organized by his
group over the past two years on subjects such as diabetes and
heart disease.
"When you don't need health services, and you're not sick, you
don't think about it," Dr. Ho says. "But we know kids like technology.
And they have the ideas about the next generation of technology
that might elude their elders- including me."
The camp had several goals: introducing young people to various
health career tracks; exploring e-health and its impact on health
care; eliciting ideas from them about new e-health applications;
and encouraging healthy practices-especially diet and exercise-
by the participants.
"This really made sense for us," says Preet Dhillon, TELUS' Director
of Consumer Health Solutions, which is piloting a couple of
products in the e-health realm, including online personal health
records and an iPhone app that helps people with diabetes
manage their condition. "We want to make sure that there is a
pipeline of bright, motivated young teens who can make the most
of the technological revolution in health care."
Registration opened April 20, and filled up by earlyJune, with some
teens coming from as far away as Smithers and Pitt Meadows.
Activities during the week included: career discussions with
professionals working in the health field; touring a virtual hospital
and escorting a patient to an MRI in the multi-user online platform
Second Life; and field trips to the TELUS Innovation Centre in
downtown Vancouver and the Centre of Excellence for Simulation
Education and Innovation (CESEI), a high-tech classroom at
Vancouver General Hospital, where students resuscitated
a simulation mannequin and learned how to take vital signs.
Campers also teamed up to create health-related smartphone
applications: a body mass index calculator, a mobile patient
maging tool and a detector to sense when a patient may have
fallen. On the final afternoon of each camp session, students
demonstrated their programs, and shared their observations
and reactions.
"When you think of health care, different jobs come to mind -
doctors, pharmacists, nurses," says Eric Zhou of Richmond. "But
you don't usually think about the technology and the engineers
behind the scene. That technology is really becoming a vital part of
caring for patients."
Zhou also realized that change is driven more by novel
applications of existing technology than by pure invention. "That
really changed my perspective," he says.
One of the camp instructors, Francisco Grajales, a UBC graduate
student in e-health and health services research, gained
his appreciation for e-health while learning to use simulation
technology as an Army medic.
"I wish I could have had an opportunity like this in high school,"
Grajales says. FALL 2011: MEDICAL ALUMNI NEWS
Resident s Report
Awards, Achievements, Activities
3oard List, Events
Feature: Daniel Kalla
Wallace Wilson Leadership Award
Event Highlights
Wallace Wilson Leadership Award
Feature: Matches Made in Medicine
Honorary Alumnus Award
MSAC & MUS Report
Silver Anniversary Award
Congratulations to New Grads
BOARD 2011-2012
Marshall Dahl, MD'86
JackBurak, MD'76
Jim Lane, MD'73
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
Bob Cheyne, MD 77
Bruce Fleming, MD'78
Ron Warneboldt, MD'75
Nick Carr, MD'83
Stacy Elliott, MD'85
Arun Garg, MD'77
David Hardwick, MD'57
Charles Slonecker, DDS, PhD
Ex-Officio Members
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Gavin Stuart (Hon.]
Faculty Representative
Barbara Fitzgerald, MD '85
MUS Representative
Michael Yang, MD'14
Alumni Relations Director
Anne Campbell
Alumni Relations Coordinator
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 semiannually and this edition was produced by
the 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
Class of 1966
June 30, 2011
Location:Vancouver, B.C.
Organizer: Nathan Batt
Class of 1971
September 10, 2011
Organizers: Chris Finch
&Sherri Purves
Location:Vancouver, BC
Class of 1961
Organizers: David Manson,
Alice Suiker, Francis Ho, &
Edward Trevor-Smith
Location:Vancouver, BC
Class of 1986
September 23-25, 2011
Organizer: Marshall Dahl
Location:Vancouver, BC
For more information on class
reunions, please contact the UBC
Medical Alumni Affairs office at
marisa.moody@ubc.ca or
604-875-4111 ext 62031.
Victoria Medical Society
January 28, 2012
Fairmont Empress Hotel
Victoria, BC
Vernon Hockey Tournament
March 2-3, 2012
Spring Gala &
Alumni Reception
March 18, 2012
Medicine Alumni Event
Calgary, AB
April 2012
UBC Medical Alumni
Association AGM
April 2012
UBC Medical Alumni &
Friends Golf Tournament
June 28,2012
University Golf Course
Medicine is an academic,
evidence-based profession. It is
also an intensely personal and
human activity that works every
day in the context of individual
lives and contemporary society.
Universities share all these
attributes, too. They are
knowledge-based institutions
with vitally-important societal
roles. They are an intellectual
resource for education, research
and expertise. They are a
source of important dialogue
with the broader community.
Universities matter.
UBC Medical Alumni are UBC
Alumni. It is good to know
that we are an integral part of
one of British Columbia's most
important enterprises - the
important teaching, research
and knowledge centre that is the
University of British Columbia.
s autumn we have
opportunity to start an
evolution.' We can change the
world through student learning,
research, and community
engagement by being a part of
UBC's new campaign which
sets out two goals; to raise $1.5
billion in donations and to
double the number of alumni
who are actively involved
in the life of the University.
Start an Evolution is the most
ambitious fundraising and
alumni engagement campaign
in Canadian university history
and you can be a part of it.
I am very pleased that our
Medical Alumni are actively-
engaged members of their
profession, their University
and their society. We can also
be engaged with our alma
mater this year by being a part
of the evolution.
I encourage you to join this
evolution and discover
what we, as alumni, can
accomplish together. Learn
more about the UBC
Start an Evolution campaign,
at www.startanevolution.ca.
Best regards to you all,
Marshall Dahl, MD '86
L - R: L. Warren, MD '68; B. Tamboline, MD '60;
M. Dahl, MD '86 photo credit: harvey lu
Linda was born and raised
in Port Alberni, B.C.. She
completed her schooling
there but because grade 13
was available, she stayed
home for another year before
setting out to the big new
world of UBC.
There she studied science
but soon the question of a
profession arose. With the input
of her parents and her brother,
Linda created an alphabetical
list of possible careers, which
was eventually short listed to
two; pharmacy and medicine.
As she liked science and wanted
to help people, medicine won
out which was a big win for
Her application to medical
school received early
acceptance and she graduated
in 1968. With an interest in
ophthalmology, Linda interned
in Hawaii. As well as being
a nice place to intern, the
University of Hawaii at that
time offered a rotating surgical
internship, with 6 months
rotation in each of surgery
and internal medicine. There,
she realized she should return
to her first choice, radiology,
which offered a broad
exposure to medicine and
particularly, diagnosis.
A year of internal medicine
and radiology residency years
followed. However, when she
began radiology in January
1971, there were no funds
left for that year, but she was
determined to start despite this.
She received her FRCPC in
November of 1973. And now
begins her truly remarkable career.
Linda then joined a general
radiology practice near the
Vancouver General Hospital.
Her six male colleagues were
all respected UBC faculty who
divided their time between
the hospital and office one
block away. At that time
mammography was in its
infancy and was not taught
in residency programs. When
given a breast case at radiology/
pathology rounds, and not
having seen a mammogram
before, it was back to the books
to make a reasonable differential
diagnosis. A senior colleague
encouraged her to take over
the breast segment of the busy
practice, and over the next
few years, reports regarding
the value of mammography
screening began to appear, while
she developed clinical knowledge.
In 1986 while on a six month
sabbatical in Europe, with
her husband, she visited five
European mammography
screening centers and on
return home, she and Dr.
Vivien Basco, who was Breast
Tumour Group Chair at B.C.
Cancer Agency, successfully
applied the knowledge and
experience from that trip to
their planning for a B.C.
Mammo Screening Program.
This resulted in a grant in 1987
from the Provincial Health
Ministry to fund a pilot project
on screening mammography
for this province. The first
patient was examined in July
1988 and within a year the
Ministry encouraged them to
expand. Linda took on the post
of the Executive Director of
the Screening Mammography
Program of B.C. in June of 1988,
in addition to her clinical practice.
She was one of the inaugural
team of screening radiologists.
Linda joined the UBC
Diagnostic Faculty in 1975 and
in July 1991 she was appointed
Clinical Professor.
In 1999 she was appointed
Chief Radiologist of the
Screening Mammography
Program of B.C. The published
data collection and data
analysis on high volume quality
oriented screening from that
program attracted international
attention. There were invitations
to speak both nationally and
internationally. Linda has been
a guest consultant, visiting
professor, and guest speaker
throughout the world. As well as
lectures and presentations, she
has given interviews, has been a
participant of panel discussions,
and has served on local, national
and international committees.
She has also attended countless
scientific meetings, is a member
of many organizations, and has
authored many publications, all
these in addition to her clinical,
teaching, and administrative
commitments. Are you
wondering how she achieves all
this within a 24 hour day?
Her honours are many. To
name but a few, the Governor
General's commemorative
medal for public service in
honour of Canada's 125
Anniversary Confederation in
1992, the YWCA Women of
Distinction in science in 2000,
Fellow of the American College
of Radiology in September
2000, B.C. College of
Physicians and Surgeons Award
of Excellence 2005, Order of
British Columbia in 2009 and
last year, the BCMA Silver
Medal of Service.
This has been a truly stellar
career. It is my privilege and
pleasure to present Dr. Linda
Warren as a 2011 Wallace
Wilson Leadership recipient.
MD '60
Tambolh L - R:J. Lane, MD 73; B. Woodhurst, MD 73; M. Dahl, MD'
Today I am honored to
be introducing one of the
recipients of the Wallace
Wilson Leadership Award,
Dr. Walter Barrie Woodhurst.
Barrie was born in Quesnel,
B.C. and was raised there
and in Surrey. He did his
undergraduate studies and
his medical school at UBC,
graduating in 1973. His
post graduate studies were
in Montreal, Vancouver, the
University of Western Ontario
and finally the Mayo Clinic.
From 1981 through to his
retirement last year, Barrie
has occupied many positions
at UBC and at Vancouver
General Hospital, including
undergraduate and resident
teaching in the Department
of Surgery. He served on
numerous hospital and
university committees while
carrying on an active clinical
practice with special interest in
epilepsy surgery.
Barrie has been awarded
numerous UBC and VGH
teaching awards and in 2001
he was awarded the Vancouver
General Hospital medical staff
award for clinical excellence.
I have had the privilege of
knowing Barrie since the first
year of medical school. Barrie,
two others and I were first-year
anatomy partners. We should
have known that from the
very beginning Barrie would
become the surgeon with his
meticulous dissections.
I would like now to present now
some comments about Barrie
from colleagues who could not
be here today.
First, from Nick Carr, MD '83:
"I did many combined surgical
cases with Barrie and he was
a superb clinician. Barrie was
the Undergraduate Director of
Education for the Department
of Surgery for many years and
brought a passion for education
to that position. He was a great
source of advice as to who the
surgeons in each class were
going to be."
The next are comments
from Felix Durity, MD '63,
Professor Emeritus; Department
of Surgery:
"I have known Barrie for over
35 years, beginning with his
residency in our Division in
the '70s.
During his residency he loved
to teach and was considered one
of the most effective teachers
by his fellow residents and the
rotating students.
Barrie had the combined gifts
of intelligence, hard-work
ethic, high standards, love and
compassion for his patients.
He was a staunch advocate for
his patients. He ran a tough
quality assurance program for
our division for many years. His
personal morbidity and mortality
figures were truly admirable.
He also served the Royal
College well as an examiner
for the Certification exams
in Neurosurgery and the
Neurosurgery Specialty
And other comments from
past residents and colleague
■ He always put in the extra
effort to accomplish the best
result for patients, students,
and colleagues. Whether
the reaction he received
was positive or negative the
agenda was always to do
things better.
■ When I transferred into the
program he was an incredible
facilitator for my success
during a difficult time for
Neurosurgery and me. He
wanted Neurosurgery to do
better and he wanted me to
do better. Woody was a father
figure, an authoritative one,
for my benefit.
■ A real turning point was
the Bowron Lakes canoe
trip. This is the kind of
activity that makes residents/
trainees feel they are part of
something more than just
a program. They are part of
a development and growth
process. The most interesting
feature was that it was natural
rather than by design. This
genuine quality can be hard to
find at times in our profession.
It is an honour to have known
you all these years, Barrie, as a
classmate, roommate, colleague,
and friend. You are a most
fitting recipient of the Wallace
Wilson Leadership Award.
Presented by Jim Lane, MD 73 L-R: Dr. V.Tsang;Dr. R.Taylor; M. Dahl, MD'86 photo credit: harveylu
It is an incredible honor for
me to introduce Dr. Robert
Taylor to all of you.
Most of us who know him in
this audience know him as a
dedicated and compassionate
surgeon and academic.
Personally, I am indebted to
him for the mentorship he
has provided to me, early in
my years both as a surgical
resident as well as a young
general surgeon. Increasingly
however, the impressive
contributions that Dr. Taylor
has made on a global scale
are being recognized. The
following short biography will
hopefully give you a glimpse
of the tireless achievements he
has made and the service to the
underprivileged worldwide.
Dr. Robert H. Taylor is a
general surgeon, an educator,
a leader, and a humanitarian,
who, for the past 40 years has
devoted his career at home
and abroad to improving care
for the less fortunate. He is a
clinical associate professor of
surgery and is the Director for
the Branch for International
Surgery at the University of
British Columbia. For the
past four decades, he has
undertaken assignments in
some of the most challenging
environments around the
world. Highlights include
pioneering a medical house
boat clinic to bring medical
care to indigenous people
living along the remote rivers
of Bolivia; providing surgical
care and surgical teaching in
a rural mission hospital in the
Congo; evaluating an acute care
and education program at four
hospitals in India; establishing a
post-graduate program in basic
surgery at the University of
Guyana; and teaching essential
surgical skills at the University
of Malawi. He has worked in
numerous conflict zones with
the Red Cross including Sri
Lanka and the Ivory Coast. Last
year he worked as one of two
surgeons providing 24 hours a
day care to the war wounded
at the Red Cross-run 100-bed
hospital at Peshawar, Pakistan,
where many of the victims sadly
were civilian.
His rare wealth of humanitarian and international surgical
expertise, coupled with
the growing demand from
professional associations,
compelled him to tackle the
challenge of preparing surgeons
and members of surgical teams
with the issues and challenges
they would encounter in the
field including ethics, advocacy,
and teaching surgery in low
resource settings.
He was instrumental in bringing
the surgical care community
at this University together
to establish the Branch for
International Surgery. This
branch brings together five
surgery related departments to
provide post-graduate training
for surgeons and prospective
surgeons. It also provides
continuing medical education
rounds on international
surgery as well as a resident
research grants.
On a voluntary basis he devoted
countless time and effort to
develop this University's first
ever online course in surgical care
in international health, a course
which has now attracted over
70 surgeons from around the
world and continues to build
the recognition that surgery can
play a vital role in improving
the health in underserved areas
of the world. He is also teaching
the course and mentoring
many students and residents on
surgical care.
On December 30, 2010 he
was awarded the Order of
Canada for his humanitarian
contributions to improving
medical services in surgical care
in underserved populations of
the world.
Fittingly today, he is being
recognized by his colleagues and
granted this Honorary Alumnus
award. Congratulations,
Dr. Taylor.
Presented by Dr. Victor Tsang L-R; D. Hardwick, MD '57 and M. Dahl, MD '86; the Class of 1986 reunion which took place this fall, photo credit: harvey lu
The class after 25 years selects
an individual who has shown
outstanding leadership and
who has in the 25 years since
graduation demonstrated
qualities in one or more of
the following areas:
research, teaching, clinical
care, administration or
public service.
This year's selection by the class
of 1986 is Dr. Marshall Dahl.
Typically a member of the class
presents the Silver Anniversary
Award to its recipient and this
will happen at the 25 th reunion
on September 23-25, 2011.
But it is traditional to recognize
the recipient at the AGM.
Prior to finishing medical
school, Marshall already had
a PhD, so he was a doctor and
would be called "Dr." during
his time in medical school.
He was extremely busy
but not necessarily with extracurricular activities. I can
remember him as a very hard
working student and dedicating
his efforts towards becoming
an excellent clinician.
Over the last 25 years, he
committed efforts to extraordinary activities in a wide
variety of areas in the medical
community and in addition
to that has had time for
running, travelling, using
the exercise facility at MSAC
and ornithology.
Marshall is a voracious
learner as noted above. He
got his bachelors and PhD in
physiology before graduating
with his medical degree.
His capacity for learning is
obvious as after he finished
his medical degree he went
on to complete his residency
in internal medicine and then
endocrinology. He is known as
the resident "House" doctor.
Colleagues look to him as
the 'go-to' expert for those
particularly difficult diagnoses.
He was Chief Resident of
Internal Medicine at VGH and
then went to Burnaby Hospital
and within 3 years was the
Head of the Department of
Medicine there.
Marshall teaches at The
University of British Columbia
in the Division of Endocrinology
as a Clinical Associate Professor.
He is on the medical staff at
Vancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre, Department
of Endocrinology and consults
at Burnaby Hospital.
Marshall has kept himself
involved in various scholarly
and professional activities.
He has added valuable input
and influenced many policy
decisions and helped to develop
strategies to change patterns in
health care in British Columbia.
He has taken an active role
in various scholarly and
professional activities including
President of the BCMA,
Council Member of CMA,
and President of the Professional
Association of Residents and
Interns of B.C.. He currently
is starting his second year of
a two-year term as President
of the UBC Medical Alumni
Marshall is highly respected
among his classmates and
other medical professionals; he
has always been engaged and
is a valuable member and leader
in our medical community.
I am pleased that Marshall
is the recipient of the Silver
Anniversary Award.
Presented by David Hardwick,
MD '57 L-R (top): H. Lui, MD '86; I. Gillepsie, MD 71; D. Kalla, MD'91;A. Garg, MD 77; B. Tamboline, MD '60;
L-R (bottom): D. Farquhar, MD '58; Dr. A. Seal (Hon.), L. Kanke, MD 76; D. Blackman, MD '69, M. Corbett, MD '■
Wesbrook Scholars
Scott Else, MD'11, now
a resident in Anaesthesia,
and Meghan MacDonald,
MD '11, now a resident in
Diagnostic Radiology, were two
of 21 UBC students designated
as Wesbrook Scholars in
2010-2011. This is based on
academic performance and
demonstrated ability to serve,
work with and lead others, both
on and/or off campus.
Kelly Ann Lefaivre, MD '02
is the 2011 Canadian
Orthopedic Association's
North American Travelling
LyallLevy, MD'61 and
Arun Garg, MD '77 were
recipients of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons
Award of Excellence in Medical
Practice. The presentations
were made at the President's
Dinner, May 25.
James Spence, MD '94 received
the Clinical Faculty Award
for Excellence in Community
Practice Teaching.
Vancouver Acute Awards
recognizes outstanding
achievements of faculty
members from Vancouver
Coastal Health (VCH). At the
annual Vancouver Medical,
Dental and Allied Staff awards,
Peter Dolman, MD '84
received the Award for
Clinical Excellence.
A number of Alumni were
honoured at the BCMA
Annual Awards Ceremony,
June 11. Don Farquhar, MD
'58 received the Dr. David
M. Bachop Gold Medal
for Distinguished Medical
Service. Arun Garg, MD '77
was the first recipient of the
Dr. Donald Rix Award for
Physician Leadership. Beverley
Tamboline, MD '60 was one
of three recipients of the BCMA
Silver Medal of Service. This
award, established in 1986,
confers the Association's highest
honour. CMA Honorary
Membership was accorded
to Douglas Blackman, MD
'69, Lorena Kanke, MD '67
and Dr. Andrew Seal (Hon.).
Recipients of this award can
receive their presentation
at the Provincial AGM or
National AGM.
Mark Corbett, MD '80 was
installed as BCMA Honorary
Secretary Treasurer for
2011 -12. Ian Gillespie, MD
'71 is the BCMA Past President.
At the 2011 World Congress
of Dermatology (WCD) in
Seoul, Harvey Lui, MD '86
was elected Secretary-General
which he will be at the next
Congress in 2015. Also at
that meeting Vancouver
was chosen as the venue for
2015 in a decisive vote over
Rome and Vienna. ILDS is
an umbrella organization for
national dermatological societies
and its goals are to promote
dermatology and patient care
at a global level. Its activities
include convening the World
Congress of Dermatology every
4 years, with the first held in
Paris in 1889. The next, the
23rd, will be in Vancouver in
2015. Harvey was nominated
to the ILDS by the Canadian
Dermatology Association and is
currently serving a 4 year term
as an International Director,
having been elected at the
WCD in Seoul in May, 2011.
This is automatically renewable
for an additional 4 years.
Dr. David McLean (Hon.) is
the outgoing Secretary-General
of the ILDS. In this capacity he
was instrumental in bringing a
number of countries, including
China, Russia and Vietnam to
the ILDS for the first time.
Daniel Kalla, MD '91 had
his seventh novel The Far Side
of the Sky published in
September 2011. This is his
first historical novel.
At the Federation of Medical
Women's AGM, held in
Vancouver in September, Mary
Conley, MD '77 received the
Reproductive Health Award,
2011. This award is sponsored
by the Society of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists of Canada.
Also at the meeting, Pamela
Verma, MD '12 was the
first recipient of the Student
Leadership Award.
Congratulations to UBC's
Department of Dermatology
and Skin Care which
successfully completed its
first external university review
since becoming a department
in 2006. A record number of
academic papers have been
received and a record number
of academic papers have been
published. And on October 19,
Health Canada advised that it
has officially approved a new
medical device for evaluating
suspected skin cancers that was
researched and developed in the
Department. Harvey Lui, MD
'86 was one of the researchers. ALUMNI PROFILE
L-R; Daniel Kalla, MD '91; cover of Kalla's book, The Far Side of the Sky
From a young age, Daniel
Kalla never planned on
being a doctor. He also
never planned on being
a bestselling author. But
somehow one thing has
led to another and Daniel
is both a practicing
Emergency Medicine doctor
at St. Paul's Hospital and a
bestselling author.
It all seems too simple. There
was no plan, no dream and
no expectation that one day
Daniel would be a third
generation physician and
author of seven books, yet here
he is. A class of 1991 UBC
Medicine graduate, Daniel
swears that he just 'fell into
things' and that his medical
training and writing directly
impact each other, making this
career combination simple for
him. Writing is energizing and
helps him find compassion
while he is in the emergency
room and seeing patients
brings him back to reality and
gives him inspiration. To him
being an author and doctor are
The first thing that led Daniel
into medicine was his parents,
both family physicians. As a
child he would often have to
stay in the waiting room at St.
Paul's Hospital while his father
visited patients. As he sat
there, he watched as patients
waited to be seen and he could
feel the hustle and bustle
intensify every time someone
new walked through the door.
The feeling of excitement
surged through his body and
is what led him to want to
become a doctor.
Daniel's time at UBC was
a positive experience. After
a rotation at Shaugnessy
Hospital's ER and getting
some hands-on experience, he
knew that emergency medicine
would be his area of practice.
The compassionate teachers
he had truly shaped him as an
individual and has played an
integral role in his teaching
style at St. Paul's Hospital.
Thriving on the interactions he
was having with patients and
seeing medical cases transform,
Daniel needed an outlet. He
enrolled in a writing course
and writing slowly became his
addiction. Using his medical
education and pairing it with
a fictional storyline he was able
to write medical thrillers which
have been sold worldwide.
This fall, Daniel's seventh
book The Far Side of the Sky
was published. His books
have been translated into
eleven languages and two
books have been optioned for
feature films.
Between writing and long
shifts in the ER, Daniel
still finds time to create
new initiatives and acts as
the Physicians Operations
Leader at St. Paul's Hospital.
Most recently, his group and
he have put time towards
raising funds for the Union
Gospel Mission's Emergency
Assistance Fund ($15,000) and
the Eastside Emergency Dental
Clinic. This fall, a group of
31 ER doctors from St. Paul's
Hospital raised $5,000 needed
to help provide an instrument
sterilizer at the Eastside
Emergency Dental Clinic.
The group plans to continue
to raise funds and volunteer
their time for various projects
which fit the objectives of their
So while it may seem like a
simple life to Daniel Kalla,
to others it may not. An
international bestselling
author, ER doctor, administrator, husband, father
and fundraiser, Daniel Kalla
certainly has had good luck
'falling into things'.
For more information on
Daniel Kalla, MD '91 go to:
www. danielkalla. com.
Written by Kira Peterson L-R; Dr. M. Godley; R. DeMarchi, MD '81; Dr. K.Appleby;B. Cheyne, MD 77 photo credit: kyle harland
L-R; M. Vernon; G. Gill, MD '57; Dr. G. Stuart; B. Fleming, MD 78 photo credit: kyle harlan d
C. Bowman, MD '99; D. Manson, MD '61;
H. Oetter, MD '85; M. Vu, MD'01
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UBC Medical Alumni &
Friends Golf Tournament
June 23, 2011
This year's Medical Alumni &
Friends Golf Tournament was
a huge success! The tournament
was held at the University
Golf Course on June 23,
2011 and there was a record
88 participants, the most the
tournament has had in its 25
year history!
It was a day of unexpected but
welcome sunshine, and golfers
were on the course enjoying the
company, the game and the sun.
The afternoon was spent
connecting with friends,
colleagues, former classmates,
and teachers. Between laughing
and conversations, everyone
managed to find time to get in
some great shots on the course.
And to top it off, approximately
$19,000 was raised for the
Medical Alumni Association
which will help support student
programs! This was a record
amount for the Medical Alumni
& Friends Golf Tournament.
After the round of golf,
everyone enjoyed a fabulous
dinner in the clubhouse before
the prizes were awarded. The
evening also included a birthday
celebration for the Dean.
Special thanks to Ron
Warneboldt, MD '75, Bob
Cheyne, MD '77, David
Jones, MD '70, Brad Fritz,
MD '75, Anne Campbell, Kira
Peterson and Patty Scrase from
Scotiabank for organizing this
year's tournament.
It is hoped there will be
more alumni at next year's
tournament in June.
A heartfelt thank you is
extended to the sponsors for
continuing to support the
current and future medical
Student Orientation 2011
August 29, 2011
The class of 2015 was welcomed
by four alumni speakers,
Cameron Bowman, MD
'99, Heidi Oetter, MD '85,
MarkVu, MD '01, and David
Manson, MD '61 at the Student
Orientation in late August.
This panel of doctors shared
with the class the importance
of having outside interests
to balance the demands of
medicine, the benefits of a
supportive network, practicing
and learning medicine outside
of Vancouver, and the joys
and privileges of working
in medicine.
And Now for Something
Completely Different
September 15, 2011
This will be a biannual
event which will showcase
UBC Faculty of Medicine
alumni whose unique career
opportunities in medicine
will interest and enlighten
The inaugural session featured
alumnus William Carpentier,
MD '61, who served as the
crew flight surgeon for Apollo
11, the legendary spaceflight
that carried the first men to the
moon and showed the world the
historic first moon walk.
It was a career path which
was never expected, but when
Dr. Carpentier paired his love
of flying with medicine he
was able to explore and learn
about aviation medicine. After
spending two years researching
and practicing in aviation
medicine, he was offered the
residency of a lifetime —to train
in operational space medicine
with NASA. Al asked Peg for their first date while they
were in the gross anatomy lab - unusual but
not exactly a romantic setting!
L - R: Drs. Margaret & Albert Cox; Drs. April & Bill Sanders
Albert & Margaret Cox
Albert (Al) Cox, MD '54, first
met Margaret (Peg) Dobson
in the microscopic anatomy
class. Students were seated
alphabetically so the only
obstacle keeping Al apart
from his future wife was one
classmate named Peter Devito.
Pete eventually switched seats
with Al, as he got tired of being
in the crossfire of conversation
over his microscope!
Al asked Peg for their first date
while they were in the gross
anatomy lab —unusual but not
exactly a romantic setting! Over
the following years they went
out together and also studied
together, often walking home
along University Boulevard.
During summer vacations Al
lived at home in Victoria while
working as a house painter
and taxi driver, while Peg
worked as a nurse aide and
later a lab assistant at what
is now Riverdale Hospital in
Coquitlam, and later at the lab
of the Royal Jubilee Hospital
in Victoria.
They married in May 1954
and pursued postgraduate study
and jobs in Vancouver, London
(U.K.), Seattle, Salt Lake
City and St John's, spending
22 years in Newfoundland
and Labrador, where Al was
Professor of Medicine at
the new Medical School of
Memorial University and later
Dean. Peg practiced pediatrics
at the Janeway Child Health
Centre and the university while
the family of four was growing
up. They retired to Vancouver
Island in 1991 where Al
established an organic garlic
farm. They shared their 57th
wedding anniversary with the
57th class reunion this year.
Submitted by Al Cox, MD '54
& Margaret Cox, MD '55
Bill & April Sanders
While consuming as many free
cookies as possible at student
orientation in 1980, Bill
Sanders never guessed that he
would also be meeting April, his
future wife, that day.
By the end of that first day
of medical school Bill and
April had set their first date,
which would take place a week
later at Simpatico Ristorante
on West 4th. Enjoying each
other's company tremendously,
they moved in together a
month later and were married
within the year. They recently
celebrated their 30-year
anniversary by taking their
two children, one of whom
was celebrating a 21st birthday,
back to that very restaurant
where they had their first date.
Being the adventure seeking
couple that they are, they
also headed south for scuba
diving and an exploration
holiday to the Galapagos
Islands and Machu Picchu.
Written by Kira Peterson The Class of 1961 Reunion Organizing Team
encourages you to send your medical school
archives to MSAC for safe-keeping.
From L - R: D. Manson, A. Suiker, F Ho,
E. Trevor-Smith
The Medical Undergraduate
Society (MUS) welcomed
the nation's largest incoming
class in August. The first
year class now consists of
288 students spread across
four sites.
UBC's MD program is one of
the last few schools in Canada
that offers a Honours/Pass/
Fail grading scheme for pre-
clerkship courses. In 2011,
students voted to switch to
a Pass/Fail grading scheme to
be more in-line with other
programs in Canada. MUS
continues to work with Faculty
to have this implemented
as part of the MD program
Curriculum Renewal.
The UBC Medical Journal
(www.ubcmj.com) published
its 5th issue in September 2011
on topics related to aging.
The Journal also hosted their
2nd Annual UBC Medicine
Research Forum where
undergraduate, graduate and
medical students across Canada
came to present their research.
MUS's official newspaper has
been renamed MUSings. The
MUSings is now the official
archive/record-keeping medium
for all medical student related
accomplishments, news and
During the summer, TransLink
abolished its U-Pass mail-out
programs for all post-secondary
students in B.C.. This posed
an inconvenience to 3rd and
4th year medical students who
often have grueling clerkship
schedules. MUS was able
to strike an exclusive deal to
have the mail-out program
reinstated for 3rd and 4th year
medical students.
MUS is working with the
Office of Student Affairs to
try to improve Career Planning
Services for students. MUS has
undertaken the responsibility
to conduct a study to determine the needs of students at
each level of their education.
We recently completed a
National Survey of all English
speaking medical schools in
order to understand the services
other programs currently offer
their students. The goal is to
offer "just-in-time" services to
MUS is exploring the
possibility of publishing a
reference textbook/pocketbook
in order to establish a
permanent revenue stream to
fund student initiatives and
projects. We are looking for
community members who
have experience in publishing
to collaborate with MUS on
this initiative.
At MUS we are focused on
providing students with
an unrivaled educational
experience. This is only
possible with the continuing
support and collaboration
with UBC medical alumni and
community members.
Michael Yang, MUS President
yangmhfcbinterchange. ubc. ca
Do you have old copies
of your year's UBC Medicine
student newsletter? A flyer
from your Medical Ball?
A playbill from the Talent
Show? A yearbook?
Sports records? MUS
minutes? Photos?
Important historical
documents from the "social
and recreational" life of
your years in medical school
might be sitting in that space
underneath your stairs. This is
your opportunity to send this
memorabilia to a place that
values this history.
The Medical Student &
Alumni Centre team is aware
that those graduating before the
MSAC was built did not have a
central facility that could house
historical information, records
or documents. All classes are
encouraged to consider MSAC
as a memorabilia storage site.
There are several storage
options: each class has a locked
drawer in a climate-controlled
area of MSAC. These "time
capsules" are locked for
the class to enjoy at future
Yearbooks are on display in
the locked glass cabinet in
the Medical Alumni Meeting
Room, and extra copies are
inventoried and available for
reunions. At present yearbooks
from 1960 through 1984 are
missing. Do you have one that
you would be willing to share?
Space will be provided for
material that could be of
general interest to the UBC
medical school community.
Current medical students,
reunion organizers and
archivists-at-heart will be
pleased to have a more
documented history of student
life at UBC Medicine, from the
time the first class was admitted
in 1950, to DVDs of Camp
Artaban activities from the
Class of 2015.
Written by Nancy Thompson MD graduating class of 2011 photo credit: evangelos photography
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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