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Plants For The Holidays
Gavin Wilson photo
David Tarrant and Judy Newton of the UBC Botanical Garden show off their
handiwork as they give a workshop on making wreaths and other Christmas
decorations from plant cuttings. Wreaths made by the volunteer group
Friends of the Garden are on sale at the Shop-in-the-Garden. Proceeds
support tbe Botanical Garden.
Science and humanities
researchers receive prizes
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Fourteen faculty members are winners of UBC's top research prizes for
The $1,500
Jacob Biely Prize
for Research goes
to Donald Calne,
director of the
Disorders Centre.
Calne is a leading
neurologist who
studies movement
disorders such as
Parkinsonism and
dystonia using, in
particular, positron emission tomography
as a research tool.
Paul Yachnin, Dept. of English, wins
the $1,000 Alumni Prize for Research in
the Humanities. Besides critical and theoretical writing on Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, Yachnin is involved in a
major editing project on the works of
playwright Thomas Middleton
Darrin R. Lehman, Dept. of Psychology, is the winner of the $1,000 Alumni
Prize for Research in the Social Sciences.
A social psychologist whose primary research focuses on coping with stressful
life experiences, Lehman also studies reasoning in everyday-life contexts and the
effects of culture on social cognition and
The Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research goes to Catharine
Rankin, Dept. of Psychology. Rankin has
introduced a new model for the
neurobiology of learning and memory
based on her work with the nematode C.
Ten other faculty members, five in the
social sciences and humanities and five
in the natural, applied and health sciences, are winners
T of $10,000  UBC
Killam  Research
The winners
and their areas of
expertise are:
Brett Finlay,
Laboratory, microbial pathogenicity
and cell biology of
bacterial invasion.
David Jones,
Dept. of Zoology, physiology of diving in
air-breathing vertebrates, comparative
cardiovascular physiology.
Paid LeBlond, Dept. of Oceanography, physical oceanography, especially
ocean waves, their properties, propagation, dissipation and effects.
Peter Legzdins, Dept. of Chemistry,
organometallic chemistry, particularly the
chemistry of nitrosyl complexes of chromium, molybdenum and tungsten.
Thomas Tiedje, Dept. of Physics, semiconductor physics, quantum well structures and optoelectronics.
John Wilson Foster, Dept. of English,
Irish culture from the beginning of Irish
folklore to modern literary and political
Peter Graf, Dept. of Psychology, cognitive psychology, including the distinction between implicit and explicit remembering.
See KILLAM Page 2
Nobel Prize winner
donates $500,000
UBC's Michael Smith has created an endowment for
schizophrenia research and promotion of science
by Gavin Wilson
Michael Smith
Staff writer
Nobel Prize winner Michael Smith has
donated his half-million-dollar prize
money to fund schizophrenia research
and science awareness programs in B.C.
Smith announced the creation of the
endowment which will bear his name on
the eve of his departure for Europe, where     ^^m^'^^m^mmm
he is  attending lectures  and  meetings
before the Nobel Prize
presentation Dec. 10
in Stockholm.
The endowment
will support post-doctoral research in
schizophrenia and will
assist Science World
and the Society for
Canadian Women in
Science and Technology in delivering science awareness programs   for  parents,
teachers and young     	
"Beyond the personal satisfaction of
winning the Nobel Prize, it provides me
with the opportunity to share in a tangible and lasting way with other people
some ofthe value and benefit science has
given me," Smith said.
"Establishing this endowment does this
by encouraging important areas of medical research which have been neglected
and which will make real differences to
the lives of individuals, as well as encouraging young people, particularly women,
to explore exciting careers in science and
technology." he added.
Premier Mike Harcourt and Glen Clark,
minister responsible for science and technology, announced that the provincial
government is making a $ 1 -million contribution to the Michael Smith Endowment.
"Michael Smith has brought great honour to himself and all of British Columbia's science and technology community."
Harcourt said.
Smith said he hopes the federal government and private donors will also
contribute to the endowment.
The endowment will fund research into
the molecular genetics of schizophrenia.
"Beyond the personal
satisfaction of winning
the Nobel Prize, it
provides me with the
opportunity to share in
a tangible and lasting
way with other people
some of the value and
benefit science has
given me."
Smith said such research is underfunded
when compared with other diseases such
as cancer and AIDS, but that the disease
causes a great deal of human suffering
and has a high cost to society.
The other area that will benefit from
the endowment is science outreach.
"The fact that I have to explain my
research using analogies reflects the cultural gap that exists
^^^^■■,^^^^^" between scientists
and those who are
not scientists." he
Contributions to
Science World will be
used to take programs to people living outside of the
Lower Mainland.
The other beneficiary, the Society for
Canadian Women in
Science and Technology, is a Vancouver-based non-profit
association that en-
  courages equal opportunities for
women in science, technology and engineering careers and holds workshops
and conferences to interest young women
in science.
One of the society's founding members is Mary Vickers, a Douglas College
instructor who studied and taught at
UBC and who recently won the Eve
Savory Award for Science Communication from the B.C. Science Council.
CBC to broadcast
award presentation
The presentation of Michael Smith's
Nobel Prize will be broadcast live on CBC-
TV's Newsworld on Dec. 10.
Broadcast of the ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden is scheduled to begin at
7:30 a.m. (PST). After Smith receives the
award he will talk via satellite with colleagues and members ofthe media gathered at Science World to watch the presentation.
Later, between 9:15 a.m. and 9:45
a.m.. Smith will field questions from
Newsworld anchors based in Halifax.
Fighting Fear
Psychology study: social support must be a priority in fight against AIDS
Well Spent 3_
Hospital volunteers use profits from snack sales to fund a UBC bursary
Cross Country 7
UBC men's cross-country team wins its first CIAU championship
Team Effort 8_
Profile: The McGeers have devoted years to the mystery of Alzheimer's 2 UBC Reports December 9, 1993
Survey raises
I recently read the
Maclean's survey on universities, and feel the figures
prompt the question. "Where
are the funds UBC receives
being spent?"
UBC did maintain its
fourth-place position in the 15
medical/doctoral universities
surveyed, and we have every
right to be proud of our "best
reputation" ranking.
However, we dropped two
places to 10th in class sizes for
first- and second-year level.
We dropped one place to 14th
in class sizes for third- and
fourth-year level.  We dropped
two places to ninth in percentage of first year classes taught
by tenured faculty.   If we feel
that "small classes are still the
best - ones where a student
can raise a hand and be heard,
learn to debate, analyse, think"
(Maclean's), UBC needs
We rose three places to
second in money available for
current expenses, but dropped
three places to ninth in
percentage of budget spent on
scholarships and bursaries,
and dropped two places to
13th in percentage spent on
student services.  At an
institution committed to the
education and overall well-
being of students, these figures
are not encouraging.
Educational institutions do
face financial problems, and
this could affect class sizes
and budget distribution.  Yet,
are we spending too much on
the administration of the
service we provide, rather than
the service itself?
Tina Duke
University Computing
Program offers chance
to improve English skills
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Colleen Garbe is getting another chance to upgrade her communication skills.
For the last three months,
Garbe, a Faculty Club catering
co-ordinator, has been participating in Better English Skills
Training (BEST), a program administered by the Human Resources Dept. and delivered by
the Hastings Institute in Vancouver. It is available to anyone
on campus who would like to
improve their English language
skills including writing, pronunciation and communication.
"This program enables you to
learn through interaction with
other BEST class members," said
"There are no textbooks, only
a dictionary. We learn by sharing our ideas and personal experiences with our BEST classmates. There's no pressure, and
as a result, participants learn at
their own speed."
Theodora Tarn, another group
member employed by Limited
Time Only, admits she was initially scared. She wondered how
she could learn without a teacher
"standing at the front, telling us
what he or she is teaching that
"Now I feel I have gained more
confidence using English. I have
not only gotten more ideas to
write but I have also learned
more vocabulary, expressions
and sentence structures."
Garbe and Tarn are two of 45
university employees currently
enrolled in the 18-week pilot
project, with another group of
Abe Hefter photo
Instructor Martin Wright offers Theodora Tarn a few pointers
during a Better English Skills Training (BEST) session.
employees scheduled to begin
another training session at its
BEST is a joint initiative between the university and CUPE
locals 2950 and 116 and was
implemented by a committee
made up of union and UBC representatives.
"The program, funded by the
university, has been implemented as part of the Staff Development Plan," said Frank
Eastham, associate vice-president. Human Resources.
"Whether you're looking for
help in a highly technical area or
in general, this program offers
participants an opportunity to
improve their English skills
through oral and written presentations in an informal class
setting," said Eastham.
Participants spend a total of
six hours per week in a campus
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Kenneth Hendricks, Dept.
of Economics, empirical economics, especially the strategic implications of various aspects of
competition in the oil industry.
Margaret Slade. Dept. of Economics, natural resource economics, industrial organization
and applied econometrics, including models of resource pricing
Richard Unger, Dept. of History, medieval economic history
and technology such as shipbuilding and brewing.
As well, seven UBC Killam
Faculty Research Fellowships
are being awarded to: Clarence
de Silva, Dept. of Mechanical
Engineering; Michael Fryzuk,
Dept. of Chemistry; Kenneth
Hendricks, Dept. of Economics;
Charlotte Johnston, Dept. of
Psychology; Donald Moerman,
Dept. of Zoology; Rajadurai
Rajamahendran. Dept. of Animal Science; and Gary Schajer,
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
The fellowships give promising young faculty up to $15,000
as a salary supplement and up
to $3,000 for research expenses,
allowing them to pursue their
research full-time during a study
classroom setting, with one instructor assigned to four students, on average. Three hours
are on university time, the other
three are on personal time.
Gary Pharness, a consultant
with the Hastings Institute, says
the objective of the BEST program is to teach participants to
look after their own learning
"We hope people go away from
BEST with the realization that
the life experiences they bring
into the class are crucial to the
program's success. Regardless
of a person's skill level, participants learn to accommodate one
another. What we all have to say
is important."
For more information on Better English Skills Training, call
Maura Da Cruz in Human Resources at 822-8147 or Colleen
Garbe at 822-4693.
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Almost There
Charles Ker photo
United Way volunteer Eilis Courtney was up early to greet
motorists in the Fraser Parkade and update them on the
campus campaign. To date, the campaign has raised roughly
$285,000, and donations are still being accepted through
December. Help the United Way reach its $300,000 goal.
Phone 822-6192 for further information.
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December, June, July and August) for the entire
university community by the UBC Community
Relations Office, 207-6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver
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Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Editor: Paula Martin
Production: Stephen Forgoes
Contributors: Connie Filletti, Abe Hefter, Charles Ker,
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports • December 9,1993 3
Living with HIV
linked to
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Allaying fear of AIDS among friends
and families of gay men infected with the
HIV virus would go a long way toward
helping those infected cope with their
condition, says a UBC report.
In interviews with 92 HIV-positive gay
men in Vancouver, UBC psychologist
Rebecca Collins noted a strong relationship between the psychological well-being of those infected and the emotional
support they received.
"Personal relationships and the support they provide can play critical roles in
adaptation to life-threatening illness in
general and to HIV-infection in particular," said Collins, an assistant professor
in the Dept. of Psychology.
"Identifying factors which influence
social support, or lack of it, should be
made a priority."
Collins' report. Social Support Provision to HIV-infected Gay Men, examines
how attitudes towards homosexuality and
people's knowledge of AIDS influence their
decisions to support those infected with
The report suggests that adjustment
to HIV infection might be significantly
improved through intervention with close
friends and family to lessen their anxieties toward the disease and change negative attitudes they may harbour towards
homosexuality. Collins said if those giving support could be induced to view the
infected individual as less culpable for
his illness, he would likely be better
equipped to deal with the infection.
While "victim-blaming" occurs with
other diseases, Collins' report says laying
blame is more common toward persons
with AIDS (PWAs). It goes on to say that,
when present, blame exerts a strong influence on peoples' intentions to interact
with those infected with HIV.
Participants interviewed for the yearlong study were asked how they found
out about their infection, their emotional
reactions to the diagnosis and the reactions of family and friends. Questionnaires were then sent to members of their
social network assessing their knowledge
of AIDS, HIV infection and attitudes towards homosexuality.
Among the observations: blame of the
person with AIDS for his illness, together
with fear of AIDS, was associated with
less social support; fear of AIDS had a
negative impact on the quality of recipients' and providers' relationship; among
heterosexuals, those with more negative attitudes toward homosexuality were
more blaming of those infected with HIV;
persons infected with the virus were less
likely to blame others in the same situation. This suggests that it is helpful for
persons with HIV to interact socially with
others who have the virus.
Collins said the reduction of societal
prejudices regarding homosexuality must
be a priority in the fight against AIDS.
Targeting prejudices would reduce the
tendency of others to lay blame, increase
social support and ultimately influence
PWAs' ability to live with HIV infection.
The study was conducted with the
help ofthe Vancouver-based Persons with
AIDS Society. Collins said the results
should give agencies offering support to
people with AIDS a better understanding
of their emotional needs.
More Than
Just A
Paper Tiger ^
Origami expert
Joseph Wu exhibits
some of his menagerie
at the UBC Bookstore
while demonstrating
the ancient Japanese
art of paper folding.
All of his creations
are made from a
single sheet of paper.
Gavin Wilson photo
"Dr. T" leaves mark on Dentistry
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
There's nothing average about this
Joe, at least not to the faculty, staff and
students of the Oral Biology Dept.
Affectionately known as "Dr. T" by his
colleagues in the Faculty of Dentistry,
Joe Tonzetich is highly regarded for his
contributions to the family atmosphere
that exists in the faculty.
And although he will retire from the
department this year after a teaching
and research career that has spanned a
quarter century as a professor of Oral
Biology and a Medical Research Council
career investigator, his legacy of goodwill remains.
Tonzetich recently endowed a $250,000
bursary from which a $15,000 annual
award will go to a PhD student in Oral
Biology who demonstrates superior research ability and potential in the fields
of biochemistry and cell biology of oral
"Joe's outstanding and distinguished
career has culminated in this significant
endowment in Oral Biology which will
contribute to the ongoing quality of life in
this faculty." said Dr. Marcia Boyd, dean
of the Faculty of Dentistry.
Boyd was speaking to nearly 100 well-
wishers who gathered in the Oral Biology
Dept. Nov. 17 to dedicate a common room
named for Tonzetich.
"I couldn't have obtained my own
graduate training without financial support," Tonzetich said. "Since then I've felt
that if I was ever in a position to help. I
would give the same opportunity to other
worthy students to achieve their academic goals."
Shaughnessy volunteers fund bursary
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Don't tell Mae Corbett that junk food
has little value.
Corbett, second vice-president of Lhe
recently disbanded Shaughnessy Hospital Volunteer Society, says the sale of
thousands of bags of potato chips, chocolate bars and soft drinks helped to raise
money to endow a $265,000 bursary at UBC.
The annual fellowship of $15,000 per
year will be awarded to a graduate student in the health sciences who is recommended by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Corbett credits the more than 300
Shaughnessy Hospital volunteers who
gave more than 25,000 hours of sen/ice
last year — the equivalent of 14 full-time
staff positions — for the society's impressive sales figures in 1992.
Many of the volunteers worked in the
hospital's gift shop, the society's largest
and main money-maker.
'The volunteers were incredibly dedicated and hard working, even to the
extent of putting in time after a day's
regular work. They are really responsible
for helping to make the fellowship a reality," Corbett said.
She also cites the efforts of Barbara Lever,
president of the Shaughnessy Hospital Volunteer Society, and other board members.
Together with Corbett. they overcame
the problem of what to do with the money,
a dilemma sparked by the closure of
Shaughnessy Hospital.
A clause in the society's constitution
stipulated that in the event of the society's closure, its funds would revert to the
hospital trustees, Corbett explained.
"But by this time the trustees had
been relieved of their positions, and that
meant the money would go to the government," she said. "We all felt tremendous
frustration and sadness that this was
Noting that the constitution made no
provision for the funds should the hospital itself close, the society's board consulted a lawyer and the decision was
made to amend the constitution to allow
the society to disburse the funds as it
deemed fit.
"We had given so much of our hearts
and time to raising that money that we
were determined that it wasn't just going
to disappear into the government coffers," said Corbett,
"Instead, we wanted it used in a way
that would be representative of
Shaughnessy Hospital and. in its own
small way, keep the name of the hospital
and the society alive."
News Digest
The 20th anniversary of the Women's Resources Centre was celebrated Dec. 1
with a dinner hosted by UBC President David Strangway and Alice
The centre's staff were honoured for their outstanding contributions and
dedication to helping women and men with their life and career counselling needs.
Director Ruth Sigal said that collectively, the largely volunteer staff of about 60
give 600 hours of their time each month working at the centre, located in downtown Vancouver.
In addition to professionals who provide expertise on everything from personal
growth to operating an independent business, volunteers include UBC graduate
students in law, counselling psychology, social work, nursing and adult education. They assist 17,000 clients a year, Sigal said.
• • • •
The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation will once again salute Canadian
innovation by presenting cash awards to outstanding innovators in 1994.
The $100,000 Principal Award, the $25,000 Award of Distinction and two
$5,000 Innovation Awards will be presented to innovators who have conceived and
developed new concepts, procedures, processes or products of benefit to Canada.
Nominees for the awards must be Canadian citizens resident in Canada.
Nominations for the 1994 competition close on Feb. 11, 1994. Nomination pamphlets can be obtained from: The Manning Awards, 3900. 421-7 Ave. S.W..
Calgary, Alberta. T2P 4K9.
• • • •
A book about a little-known Vancouver activist has won the University of
British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography.
The award is for The Struggle for Social Justice in British Columbia:
Helena Gutterridge, the Unknown Reformer, written by Irene Howard and published last year by UBC Press.
The book documents Gutteridge's activism as a suffragist and her 50-year fight
for justice for women, workers, visible minorities and the poor.
The Struggle for Social Justice was also short-listed for the B.C. Book Awards
and the City of Vancouver Book Prize.
Howard is a UBC alumna (BA '48. MA '64) and Vancouver writer who specializes in social history.
• • • •
UBC's Pacific Educational Press has released the first in a series of books
dealing with results from an international study based at UBC looking at
mathematics and science education worldwide.
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is investigating and comparing the math and science education of students in elementary and
secondary schools in more than 50 countries.
Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics and Science, the first publication of
TIMSS research, is edited by UBC Prof. David Robitaille, who is also the international co-ordinator of the study. 4 UBC Reports December 9, 1993
December 12 through January 15
Sunday, Dec. 12
Christmas At The Shop In
The Garden
Annual December assortment
of unique gifts; fresh green
wreaths, dried arrangements, fine
tools, seeds and books. Proceeds
support the UBC Botanical Garden. 1 lam-5pm daily. Continues to Dec. 24. Free parking.
Call 822-4529.
Christmas Music Concert
Held annually at the Museum
of Anthropology. The UBC University Singers will perform Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2:30pm in the
Great Hall. Concert free with
admission.  Call 822-5087.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
South Asia Research
Seminar Series
Acronyms, Translation And
Power In International Development: The Case Of Traditional
Medical Practitioners In Nepal.
Dr. Stacy Pigg, Anthropology,
SFU. Asian Centre 604 from
12:30-2pm.   Call 822-9266.
Statistics Seminar
Some Inequalities For U-Sta-
tistics With Application To Density Estimation. Ian McKay, Statistics. Angus 33 from 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments.  Call 822-2234.
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
A Paediatric Orthopaedic Clinical Pathological Conference.
Chair: Dr. R.W. McGraw; guest
speaker, Dr. S.J. Tredwell. VGH
Eye Care Centre Auditorium at
7am.   Call 875-4272.
Microbiology Seminar
Intracellular Parasites: Contrasting Styles Of LeishmaniaAnd
MycobacteriumTuberculosis. Dr.
David G. Russell, Molecular
Microbiology, Washington U., St.
Louis. Wesbrook201 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-3308.
Radiology Grand Rounds
Aspects Of SpinalTrauma. Dr.
Paul Trepanier, resident V. VGH
Eye Care Centre Auditorium from
5-6pm. Call 877-6000.
Friday, Dec. 17
Grand Rounds
Perinatal Mortality, Morbidity
Rounds/Case Presentations.
Drs. D. Wilson, V. Baldwin. Uni
versity Hospital Shaughnessy Site
D308 at 8am.   Call 875-3266.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Resident Case Management.
Dr. Pargat Bhurji, CPC resident,
Pathology. G.F. Strong Rehab
Centre Auditorium at 9am. Call
Thursday, Jan. 6
Philosophy Lecture
Knowledge Of Negative Facts.
Brendan Gillon, Linguistics, McGill
U. Buchanan D348 from 1-
2:30pm.   Call 822-3292.
Physics Colloquium
Cancelled this week.
Friday, Jan. 7
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. How Should We Help The
Families? Dr. D. Wensley, head.
Critical Care, BCCH; Dr. M. Norman, Pathology; Dr. S. Segal/Ms.
Lori Sheckter, Social Work Services. G.F. Strong Auditorium at
9am.  Call 875-2307.
Faculty Seminar
Ugandan And Canadian Criminal Law: A Comparative Analysis.
Prof. Daniel Nsereko. Curtis Faculty Conference Room from 12:30-
2pm.  Call 822-3403.
Monday, Jan. 10
French Colloquium
Voix Feminines Dans La
Litterature Quebecoise. Martine
Garand. Buchanan Tower 799 at
2:30pm.  Call 822-4025.
Applied Mathematics
Dr. Joel Friedman. Math. Mathematics 203 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Mechanical Engineering
Application Of Expert Systems
On Ship Design. Ayhan Akinturk,
PhD student. Civil/Mechanical
Engineering 1202 from3:30-4:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-6671.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
Oceanography Seminar
Direct Disposal Of Fossil Fuel
C02 Into The Oceans And Subterranean Reservoirs To Avert Global
Warming: A Futuristic Scheme.
Dr. CS. Wong, Inst, of Ocean Sci
ences. Sidney. B.C.   BioSciences
1465 at 3:30pm.   Call 822-3626.
Philosophy Lecture
Epistemic Warrant. Martin Davies,
Philosophy, Oxford U. Buchanan
D306 from 1 -2:30pm. Call 822-
Centre for Applied Ethics
The Allocation of Resources in
Medicine: Fairness vs. Doing The
Most Good. John Broome, visiting
prof., Bristol. Henrv Angus Bldg.
Rm. 225. 4pm. Call 822-5139.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Theatre Performance
Toronto, Mississippi by Joan
MacLeod. Directed by Stephen
Malloy. Frederic Wood Theatre at
8pm. Continues to Jan. 22. Call
Thursday, Jan. 13
Philosophy Lecture
Must We Be Eliminativists
About Language? Barry Smith,
Birkbeck College, U. of London.
Buchanan D348 from 1 -2:30pm.
Call 822-3292.
French Colloquium
Les Retouches Du Francais
Parle Par Les Enfants En Immersion Francaise. Marcia Santen.
Buchanan Tower 799 at 2:30pm.
Call 822-4025.
Physics Colloquium
Femtosecond Spin Dynamics In
Magnetic Nanostructures. D.
Awschalom, Physics, U. of California. Santa Barbara. Hennings
201 at 4pm.   Call 822-3853.
Friday, Jan. 14
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Pediatric Thromboembolism.
Dr. John Wu. Hematology/
Oncology, BCCH. G.F. StrongAudi-
torium at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Faculty Seminar
Population. Development And
The Environment: Looking At A
Feminist Intemationality And Its
Domestic Reflections. Curtis Faculty Conference Room from 12:30-
2pm.   Call 822-3403.
Red Cross Blood Donor
Totem Park Residence,
Commonsblock Ballroom from 3-
9pm. Donors are reminded to
bring ID and eat a substantial
meal 1-4 hrs. prior to donating. Call
Red Cross Society at 431 -4241.
The Board of Governors at its
meeting of November 18. 1993 approved the following recommendations and received notice about about
the following items.
Brian Ellis. Acting Head, Department of Soil Science. August
16, 1993 to June 30. 1994.
Robert Woollard. Acting Head,
Department of Family Practice, September 1, 1993 to February 28,
Charles Yang. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,
October 1, 1993 to September 30,
1994 (joint with Psychiatry).
Jeffrey Coll. Assistant Profes
sor. Department of Oral Medical and
Surgical Sciences, September 1,
1993 to June 30, 1996.
Robert Hogg, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care and
Epidemiology, September 1, 1993 to
June 30, 1996.
Janet Raboud, Assistant Professor. Department of Health Care and
Epidemiology, September 1. 1993 to
June 30, 1996.
Timothy Oberlander, Assistant
Professor, Department of Paediatrics, September 7, 1993 to June 30.
Vugranam Venkatesh. Assistant
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Lakshmi Yatham. Assistant Professor. Department of Psychiatry.
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Martin Gleave. Assistant Professor. Department of Surgery, January 1. 1993 to June 30, 1995.
Vanessa Auld, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, January 1, 1994 to June 30, 1997.
The Board accepted the following
Christopher Shackleton. Assistant Professor. Department of Surgery. July 15. 1993.
Glen Rouse. Professor, Department of Botany (joint with Geological
Sciences). December 30. 1993
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Subjects: Environmental Protection Compliance/Records Management
December 9, 1993
Dear Colleagues:
Several changes have been incorporated in the Policy on Environmental
Protection Compliance to reflect the organizational changes being made to
support departments in complying with legislation and to highlight more
prominently its educational focus.
The Board of Governors has approved organizational changes to assist in
these additional responsibilities:
•Environmental issues coordination has been integrated with Occupational
Health and Safety. This was done in recognition of the continuum of concerns
which exists in the two areas, the similar methods and processes used, and the
advantage of tapping existing structures for communication, education and
enforcement. The department is now named the Department of Health, Safety
and Environment.
•The responsibilities of Randy Alexander, formerly the Manager of the Hazardous Waste Program, have been expanded to Manager, Environmental Programs,
to include responsibility for regulatory issues, effluent and other permits,
hazardous waste, audits, emergency plan, liaison with government, the Board
of Governors and the community.
•Similarly, the responsibilities of Mark Aston have been expanded to Environmental Programs Officer, and include hazardous waste minimization, solvent
recovery, chemical exchange, program awareness and waste audits.
•An Advisory Committee on Environmental Programs will be established, with
a mandate to be interested in broad environmental issues, not just those
identified by legislation.
It is anticipated that Board of Governors approval for the draft policy on
Environmental Protection Compliance will be sought at the January 1994
meeting. Please review the draft and provide any comments you may have to
Libby Nason, Vice Provost.
Sincerely yours.
David W. Strangway
Policy on Environmental
Protection Compliance
- Draft#3
Vice President Academic & Provost
Vice President Administration &
Vice President Research
Vice President Student and Academic
•   to provide a formal statement of commitment in response to global and
local concerns regarding environmental protection:
to provide a framework for establishing procedures that will ensure consistent response to environmental
issues, and demonstrate responsibility and due diligence on the part ofthe
to develop auditing and monitoring
procedures which are effective for a
university setting;
to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations at all
sites of University activity;
to meet all legislated requirements as
a minimum standard;
to provide communication and
education about environmental
issues;  ^
•   to provide a platform for sustainable
development efforts at UBC.
UBC will act responsibly and demonstrate stewardship in protecting the environment. All individuals in the University community share the responsibility
for protecting the environment. Administrative heads of unit are responsible for
ensuring compliance with legislation and
UBC procedures both on and off campus.
Procedures and reporting structures
for matters of compliance with environmental legislation are necessary to demonstrate due diligence of UBC, its Board
of Governors, senior officers, students,
and members of faculty and staff, by
addressing responsibly activities which
have potential for exposure to lawsuits
and prosecution.
"Where a corporation commits an offence under this Act. any officer, director
or agent of the corporation who directed,
authorized, assented to or acquiesced in
or participated in the commission of the
offence is a party to and guilty of the
offence, and is liable to punishment provided for the offence, whether or not the
corporation has been prosecuted or convicted." ... Section 122 ofthe Canadian
Environmental Protection Act
Procedures, guidelines and programs
addressing specific environmental issues
will be developed and updated as required to accomplish the objective of compliance with environmental legislation,
with the full participation of the University community. These will include evaluation guidelines and monitoring procedures, effective measures of progress,
reporting mechanisms, educational programs, and contingency plans for accidents that affect the environment.
The Manager, Environmental Programs, reporting through the Director,
Health , Safety and Environment and the
Vice President Administration and Finance, will be responsible for focusing
efforts on the most serious problems,
promoting development of environmental plans and coordinating activities
through administrative heads of unit.
These efforts include environmental audits, central monitoring, recording and
reporting progress (and instances of noncompliance) on environmental protection
issues, providing training to the campus
community and serving as the central
information source about current and
anticipated legislation applicable to UBC
as well as providing linkages for sustainable development efforts.
Environmental audits will be performed
of all areas and activities under the control of the University. Audits will include
evaluation of waste, emissions, hazardous materials, emergency response procedures and the adequacy of training of
students, faculty and staff. Such audits
will measure the extent of compliance
with federal and provincial legislation
and identify potential environmental risks.
A plan will be developed by the administrative head of unit for bringing all
identified deficiencies into compliance
with legislation, in consultation with the
Manager. Environmental Programs, and
will be forwarded to the Vice President
responsible for the unit for approval of
actions, timing, and funding.
Monitoring systems and procedures
for handling and reporting accidents/
incidents will be established for all activities and areas of concern. Administrative
heads of unit are responsible for ensuring that the monitoring is carried out in
accordance with established systems and
for reporting on the monitoring to both
the unit's vice president and the Manager, Environmental Programs. Deficiencies detected through monitoring or other
means will be corrected as soon as possible.
When the impact or experimental design of activities to be conducted at off
campus locations has unknown or potentially harmful environmental consequences, the member of faculty or staff
responsible will apply in advance for a
certificate of environmental protection
from a University screening committee
on the environment to review and authorize such activities. Research protocols,
consistent with practices approved by
the screening committee for individual
experiments, may be authorized by the
screening committee for experiments
which are to be repeated. These steps are
necessary because of the university's
potential liability for problems arising
from off-campus activities.
Administrative heads of unit are responsible for ensuring communication
about the goal of compliance with environmental legislation and appropriate
training of all persons working or studying within their units in relevant environmental issues and procedures for recognizing, dealing with and reporting accidents that affect the environment.
Reports of all audits, plans for correcting deficiencies, reports on satisfying
monitoring requirements, accident-han-
See Environment Page 6
December 9, 1993
Dear Colleagues:
There were a few suggestions for improvements to the draft Records Management Policy published in October.
This second draft reflects the advice received. There is some urgency to
starting the work needed to prepare for the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy legislation, which will have effect for B. C. universities in
October, 1994.
If there are further comments, please provide them to Libby Nason, Vice
Provost, by early January, so that they can be considered before the draft is
taken for approval at the January meeting of the Board of Governors.
Sincerely yours,
David W. Strangway
Policy on Records
- Draft # 2
Vice President Academic & Provost
Vice President Administration & Finance
Vice President Student & Academic Services
• to promote economy and efficiency in
the creation, maintenance, storage,
retrieval and disposal of University
• to ensure preservation of records of
permanent value;
• to support both protection of privacy
and freedom of information services
throughout the University.
All records, regardless of physical form
or characteristics, created or received by
University officers or employees in the
course of their duties on behalf of the
University, are the property of the University and subject to its overall control.
Employees leaving UBC or changing positions within UBC are to leave all records
for their successors.
The University will provide guidelines
for the retention of records based on
legal, operational, financial, administrative and other considerations through
the development of classification systems
and schedules, including the destruction
or transfer of records to the University
Archives after the retention periods have
A standard records management program will be developed in order to permit
the efficient maintenance and retrieval of
information to help meet the operational
needs ofthe University and UBC's obligations under the Freedom of Information
and Protection of Privacy Act. Elements
See Records Page 6 6 UBC Reports December 9, 1993
Continued from Page 5
dling procedures and any minor
accidents/incidents will be
brought, through the senior officers of the University, to the
Board ofGovernors at its regular
meetings. Any accidents/incidents of significant environmental impact will be brought to the
attention of the Chair of the
Board ofGovernors by the President or his/her designate immediately.
When potentially harmful
conditions arise or are discovered, the administrative head of
unit is responsible for notifying
individuals who might be affected
and keeping them aware of efforts to correct the situation (see
also the Industrial Health and
Safety Regulations of the Workers' Compensation Board of
The Manager, Environmental
Programs ensures that consul-
Policy Drafts
tations with the campus and
surrounding communities about
the state of compliance and
progress toward it take place.
The Manager, Environmental
Programs will publish annually
a report which includes information on the audits conducted,
the compliance issues dealt with
and outstanding, training and
communication activities, and
responses to accidents affecting
the environment
See also the Policy and Procedures (to be developed) on Sustainable Development.
Due diligence means the care
a reasonable person would take,
having regard to all the circumstances and information about
which that person knew or ought
to have known.
Environment means the biophysical conditions under which
people or things live or are developed.
Environmental audit means a
systematic, objective method of
identifying and verifying that
laws, regulations, procedures
and University guidelines for
environmental, health, occupational hygiene, safety and emergency preparedness standards
are being followed. The examination involves analysis, testing
and confirmation of procedures
and practices. In addition, the
process evaluates the adequacy
of the environmental management system — communications, clear delineation of employee responsibilities, training
and quality control.
Stewardship in this policy
means accountable management
ofthe property and affairs of UBC.
University community means
all persons associated with the
University of British Columbia,
including students, members of
faculty and staff, visitors, contractors, suppliers, tenants, and
users of facilities.
Continued from Page 5
for consideration in such a system will include:
• development of a standard
classification system for
administrative records
retained throughout the
• design of schedules for
retention and destruction of
records based on the standard classification system;
• provision of advice and
assistance in the development
of classification systems and
accompanying schedules for
operational records specific to
each unit;
• training of staff in records
• development of standards for
supplies and equipment used
in maintaining records including the implementation and
use of micrographics and
microimaging systems:
• institution of forms design and
control (to help avoid the
creation of unnecessary
• provision of advice about
storage for semi-active or
inactive records:
• provision of advice concerning specific protection for
vital records;
• preservation of and access to
permanently valuable records;
• coordination of the destruction of records containing
personal or other confidential
• promotion of records management requirements in future
system development.
Until formal schedules are in
place, the University will establish a University Records Disposition Committee which will develop preliminary guidelines for
identifying permanently valuable
records and to which administrative units may apply for authorization to dispose of records.
The committee will have respon
sibility for determining which
records should be retained and
which may be safely destroyed
or archived.
Development of the records
management program will be
coordinated by the Archivist.
University Archives in consultation with the Data Administrator.
Computing and Communications,
who is preparing Institutional Data
Resource Management guidelines
and standards.
Records, created or received
by University officers or employees in the course of their duties
on behalf of the University, can
be in a variety of physical forms.
In accordance with the definition of records in the legislation
pertaining to freedom of information, records include books,
documents, maps, drawings,
photographs, letters, vouchers,
papers, and any other thing on
which information is recorded or
stored by graphic, electronic or
mechanical means, but does not
include an individual faculty
member's research records nor
does it include computer programs or other mechanisms that
produce records.
Active records are records
which are required and referred
to constantly for current use,
and which need to be retained
and maintained in office space
and equipment close to users.
Semi-acftue records are
records which are referred to
infrequently and are not required
constantly for current use. Semi-
active records are removed from
office space to lower cost off-site
storage until they are no longer
Inactive records are records
for which the active and semi-
active retention periods have
lapsed and which are no longer
required to carry out the functions for which they were created.
Permanently valuable records
include those with cultural,
social, scientific, administrative,
financial, operational and legal
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Records management is the
application of systematic control to recorded information
which is required in the administration and operation of University activities. The services
provided through a records management program include correspondence management, manuals and directives management,
forms management, files management, records retention
scheduling, disaster planning,
vital records programs, semi-
active records storage, records
conversion, and archival programming.
Records Retention Schedule
means an established timetable
for maintaining the organization's records, transferring inactive records to storage and permanently valuable records to the
Archives, and destroying records
which are no longer valuable to
the organization.
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Jeff Schiebler (80) and Graeme Fell (81) helped lead UBC to a first-place
finish at the CIAU cross-country championships Nov. 6 in Halifax.
Cross-country teams
place first and second
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Try as he may to savour the victory by
the men's team at last month's Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
cross-country championships. UBC
cross-country coach Marek Jedrzejek is
already looking forward to next year's
CIAU championships.
After a second-place finish at the national championships in Montreal last
year, the men's cross-country team, anchored by Zeba Crook, Graeme Fell and
Jeff Schiebler, took to the track at the
CIAU championships in Halifax Nov. 6
and emerged with UBC's first-ever men's
CIAU cross-country title.
"We lost by only three points to the
University of Sherbrooke last year," said
Jedrzejek. "However, we felt we could
take that success and carry it over this
year and be competitive.
"We knew we could win and we won.
We beat out runner-up University of Toronto by 12 points."
Jedrzejek, who has coached the men's
and women's cross-country teams at UBC
since 1987, was voted men's cross-country coach of the year for 1993.
Although the voting was done at the
conclusion of the national championships, the award is a reflection of the
season-long success the men's and women's cross-country teams enjoyed.
"Both teams performed extremely well
with great team spirit," said Jedrzejek.
"I'm looking forward to the men defending their national title at next year's
CIAU championships, and the women
building on their second-place showing."
With success comes the added expectation to repeat as national champions.
As the other CIAU teams set their sights
on UBC for next season, Jedrzejek will go
into the 1994 campaign without Olympian and Canadian national team member Graeme Fell, a veteran of the crosscountry wars.
"We'll miss Graeme, but this men's
team has a lot of depth. I look for team
captain Jeff Archibald to perhaps step up
and fill Graeme's shoes."
Staff writer
The Thunderbird hockey team is about
to embark on a 20,000-kilometre road
From Dec. 14-23, the T-Birds will play
four games in Seoul;
two  against   Korea     ^^^"^^^™"""
University and  two
more against the Korean national team.
'This trip is an extension of the relationship we have with
Korea University on
several sporting levels, including basketball and volleyball."
said T-Birds hockey
coach Mike Coflin.
"However, on this
trip, winning isn't
everything. We al-
ready know what to
expect from the Koreans in terms of competition. We're going over to try to teach
them more about hockey."
During the last six summers, Korea
University's hockey learning experience
has featured the establishment of training camp headquarters at Thunderbird
Stadium because of a lack of facilities in
Coflin, who has helped coach the Koreans during their stints at UBC, has
Thunderbird hockey team to
take Koreans under its wing
by Abe Hefter tried to instill a level of confidence in their
'Their lack of size really hurts. They
tend to back down from the physical
aspects of the game, which is to be expected," said Coflin, who is hoping the
Koreans will exhibit more confidence playing on home ice in
^"■"^■■^^^^^ front of a hometown
"Being a small
hockey player
doesn't mean you
can't be an effective
one," he explained.
"You really have to
rely on technique
and teamwork."
This will be
Coflin's first trip
overseas as head
coach of the
Thunderbirds. As a
      player,   he  was   a
member of the 1983
T-Bird squad that played a series in Tokyo hosted by the two best professional
teams in Japan.
"It was a tremendous opportunity, not
only for athletic reasons. The cultural
aspects associated with a trip like this are
incredibly enriching and rewarding." he said.
Coflin says he's very proud to be taking this group of players overseas.
"They will represent UBC very well,
both on and off the ice."
"On this trip, winning
isn't everything.  We
already know what to
expect from the Koreans
in terms of competition.
We're going over to try to
teach them more about
Mike Coflin
by staff writers
Connie Eaves, a professor of Medical Genetics, has been appointed co-
chair ofthe Breast Cancer Research Challenge Fund management
The federal government, in partnership with the
Medical Research Council, has commited $20 million
over the next five years to establish the fund which is
currently providing financial support for several major
breast cancer studies.
Eaves, who joined UBC in 1973, also serves as
deputy director of the Terry Fox Laboratory. She
recently received $1.5 million from the pharmaceutical
company Sandoz Canada Inc. to develop new approaches to treating leukemia.
• • • • Eaves
Economics Prof. Robert Evans has been elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Based in Washington, D.C, the academy is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing knowledge and understanding of social security
and related programs such as workers' compensation and unemployment
Evans, a senior research associate of UBC's Centre for Health Services
and Policy Research, recently served as a member of B.C.'s Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs.
He was inducted into the academy for his distinguished service to improving the quality of research, teaching, administration and policy-making in
the field of social insurance.
• • • •
ivil Engineering Prof. Emeritus Borg Madsen has
become the first recipient of the Canadian Wood
Council's Robert F. DeGrace Award.
The new award recognizes the technical achievements of those who have raised the status of wood as
a construction material through work in research,
product development, education or codes and standards.
Madsen's career in timber engineering and research
spans 40 years. Among his achievements is the
creation of a new approach for determining the
strength of softwood lumber, a method that is now
used in structural design around the world.
Madsen was also responsible for taking UBC's wood engineering program
from a single undergraduate course to a major education and research
Prof. Richard Johnston has been awarded the Harold Adams Innis Prize
for his book, Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian
Election. The award was presented to Johnston, a co-author and UBC
professor of political science, at the annual meeting of the Social Science
Federation of Canada.
Published under the association's Aid to Scholarly Publications Program,
the book is based on the findings ofthe 1988 National Election Study for
which Johnston was principal investigator. The study tracked voters'
reactions during the campaign and the various factors which influenced
their intentions. The book also puts the 1988 campaign in historical context
by looking at the previous century of Canadian election activity.
The Harold Adams Innis Prize recognizes Johnston's book as the best
Canadian scholarly work written in English in the social sciences in 1992.
Fine Arts Prof. Serge Guilbaut has been awarded
the rank of "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes
Academiques" by the prime minister of France.
This distinction, somewhat equivalent to the Governor
General's awards in Canada, is in recognition of his
efforts to promote French language and culture.
An art historian specializing in the 20th century,
Guilbaut has been teaching at UBC since 1975. In
1990, his book. How New York Stole the Idea of
Modern Art was awarded the annual Prix des Libraires
d'art de la Ville de Paris.
Earlier this year, Guilbaut edited the book, Reconstructing Modernism: Art in New York. Paris and
Montreal 1945-1964.
Bruce Carleton. an assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has
been elected chair ofthe B.C. Task Force on Pharmaceutical Care.
Formed by the province's College of Pharmacists, the task force will
develop initiatives designed to teach pharmacists how to identify patient-
specific problems associated with drug therapy and optimize drug use in
patient care.
A UBC faculty member since 1991, Carleton's research areas include the
study of blood cell growth factors and the cost and consequences of drug
use. 8 UBC Reports December 9,1993
Edith and Pat McGeer
Hunting for answers
to the riddle of Alzheimer' s
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
dith and Pat McGeer just want to
have fun. That's why the two
retired UBC neuroscientists still
work 12-hour days, often seven-days-a-
week, looking for the cause of
Alzheimer's disease.
"Research has all the fun of a
treasure hunt," says Edith, a professor
emerita of Psychiatry.
Her husband Pat. former head of
Psychiatry's Neurological Sciences
Division, nods in agreement.
"The sense of discovery involved in
research is more fun than anything
else I can think of. I'll be carried feet
first out of a lab."
As newlyweds in 1954, the McGeers
resigned their jobs as research chem-
►      ists with E. I. DuPont in Wilmington,
Delaware and headed for Vancouver,
Pat's hometown.
He enrolled in UBC's Faculty of
Medicine and Edith landed an unpaid
position as a research associate at the
university's neurological laboratory.
Their relationship as scientific
collaborators blossomed when Pat
found a summer job in the same
laboratory. Founded in 1948 and now
called the Kinsmen Laboratory of
Neurological Research, it has been their
second home ever since.
The couple began studying
Alzheimer's disease — a progressive deterioration of intellectual
functions leading to irreversible
memory loss — more than a decade
ago. But they hadn't made it their
research focus until a fateful visit in
The McGeers recalled how Phyllis
Forsythe, a woman who had lost her
husband to the disease and
singlehandedly began B.C.'s first
Alzheimer's support group with no
funds or help from important contacts,
came calling.
Her message was blunt.
"She told us to do something useful,"
Pat said, still somewhat disbelievingly.
Forsythe had gone to the right
source. In addition to being a professor
of psychiatry, Pat had been a member
ofthe B.C. legislature since 1962 and
served at various times as the minister
of Education, minister of Universities,
Science and Communications, minister
of International Trade, Science and
Investment and minister of International Trade, Science and Communication.
He turned to then provincial minister of Health Jim Nielson for support.
The minister provided funding for
Alzheimer's research and an
Alzheimer's clinic at UBC, one of the
first in Canada.
"It was quite a coup, considering
that at that time, Alzheimer's was not
thought of as an active, malevolent
disease. The connection between
senility and old age was just being
made," Pat said.
Turning his full attention to
Alzheimer's when he retired from
politics in 1986, he and Edith began
exploring how the disease worked, not
only for medical purposes, but because
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Although both are "retired," Edith and Pat McGeer continue to spend 12-
hour days looking for the cause of Alzheimer's disease.
of the social impact Alzheimer's was
sually occurring between ages 65
and 85 and more often in women
than in men. there are an estimated 350,000 Alzheimer's patients in
"Our hope was, and remains, to find
a successful way to intervene in the
process to relieve people of the anxiety
they have about getting Alzheimer's,"
Edith said. "If an effective treatment
can be found, the fear can stop."
They are equally concerned about
the effects the illness has on family
caregivers of Alzheimer's patients.
"There is a terrible burden on the
family who may feel humiliated and
disguise the disease up to a point of
crisis," Pat said. "Many times the
spouse becomes responsible for providing care during the years when they are
least capable of providing it. In some
ways, it is probably easier on the
Typical of the McGeers' drive and
energy, they haven't limited their efforts
or support to Alzheimer's disease.
On Dec. 15, Edith and Pat will be
presented with the Clarke Intstitute of
Psychiatry Research Award for their
outstanding contributions to knowledge
in psychiatry and mental health.
They plan to donate the entire cash
prize and have earmarked the Michael
Smith Endowment, recently established
by UBC's Nobel Prize winner to fund
schizophrenia research and science
outreach programs, as a recipient of
half the prize.
Among the McGeers' more interesting research finds include a 1992
study which indicates that a drug
commonly used to treat leprosy may
reduce the incidence of dementia
caused by Alzheimer's disease.
The neuroscientists, working in
collaboration with Japanese colleagues,
found that elderly leprosy patients
being treated with dapsone — an
antibacterial drug widely used against
all forms of leprosy — have less chance
of developing dementia than leprosy
patients who have been off the drug for
at least five years.
"Japanese leprosy patients live in
isolated communities, under close
medicai supervision, and therefore it is
possible to compare drug-free and
drug-treated patients under highly
comparable conditions." Pat said.
In their studv. the prevalence of
dementia in patients over 65 who had
received anti-leprosy drugs without
interruption was 2.9 per cent. The
figure rose to more than lour per cent
in the intermittently treated group, and
to 6.25 per cent among the patients
who were untreated for at least live
But the McGeers' most promising
scientific discovery to date is that
indomethacin. an anti-inflammatory drug widely prescribed for arthritis
patients, may slow and even halt the
progression of Alzheimer's disease. One
indomethacin tablet is equivalent to
about 15 aspirin.
Their results appear to support a
hotly debated theory in the scientific
community that Alzheimer's disease is
a chronic inflammatory condition
similar to arthritis.
"It's the expected reaction to something new and different," Pat reasoned.
"Quite properly, scientists are cautious
about new findings and confirmation
needs lo take place."
The McGeers readily acknowledge
that the study was small and that
additional research is needed before
indomethacin can be considered as a
treatment for Alzheimer's.
Both are eager to start larger clinical
trials with their American colleagues at
Arizona's Sun Health Research Institute. But scientists aren't the only ones
who seem skeptical about the research
trail the McGeers are exploring.
Pharmaceutical companies, a
growing source of funding for many
university researchers, are closing their
doors to the couple as well.
'The difficult thing is that gaining
clinical proof is a very expensive affair."
Pat said. "We are proposing an agent to
treat Alzheimer's that has been known
for so long that pharmaceutical companies aren't interested. No one wants to
undertake funding if the treatment is going
to be cheap. That's what patients face."
After years of being refused grants to
conduct their research projects by the
pharmaceutical industry and the
Medical Research Council, Pat formed
his own company last year, Gerex
Biotech Inc.
He hopes to raise $5 million in
private donations to support a multicentre clinical trial to investigate the
cause of nerve cell death. It's an area of
brain research he described as previously overlooked and which he believes
is vital to many neurological disease
'The excitement and enjoyment of
doing experiments that we couldn't do
20 years ago is extraordinary," Pat
said. Edith smiles, indicating her
enthusiasm for the enormous task they
have set for themselves.
With all the energy and time the
McGeers have devoted to their hunt for
the cause of Alzheimer's disease, they
may find treasure after all.


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