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25 Medical alumni news
60 years in
the making
Gates Foundation backs Peter von Dadelszen's
global fight against pre-eclampsia
More in women's
06 A new way to prevent ovarian cancer
07 OB-GYN professorship honours a caring physician
08 The timing trade-off for high-risk pregnanci
a place of mind
Setting a global dragnet for pre-eclampsia
Spreading the word to save lives
Timing the delivery of high-risk babies
School of Population and Public Health: new home, new leader
A crop of new doctors for a region starved for care
Turning patients into educators
Centre for Brain Health takes shape, with a benefactor's help
Enhancing excellence: new arrivals to the Faculty of Medicine
Applying algorithms to anesthesia
Investigations _ Breakthroughs
A Renaissance man leaves a legacy to future students
Making a mark: awards and honours
Philanthropy's impact: recent gifts to the Faculty of Medicine
VOL. 7 | NO. 1 SPRING 2011
A publication of the University
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The UBC Faculty of Medicine remains committed to promoting
the health of British Columbians and beyond. In meeting the
needs of a diverse population, it is necessary to ensure that
certain principles underpin all of our programs and activities.
However, it is also important to ensure that we address the
unique health needs of specific populations — children, the
elderly, aboriginal communities, to name a few.
In this issue, we have an opportunity to portray some of the
Faculty's amazing academic contributions to women's health.
The ambitious vision of Peter von Dadelszen and his colleagues
for treating pre-eclampsia in the developing world has received
significant financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. The Ovarian Cancer Research Program at Vancouver
General Hospital (OvCaRe) has garnered international acclaim for
its efforts to prevent ovarian cancer; the program also has received
some well-deserved support from donors. New epidemiological
research published by Jennifer Hutcheon, on the optimal timing for
delivery of high-risk pregnancies, has been highly regarded.
These successes reflect the broad contribution to women's
health within the Faculty of Medicine. Perhaps most important in
considering these contributions is another common thread: they
represent a direct translation of basic science laboratory research
into clinical practice, and potentially into public policy.
Individual practice-changing discoveries are few and far between.
However, in aggregate, the contributions of researchers have a
major impact. For example, the basic science research occurring
in the Faculty of Medicine in ovarian cancer has been carried
through into translational studies that have sought to identify
specific molecular characterizations of tumours and effect
therapy. Similarly, an understanding of the basic pathophysiology
of ovarian cancer has led to a significant recommendation in
clinical practice to include removal of the fallopian tubes at the
time of hysterectomy.The OvCaRe group is to be commended on
translating research into clinical practice.
Women's health is a critical component of our contribution to
the overall health of the population. Research that spans the
continuum from the laboratory to the population, and also engages
diverse teams of investigators, is most likely to have the greatest
mpact on the health of the population that we serve. I hope that
you will enjoy reading about the successes included within this
issue, and gain a better appreciation for the ways that science
can be translated into clinical practice, and ultimately benefit the
health of the population.
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cultures, different expectations,
different barriers....We have to be
respectful of what the issues are
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community volunteers (seated) who teach pregnant women about the warning signs of pre-eclampsia. photos by diane sawchuck
When the United Nations laid out its Millennium Development
Goals in 2000, No. 5 on the list was reducing maternal deaths.
Progress has been slow — with only four years left to go before
the 2015 deadline, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by
34 per cent, less than half of the UN's target.
One of the main obstacles is pre-eclampsia, the sudden onset of
high blood pressure during pregnancy. It's the second-leading cause
of maternal death worldwide, resulting in 76,000 women dying a
year — almost all of them in lower- and middle-income countries.
A woman can be spared the dangers of pre-eclampsia, which
nclude seizures (eclampsia), stroke or failure of the lungs, kidneys
or liver. It doesn't take a lot of medical wizardry: She must be
transported to hospital, where her blood pressure can be managed,
her seizures prevented and her delivery induced, which ultimately
is the only sure treatment.
But in much of the developing world, identifying women who are
at-risk or already have pre-eclampsia — and getting them to a facility
that can provide proper care — simply doesn't happen.
:'lt really is a social equity issue," says Peter von Dadelszen, an
Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
:'lf you really want to make an impact on maternal health, we must
focus on countries where women routinely deliver their babies at
home, or live far away from medical facilities."
If Dr. von Dadelszen sounds like he has a plan, that's because he does.
And the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has signed on to it.
The foundation has given Dr. von Dadelszen and his team $7 million
to test a battery of new strategies to monitor, prevent and treat preeclampsia. To increase the chances of its scalability, it will unfold in
a broad number of countries in Africa (Mali, Nigeria, South Africa,
Uganda and Zimbabwe), South Asia (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan),
Asia-Oceania (China and Fiji) and Latin America (Brazil).
"We're dealing with different cultures, different expectations,
different barriers and different facilitators," says Dr. von Dadelszen,
Co-Director of the Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy research
cluster at the Child & Family Research Institute. "We have to be
respectful of what the issues are in each place."
One component of Dr. von Dadelszen's project is a clinical trial
in South Africa and Zimbabwe to test the efficacy of calcium
supplements for women with low calcium intake and at high risk
for pre-eclampsia in their next pregnancy.
Pre-eclampsia is the second-
leading cause of maternal death
worldwide, killing 76,000 women
a year.
Another component will test a method developed by Dr. von
Dadelszen for diagnosing pre-eclampsia and assessingthe degree
of risk, based either on the woman's symptoms, clinical examination
and simple lab tests, or without any lab tests whatsoever.
The Gates grant will also fund the creation of "a treatment pipeline"
that extends from remote villages to properly-equipped medical
facilities in urban centres. Community health workers will be trained
to use Dr. von Dadelszen's diagnostic and risk-assessment tool, and
to administer an anti-hypertensive drug (to prevent strokes), and
magnesium sulfate (to prevent seizures).The pipeline will include
a protocol for transporting women to hospitals that provide more
elaborate care.
"Many women are moribund, or dead, by the time they are seen by
someone who can help," Dr. von Dadelszen says. "The idea is to reach
into the community to make a difference." BC's Ovarian Cancer Research Program
realized they had new knowledge to share,
but they weren't content to let the word
get out through the usual channels. It was
just too important.
A new professorship in
gynecologic oncology has
been created at UBC in tribute
to the late Chew Wei, a Hong
Kong physician.
Dr. Chew, who retired to Vancouver in 1988
and died in 2009, practiced obstetrics and
gynecology for 38 years, and came to be
dismayed by the prognosis for his patients
who developed ovarian cancer. Though
not a cancer specialist himself, he was
determined to do what he could — even
posthumously — to improve outcomes for
women faced with the disease.
His family and friends wanted to honor
those intentions by donating $3 million
to the Faculty of Medicine to endow the
Dr. Chew Wei MBBS [HK] FRCOG [ENG]
Memorial Professorship in the Department
of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Born and raised in Malaysia, Dr. Chew
earned his medical degree and specialist
degrees at the University of Hong Kong
and the University of London. Upon
returning to Hong Kong, he was a lecturer
at the University of Hong Kong and served
as Acting Head of the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology before going
into private practice. He also served as
President of the university's medical society.
"UBC's Faculty of Medicine is enormously
grateful for the generosity of Dr. Chew's
family and friends," says Gavin Stuart, Dean,
Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Health
at UBC. "I remain in my clinical role as a
member of our ovarian cancer team here in
BC, and I know that this gift will help cement
our place as a world leader in ovarian cancer
research and treatment, hastening the day
when this disease no longer poses the threat
that it does today."
When researchers make a significant new finding, the news is
typically shared through publication in a journal. Maybe they will
get to make a presentation at a conference. Depending on its
news value, and what else is happening in the world that day, the
discovery might be covered by newspapers, radio and television.
When BC's Ovarian Cancer Research Program, OvCaRe, realized they
had new knowledge to share, they weren't content to let the word get
out through those usual channels. It was just too important.
Their discovery — that at least two-thirds of high-grade serous
tumours in the ovaries have actually originated in the fallopian
tubes — had huge implications. It meant that removing the fallopian
tubes, either in women who carry a genetic predisposition to such
cancer or in women already undergoing a hysterectomy or tubal
ligation, could reduce the incidence of such cancers by as much as
50 percent.
The potential for lives saved impelled OvCaRe to launch a campaign
to promote routine removal of the fallopian tubes when performing
hysterectomies or tubal ligations.
This seems simple and obvious but the concept evaded all of us
until recently," says Sarah Finlayson, an Assistant Professor in
the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a gynecologic
oncologist at OvCaRe at Vancouver General Hospital.
Changing ingrained practices is a slow process, even if the change
is backed by peer-reviewed articles in respected journals. Previous
articles detailing the fallopian tube revelation, which appeared
months before OvCaRe's independent findings, were pathology-
oriented and didn't explicitly delve into the clinical implications.
Even OvCaRe's article, published in 2009 in the International Journal
of Gynecological Cancer, would not typically be read bythe OB-GYNs
who are best positioned to act on it.
Taking advantage of their role as the sole ovarian cancer group for
the province, and their ability to communicate directly with most of
the province's gynecologists, they produced an educational DVD that
was sent to all of BC's 250 osbstetrician-gynecologists (and posted
on the OvCaRe website at ovcare.ca/news_practice%20changes.php).
They also made it a major focus of the province's annual gathering
of OB-GYNs.
:'We have a degree of trust both ways with the practicing community,"
says Dianne Miller, Associate Professor in the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology and co-founder of OvCaRe. "We
don't have a lot of pushback, which is both a privilege and a huge
responsibility. When we launched this, we had to be sure this was
the correct thing to do."
Tracking how much practice is actually changing is proving difficult,
even in BC, because of the way such surgical procedures are coded.
"Anecdotally, we have heard from several major institutions around
the province that it has become routine," Dr. Miller says. "The
dominoes are falling."
Beyond BC, OvCaRe is relying on any willing ambassadors to
spread the word. Jan Christilaw, Clinical Professor and President
of BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, made the fallopian
tube removal recommendation the focus of a lecture she gave
at McMaster University.The President-elect of the Society of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Clinical Professor
Mark Heywood, has vowed to make promoting the practice
change a priority during his upcoming term, and has already given
presentations about it at two of the society's continuing medical
education conferences.
"These articles go to press, it adds to the knowledge that's out
there, but there's not always an immediate change in patient care,"
Dr. Finlayson says. "Part of it is the medical establishment's
traditional deliberateness. Part of it is people just being very busy.
So getting this new knowledge out takes time and energy." Jennifer Hutcheon
Jennifer Hutcheon's career as an epidemiologist was sparked by
questions from expectant mothers in the Fraser Valley.
Dr. Hutcheon, while working as a nutritionist, often found herself
trying to counsel pregnant women with diabetes on how to manage
their blood sugar through diet.
"I would go to the literature for answers," she says. "But often there
were none."
Determined to answer the questions herself when no one else
had done so, she went off to earn a doctorate in epidemiology and
biostatistics at McGill University.
Upon arriving at UBC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
as a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Hutcheon was party to a departmental
discussion about the optimal timing of delivery for women with preexisting high blood pressure.
It's a question that hangs over every obstetrician dealing with
higher-risk pregnancies, whether caused by maternal hypertension,
obesity, advanced age or multiple births: When does the risk
of continuing the pregnancy, which could result in stillbirth,
outweigh the risk of delivering the baby early, which could result in
complications for the baby, especially respiratory problems?
There is no definitive data to guide the mothers or their physicians.
Not surprisingly, clinical practices vary for mothers with preexisting high blood pressure, with some physicians recommending
delivery at 36 weeks, some preferring to await spontaneous onset
of labour, and everything in between.
"You would just think that we would have a good answer for
that somewhere," says Dr. Hutcheon, who became an Assistant
Professor and a Scientist at the Child and Family Research Institute
in March. "But the studies just haven't been done, because huge
sample sizes are needed to study rare, serious outcomes like
stillbirth or neonatal death."
This time, however, Dr. Hutcheon — recipient of fellowship awards
from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael
Smith Foundation for Health Research — had the skills and
expertise to find the answer herself.
Using a decade's worth of U.S. birth records, she was able to
assemble a large enough collection of data of stillbirths (about
two in every 1,000 deliveries) to make solid conclusions about the
trade-off. Her analysis, published in November in the British Journal
of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, revealed that the risk of stillbirth
ncreases sharply in the 39th week, while the risk of complications
decreases fairly dramatically between 36 and 38 weeks.
So delivering in the 38th or 39th week would minimize the number
of stillbirths as well as the number of neo-natal complications
and Caesarian deliveries. Her findings are now being applied at BC
Women's Hospital and Health Centre.
A month after that publication, Dr. Hutcheon published a study in
the same journal on a far more uncommon condition, but one that
had been encountered at BC Women's — diaphragmatic hernia
diagnosed in utero.
A previous large-scale study indicated that earlier delivery,
at 37 or 38 weeks, would lower the rate of stillbirths among
nfants with that condition. But Dr. Hutcheon, using a different
methodology, found that delivery at 39 to 40 weeks was
associated with better outcomes.
"We don't want to be changing practice so all of these babies
are delivered at 37 weeks, when in fact it could be causing harm,"
Dr. Hutcheon said. "Let's wait until we get a proper answer to this
question before making changes to clinical practice." L-R; David Patrick; students and faculty in the new home of the School of Population and Public Health, photos by martin dee
Nearly three years after its creation, the School of Population
and Public Health has a new home — and a new leader.
The School moved from the Mather building to a renovated
space on East Mall last summer, bringing it under the same roof
as its numerous affiliates: the Centre for Health Services and
Policy Research, the School of Environmental Health, the Human
Early Learning Partnership, Population Data BC, the Global
Health Research Program and the Centre for Population Health
Promotion Research.
At the official building opening in November, UBC President
Stephen Toope reflected back to the vision of the university's
founding president, Frank Fairchild Wesbrook — a pioneer in public
health teaching and research who had called for coordinated
specialism in public health research.
"Wesbrook was a prescient thinker, but I doubt even he could have
envisioned the diversity of expertise that would one day be standing
in this room wanting to collaborate across specializations, wanting
to break down disciplinary boundaries, to the extent that teachers,
researchers and students will do within these walls and beyond,':
Professor Toope said.
The School's founding Director and former Head of the Department
of Health Care and Epidemiology, Martin Schechter, stepped down
in December after 10 years of leadership. His vision of the new
school took shape in 2002.
The hypothesis was that if we could put everybody in the area of
population and public health under the same umbrella, we would
have the strongest group in the country and one of the best in the
world," Dr. Schechter says. "I think we are well on our way to proving
that hypothesis correct."
The task of overseeing the school's continuing evolution now falls
to David Patrick, who became its new director in April. Dr. Patrick,
the former Director of Epidemiology Services at the BC Centre
for Disease Control, says his first priority is to renew the school's
strategic plan.
:'We need to be a home for anyone interested in our overall vision
and mission of population and public health, regardless of their
discipline," Dr. Patrick says.
'    Clyde Hertzman, Professor in the School of
Population and Public Health and Director of
the Human Early Learning Partnership, was
named Canada's 2010 "Health Researcher of the
Year" — the highest scientific honourfrom the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The award recognizes Dr. Hertzman's work on the effects of the
environment on the development of young children. Dr. Hertzman
has gathered a wide range of scientific evidence to support
the idea that what happens to children during their early years
is important to lifelong health and well-being. His research
team monitors the condition of BC's children using the Early
Development Instrument (EDI).
The award includes a grant of $500,000, paid over five years.
Dr. Hertzman, who is also a Canada Research Chair in Population
Health and Human Development, plans to use the grant to promote
the use of the EDI in Latin America, China and Europe and to
support the creation of a global monitoring protocol for early
childhood rights.
Previous recipients of the award include Michael Hayden
(Department of Medical Genetics) and Brett Finlay (Department
of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Y,\ £ 1
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James Card was planting trees in a remote part of
northern BC in the summer of 2000 when news came
over the radio from Prince George — thousandsof
residents had gathered at the local arena to protest
the shortage of physicians.
"It kind of got me thinking that it would be a good
job in terms of future employability," he says. "That's when
the seed started to set. It was not something I had grown up
wanting to do, but I saw the opportunity."
When the time had come to act on his idea, that rally had borne
fruit— UBC's medical education program was expanding beyond
the Lower Mainland, taking root in Prince George and Victoria. By
distributing doctor training throughout the province, the thinking
went, more doctors would be likely to set up their practices
throughout the province.
He was accepted into the inaugural class of the Northern Medical
Program, hosted by the University of Northern British Columbia.
He and his 23 classmates experienced the same curriculum as
.^their fellow UBC students in Vancouver and Victoria, with many
classes conducted by videoconferencing.
N,dw, having completed four years of medical school and two
years of postgraduate training (or "residency") in family medicine,
Dr. Card is one of the first family doctors produced by UBC's
distributed medical education program.
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The Faculty of Medicine's distributed medical education
program has won two national awards for innovation in medical
education — theTed Freed man Award and the COACH Best
Innovation in Technology Award.
The awards acknowledge the technological foundation and provincial
partnerships that enabled the first-of-its-kind distributed medical
education program, which was launched in 2004 and became a model
throughout North America.
TheTed Freedman Award is an international competition
organized by Longwoods Publishing and the Ontario Hospital
Association. The other award, presented by COACH: Canada's
Health Informatics Association, is given every year to a program,
project or service provider that demonstrates an innovative
application of technology and learning in telehealth.
Dave Lampron, the Faculty's Director of Technology Enabled
Learning, said the awards are a welcome acknowledgement from
peers, but the real reward is knowing the impact that the program
and its underlying technology are playing in improving health in
British Columbia.
"We've shown that it's possible to use telehealth technologies to
overcome geographical boundaries and to address imbalances in
access to medical education resources," Lampron said.
He has stayed in Prince George, filling in for physicians who are
on vacation or maternity leave, or helping out in the Emergency
Department of the University Hospital of Northern BC. He also
ventures to clinics and hospitals around the province, including the
small northern town of Mackenzie, the bustling maternity ward of
Surrey Memorial Hospital, and even his hometown of Maple Ridge.
Some of Dr. Card's former classmates have chosen a less
peripatetic path since completing their family practice
residencies — and true to plan, they have settled in the North.
Jennifer Parker, who dreamed of being a doctor
since the age of six, is tending to patients in
Fort St. John, a 480 kilometre-drive north from
Prince George. A Cree Metis who was raised in the
northern BC towns of Chetwynd and Fort Nelson,
she was intent on returning to the region as a doctor.
So after earning her MD in Prince George, Dr. Parker also opted
for a residency in the North, in Ft. St. John. Before long, she was
thinking about settling there.
"The medical community here is very friendly, welcoming, accepting
and very supportive of one another," she says. "I just got to do so much
in that space of time, and everybody was so excited to teach me."
She is one of the few BC born-and-raised physicians in town; most
of the others are transplants from South Africa, the U.K., Australia
and other Canadian provinces. Her days are long and varied, and
can easily include delivering babies, assisting on surgery, seeing
patients in the family practice she has joined, and working in the
hospital's emergency room. She also travels to outlying towns, such
as Hudson's Hope, every month.
"This was sort of what I had envisioned to begin with, and being in
the Northern Medical Program, I was able to easily confirm that
this is what I wanted," she says.
By distributing doctor training
throughout the province, the
thinking goes, more doctors would
be likely to set up their practices
throughout the province.
Brian Hillhouse, like Dr. Parker, also was raised
in the North. Although he spent years earning
a bachelor's and master's degree at UBC's
Vancouver campus, he wanted to return to his
hometown as a family doctor. The opening of the
Northern Medical Program, in his hometown, seemed tailored
just for him.
Upon completing his residency in Prince George, he joined a
practice there; he also sees patients at a walk-in clinic and the
hospital's Emergency Department, where it becomes clear just how
many more like him are needed. His fellow physicians estimate
that a third of the town's residents don't have a family doctor.
"When I work in a walk-in clinic or in the emergency department,
everyday I'm faced with the dilemma — 'How do I get this person
to follow up?'" Dr. Hillhouse says. "Usually the shortcut is I see
them in my office for that problem, because otherwise there
would be no follow-up." Jose Campillo (standing) addressing health professions students at a Patient and Community Voices workshop.
Patients have long been a part of the education of health
professionals, but they have usually been relegated to a passive role,
to be queried and examined — serving, in the words of Associate
Professor of Medicine Angela Towle, as "audio-visual aids."
Not so in the Patient and Community Voices project.
Elevating patients into the role of educators, the project seeks to
have patients, their relatives and caregivers, and other community
members take an active part in the making of physicians,
physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, speech
therapists, midwives and other health professionals.
"In contrast to the traditional university'outreach' approach, we
wanted these experts from the community to 'reach in'to the
university," says Dr. Towle, Co-Director of the Division of Health Care
Communication in the College of Health Disciplines.
In atypical workshop, several patients with a particular condition
meet with small groups of students for two to three hours in an
intimate, safe environment, away from campus or hospitals to
escape the intimidating trappings of academic or clinical formality.
Most students who participate are volunteers and don't receive
credit for attending, though some participate as part of their
regular courses. The inter-professional workshops have been
attended by students from 1 5 different health and human service
programs at UBC.
The project began in 2008 with funding from UBC's Teaching
and Learning Enhancement Fund.The first workshops included
community educators from the Richmond Mental Health
Consumer and Friends Society, the Canadian Mental Health
Association, the Arthritis Society/Scleroderma Association of
Canada, the BC Epilepsy Society, the Indian Residential School
Survivors Society and the BC Persons with AIDS Society. An
upcoming workshop in June will involve people with aphasia,
a speech disorder.
The volunteer educators talk about their experiences of living
with and managing chronic illness, as well as stigma, peer
support, recovery, community resources and their interactions
with the health care system. After hearing short talks about the
llness experiences, the students break into smaller groups,
spending time in detailed conversations with each educator.
At a recent workshop that focused on mental health, the educators
spoke about their frustrations with doctors, the challenge of finding
the most effective medication, and discord or misunderstandings
with relatives or employers.
"All those years I felt isolated in my own world, but also inferior,"
said Jose Campillo, 50, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia
when he was 19.
Ian Sadler, who has been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder
(after an initial diagnosis of chronic depression), explained how he
wished his doctors had been more forthcoming about the trial-
and-error nature of prescribing psychiatric drugs.
"Had I known that there was a trial period for medication, and
after you go up several steps to dosage you should be on a new
medication, I wouldn't have stayed for a year on a particular antidepressant," he said. "That's one point I want to make for educating
the patients."
Evaluation of the workshops indicates that students learn
important aspects of patient-centred care and chronic disease
management that they don't get in their formal curricula.
Just to hear the lived experience from someone's mouth is
always great," an occupational therapy student commented after
a workshop. "Ten minutes of that seems to be worth about two
hours of it coming from an instructor's mouth."
7b learn more about the Patient and Community Voices Project,
visitwww.meetingofexperts.org L-R: Djavad Mowafaghian; rendering of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, photo by martin dee
When the Faculty of Medicine's newest research enterprise opens
in 2013, it will bear the name of its most generous individual
donor—Djavad Mowafaghian.
The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will take an
nterdisciplinary approach to understand and treat diseases of the
brain, which affect one in seven Canadians from early childhood
through to old age.
"The brain has been referred to as the last frontier of medicine,"
he says. "Maybe my donation will help doctors and researchers
move a little closer to that frontier."
Dr. Mowafaghian gave $1 5 million for the construction of the
135,000-square-foot centre, the largest single gift from an
ndividual to the Faculty of Medicine. A native of Tehran who
settled in Vancouver in 1987, he has used his foundation to
support many causes in British Columbia, including the Djavad
Mowafaghian Young Scholars Project at UBC's Human Early
Learning Partnership and the Djavad Mowafaghian Atrium at
UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, a partnership
between the Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health,
will integrate brain research with patient care, and will unite
neuroscience, mental health and addiction medicine — marking
a new strategy of breaking down barriers to find answers and
develop treatments.
"The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will build on the
Faculty of Medicine's globally recognized expertise in brain health,
creating an innovative facility that integrates psychiatry, neurology
and basic neurosciences, and, for the first time in Canada, uniting
clinical care and brain research under one roof," says Gavin Stuart,
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and UBC's Vice Provost Health.
The Centre, to be built next to UBC Hospital, also received $25 million
from the Province of British Columbia, $10 million from Industry
Canada's Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research
program, $17 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
competition and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund
competition, and $5 million from theTownsend family.
Dr. Mowafaghian owned one of Iran's largest construction
companies, with more than 8,000 employees. He continues to
maintain a close connection to his homeland and has supported
"The brain has been referred to
as the last frontier of medicine.
Maybe my donation will help
doctors and researchers move a
little closer to that frontier."
— Dr. Mowafaghian
the development of a number of important projects, including
the construction of more than 25 schools. Dr. Mowafaghian—
motivated by his lifelong interest in helping children — decided to
contribute to the Centre's construction for the role it would play in
studying and finding cures for brain disorders affecting children.
Shortly afterward, his decision took on a personal dimension as
well — he suffered a stroke, spending eight weeks in hospital.
"I am lucky that I have recovered," he says. "But tens of thousands
of Canadians suffer a stroke each year, with many of them dying or
never fully recovering. So helping the Centre, which will be studying
such a devastating illness, is important to me on a personal level." tTTlw To lead innovative research to help children and
adolescents experiencing mental ill health, and develop a
child psychiatry program in the Northern Medical Program.
| To strengthen health professional education research
and optimize the field's contributions to the educational and
clinical practices of the health professions.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in
Experimental Pathology and medical
degree (MBBS)from London Hospital
Medical College; Diploma in Child
Health (DCH); Member of the Royal
College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
while at the Bethlem Royal and
Maudsley Hospitals and the Institute
of Psychiatry (London) as MRC
Training Fellow.
Reece Scott Professor of Psychiatry,
University of Oxford.
DID YOU KNOW? Winner of the British
Aerobatic Association's Two-Up
Trophy in 1990 for performing a
series of aerial maneuvers while
accompanied by a judge.
International MolecularGenetic
Study of Autism Consortium, which
published first complete genome
scan of autism; built the first
Magnetoencephalographic Centre
designed forthe study of autism
and other neurodevelopmental
disorders; Founding Editor-in-
Chief, Autism Research; former
Editor, Section of Biological Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal
of Neural Transmission.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree
in Psychology and PhD in
Experimental (Cognitive)
Psychology from McMaster
Professor, Department of Clinical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
McMaster University.
DID YOU KNOW? Empirically
demonstrated that men become
more attractive the day they get
married (Eva and Wood, CMAJ
DISTINCTIONS: Editor-in-Chief,
Medical Education; Young Educators
Award from Association of
Faculties of Medicine of Canada-
GlaxoSmithKline; Best Paper
by an Established Investigator,
American Educational Research
Association Division I; Junior Award
for Distinguished Contribution
to Medical Education from the
Canadian Association of Medical
Education; Innovator of Distinction
Award, McMaster University.
"My area of research and clinical practice is in the field of
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I was attracted to UBC by
the excellent diagnostic service for ASD in the province, which
provide a strong basis for etiological, mechanistic and treatment
research. We plan to establish a Magnetoencephalographic
Centre that will enable us to make significant advances in
understanding the physiological basis of autism. British
Columbia provides special challenges in terms of distance
and geographical inequality in medical resources; not only will
developing innovative ways of tackling these challenges benefit
the health of BC's citizens, they will also provide a template for
work in the developing world. Regardless of where individuals
live, currently able adults with ASD receive minimal or no
support or treatment, and with the various autism charities, we
plan to rapidly develop and evaluate new services that enable
affected individuals to achieve the highest possible quality of
life and contribute to society. Finally, there is an obvious need to
improve child mental health services to First Nations children."
"My current research interests are broadly defined within
the context of research into educational practices within
the health professions. They include research into the
development, maintenance, and assessment of competence
and expertise; the selection of students for health
professional training programs; clinical reasoning strategies,
performance assessment, and the role of self-regulation
in professional practice. I approach these issues from a
background in cognitive psychology, statistics, measurement,
and the theory and practice of health sciences education.
Through these lenses my research program explores the
value — and limits — of subjective judgment; the promotion and
assessment of non-cognitive characteristics in professional
practice; the context-specific nature of performance; the
conceptualization, nature and use of self-assessment; the
psychological processes that affect one's responsiveness to
feedback; and the nature of clinical expertise." How to Talk with Families About
Genetics and Psychiatric Illness
tTifilH To advance research in the prediction and
prevention of age-related adverse cardiovascular
POSITION: Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology,
Department of Medicine; Staff Cardiologist and
Echocardiographer, Vancouver General Hospital;
Director of Cardiovascular Research, UBC at VGH.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in
medical sciences and MDfrom
University of Alberta; cardiology
residency at University of Alberta;
Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology at U.S.
National Heart Lung& Blood Institute
(NHLBI); Fellow in Echocardiography,
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota).
Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of
Medicine; Staff Cardiologist and
Echocardiographer at Mayo Clinic,
DID YOU KNOW? As a resident, drove
a sapphire blue Isuzu Impulse
whose licence plate advertised her
nickname, "BABYT"; at Bonnie Doon
High School in Edmonton, she was
the top season scorer on the girls'
basketball team.
DISTINCTIONS: Recipient of
multiple grants from the American
Heart Association, American
Soc iety of Ec hocard iogra phy
and U.S. National Institutes of
Health (NIH); American Society
of Echocardiography Guidelines
Committee Member; member of
NHLBI expert panel on Prevention
of Atrial Fibrillation; Editorial
Board Member, American Journal
of Cardiology, Clinical Cardiology
and World Journal of Cardiology;
American College of Cardiology
William ParmleyYoungAuthor
Achievement Award; Mayo Clinic
Individual Award for Excellence;
Mayo Clinic Practice Innovation
Award; Mayo Clinic Clinician-
Educator Award; Mayo Clinic
Excellence in Teaching Award.
"My cardiovascular research has traditionally been focused
on epidemiology of age-related cardiac conditions, such as
atrial fibrillation and heart failure, and echocardiographic
prediction and prevention of age-related adverse events,
including atrial fibrillation, stroke, heart failure, and cognitive
impairment. Using cutting-edge cardiac ultrasound and
vascular technology, we can now detect and quantify cardiac
and vascular abnormalities long before we can uncover their
consequences by conventional physical examination, and
we can do it with greater precision. The ability to stratify
risk accurately in the early stages of a disease process may
provide the window of opportunity for prevention of adverse
outcomes. Ultimately, the goal is to decrease the burden of
cardiovascular disease in our society and to improve the
quality of later life."
How to Talk with Families About
Genetics and Psychiatric Illness
Authors: Jehannine Claire Austin
(Assistant Professor, Departments of
Psychiatry and Medical Genetics) and
Holly Landrum Peay (Senior Director
of Outreach and Education for Parent
Project Muscular Dystrophy, and
Adjunct Assistant Professor at the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health).
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
A practical resource for all mental health clinicians, this
guide explains in a comprehensible and compassionate style
how to address clients'questions and concerns about the
genetic basis for mental health disorders, including common
risk factors, the likelihood of recurrence, the need for genetic
testing and implications for future generations. Filled with
case studies, sample dialogues and question-and-answer
examples, it offers a road map for practitioners, helping them
to demystify a complex issue for their clients and equip them
with the accurate, reassuring information they need.
The Evolution of Inanimate Objects:
The Life and Collected Works of
Thomas Darwin (1857-1879)
Author: Harry Karlinsky (Clinical
Professor, Department of Psychiatry)
Publisher: Insomniac Press
This novel tells the story of the fictitious Thomas Darwin, the
last of 11 children born to the father of evolutionary theory,
Charles Darwin. Dr. Karlinsky imagines himself finding a
record of a "Thomas Darwin" being involuntarily admitted
in 1879 to the London (Ontario) Asylum for the Insane. The
author then proceeds to weave a narrative from sometimes
doctored, sometimes invented letters, memoir abstracts,
photographs and illustrations, sketching the life of a man
who applied his father's ideas to such items as pastry
forks. The result is a subtle parody and Nabokovian tale of
Darwinian theory gone wrong.  Above: MarkAnsermino (seated) and Guy Dumont. Opposite page, L-R:
A screenshot of the Intelligent Anesthesia Navigator; an anesthesiologist at
the helm; an iPhone pulse oximeter, photos courtesy of natural sciences anc
To hear MarkAnsermino and Guy Dumont expound on the
challenge of anesthesia safety, it's all a matter of feast or famine.
The feast is to be found in Canada and the rest of the industrialized
world, where anesthesiologists are inundated with data from more
than 70 different sensors that, unless taken together, can obscure
subtle signs of danger. The famine, not surprisingly, exists in the
developing world, where monitoring of patients under anesthesia
is often limited to keeping a finger on someone's pulse.
Dr. Ansermino, an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Dr. Dumont,
a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, have collaborated for years on the feast problem.
They have much to show for it.
One of their inventions, "NeuroSense," precisely and instantly
calibrates the amount of anesthesia to a patient's level of
consciousness. Another device, the "Intelligent Anesthesia
Navigator" (IAN), is a control panel that synthesizes the flood of
physiological data, looking for pattern changes that herald danger.
They also created a vibrating belt that transmits one of 24 different
tactile alerts to an information-overloaded physician.
NeuroSense is already on the market in Europe, and clinical trials
are scheduled to begin this year in Vancouver. A U.S. medical device
company is adapting IAN. And this year, the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council of Canada awarded them the
prestigious Brockhouse Canada Prize, which honours collaborations
between scientists in engineering and natural sciences.
Now, having achieved some critical momentum (and receiving a
$250,000 grant with the Brockhouse Prize), the duo is turning its
attention to the famine.
"I wouldn't like to have anesthesia without an anesthesiologist,"
says Dr. Ansermino, an anesthesiologist at BC Children's Hospital
and an Associate Scientist at the Child and Family Research
Institute. "But if having a trained specialist at the controls is not an
option, can you get someone with a relatively low level of training to
perform the task an anesthesiologist performs?"
One avenue they consider particularly promising is pulse
oximetry — measuring oxygen levels in the blood. It has contributed
immensely to making anesthesia safer over the past two decades,
because it alerts physicians to the threat of hypoxia, which can cause
brain damage or death.
Dr. Dumont's and Dr. Ansermino's research cluster, called Electrical
and Computer Engineering in Medicine (http://ecem.ece.ubc.ca) has
developed an iPhone-based pulse oximeter that works with a light
probe fitted around a patient's finger.
Their next step is making the technology universal, so it works
on any mobile phone, and can be manufactured for $20 or less.
Their team of graduate students also is exploring the possibility
of capturing other information with the finger probe — for example,
a patient's breathing rate.
One of their inventions is a
vibrating belt that transmits
messages to information-
overloaded physicians.
They are also taking their algorithmic expertise to other diagnostic
tools. One of their applications can detect a delay in capillary
refill — the time it takes for someone's nail bed to regain normal
colour after being compressed. (A delay is a strong indicator of illness
or infection.)
"It's good enough technology," Dr. Ansermino says. "I wouldn't
necessarily use that here in Vancouver. But I can give this to a health
care worker, and they can determine if a child is sick. All of this is really
building on what we've done around anesthesia, but goes far beyond
that — to colds, intestinal disorders, malaria, even newborn screening." ,wv*^w
01 | A critical link between Down
Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease
The genetic
that destroys
brain cells in
people with
Down Syndrome
is the same one responsible
for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) —
providing a potential target
for drugs that could forestall
dementia in people with
either condition.
The research, led by Weihong
Song, Canada Research Chair
in Alzheimer's Disease and
Professor of Psychiatry, found
that excessive production of
a protein, called Regulator of
Calcineurin 1 (RCAN1), sets
off a chain reaction that kills
neurons in the hippocampus
and cortex.The findings were
published in the Journal
of Biological Chemistry.
"Neuronal death is the primary
reason for the memory loss and
other cognitive impairments of
Alzheimer's Disease, and it's the
main reason people with Down
Syndrome develop Alzheimer's
Disease long before most people,
usually in their 30s," says
Dr. Song, a member of the Brain
Research Centre at UBC and
the Vancouver Coastal Health
Research Institute (VCHRI), and
Director of theTownsend Family
Laboratories at UBC. "By looking
for the common elements of
both conditions, we were able
to pinpoint how and why the
deterioration occurs."
People with Down Syndrome
have an extra, third copy of the
gene that produces RCAN1,
thus leading to its excess
production.The research
team discovered that some
AD patients have similarly
elevated levels of the RCAN1
protein, despite havingjusttwo
copies of the responsible gene.
It's still unknown why, though
Dr. Song speculates that the
gene's overexpression might be
triggered by stroke, hypertension
or the presence of a neurotoxic
protein, called beta amyloid, that
typically collects into clumps in
the brains of people with AD.
Now that the culprit gene and
protein have been identified,
"we can develop therapies
that interfere with the gene's
ability to produce that protein,
and hopefully short-circuit
the destruction of brain cells,"
says Dr. Song, the Jack Brown
and Family Professor and
Chair in Alzheimer's Disease.
02 | A new cardiac device
dramatically reduces deaths
A combined pacemaker-
defibrillator can significantly
improve the chances for survival
among the tens of thousands
of heart-failure patients with
only mild symptoms, according
to a multi-year study of nearly
1,800 patients led by Anthony
S.L. Tang, a Professor in the
Department of Medicine.
The research, which the Wall
StreetJournal described as
"likely to change medical
practice," showed that the device
lowered the death rate by 29
per cent in patients with mild
heart failure over 40 months,
compared to those who had a
standard defibrillator implanted.
The study was published in
the New England Journal of
Medicine, and an accompanying
editorial described the
results as "breathtaking."
A standard defibrillator delivers
a sharp shock to halt a lethal
heart rhythm, while a pacemaker
works to synchronize the
beating of the heart's chambers.
Medtronic Inc. developed the
combined device, which is
already approved in the U.S. and
Canada for people with severe
heart failure.
The company partially funded
the 7-year study, along with
the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research. Dr.Tang, who
presented the results at the
annual meeting of the American
Heart Association, began the
study while a Professor at the
University of Ottawa, then
continued it after moving to
Victoria's Royal Columbian
Hospital and joining UBC's
sland Medical Program in
2009. Some of the patients in
the study were residents of
Vancouver Island.
The study showed an increase
in the number of device-
or implantation-related
complications within 30 days
of implant, which Dr.Tang
attributes to the additional wires
needed for this device, compared
to a standard defibrillator. The
device is also more expensive
than a standard defibrillator,
though it's possible the reduced
rate of hospitalizations could
[ead to a net savings. 03 | Finding the culprit gene
in eye cancer
PThe eye is the
second most
common site
in the body for
after the
skin. Most of the people
diagnosed with melanoma of
the eye — about 1,500 a year
in the U.S. — experience no
symptoms until the tumor
has become large enough
to cause vision problems.
Catherine Van Raamsdonk,
an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Medical Genetics,
has helped discover not one,
but two genes associated with
the most common form of eye
cancer — those that arise in the
uveal tract, the vascular layer
that includes the iris.
In her more recent discovery,
published in the New England
Journal of Medicine, Dr. Van
Raamsdonk, collaborating
with researchers at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
in New York, the University
of California, San Francisco
and the Medical University
of Graz, in Austria, isolated a
gene called GNA11 and found
it in 37 per cent of tumor
samples taken from patients
with uveal melanoma.
This group previously
revealed another "oncogene"
associated with uveal
melanoma, called GNAQ. Prior
to these discoveries, genetic
mutations responsible
for uveal melanoma were
completely unknown. Based
on these studies, 83 per cent
of uveal melanomas are
now known to have an active
mutation in the GNAQ or
GNA11 oncogenes.
"If we can find a wayto target
these two genes, then there
might be a therapy effective
for the majority of cases,"
says Dr. Van Raamsdonk, a
member of the Life Sciences
Institute. "Right now, uveal
melanoma is particularly
difficult to treat once it
metastases outside the eye."
Prior to these discoveries,
genetic mutations responsible
for uveal melanoma were
completely unknown.
04 | Text messaging improves
health of Kenyans with HIV
A simple "how are you,"
delivered weeklythrough
cellphone text messaging,
ncreases the likelihood that
Kenyans with HIV will stay
healthy, while reducing the
spread of the disease.
That finding was the result
of the first randomized
controlled trial to examine
the effectiveness of a mobile
phone support system with HIV
patients, led by Richard Lester,
a Clinical Assistant Professor
in the Division of Infectious
Diseases in the Department
of Medicine. Patients received
a weekly message from their
clinic, and were expected to
respond within 48 hours that
they were either doing well
or had a problem.The clinics
then contacted patients who
reported a problem or who
didn't respond.
Delivered weekly, the messages
weren't intended as medication
reminders. Instead, participants
reported that they felt "like
someone cares" and had an
opportunity to address any
problems quickly as they arose.
Dr. Lester found that patients
in Kenya who received weekly
texts were 1 2 per cent more
likely than a control group to
have an undetectable level
of the HIV virus a year after
starting antiretroviral (ART)
treatment. Undetectable viral
loads have been associated
with better health outcomes
in people with HIVand with
decreased transmission to new
partners. If the same protocol
were applied to the nearly
300,000 Kenyans who received
ART under a U.S.-funded
program in 2009, it could have
resulted in more than 26,000
people with undetectable levels
of the virus.
Dr. Lester, Lead Physician in the
Division of Sexually Transmitted
Infections/HIV Control at
the BC Centre for Disease
Control, will next lead two pilot
studies in British Columbia
using the same method for
[ow-income people living
with HIV, and for people with
tuberculosis, who have similar
needs for ongoing treatment. 20     UBC MEDICINE
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It's hard to imagine in the era of DNA chips, PET scans and
titanium rods that medicine was historically viewed within the
realm of the humanities.
Andrew Seal, physician and artist, hasn't lost sight of medicine's
origins. In fact, he celebrates them.
The retired surgeon, teacher, mentor and administrator sought to
nurture the arts and humanities among medical students during
his 30-year career in the Faculty of Medicine.
Now that he has traded his surgical mask for a smock, and left
the operating room for his studio, he wants to help ensure that
students in the Faculty continue to explore the arts and humanities.
Dr. Seal and his wife Hilde contributed the initial funding —
subsequently augmented by colleagues, alumni and friends — for
an award that recognizes the contributions of graduating medical
students to the arts and humanities.The award, besides providing
financial assistance, is intended to "reassure students that their
humanity, spirit and passions are valued and celebrated by their
teachers," Dr. Seal says.
The size of the annual award, which Dean Gavin Stuart named the
Andrew Seal Arts and Humanities in Medicine Award, has yet to
be determined. Donations are being accepted for the endowment,
which grew to over $31,000 bythe end of March.
"This award is a way of making sure that students benefit from
Andrew's vision and commitment long after he is there to cheer
them on personally," Dr. Stuart says.
Dr. Seal, the Faculty's first-ever Associate Dean of Student
Affairs who served in that role from 1994 to 1999, was revered
for cultivating students' non-academic talents and passions.
One of his greatest and lasting achievements as Associate Dean
was spearheading in 1 995 the creation of the Annual Spring
Gala, a showcase of medical and dental students'talents — from
classical guitar to rock, from ballet to bhangra. Last year, Dr. Seal
was recognized for his commitment to medical students and their
education with the 2010 William Webber Award from the UBC
Medical Undergraduate Society.
Dr. Seal is known for bringing that same passion to the care of
his patients.
"He is the complete physician, and one that mere mortals aspire
to," says friend Bruce Fleming, who succeeded Dr. Seal as Associate
Dean of Student Affairs, and is now Executive Coordinator of the
Council of Undergraduate Associate Deans.
For Dr. Seal, his arts and humanities pursuits— including painting,
photography and a study of the history of medicine — aren't mere
hobbies; they are integral to his professional life.
Wherever the art of
medicine is loved, there is
also a love of humanity.
"Whether it's canvas or paper, whether it's oil, acrylic, water colour
or simply pen-and- ink, my love of art has made me a better person
and doctor," Dr. Seal says. "The arts and humanities provide us
with a greater understanding of the human condition in both time
and place, and an awareness of the hopes, fears, strengths and
aspirations, not only of those whom we treat but also those with
whom we interact and work with each and every day."
7b contribute to the endowment for the Andrew Seal Arts and
Humanities Award in Medicine, visit www.supporting.ubc.ca/andrewseal,
or call UBC's annual giving office at 604-827-4111, or toll-free at
877-717-4483. 22     UBC MEDICINE
01 | Keith Walley, Professor in
the Department of Medicine
and Assistant Head of Basic
Research in the Department of
Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital,
received a Killam Research
Prize in the Science/Applied
Science category.
Dr. Walley has focused on the
mechanism of decreased left
ventricular contractility during
sepsis, the mechanism of
other organ dysfunction during
sepsis, and the role of genotype
on phenotype in sepsis and
systemic inflammatory states.
Dr. Walley is a co-investigator
in the first intensive care unit
outside the U.S. to become a
funded center in the National
Institutes of Health Acute
Respiratory Distress Syndrome
(ARDS) network.
02 | Donald Garbuz, Associate
Professor in the Department
of Orthopaedics, has won the
Frank Stinchfield Award from
the Hip Society for a study
that demonstrated the efficacy
and safety of using large
femoral heads in total hip
In 2009, Dr. Garbuz was the
principal investigator on a
UBC study that won the Hip
Society's John Charnley Award.
03 | Michael Hayden, Robert
H. Taylor and Angela Enright
will become the Faculty of
Medicine's newest Members or
Officers of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Hayden, Professor in
the Department of Medical
Genetics and Director of the
Centre for Molecular Medicine
and Therapeutics at the Child
& Family Research Institute,
has worked to understand how
gene mutations can cause
diseases such as Huntington's
disease, to identify genes that
cause disorders such as Type
2 diabetes and to develop
better treatments for patients
suffering from these disorders.
Dr.Taylor, Clinical Associate
Professor in the Department
of Surgery and Director of
UBC's Branch for International
Surgery, has traveled to nearly
every continent in the world
providing surgical care for
underserved populations. He is
committed to communicating
the need for surgical care
in international health and
helped establish the Branch for
International Surgery.
Dr. Enright, Clinical Professor
in the Department of
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology
& Therapeutics, was named an
Officer of the Order of Canada
"for her contributions
to the field of anesthesiology
in Canada and the developing
world." An anesthesiologist at
Victoria General Hospital, she
has worked to provide training
programs for anesthesiologists
in developing countries in an
effort make surgery available
to the people of those regions.
04 | Michael Hayden (see
previous item) received three
national scientific prizes
this spring:
The Canada Gairdner Wightman
Award, the nation's premier
honour for leadership in
medical science. Created in
1959, the Gairdner Awards
are Canada's only globally
recognized international
biomedical prizes. Nineteen
of the last 26 Nobel Prizes in
medicine or physiology in the
past decade have gone to past
Gairdner recipients, and
Dr. Hayden is the first from
British Columbia.
The Killam Prize in Health
Sciences, awarded by the
Canada Council for the Arts
to honour eminent Canadian
scholars and scientists actively
engaged in research, whether
in industry, government
agencies or universities.
The Margolese National Brain
Disorders Prize, awarded for
the first time this year by the
UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Created by an estate gift made
to the university by Leonard
Hubert Margolese, it honours
a Canadian who has made
outstanding contributions to
the treatment, amelioration,
or cure of brain disorders.
Dr. Hayden's selection involved
an international panel of
distinguished scientists in
the field.
05 | Timothy Kieffer, Professor
in the Departments of Cellular
6 Physiological Sciences and
Surgery, won the Canadian
Diabetes Association's Young
Scientist Award.
Dr. Kieffer is searching for ways
to reduce complications from
using replacement insulin. His
team aims to determine the
mechanism by which leptin, a
fat-derived protein, regulates
glucose homeostasis. The team
proposes that providing leptin
therapy in conjunction with
nsulin therapy may allow for
better control of blood glucose.
06 | Philip Hieter, a Professor
in the Department of Medical
Genetics, was elected Vice-
President of the Genetics
Society of America for 2011, and
will become President in 201 2. I 08  08 | |j 09
FOP ROW L-R: Keith Walley, Donald Garbuz, Michael Hayden, Robert H. Taylor, Angela Enright, Timothy Kieffer, Philip Hieter
BOTTOM ROW L-R: Julio Montaner, Aslam H. Anis, Brian MacVicar, Anthony Phillips, Gavin Stuart, Torsten Nielsen, Erica Frank
The GSA represents more
than 4,000 geneticists and
science educators who work
with experimental model
organisms — bacteria, yeast,
fruit flies, mice and plants —
to elucidate the fundamental
principles of inheritance
from the cellular through the
population levels. Dr. Hieter
served on the Board of
Directors from 1 995-97, and
was co-organizer of the GSA-
sponsored Yeast Genetics and
Molecular Biology Meeting in
Vancouver last year.
07 | Julio Montaner won the
Prix Galien Canada Research
Award, the most prestigious
award in the field of Canadian
pharmaceutical research and
development, and the 2010
"Albert Einstein" World Award of
Science from the World Cultural
Council, an international
organization based in Mexico.
Dr. Montaner, who was
recognized for his role in
establishing highly active
antiretroviral therapy (HAART)
as the international standard
of care for HIV infection, is
a Professor of Medicine,
Chair in AIDS Research and
Head of the Division of AIDS.
He also is Director of the
British Columbia Centre for
Excellence in HIV/AIDS at
St. Paul's Hospital, and Past
President of the International
AIDS Society (IAS).
08 | Aslam H. Anis, Brian
MacVicar, Anthony Phillips
and Gown Stuart were inducted
as Fellows of the Canadian
Academy of Health Sciences.
Election to Fellowship in
the Academy is considered
one of the highest honours
in the Canadian health
sciences community.
Dr. Anis, Professor in the School
of Population and Public
Health, demonstrated that
costly HIV/AIDS drugs save
money and that failing to use
these drugs actually is more
expensive than using them.
His program on determining
formulary access in British
Columbia has become the basis
for a Canada-wide program
and has been taken up by other
government agencies, including
that of the United Kingdom.
Dr. MacVicar, Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry, is
a pioneer in the development
and application of cellular
imaging to models of normal
and pathological brain function.
His fundamental contributions
have advanced knowledge
about cell excitability, synaptic
transmission, glial cell function,
and neuronal trauma.
Dr. Phillips, Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry, is
known for his pioneering work
in neuropsychopharmacology
and systems neuroscience,
laying the foundation for our
understanding of the role of
dopamine in the neural control
of motivation and memory.
Dr. Stuart, Dean, Faculty of
Medicine, Vice Provost Health,
UBC, and Professor in the
Department of Obstetrics
& Gynaecology, has been
nternationally recognized
for leading the Faculty's
nnovative distributed medical
education program, as well as
his leadership of the Cervical
Cancer Prevention Control
Network for the Public Health
Agency of Canada.
09 | Torsten Nielsen,
Associate Professor in the
Department of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine,
received the 201 0 Joe Doupe
Young Investigator Award
from the Canadian Society
for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Nielsen was cited for his
translational research program
that has resulted in three new
d iagnostic tests and two new
clinical trials for breast cancer
and sarcoma since he took up
his faculty appointment in 2003.
10 | Erica Frank, Professor in the
School of Population and Public
Health and the Department of
Family Practice, won a University
Sustainability Initiative Teaching
& Learning Fellowship.
Dr. Frank, a Canada Research
Chair, plans to use the $1 0,000
award to adapt an online course
she is developing on climate
change and health, as part of
an introductory curriculum
on sustainability. A distance
version of the course will soon
be offered through Health
Sciences Online, an Internet-
based portal established by
Dr. Frank containing links to
over 50,000 learning objects
(www.hso.info) that will soon
serve as a platform for a growing
menu of distance learning
programs in health sciences. L-R: Linda Li, Nis Schmidt, Jerilynn Prior photo of dr. Schmidt by beth cairns
Tackling rheumatoid arthritis online
Assistant Professor Linda Li, the Harold Robinson Arthritis Society
Chair in Arthritic Diseases in the Department of Physical Therapy,
received a donation of $1 50,000 from Bristol-Myers Squibb to
advance her leadership of the Technology-Enabled Arthritis
Module (TEAM).TEAM involves a group of trainees from different
departments in the Faculty of Medicine coming together online to
view lectures and collaborate on the care of a "virtual patient," with
the goal of improving care for people with inflammatory arthritis.
Simulation in the Southern Medical Program
The Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation of Kelowna has made a
$500,000 donation to the Southern Medical Program. This gift will
be used to purchase patient simulation technology and to create
an Academic Simulation Centre in the Clinical Academic Campus
at Kelowna General Hospital.This donation supports a partnership
between the Faculty of Medicine and Interior Health and will
benefit medical students and health care professionals.
Awarding a historical perspective
Retired UBC Clinical Professor Emeritus Nis Schmidt has endowed
$30,000 to create the Nis Schmidt History of Surgery Prize. His
vision is for students to have a well-rounded perspective of
medicine's role in history, society and culture that informs their
medical practice.Two prizes totalling $1,000 will be awarded for a
publishable-grade paper on a topic of historical surgical interest,
based on a recommendation from the Department of Surgery.
Alzheimer's disease in the aboriginal community
Adonation of $250,000 from the North Growth Foundation is
helping a team of UBC researchers led by Professor Judy I lies
nvestigate early onset familial Alzheimer's disease within the
First Nations community. Some members carry a genetic mutation
that appears with an onset of symptoms in their 40s to late 50s.
The goal is to support disease prediction, diagnosis and care from
both traditional and medical perspectives. The results of this
research will improve treatment and help families throughout this
underserved community.
Investing in women's health
An anonymous donor has made a gift of $40,000 in support of
research and clinical activities at the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and
Ovulation Research (CeMCOR), a partnership between the Faculty
of Medicine and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
Founded in 2002 by Jerilynn C. Prior, Professor in the Division of
Endocrinology, CeMCOR examines the variations in the menstrual
cycle and ovulation, as well as how those variations fit contextually
in the lives of women in different phases of life. Within this broader
mandate, Dr. Prior and her team are looking at endogenous ovarian
hormonal changes and how they affect overall health. The Centre
has received international recognition for its education and research
about changes in menstrual cycles and ovulation physiology and the
potential impact on bone, breast, cardiovascular and brain health.
Planned gift for disease research
Velma Clark has generously committed a $1 million planned gift to
establish an endowed fund to support medical research.The gift
will advance knowledge of diseases that have touched her loved
ones, and will directly benefit the Faculty's scientists in tackling
the causes of — and cures for — these diseases.  MEDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
BOARD 2010-2011
Marshall Dahl, MD'86
Jack Burak, MD'76
Jim Lane, MD'73
Harvey Lui, MD'86
Island Medical Representative
lanCourtice, MD'84
Northern Medical Representative
Don MacRitchie, MD'70
Southern Medical Representatives
TomKinahan, MD'84
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
Ex-Officio Members
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Gavin Stuart (Hon.]
Alumni Affairs Office
Anne Campbell
Kira Peterson
Faculty Representative
Barbara Fitzgerald, MD'85
MUS Representative
Diane WuMD'12
Arun Garg, MD'77
David Hardwick, MD'57
Charles Slonecker. DDS, PhD
To support the Faculty of Medicine and its
programs directly and through advocacy
with the public and government;
To ensure open communication among
alumni and between the alumni and the
Faculty of Medicine;
To encourage and support medical
students and residents and their activities;
To organize and foster academic and
social activities for the alumni.
The Medical Alumni News is published
semi-annually and this edition was
produced bythe UBC Faculty of
Medicine. We welcome your suggestions,
ideas and opinions. Please send
comments, articles and letters to:
Beverley Tamboline, MD'60
Alumni Affairs Faculty of Medicine
2750 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z4M2
Ph:   604875 4111 ext. 67741
Fax: 604875 5778
Dear Colleagues,
Your UBC Medical Alumni
Association has been busy
helping students, doctors and
the University engage more
closely over the last six months.
The practice of medicine
and associated scholarly and
research activities are extremely
important for the health of
British Columbians.
It's been a particular
pleasure for all us to honour
distinguished contributors
to the profession: "Dr. Peter"
in September and Dr. Jack
Taunton in November.
Additionally, we will
present the Wallace Wilson
Leadership Awards for
2011 to Dr. Linda Warren
and Dr. Barrie Woodhurst
at our Annual meeting.
During this 60th Anniversary
year for the Medical Faculty
we can all take pleasure
in re-connecting with our
classmates. I'm looking forward
to the Class of 1986's twenty-
fifth reunion in particular.
Everybody is so busy, the time
goes by quickly and I will really
enjoy seeing friends with whom
I've lost touch.
If you too are looking for
a chance to connect with
old friends, and possibly
make some new friends with
students and other colleagues,
why not take part in some
upcoming events? The Bob
Ewart Memorial Lecture will
take place in Prince George
in April. There is a Faculty
of Medicine Team for the
Vancouver Sun Run in April
(practice what you preach...).
The MAA Annual General
Meeting will be held at the
Medical Student and Alumni
Centre (MSAC) on April 30th
in Vancouver. And you should
really set aside June 23rd for
our highly successful fundraiser:
the UBC Medical Alumni
& Friends Golf Tournament
at UBC. Further details are
provided in this magazine.
Of course, our most important
role is to assist current medical
students through fundraising
for important items like the
existing MSAC in Vancouver
and for future facilities in
Victoria, Prince George and
Kelowna. Your membership
fee is our most important
fundraising tool. If you haven't
renewed, please take a moment
to do so online at
Lastly, we'd love to hear from
you! Let us know if there are
events where a Medical Alumni
Association presence could be
helpful. Any stories to share
about Alumni activities?
Just send a note to
Best regards to you all,
Marshall Dahl, MD '86
UBC Medical Alumni Association SUNDAY APRIL 17
TheV\n(joliver Sun Run
As part of the celebration of
UBC Faculty of Medicine's
60th Anniversary, alumni,
staff, faculty, and students
supported the UBC Faculty
of Medicine Team by walking
and running in the 2011
Vancouver Sun Run.
A big thank you to all of you
who came out to join the team
and made it a memorable event!
To show Vancouver our spirit
and commitment to health,
the Faculty of Medicine invited
alumni, staff, students, faculty
and colleagues to join together
and tackle the 10km course.
While some people raced to the
finish line, others went at their
pace and supported each other
to the end.
Led by Doug Clement, MD
'59 and Jack Taunton, MD
76 , the founders of the
Vancouver Sun Run, the
Faculty of Medicine Sun Run
Team stormed the streets of
Vancouver on April 17th.
The Vancouver Sun Run first
started in 1985 and attracted
3,200 runners. Four years later,
it quadrupled to 12,400, and
from there, it just kept growing.
The Faculty of Medicine was
extremely pleased to enter such
a large and enthusiastic team
this year.
The countdown is on, grab
your running shoes and start
training... see you on the course
next year!!
On March 26, 2011,
the Faculty of Medicine
held a special reception
in Celebration of
Medicine and the Arts.
Thank you to all the alumni
and guests who came out
to support current medical
students in their annual
Spring Gala. It was amazing
to see all the talent among
future colleagues. And,
for some, it brought back
wonderful memories of their
own talent shows and skits
nights. A highlight during
Remember the past...
^elebrate the future
the reception prior to the
Spring Gala was a special
performance by alumnus Liam
Brunham, MD/PhD '08.
This was an evening to
remember and hope you
attend next year.
Events during our
Diamond Anniversary
Celebrating the Life & Legacy
of Dr. Peter
September 9, 2010
CBC Studios, Vancouver, BC
UBC-0 Alumni Endowment
Fund Gala
September 29,2010, Kelowna, BC
Congratulations to Richard Hooper
MD'68 who was honoured with the
2010 Okanagan Alumni Community
Builder Award.
An Eveningwith Dr.JackTaunton:
Legacies & Lessons from the 2010
Winter Games
November 26, 2010, Vancouver, BC
Victoria Medical Society
Student Welcome Dinner
January 29, 2011, Victoria, BC
MC for the event was Bill Cavers,
MD '77. Special thankyou to Jo Ann
Dubney for organizing this annual
event so superbly.
Annual Spring Gala Celebration of
Medicine & the Arts
March 26, 2011, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Lecture
Hosted bythe Northern Medical
Society, UNBC, & the Prince George
Community Foundation
April 2, 2011, Prince George, BC
6th Annual Run for
Rural Medicine
April 2, 2011, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Sun Run
April 17, 2011, Vancouver, BC
MAAAGM & Awards Ceremony
April 30, 2011, Vancouver, BC
Toronto - UBC Medicine
Alumni Reception
May 10, 2011
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
Graduation & Hooding Ceremony
May 25, 2011, Vancouver, BC
UBC Medical Alumni & Friends Golf
In 1950, UBC opened
its doors to the Faculty
of Medicine in British
Columbia, and welcomed 60
eager students. Sixty years
later, the Faculty welcomed
256 first year students to the
MD program. There are now
more than 2,590 students in
the undergraduate, graduate
and postgraduate programs
and over 11,000 alumni
from all of them.
The growth and success of the
Faculty is of great importance
to British Columbia. The
Faculty of Medicine has not
only impacted the lives of
British Columbians but its
influence also is felt nationally
and globally as well. As the
60th Anniversary is celebrated
this year, let us look back at the
humble beginnings and some
of the accomplishments which
have occurred along the way.
To see the vast changes that
the Faculty has accomplished
over the years one does not
have to look much further
than the Point Grey campus.
The first medicine classes
were taught in modest white
army barracks. The facilities
may have been basic, but the
quality of teaching was certainly
not. With educators such as
Drs. Sydney and Constance
Friedman, Dr. Harold Copp,
Dr. Marvin Darrach, Dr. Bill
Gibson, Dr. Rocke Robertson,
and Dr. Robert Kerr, the
foundation was set to provide
outstanding education and
training at this new medical
school. Some of these early
alumni from the 1950s who
went on to national and
international recognition
include Al Cox, MD '54,
Bill Arnold, MD '55, David
Hardwick, MD '57, Gurdev
Gill, MD'57, Bill Webber,
MD '58, Pat McGeer, MD '58,
and Doug Clement, MD '59.
The 1960s were a time of
broadening horizons. The
Faculty of Medicine had new
permanent buildings and was
expanding with new programs
in rehabilitation which
showed early foresight with
regard to interdisciplinary
care. Alumni mirrored these
expanded horizons. Don
Carlow, MD '60 was CEO of
BC Cancer Agency. William
Carpentier, MD '61 was
the physician for the Apollo
11 mission and continues to
work for NASA. Felix Durity,
MD '63 was a pioneer not
only in neurosurgery but
also in global health issues
and outreach. This decade
also saw the beginning of an
increase in the number of
women admitted to medicine.
Two notable graduates are
Linda Warren, MD '68 with
her outstanding work in
mammography and Carol
Herbert, MD '69 in her role
as Dean of Medicine and
Dentistry at the University
of Western Ontario.
As healthcare and public policy
are interwoven, issues around
this relationship are always
in debate. The 1970s (and
early 1980s) may have been
a time when this influenced
students and their career
choices. Many alumni who
graduated during this time
later took on additional roles.
Mark Schonfeld, MD 72
became CEO of BCMA.
Alex Preker, MD 77 worked
with the World Health
Organization and now is the
Chief Economist for the World
Bank for West African Health
based in Washington DC.
Penny Ballem, MD 78, went
on to provincial and then to
municipal government.
Many alumni at this time
ventured beyond Canada and
are now leaders in healthcare
internationally. To name a
few, Neil Kowall, MD 79 is a
recognized leader in neurology
at Boston University, Ron
Walls, MD 79 who teaches at
Harvard Medical School was
noted as the 2009 "Hero of
Emergency Medicine" by the
American College of Emergency The growth and success of the Faculty is of
great importance to British Columbia. The
Faculty has not only impacted the lives of
British Columbians but its influence also is
felt nationally and globally as well.
Physicians, and Bruce Miller,
MD 78, is the clinical director
of the UCSF Memory and
Ageing Center and also holds
the A.W. & Mary Margaret
Clausen Distinguished Chair
at UCSF. Global solutions for
healthcare issues are needed now
and UBC Faculty of Medicine
can be proud of all of its alumni
who take on the responsibility
of tackling these policy issues
and global challenges.
In the 1980s, the impact of
the social issues of that time
was evident on alumni. AIDS
came to the forefront during
this decade and no one better
exemplified the changing role of
a physician than Peter Jepson-
Young, MD '85. He was a
physician, advocate, educator,
and HIV/AIDS patient who
was a significant influence in
bringing HIV/AIDS to world
consciousness. Today, BC is a
world leader in HIV / AIDS
research thanks to the hard
work, dedication and brilliance
of people such as Dr. Julio
Montaner, and Evan Wood,
PhD '03.
The 1980s also ushered in the
wave of functioning as both
clinicians and researchers.
Included are Dianne Miller,
MD '80 in ovarian cancer,
Martin Gleave, MD '84 in
prostate cancer, Harvey Lui,
MD '86 in dermatology,
and Bas Masri, MD '88 in
orthopedic surgery.
The 1990s and 2000s continued
the forward momentum. UBC
Faculty of Medicine expanded
its MD undergraduate program
throughout the province,
to Vancouver Island (Island
Medical Program, IMP) and
to Northern BC (Northern
Medical Program, NMP).
Alumni in the distributed sites
are contributing to the success
of the expanded program.
Individuals such as John
Pawlovich, MD '94 (Fraser
Lake), George Pawliuk, MD '95
Victoria), and Nadine Caron,
MD '97 (Prince George) are
excellent examples as they
have each been recognized as
innovative leaders, practitioners,
and teachers. With the start of
the Southern Medical Program
(SMP) in September 2011, it is
anticipated that many alumni
in the Okanagan area will be
contributors to its success.
Throughout the many changes
over the past 60 years, one thing
that has remained consistent
is the quality of education.
UBC Faculty of Medicine is
recognized and respected for
its teaching and research. The
accomplishments and success of
alumni are a testament to this.
UBC Faculty of Medicine is
also recognized for its research
excellence. The medical
breakthroughs from here
are astounding and include
Dr. Harold Copp with the
discovery of calcitonin,
Dr. Michael Smith, Nobel
Prize winner, as a pioneer in
genetics, Dr. Julio Montaner
and the development of
highly active anti-retroviral
therapy, Dr. Michael Hayden
in identifying the genes
responsible for Huntington's
disease, amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis and type 2 diabetes,
and Dr. Marco Marra in
sequencing the SARS virus.
Sixty years ago, UBC and
the Government of British
Columbia initiated something
great. The UBC Medical
community of alumni, students,
faculty and staff has grown
and excelled. Looking back,
all alumni can be inspired by
the tremendous impact that
this community has had, and
looking forward, can be excited
by what can be achieved. Bob Brunham, Bob Young,
Videsh Kapoor, Jack
Taunton, Tim Murphy,
Dianne Miller, David
Robert Brunham, MD 72,
was a 2010 inductee as a
Member of the Order of
British Columbia.
Bob Young, MD'56,
was recognized by the
University of Victoria as one
of its Distinguished Alumni
for his lifelong commitment
to the provincial medical
community. He did his
undergraduate degree at
Victoria College.
Videsh Kapoor, MD '93,
was the recipient of the
Velji Award given from the
Global Health Education
Jack Taunton, MD 76,
was recognized with the
BCCFP Exceptional
Contribution to Family
Medicine from the College of
Family Physicians of Canada.
Ron Wilson, MD'78,
received the Reg L. Perkin
Award (Family Physician of
the Year) from the College of
Family Physicians of Canada.
John Cairns, MD '68,
was recognized by the
Vancouver Acute Medical
Advisory Council with
the 2010 Award for
Special Services.
Dianne Miller, MD '80,
is the President-Elect of
the Society of Gynecolgic
Oncologists of Canada.
Marian Akrigg, MD 72,
was recognized as the 2010
Practitioner of the Year by the
Dermatology Society of BC.
John Masterson, MD 77,
was the recipient of the
Excellence in Education
Award with Distinction from
Bruce Forster, MD '85,
and his team were recognized
as Project Implementation
Team of the Year from the
Information Technology
Association of Canada
for their work on the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
Tim Murphy, MD'81,
was awarded a Killam
Research Prize for 2010.
Jan Friedman, MD '92
and Ken Gin, MD '85
each were awarded a Killam
Teaching Prize for 2010.
Bas Masri, MD '88,
had the honour of being the
Presidential Guest Speaker
for the Saudi Arabian
Orthopaedic Association
International Meeting in
Poul Sorensen, MD '84,
was recognized as the Terry
Fox New Frontiers Program
in Cancer by the Canadian
Institutes for Health Research.
T. Larry Myette, MD '80,
received the 2010 Health
Achievement in Occupational
Medicine Award from
the American College
of Occupational and
Environmental Medicine.
David F. Hardwick, MD '57,
was the recipient of the
Distinguished Service Award
from the Association of
Pathology Chairs.
Jody Anderson, MD '10,
is the Chair-Elect of the
Section of Residents of the
College of Family Physicians
of Canada. The Section of
Residents is comprised of
Family Medicine residents
from across Canada who are
represented by an elected
council and have three voting
representatives on the CFPC
Board of Directors. Jody
graduated from the UBC
Island Medical Program and
is currently completing a
Family Practice residency
at Queen's University. D ALU
The UBC Medical Alumni
Association would like to
thank everyone who became a
member in 2010.
Once again we are calling upon
our Medical Alumni to join
fellow graduates in supporting
the UBC Medical Alumni
Association. Your annual $65
subscription fee provides benefits
for you and has a direct impact
on the experience of current
medical students.
The Medical Alumni Association
remains a key player in the
operational funding of the
William A. Webber Medical
Student & Alumni Centre
(MSAC). In 1990, the first phase
of MSAC was opened with
the help of funding through
the generosity of students
and alumni, and the second
phase was completed in 1996.
Today, it is a congregating site
for students and alumni who
use the space for social and
extracurricular activities that
are so important to connect
us. MSAC provides a welcome
environment to escape the
outside world, unwind, and
connect with friends and
S. All!
colleagues. Alumni members are
entitled to free use of MSAC
for class reunions, room rental
discounts and 24-hour access to
the facilities.
Through your membership,
financial support is provided
for medical students in
Vancouver and at all of the
medical program's distributed
sites. In 2010, MSAC was host
to over 650 student events,
including over 200 video
conferences. These encompass
the extracurricular activities
of our very engaged students,
which is a crucial part of their
experience in medical school.
Your membership facilitates this
- you are a part of it.
In addition to supporting
MSAC activities, the
Association annually contributes
to the students' yearbook,
provides funding for the
graduation Hooding Ceremony
and presents each graduating
student with a shingle, which
has become a UBC Faculty
of Medicine tradition. The
Association is also working
toward providing student
recreational facilities at the
distributed sites on Vancouver
Island, in Prince George, and in
the Okanagan.
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to build our community of
medical students and alumni.
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contact us at: med.alumni@ubc.ca or phone 604-875-4111 ext. 67741 Dan Owen and Farrah issa
The objective
of the MUS,
and my
this year, is
to facilitate medical students
to have the best experience
possible in the UBC Faculty of
Medicine. Since September, the
MUS has been working hard
to provide new services, help
finance students' extracurricular
activities and ensure
connectivity to the greater
medical community across
Canada. Highlights this year
so far have been participating
in the first ever Faculty of
Medicine interdisciplinary
student social event, and
organizing a BC delegation to
the Canadian Federation of
Medical Students Lobby Day in
Ottawa. We hosted the annual
Western Canada Ice Bowl, with
UBC women proudly taking
home the trophy. We also had
some other fantastic events this
year such as the always highly-
anticipated MedBall at the Four
Seasons Hotel, and the Spring
Gala later in March.
On the online front, a major
new initiative put into place
this year was the launch of the
new MUS website. This new
online platform allows all events
from MSAC to be streamed
live from any computer,
making events much more
accessible to students unable to
be present. We have increased
our technology front with two
new iMac computers and an
industrial printer in the MSAC.
We have also made significant
equipment upgrades to the
MSAC gym. We have funded
the activities of many clubs, had
an active voice in curriculum
renewal, and represented
students to the Faculty of
Medicine, the Alma Mater
Society, the BCMA, the CFMS,
and other organizations.
Submitted by Diane Wu, MD'12
As the classes of UBC Medicine
expand, more events take place
at MSAC. There were over
650 booked events last year,
up 45% from 2008! To help
cope with this exciting demand,
MSAC engaged two first-year
medical students in 2010-11 to
help facilitate evening events,
aid student organizers and
presenters, and operate MSAC's
three videoconference systems.
Dan Owen and Farrah Issa, as
MSAC Ambassadors, work two
evenings a week each, and also
on weekends for special events.
They have become experts
with the videoconference
systems and training students
and presenters on use of the
equipment and have also
learned to solve organizational
and logistics problems which
sometimes happen. Hired with
the assistance of a donation
to the Webber MSAC
Ambassadors Program, Dan
and Farrah facilitate up to 10
events in a 3-hour evening shift.
MSAC, celebrating 20 years, is
rapidly expanding in use and
popularity. Events are more
frequent and participation
has increased as students
from all years are coming in
droves to attend speaker series,
workshops, coffee houses, and
rehearsals. With all this activity,
having Dan and Farrah available
until 8 pm to answer questions,
coordinate meeting rooms,
and herd stragglers out of one
meeting to set up for another
makes MSAC's many events
appear to take place effortlessly.
This program has also helped us
to integrate quickly into the life
of UBC Medicine. Dan said,
"I have enjoyed working in the
vibrant atmosphere of MSAC.
Meeting medical students from
all years has shown me the
scope of interests of this diverse
and accomplished group."
With this success of the
Ambassador Program, MSAC
will continue to hire first-year
students in this program. In
three years there will then be 8
medical student ambassadors
familiar with the policies,
procedures and culture of
MSAC. It is a hub where the
medical community can come
to relax, to learn and to enjoy
time together. As MSAC grows,
the MSAC Ambassadors will
continue to provide quality
services for everyone's benefit.
Submitted by David Hardwick,
MD'57, Farrah Issa, MD'14 and
Nancy Thompson (Hon.) L-R; 2nd Year Play (Christen Gilchrist, Chris Uy Kateryna Vostretsova, Helena Lee, Scott McCoach, Theresa Lo, Chris Taplin);
BrianneBentzon;Devina Wadhwa spring gala 2010 photos courtesyof Richard ng
2nd Year Play
The annual Medical Student
Play, held in February, was a
big success! The 'Med Play'
has been a spring tradition
in the Faculty of Medicine
for the past 12 years, and is
performed entirely by medical
students at the Medical
Student and Alumni Centre
as a fundraiser for their
third-year rural electives.
The play this year was Neil
Simon's "Laughter on the
23rd Floor," a comedy about
a wacky team of writers for a
1953 variety television show
trying to survive each other's
crazy antics and their show's
impending cancellation. With
lots of laughs, a destructible
green stage and a great cast of
hilarious medical students, the
theatrical bar has certainly been
raised higher for next year!
Submitted by
Ely Goldberg, MD'14 &
Henry Stringer, MD'14
Spring Gala
The Chan Centre at UBC was
bustling with talent at this
year's 17th Annual UBC Med/
Dent Spring Gala. It was an
incredible evening filled with
art, song, dance, and martial
arts delivered entirely by the
medical and dental students
and alumni.
The Spring Gala is student
organized, and all proceeds
this year were donated to the
local Reading Buddies Literacy
Program. This program focuses
on mentorship and improved
literacy amongst youths, and
currently serves 7 elementary
schools in Burnaby, Vancouver,
and Richmond.
With such entertainment
and charity, it is definitely
a tradition that we will be
continuing. See you at next
year's Spring Gala!
Submitted by
Sarah Park, MD'11
The 2011 Medical Ball
The Medical Ball is a longstanding tradition at UBC,
dating back to the 1950s.
It is a much anticipated
formal evening featuring
dinner, dancing, awards
and entertainment.
This year the Med Ball was
held on Saturday, March 12th
at the Four Seasons Hotel in
downtown Vancouver. The
theme was a Masquerade,
giving participants a chance
to showcase their creativity
through their masks.
Attendees celebrated the
recipients of the annual
Medical Undergraduate
Society's Excellence in Teaching
Awards and the Dr. William
Webber Award. The evening
also featured 2 comedic
presentations, an annual video
put together by first year
students, as well as an inaugural
performance by "Stand Up For
Mental Health." Also welcomed
back was last year's popular
photo booth!
It was an evening filled with
entertainment and mingling
amongst medical students
from all four years and all the
distributed sites.
Submitted by Anu (Amandeep)
Ghuman, MD'13
The theme of this year's ball was
a Masquerade, giving participants
a chance to showcase their
creativity through their masks. UBC MEDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Please join us for the announcement and
celebration of our 2011 Award Recipients on
Saturday, April 30,2011
William A. Webber
Medical Student &
Alumni Centre
2750 Heather Street
(@ 12th Avenue),
4:00pm -6:00pm:
Meeting & Awards Presentation
Wallace Wilson
Leadership Award Recipients
Linda Warren, MD'68
Barrie Woodhurst, MD '73
Honorary Alumnus Award
Dr. Bob Taylor
Silver Anniversary Award
For more information, please contact med.alumni@ubc.ca
or 604 875 4111 ext. 67741.
Wallace Wilson Leadership
Award Recipients
2010 Morris VanAndel, MD '68
2009 Arun Garg, MD 77
2008 Vera Frinton, MD '69
Gait Wilson, MD 79
2007 H. Sharon Dougan, MD '69
2006 Basil C. Boulton, MD '63
2005 Felix AA. Durity, MD '63
2004 John (Bud) Fredrickson, MD '57
2003 William D. S. Thomas, MD '59
2002 Carol E. Herbert, MD '69
2001 Alexander M. Boggie, MD '54
2000 Robert W McGraw, MD '60
1999 Francis CW Ho, MD '61
1998 Peter R. Grantham, MD '58
1997 Garson Romalis, MD '62
1996 John Cairns, MD '68
1995 Douglas B. Clement, MD '59
1994 Andrew B. Young, MD '59
1993 Wendy Clay, MD '67
1992 Curtis Latham, MD '62
1991 John Anderson, MD 72
1990 David F. Hardwick, MD '57
1989 William A. Webber, MD '58
1988 Ann J. Worth, MD'55
1987 Roland E. Lauener, MD '65
1986 Albert Cox, MD '54
Honorary Alumnus/a
Award Recipients
2010   Bill Nelems
David Ostrow
Dale Stogryn
2009   Roberta Ongley
Gavin Stuart
Nancy Thompson
2008   Vicki Bernstein
Michael Meyers
2007  Joanna Bates
Henry Hildebrand
2006   Dorothy Shaw
Gordon Thompson
2005   Christina Loock
Robert F. Woollard
2004   Jerilynn Prior
Don Rix
Lorna Sent
2003   Patricia Baird
Angus Rae
Patricia Rebbeck
2002   Martin Hollenberg
David McLean
2001   Eileen Cambon
Margaret Pendray
2000   Barbara McGillivray
Charles Snelling
1999   Clive Duncan
Bruce Tiberiis
1998   David Lirenman
Wes Schreiber
1997  Andrew Seal
A. Wayne Vogl
1996   James Carter
Doris Cavanagh-Gray
1995   David Fairholm
Wolfgang Felix
1994   Denys Ford
William Ovalle
1993   William Chase
A. Doug Courtemanche
Vincent Sweeney
1992   Wallace Chung
David Godin
1991   Fred Bryans
1990   William Goodsir
Charles Slonecker
D.M. Whitelaw
1989   Sydney Friedman
Constance Friedman
■William Hurlburt
1988   Douglas Harold Copp
Claude Dolman
Robert Kerr
Frank Turnbull
Silver Anniversary
Award Recipients
2010 Class of'85
Heidi Oetter
Peter Jepson-Young
2009 Class of'84
Romayne Gallagher
2008 Class of'83
David Sigalet
2007 Class of'82
Robert Conn
2006 Class of'81
Warren Julien
Raymond Lam
Ivo Olivotto
2005 Class of'80
Michael Golbey
2004 Class of'79
Steven Narod
2003 Class of'78
Bruce Fleming
2002 Class of'77
This year's Medical Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament will
be held on June 23, 2011 at the University Golf Course.
The 2010 golf tournament was a huge success with 70 alumni,
colleagues, and medical student golfers. This year, the UBC
Medical Alumni Association wants to increase that even more.
The UBC Medical Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament raises funds
for the Medical Alumni Association to support student programs
in Vancouver and at our distributed medical sites on Vancouver
Island, in Prince George, and the Okanagan.
Come out and spend the afternoon connecting with friends,
colleagues, former classmates, and teachers. Between the
conversations and laughing there will be some great shots on
the course coupled with friendly competition. You may choose
between the regular golf format or play best ball format - the
only objective is to have fun.
After the round of golf, stay for a fabulous dinner in the clubhouse
and see who is awarded the prizes. Last year, Brad Fritz, MD'75
walked away with the lowest net score and many alumni and
friends took home some memorable silent auction items.
The Medical Alumni Association would like to extend a heartfelt
thank you to our sponsors who have already committed their
support for the 2011 UBC Medical Alumni & Friends Golf
Tournament. Your support continues to help our current and
future medical community.
If you would like to register or sponsor this year's tournament,
please contact the UBC Medical Alumni Affairs Office at
med.alumni@ubc.ca or 604-875-4111 ext. 67741.
Class of '54
Class of '66
May 11-14
Organizer: Nathan Batt
Location:Victoria, BC
Organizers: Bill Bell 8t
Morton Dodek
Class of'71
Organizers: Chris Finch
& Sherri Purves
Class of '56
Location: Whistler, BC
Organizers: Lee &
Thais Kornder
Class of '86
Sept 23-25
Location:Vancouver, BC
Organizers: Marshall Dahl
& Steve Larigakis
Class of '61
Sept 16-18
Location:Vancouver, BC
Class of '01
Organizer: Catherine Textor
Organizers: David Manson
& Teddy Suiker
For more information on class reunions, please
contact the UBC Medical Alumni Affairs Office at
marisa.iuvancigh@ubc.ca or 604-875-4111 ext. 62031.
Party at the Point,
MAY 28 2011
Mark May 28, 2011, in your
calendar for another outstanding
Alumni Weekend experience.
That's right! Alumni Weekend is back with
tours of UBC's amazing attractions (the Blue
Whale, MOA, the Botanical Garden), classes
(without quizzes) with your favourite
professors, reunions, spectacular kid events
(magic chemistry show, cookie making and
eating, games) and much more.
Web: www.alumni.ubc.ca
Email: alumni.weekend@ubc.ca UBC FACULTY OF MEDICINE
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