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 VOLUME    47     |      NUMBER    2     |     JANUARY    2$ ,     2001
7 Vino Veritas
Bottles will line the walls of
ubc's newest library
u be reports
8 Helix hype
Dr. Patricia Baird cautions
against genetic cure-alls THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA
Pavlich appointed VP,
Legal and External Affairs
la-la-la lunar steps   Anusha Fernando is one of the featu red performers
in the Institute of Asian Research Lunar New Year Festival at the ck. Choi
Building, Wednesdayjan. 31. The festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Fernando, who earned a ubc master's degree in Asian Studies,
specializing in Sanskrit, has studied dance in India and performed across
Canada. She is one of a wide range of people and cultures participating in the
free public celebration of Asian culture. For more information and the
complete program check the Web site at www.iar.ubc.ca. Ron Sangha photo
Fund-raising functions to
move to Administration
and Finance portfolio
law prof, dennis pavlich, university counsel at the University of
British Columbia, has been appointed to a new portfolio of responsibilities as vice-president,
Legal and External Affairs, effective Feb. 1, ubc President Martha
Piper has announced.
"Dennis is not only known for
his extraordinary legal mind and
abilities, he is also respected for an
impressive record of relating, and
translating, to our external communities," says Piper.
At the same time, Piper announced a re-organization of the
university's fund-raising function
that will see the development, business relations and advancement
services units move from the External Affairs portfolio to that of
vice-president, Administration and
Finance, Terry Sumner.
"This move recognizes that the
phenomenal achievements of our
Development Office have grown
Refreshed visual identity
package delivered digitally
Updated logo designed to increase recognition of ubc
the logo that is the university's
main visual identity has been updated for greater visibility. And to
make it, and the more traditional
crest, easier for computer users to
access, digital versions and templates are now available to the university community from a Web
The Web site also includes guidelines for the appropriate use ofthe identity.
The updated visual identity was recently approved
by ubc's Board of Governors.
"It is essential for ubc to consistently communicate a unique,
memorable and easily recognizable visual identity that sets us
apart from other post-secondary
institutions," says ubc President
Martha Piper. "Our visual identity
is a key part of conveying a sense
of this institution as one of Canada's leading universities at home
and abroad."
"We believe making the new
logo easy to use and easy to access
at no charge will assist all members of the university to use it in
their communication material,"
says Chuck Slonecker, acting vice-
president, External Affairs.
The visual identity includes a simplified version
ofthe formal coat of arms of
the university, with the university identified by the use
ofthe initials ubc
The initiative is the result of extensive consultation with the campus community over the past seven months.
The updated look was developed in response to requests for
greater flexibility and for formats
that allow for easier and clearer re
production in both print and on
screen. It is already in use in university publications and on university signage.
In addition to the logo, Word
and Powerpoint templates are also
available from the Web site.
The formal crest is also available, but new identity guidelines
recommend that it be reserved for
use on official documents such as
degrees, and for ceremonial purposes.
Its level of detail as well as its
lack of the identifying letters ubc
make it unsuitable for reproduction at small sizes or on the Web.
The new logo and updated
standards and guidelines for its
use are provided at no charge by
Public Affairs for non-commercial
use by members ofthe ubc community. The logo and guidelines
can be found at www.publicaffairs.
see Identity, page 2
New Vice-president Dennis Pavlich
from one-time campaigns to become an ongoing, powerful and
predictable revenue stream that is a
key support for our goal to be Can-
Vice-president Terry Sumner
ada's top university." Piper says.
Pavlich's responsibilities will
include legal affairs, government
see Vice-president, page 2
Plan aims to train
more rural doctors
ubc builds partnerships
with hospitals, other
universities and clinics
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
a plan for increased medical
student enrolment and decentralized curriculum to address issues
of education, supply and retention
of doctors in B.C., including rural
and underserved areas, has been
proposed by ubc
The Provincial Medical Education Plan (pmep)—which would be
unique in Canada—is contained in
a discussion paper that calls for
partnerships with other b.c. universities to increase education opportunities throughout the province for students in the ubc Faculty of Medicine, b.c.'s medical
The plan also seeks to address a
demographically driven doctor
Students would have the opportunity to spend as much as half of
their medical education at other
b.c universities in conjunction
with regional hospitals, clinical and
medical practices, while obtaining
their medical degree from ubc
These sites would offer education and experiences relevant to
health practice issues in rural and
underserved areas.
"This plan brings together medical education and health resources throughout the province to improve access to health care," says
Barry McBride, ubc's vice-president, Academic.
"Creating teaching partnerships
with b.c.'s other universities and
community health services is both
a cost-effective and educationally
effective way to address the province's health-care needs."
According to the plan, student
enrolment at ubc s medical school
would increase from the current
128 students to 200 students registered annually by 2006, with a corresponding increase in the number
of residency or specialist training
"This plan is a major step forward as b.c. takes responsibility
for educating a greater proportion
ofthe physicians needed by British
Columbia. The community partnerships will ensure that graduates
gain the skills and build the relationships that will suit them for
practice in currently underserved
areas," says Medicine Dean John
As a first concrete step in carrying forward the vision, ubc and the
see Doctors, page 2 2  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 2 $ ,     2001
Policy needs attention
After reading the Globe and Mail
series on drug trials in the university, I recognized that human experimentation standards and conflict of interest guidelines vary dramatically across Canadian universities.
However, a quote from Richard
Spratley, acting associate vice-
president of Research at. ubc, suggested that our standards may be
too low in comparison to other occupations.
Specifically, when questioned
about informing patients of a physician's financial interest in a given
study/product, Dr. Spratley supposedly responded, "We don't include that. We look very carefully
at the experiment but I am not
sure the corporate stuff makes a
huge difference." (Globe and Mail,
Monday, Jan. 1, page A5.)
However, in the 'real' world, disclosure of personal financial interests is the accepted practice.
For example, if a real estate
agent owns a portion of property
that he/she is selling, they must by
law disclose this interest. Failure to
do so automatically results in the
loss of one's real estate license.
Expecting such disclosure in a
doctor/patient relationship appears to me fundamental for truly
informed consent to occur.
Moreover failing to comply with
standard social norms for conflict
of interest issues permits the public to question the motives of the
ubc administration.
Although 1 understand these
matters are being reviewed, I believe they should be rectified immediately as they should never
have occurred.
Prof. Campbell M. Clark
Psychiatry Dept.
5ffic 2001 President's Service Award
for Excellence Nominations
The committee is seeking nominations of outstanding faculty
and staff who have made distinguished contributions to the
For a nomination form call 822-2484. Please mail nominations
to: President's Service Award for Excellence Committee, c/o
Ceremonies Office, second floor, Ponderosa B, Campus Zone 2.
a volunteer
Do you know someone who
volunteers on campus? Or a
volunteer program on campus?
Every year the university recognizes the enormous work
performed by volunteers at ubc
and ubc people who volunteer.
A volunteer recognition event is
planned for April 26 at Cecil Green
Park House.
If you know of volunteers working on campus, please e-mail Eilis
Courtney, Ceremonies Office at eilis.courtney@ubc.ca by Feb. 28.
Instead of using your car, walk to the store.
Do an errand on your bicycle. Take the bus
to work, or carpool it.
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relations, international relations,
public affairs, the Chan Centre at
ubc, and university relations
(which includes the Ceremonies
Office and the Downtown Eastside
Learning Exchange).
Piper cited Pavlich's intense involvement in a range of university
governance issues, his leadership
in creating ubc's Comprehensive
Community Plan in collaboration
with the gvrd and the City of Vancouver, and the role he has played
in provincial and federal government relations.
"He has been an eloquent
spokesperson and a thoughtful, respected adviser on some of the
most challenging issues we have
ever faced," Piper says. "He has
shown a commitment to this university that is incredibly deep."
Pavlich has been university
counsel since 1999, and served as
associate vice-president, Academic
and Legal Affairs, from 1995 to 1999.
A graduate ofthe University of Wit-
watersrand in South Africa and
Yale University, he came to ubc in
1975 as an assistant professor of
Law. His area of specialization is
property and condominium issues.
His appointment follows an extensive national search conducted
by a committee of senior university and community leaders.
Pavlich takes over from Dr.
Chuck Slonecker, who has been
acting vice-president, External
Affairs. Slonecker, who teaches in
the Anatomy Dept., will continue
in his position as director of University Relations.
"I want to thank Chuck for his
inspiring leadership and wise
counsel during a critical growth
period in the life of this university,"
Piper says.
Continued from page 1
University of Northern British Columbia (unbc) announced a plan
for a Northern Medical Program
that will offer education to 15-20
medical students annually.
The northern program is designed to attract rural, northern
and aboriginal students to complete part of their education at
unbc. The program also envisions
an opportunity for all medical students to enrol in a rural medical
education stream.
"The Northern Medical Program
is a significant step forward in
medical education in b.c. It creates
the opportunity to train physicians
in the North for practice in northern and rural communities," says
Charles Jago, unbc's president.
"uvic is strongly supportive of
this system-wide approach," says
Dr. David Turpin, president of the
University of Victoria. "Our com-
Continued from page 1
Public Affairs staff will be offering two one-hour seminars on the
new visual identity and its use.
The first seminar is scheduled
for Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. in the Board and Senate room
in the Old Administration Building. A second seminar will be
offered March 9, same time, same
place. Seating is limited. To reserve
a space, call ubc-info (822-4636).
The use of the ubc informal
logo, formal crest and all other ubc
trademarks is governed by Policy
#110, All Commercial Uses of the
University Trade Marks.
Non-UBC entities or third parties may not use the names, marks
and acronyms ofthe university for
commercial purposes without the
written permission of the University-Industry Liaison Office.
University stationery which incorporates the new visual identity
is available from ITServices impress at (604) 822-5931 or e-mail to
munity's significant population of
seniors provides some insight into
the issues that Canada and its aging population will face. That,
combined with uvic's research and
teaching strengths in health-related fields, its involvement with the
new cancer research program on
Vancouver Island and our Centre
on Aging, will create 20 more spaces for medical education and provide those students with a solid
grounding in some of the key issues ofthe future."
For more information on ubc's
program, visit www.publicaffairs.
Information on the Northern Medical Program may be found at
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(daria. wojnarski@ubc.ca)
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The Campus Advisory Board on Student Development
(cabsd) is seeking nominations of individuals, services and
programs or departments who make exceptional contributions or significant improvements to student experience and
the learning environment at ubc.
Nominations from ubc students, faculty, staff and recent
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budding  concerns   "It's a great time for gardening!" say university gardening gurus (1-r) Douglasjusticejudy
Newton and Tony Maniezzo. The three will be sharing some seasonal secrets in three Saturday morning courses being
offered at the Botanical Garden in February. Winter Pruning with Maniezzo takes place Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The fee is $30. Conifers with Justice is on Feb. 10, same time and price. Plants for Winter Interest with Judy Newton is
Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20. For more information and to register for the courses call (604) 822-3928.
Bruce Mason photo
Executives to head for Whistler slopes
Initiative could well be match made in Seventh Heaven
ofthe worlds premier ski resorts.
But for executives and business
professionals, it may soon be seen
as the ideal setting for a training
session on leadership or corporate
strategy as well, courtesy of a new
partnership between the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration and Intrawest's Whistler/
Blackcomb resort.
Beginning this May, ubc@
Whistler will offer a new executive
training series entitled Adventure
Learning Programs.
The programs will combine
classroom study with outdoor
physical activity to provide a
unique training experience for
business people.
Sessions on entrepreneurship,
marketing, accounting, finance,
strategic management, information technology and e-business
will be taught by leading ubc
business professors and instructors.
All seminars and conferences
will be held in existing facilities at
Whistler and will average three
days in length.
"We will provide a learning environment for our participants
which will showcase the best that
both ubc and Whistler/Black-
comb have to offer—world-class
education at the premier mountain resort in North America," says
Commerce Dean Daniel Muzyka.
"One of our goals is to create an
innovative, leading-edge mountain institute for learning and research that embodies the spirit of
the Pacific Northwest.
"This institute will help management build and strengthen
critical leadership and teamwork
skills, in addition to enhancing
knowledge base."
"From following ski patrol in a
rescue simulation to adventure racing, the activities will permit participants to challenge their ideas and
limits in a new context," says In-
trawest chair, president and chief
executive officer, Joe Houssian.
The program sessions will kick
off in May with a three-day seminar on leadership by Prof. Peter
In addition to the program, forums on leading business and industry issues will also be held at
Whistler as a result of the new
For more information on how to
register for the program, call (604)
Author, historian
in popular series
Vancouver Institute season
provides food for thought
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
THE   NEW   PRESIDENT   of  Simon
Fraser University, Michael Stevenson, writer Guy Vanderhaeghe, and
leading early modern European
historian Prof. Natalie Zemon
Davis are among the speakers in
the Vancouver Institute's free public lecture series at ubc which runs
every Saturday except public holidays to March 24.
All lectures take place at 8:15
p.m. in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, lecture hall 2.
Upcoming lectures include:
"An Evening with Guy Vanderhaeghe"
A Saskatchewan native, Vanderhaeghe won the Governor General's Award for his first book, Man
Descending and was nominated
for the Booker Prize. His most recent work, The Englishman's Boy,
has won wide acclaim.
davis, "Braided Histories: Jews,
Africans and Slavery"
A leading historian on early
modern Europe, Davis has written
on French medieval and Renaissance history and her work has influenced fields ranging from women's studies to art history.
FEB.   10:   PROF.   MERLE   SANDE,
"The Crisis in Infectious Diseases"
Dr. Sande has specialized in the
study of superbugs or infections
that are resistant to antibiotics.
FEB. 17: PROF. GREGOR KICZALES, "Programming: Poetry, Gears
or Magic?"
A leading researcher in computer software design and engineering, Kiczales joined ubc last May.
His research focuses on techniques
for designing and implementing
software systems that are flexible,
maintainable and reusable.
The following excerpts feature some
ofthe many members ofthe campus community who have recently
agreed to share their expertise with
local and national news media.
Lead Time, ubc Public Affairs'
on-line guide to ubc experts at
helped more than 400 members of
the media find ubc experts last
Geneticist's genome
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 10, B3.
What we eat, whether we smoke
and how much we earn affects our
health as much as our genes do,
University of b.c. geneticist Patricia Baird warned...And for that
reason, the public should be wary
of the hype about the Human Genome Project and its potential to
be a medical panacea..."We are
getting an overly naive interpretation of genetic discoveries," Baird
said, adding that such news is often less dramatic than it appears.
For excerpts from a recent talk by
Dr. Baird on the topic, seepage 8.
Animal rights
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 17, A13
The University of British Columbia
leads the way with its three-year-
old animal welfare program. David Fraser and Dan Weary are the
co-directors and, with their graduate students, they work with poultry farmers, cattlemen and dairy
producers to come up with ways of
ensuring animals are well-treated.
Schoolyard survival 101
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 15, A6
Ten per cent of B.C. kids go to
school every day in serious danger
of being a target of bullying according to University of B.C. associate dean of education, Shelley
Hymel.... "There's a peak in early
adolescence, because you've got all
the skills, you've got maximum in-
group belonging. Yet you don't
have morality—that doesn't kick
in until the end of high school."
Socially inept use
e-mail to harass
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 15, B3
"One ofthe untold stories of e-mail
is that it is a wonderful way for sociopaths to deal with people," says
Paul Kedrosky, a professor at the
University of British Columbia.
Kedrosky, who has helped a
number of companies (including
Microsoft) to come up with e-mail
use guidelines, says all the research
indicates that people's ideas about
social norms disappear when they
use e-mail.
Teen suicides from
bullying worrying
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 11, Ai
Jennifer White, director ofthe Suicide Prevention Information Resource Centre at ubc, said young
people exposed to chronic teasing
and cruelty are more vulnerable
and are definitely at an increased
risk of committing suicide.
However, she said, there would
be other serious factors involved
as well such as the youth having a
history of depression, family violence and social isolation.
Prof. Natalie Zemon Davis
Canadian author Guy Vanderhaeghe
FEB.    24:    ELAINE    HUMPHREY,
"Discovering Microscopic Worlds"
Director of ubc's Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Humphrey
helps faculty get a closer look at
subjects as diverse as the heart,
sharks and pollen grains. She also
hosted the Discovery Channel program "Small Wonders."
parsons, "Oceanography in the
Service of Fisheries"
The first Canadian to win the Japan Prize—regarded as the Japanese equivalent ofthe Nobel Prize
—Parsons has spent 40 years as a
Canadian oceanographer and researcher.
MARCH 10: JIM DELGADO, "Diving to the Titanic"
Executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Delga-
do was the first maritime archaeologist to dive to the wreck of the Titanic. He is currently the co-host of
the Discovery Channel new series,
"The Sea Hunters."
fred dretske, "Animal Minds"
A leading cognitive science researcher, Dretske studies how the
mind perceives the natural world.
MARCH 24: MICHAEL STEVENSON, "Politics and Education: Reflection on Current Dilemmas"
Simon Fraser University's new
president, Stevenson served as
vice-president, Academic Affairs
and Provost at York University in
Ontario beginning in 1971. He has
also written about Canadian political culture and public opinion.
Recent books published by series speakers will be available at
the door and the ubc Bookstore.
For more information, check the
Web site at www.psg.com/~ted/
vaninst or call ubc-info (604)
822-4636. 4  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 25,  2001
Robert Silverman; Various music students. Old Aud. at 3pm. $15 adults; $10
students/seniors at the door. Call
Super Classic
Afternoons At The Chan
David Daniels, counter-tenor; Martin
Katz, piano. Chan Centre at 3pm. Call
822-2697, or for tickets call Ticket-
master at 280-3311.
Graduate And
Faculty Christian Forum
Is God A Sorcerer: How Christian
Melanesians Think About Morality.
Prof. John Barker, Anthropology and
Sociology. Buchanan b Penthouse at
4:15pm. Refreshments at 4pm. Call
Green College Speaker Series
Reducing Poverty By Strengthening
Civic Society: Can The University
Contribute? Peter Boothroyd, Community and Regional Planning. Green
College at 5pm. Reception, Green Col-
Thomas Grunt, scientist, u of Vienna.
B.c.'s Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm.
Call 875-3108.
Asian Research
Lunar New Year Festival
Feng Shui. Maureen Powers, teacher,
architectural designer, ck Choi from
2:30-3U5pm. Call 822-4688.
19th Century Studies
Street Stories In 19th-century Algiers.
Sherry McKay, Architecture. Green
College at 4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Music at the Chan
Vienna Choir Boys. Chan Centre at
7:30pm. $36, $27, $19 adults; $28, $22,
$16 students/seniors. Call 822-2697,
or for tickets call Ticketmaster at
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Mozart, Beethoven And Bartok. The
Borealis String Quartet; Musicians in
Residence. Green College at 8pm. Call
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
The Trickster Travels Of Leo Africa-
nus. Natalie Zemon Davis, Comparative Literature, u of Princeton, u of
Toronto. Buchanan A-102 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5675.
European Studies/Green College
Speaker Series
Myths Of Nations: French Identity
And Myths OfThe Republic. Thomas
Ferenczi, senior editor, Le Monde.
Green College from 5-6pm. Reception.
Call 822-1452 or 822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
The Marvel Of Dun Huang. Jiao He,
Comparative Literature. Green College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Microbiology And Immunology
Role Of Proinflammatory Flagellins In
Enteroaggregative E. Coli Infection.
Ted Steiner, Infectious Diseases.
Wesbrook 201 from i2:30-i:30pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Getting To Grips With The Structure
Of Photosystem II. James Barber,
Technology And Medicine. Imperial
College of Science. BioSciences 2000
at 12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
West Coast Composers Symposium
Concert. Music Gessler Hall at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
The Knot Of Slavery: Stedman And
Joanna In Surinam. Natalie Zemon
Davis, Princeton u; Henry Charles
Lea, u of Toronto. Lasserre 104 at
2:30pm. Call 822-5675.
West Coast Composers Symposium
Concert. Music Gessler Hall at
2:30pm. Call 822-5574.
West Coast Composers Symposium
Music Recital Hall at 3:30pm. Call
lege Coach House from 6-6:3opm. Call
Health Promotion
In Motion Seminar
The Evolution And Future Directions
Of Health Promotion. Jim Frankish,
acting director, Health Promotion
Research. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Outcomes Research In Orthopedics.
Dr. Matt Liang, vgh, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Surgery Grand Rounds
Image Guided Surgery: New Horizons. Dr. Amin Javer. gf Strong Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4136.
10th Arts Graduate
Students' Conference
Imagining Home(s): Exploring Culture, Language, Nation. Green College
at 9am. Continues to Feb. 2. Call
Asian Research
Lunar New Year Festival
Food, Plant And Pottery Sale; Origami, Calligraphy And Pottery Demonstrations, ck Choi from ii:3oam-3pm.
Call 822-4688.
Asian Research
Lunar New Year Festival
Lion Dancing. Tiger Lion Dance
Team, ck Choi from Ii:45am-i2:i5pm.
Call 822-4688.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Percussion Plus... Various musicians.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $4 at
the door. Call 822-5574.
Asian Research
Lunar New Year Festival
Classical Indian Dancing. Anusha
Fernando, ck Choi from i2:30-i:i5pm.
Call 822-4688.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
The Influence Of Community Factors
On Child Development. Asst. Prof.
Dafna Kohen, Health Care and Epidemiology, irc #414 from i2:30-i:2opm.
Call 822-6593.
Asian Research
Lunar New Year Festival
Japanese Traditional And Contemporary Music. Arts by Friends ofthe Centre forjapanese Research; Ritsu-
meikan/uBC Performers, ck Choi main
floor from i:30-2:i5pm. Call 822-4688.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
C-erbB/Retinoid Receptor Cross-Talk
In Breast And Ovarian Cancer Cells.
University Women's Club Dinner
Speaker Series
Life's Like That: Her Rise In The Family Business And Her Philanthropic
Pursuits. Jacqui Cohen. University
Women's Club, 1489 McRae Ave. at
5:30pm. $35. Call 731-4661.
Teaching And Academic
Growth Seminar
Evaluating Student Writing In The
Professional Faculties. Ramona Mon-
tagnes, University Writing Centre;
Judy Brown. English. David Lam seminar room from 9:3oam-i2:3opm. To
register visit www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Research Open Forum
Canadian Institutes Of Health Research: The New cihr Vision For The
Future. Morris Barer, scientific director, health services and policy research; Diane Finegood, scientific
director, Nutrition, Metabolism and
Diabetes; Bruce McManus, scientific
director, Circulatory And Respiratory
Health. Friedman Anatomy Lecture
Theatre from ioam-i2noon. Call
European Studies Seminar
The Logistics Of European Union
Enlargement To The East. Prof. David
Vellenga, Gerstacker Institute. Buchanan B-216 from i2noon-2pm. Refreshments. Call 822-1452.
Music Concert
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Chan Centre at 12:30pm. Call
Biostatistics Seminar
Composite Likelihood Based Inference For Hierarchical Models. Prof.
Subhash Lele, Mathematical Sciences,
u of Alberta. Klinck 301 from 4-
5:30pm. Call 822-0570.
Poetic Persuasions
Panel Discussion: Work Writing. Tom
Wayman, Zoe Landale, Calvin Wharton, Kate Braid. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Inflation Or Innovation: A Hedonic
Analysis Of Arthritis Drug Prices.
Assoc. Prof. Aslam Anis. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Paid parking available
in b Lot. Call 822-2772.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Everything I Needed To Know I
Learned In Puget Sound. Dave Preik-
shot. Hut b-8, Ralf Yorque Room at
11:30am. Call 822-2731.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Health And Exposures Of Gulf War
Veterans. Prof. Nicola Cherry, director,
Occupational Health Program, u of
Alberta, ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion
G-279 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Kathryn Lewis at 822-9861 or Dr. Paul
Demers at 822-0585.
Peter Wall Institute Colloquium
Evolution OfThe Social Contract.
Brian Skyrms, Philosophy of Science
and Economics, u of California. University Centre 307 at 12:30pm. Call
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Scale Effect On Fluidization Transition And Turbulent Fluid Bed. Naoko
Ellis. ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Braided Histories: Jews, Africans And
Slavery. Natalie Zemon Davis, Comparative Literature, u of Princeton, u
of Toronto, irc #2 at 8:15pm. Call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Ministry Of Supervision, Phase Three.
Rev. Joan Wyatt, Rev. Ruth Wright.
vst from 8:3oam-5pm. $396. To register e-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
Zeisler Memorial Lecture
Challenges Facing Canadian Jewry In
The 21st Century. Prof. Morton Wein-
feld, Sociology, McGill u. Angus 104
from n:3oam-i2:2opm. Call
Thematic Lecture Series
Developmental Theory And Public
Policy: A Cross-National Perspective.
Michael Lamb, National Institute of
Child Health And Human Development. Green College at 5pm. Call
Faculty Women's Club Meeting
Things Dogs Have Told Me. Stanley
Coren, Psychology. Cecil Green Park
House at 10am. Call 264-9022.
Leon And Thea Koerner
Memorial Lecture
What Is Art For? Part One: In The
Beginning, Art. Ellen Dissanayake,
author, moa Theatre Gallery at
12:30pm. Call 822-5675; 683-5662.
Microbiology And Immunology
Protease Cascade Involved In Patterning The Drosophilia Embryo. Carol
Hashimoto, Yale u. Wesbrook 201
from i2:30-i:3opm. Call 822-3308.
Botany Seminar
Characterization Of Viruses Infecting
The Toxic Bloom-Forming Alga Het-
erosigma Akashiwo. Vera Tai. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call 822-
St. John's College Speaker Series
A Freshwater Crisis? In Canada? David Schindler, u of Alberta. St. John's
College 1080 at 5pm. Call
Green College Speaker Series
Decorating Rattopolis. Emily Patterson-Kane, Applied Ethics. Green College at 5pm. Reception. Green College
Coach House from 6-6:3opm. Call
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
An Update On Injury Prevention In
Canada. Peter Wing, vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Schubert And Rachmaninoff. Jane
Coop, piano. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. $4 at the door. Call 822-5574.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Value And Reliability Of casa (Computer-Aided Sperm Analysis). Sharon
Mortimer, director, Lab Operations,
Genesis Fertility Clinic, b.c.'s Women's
Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
The Impact Of A Child With Special
Needs On The Family. Norine Chubb,
consultant, irc #414 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-6593.
Leon And Thea Koerner
Memorial Lecture
What Is Art For? Part Two: Homo
Musicus: Music As A Species Trait.
Ellen Dissanayake, author. Music Library seminar room at 3:30pm. Call
822-5675; 683-5662.
Asian Research Seminar
Old And New Faiths: Transnational
Religions And The Chinese World.
Prof. Diana Lary, director, Centre for
Chinese Research, ck Choi 120 from
4:30-6pm. Call 822-4688.
Burgess-Lane Lecture
Engineered Performance Of Tiber
Construction. Robert Leicester, csiro
Australia. ForSciences 1005 at 5pm.
Reception. Call 822-9352.
Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
tba. Scott Mclntyre, director, Douglas & Mclntyre. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Law And Society
Beyond Rights: Law And Sexual Orientation In The 21st Century. Bruce
MacDougall, Law. Green College at
12:30pm. No food or beverages please.
Call 822-1878.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
How hiv Causes aids And Responds
To Highly Active Anti-Retroviral
Therapy. Dr. Merle Sande, Medicine, u
of Utah. St. Paul's Hosp. new Lecture
Theatre at 12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
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Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
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be limited due to space. Deadline for the Feb. 8 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period Feb. 11 to Feb. 24—is noon, Jan. 30. UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 25,  2001  |  5
Music Concert
ubc Jazz Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Teaching And
Academic Growth Seminar
PowerPoint Users' Group. Jason Harrison, Computer Science. David Lam
seminar room from i2:30-i:3opm.
Lunch provided. To register
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/ or call
Free Essay Writing
Information Session
Basics Of Essay Writing And Research, tba. Koerner Library 217 from
i2:30-3pm. Registration deadline Feb.
2. Call 822-9564.
Exploring Buddhist
Philosophy Lecture
Buddhism: The Living Philosophy.
Tony Meers, general director, sgi-
Canada. Buchanan A-tba from 12:30-
2pm. Web site www.welcome.to/
ubc-sgi/. Call 875-1688.
Intercultural Studies In Asia Film
Life On A String (China), ck Choi 120
from i-3pm. Call 822-4688.
Wood Science Seminar
An Engineering Approach To Durability. Robert Leicester, csiro Australia.
ForSciences 1003 at lpm. Call
Leon And Thea Koerner
Memorial Lecture
What Is Art For? Part Three: Naturalizing Aesthetics. Ellen Dissanayake,
author. Buchanan B-218 at 1pm. Call
822-5675; 683-5662.
Cultural And Media
Studies Panel Discussion
Form And Content In The 21st Century: Revisiting The Relationship. Ken
Whyte, editor-in-chief, National Post;
Terry Milewski, The National, cbc-
tv; Ron Pears; Margot Butler, eciad,
Arthur Erickson, architect. Green
College at 5:30pm. Reception at
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Cecil And Ida Green
Visiting Professorships
The Emergence Of Antibiotic Resistance. Dr. Merle Sande, Medicine, u of
Utah; Clarence M. Birrer; Ruth N, Bir-
rer, presidential endowed chair in
Internal Medicine, Green College Graham House at 7:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Graduate Conference
The First Annual Bob Conry Conference On Measurement, Evaluation,
And Research Methodology At ubc
Robert W Schutz, professor emeritus,
Human Kinetics. Green College at
8:30am. Call 822-1878.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy And Chronic Pain. Dr. Cecil Hersh-
ler, psychiatrist. Mather 253 from
9-ioam. Paid parking available in b
Lot. Call 822-2772.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Ecosystem Modelling OfThe Antarctic. Emma Bredesen, mmru; Modelling the Bay Of Biscay With Ecopath/
Ecosim. Cameron Ainsworth;
Raychelle Daniel mmru. Hut B-8, Balf
Yorque Room at 11:30am. Call
ubc Contemporary Players. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Friday Noon Hour At Main
If Music Be The Food Of Love. Main
Library 502 at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Use Of A Lung Infection Model To
Test Synergism Of Inhaled Antimicrobial Agents. Asst. Prof. Karen Bartlett.
ubc Hosp., Koerner Theatre G-279
from i2:30-i:30pm. Call Kathryn
Lewis 822-9861 or Dr. Paul Demers
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar —
Rheology And Processability Of Poly-
tetrafluoroethylene Fine Powder Resins In Paste Extrusion. Alfonsius Budi
Ariawan. ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Antibiotic Use And Abuse. Dr. Merle
Sande, Medicine, u of Utah; Clarence
M. Birrer; Ruth N, Birrer, presidential
endowed chair. Internal Medicine, irc
#1 at 12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Crisis In Infectious Diseases. Dr.
Merle Sande, Medicine, u of Utah, irc
#2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with type two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program and Diabetes Centre are recruiting participants, who do not smoke or
use insulin, for a research project on
the effect of exercise on diabetes for
women. For information call Darcye
Cuff 806-8601
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Landscape paintings by leading British artist, Peter Doig. Continues to
Mar. 11. Hours of operation: Tues.-Fri.
from ioam-5pm; Sat. i2noon-5pm;
Sun. i2noon-5pm; (closed Mondays
and statutory holidays). Call
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:45pm. Look for a
small group of people who are
carrying binoculars and bird books,
(and bring your own, if you have
them). Call 822-9149.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers of the University of
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Sage
is open Monday through Friday from
iiafn-2pm. Our luncheon menu
changes weekly and features a wide
selection of wines by the glass. For
reservations please call 822-1500.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers are
seeking females with asthma and regular menstrua] cycles for a study of estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms
and lung function. Must be 18-50 years
of age and not taking birth control
pills. Honorarium and free peak flow
meter provided. If interested, please
call 875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking for
the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research. This
research is aimed at understanding
how Parkinson's may affect complex
activities such as managing multiple
tasks. Participation involves performing fairly simple tasks, some of which
involve responding verbally to computer screen displays. If you are a healthy
person ofthe age 50 years or older, we
are also in need of several people to
participate as part of a non-Parkinson's
comparison group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced
unwanted sexual activity, to partici
pate in a research project. If you have
ever had sex with someone when you
didn't want to, because the other person continued the event when you said
no, forced or threatened to force you,
or because you were given alcohol or
drugs, and you would be interested in
helping us with our research, please
call 822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
Attributed To Edenshaw: Identifying
The Hand OfThe Artist; Two Case
Studies: Northwest Coast Art. Continues to Aug. 31. Raven's Reprise: Contemporary Works by First Nations
Artists. Continues to Jan. 14. Conversations: The Tecson Philippine Collection. Continues to Sept. 3. Winter
hours Wed.-Sun. iiam-spm; Tues. to
9pm (5-gpm free). Call 822-5087.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 822-8040.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call 714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main pur
pose ofthe Faculty Women's Club is
to raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest
groups within the club, ranging from
art appreciation and bridge to hiking.
Do come and join us. Call Elizabeth
Towers, president 224-5877 or Gwyn-
eth Westwick, membership 263-6612.
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the relationship types of fraternal and identical female twins. If you can help by
completing some questionnaires and
being interviewed about relationships, please e-mail: tmacbeth@
cortex.psych.ubc.ca or call Tannis
MacBeth, Psychology 822-4826.
Parents With Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out. We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 21 months of age, including babies raised in a hilingual
home, to participate in language development studies. If you are interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
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In Search of Sustainability
British Columbia Forest Policy in the 1990's
Summarizes the
extraordinary burst
of activism in BC
forest policy during
the 1990's and asks,
"how much change
and why?"
A lucid, provocative,
and often sobering
examination of a
crucial period in the
forest industry in a
province where
forestry remains a
central plank ofthe
provincial economy
and where environmental pressures
continue to escalate.
Benjamin Cashore, George Hoberg,
Michael Howlett, Jeremy Rayner,
and Jeremy Wilson
Available through your bookstore,
or Raincoast Books:
Tel:  1-800-561-8583 / Fax: 1-800-565-3770
Presented by BC Advanced Systems Institute (ASI)
"he onagtoy event for BC's
Advanced uwnrtology Communi
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5:30 pm
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Contact Lisa Welbourn for further information - lisa@asi.bc.ca or (604) 689-0551 6  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 25,  2001
Growth spurt in
Forestry scholarships
The Faculty of Forestry has created new endowments in support of
a $1,500 undergraduate scholarship and two new prizes totaling
S500 for graduating students this
spring thanks to a $33,350 donation from the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters (abcpf).
The undergraduate scholarship
will be awarded to a student entering the second year of the Forest
Resources Management Program.
A $300 prize will go to an undergraduate forestry student who has
penned the best graduating thesis.
A $200 prize will be awarded for
the best essay by a graduating student in the faculty. The award winners will be announced at the end
ofthe spring term.
The abcpf was established in
1947 to uphold the public interest
in the practice of professional
forestry by ensuring the competence, independence, integrity and
accountability of professional foresters.
There are currently 2,990 registered professional foresters in the
Series focuses on
Jewish experience
The first of a series of annual lectures that will focus on the modern
Jewish experience will be held Feb.
4 and 5.
Morton Weinfeld, professor of
Sociology and chair of Canadian
Fthnic Studies at McGill University, is the inaugural guest lecturer.
Weinfeld has published widely
in the areas of Canadian studies,
modern Jewish studies, immigration and ethnicity.
The Feb. 4 lecture, The Oy
Gevalt Reflex, will be held at 7:30
p.m. in the Norman Rothstein Theatre at 950 West 41st Ave. Admission is $5. For tickets or information call (604) 257-5111.
The Feb. 5 lecture, Challenges
Facing Canadian Jewry in the 21st
Century, will be held at ubc in the
Henry Angus Building, room 104 at
11:30 a.m. Admission is free.
The annual Itta and Eliezer
Zeisler Memorial Lecture series
was established at ubc by Betty
and Irv Nitkin.
Topics focus on the modern
Jewish experience, especially as it
relates to Canada and Israel.
A committee chaired by Richard
Menkis, associate professor of Jewish Studies in the Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious
Studies, co-ordinates the lectures.
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JANUARY 25,  200I
B.C. Wine Research Centre graduate student John Husnik (left), Agricultural Sciences Prof. Hennie van Vuuren and
graduate student Virginia Marks cradle some ofthe vintage wine that will be housed in the new Wine Research Library.
The library will help researchers analyze B.C. wines and assist winemakers to develop exceptional vintages.
Bruce Mason photo
30,000 bottles of wine
to be on walls of library
Facility designed to bolster b.c.'s young wine industry
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
b.c. wineries are delivering
22,000 bottles to ubc where it will
be determined which of their products will improve with aging and
how they stack up against the
world s best.
A 117-square-metre Wine Research Library is being constructed in the basement of ubc's Food
and Nutritional Sciences Building
at 2205 East Mall. The wine industry is financing the $500, 000 facility whose heavy oak doors will officially open this summer.
Another 8,000 bottles of international wines are being donated
to posterity and future prosperity
by people who will receive a tax receipt for the full market value.
After extensive discussion with
the province's wine industry the
university is establishing the B.C.
Chapter of the Canadian Wine Library, says Agricultural Sciences
Prof. Hennie van Vuuren, director
of the b.c. Wine Research Centre
"Young b.c. wines will be evaluated and analyzed annually to provide vital information our industry
needs to consistently achieve outstanding quality," he says.
"The Wine Research Library is
one example of how our faculty is
being transformed to contribute
to the economy and environment
through advanced research and
education," says Agricultural Sciences Dean Moura Quayle.
A special vinotheque in the library will house the premium international wines. Their aging will
be compared to the same varietals
from b.c. and graduate students
will analyze all wines to exacting
standards using state-of-the-art-
technology. Wines will also be tasted annually by an expert board of
directors which is currently being
"Systematic analysis will help us
better understand wine complexity and quality," says Virginia
Marks, a bcwrc graduate student
who can't wait to uncork and share
the secrets in a donated $450 bottle of 1970 Chateau Ducru Beau-
caillou Saint Julien Medoc.
"For Canadians to create an exceptional wine industry, researchers must have access to the widest
possible diversity of vintages, varieties, qualities and regions," adds
John Husnik, another of the centre's graduate students.
"It will be a spectacular and
unique facility," says van Vuuren.
b.c.'s young wine industry comprises 60 wineries producing more
than 300 wines.
The b.c. Wine Research Library
at ubc will be the world's only collection of an entire wine-producing region's wines.
Van Vuuren adds that donating
fine wine is a wise investment.
"Donors are making a significant—as well as a 100 per cent tax
deductible—contribution to the
world of wine."
For more information e-mail
Century's best Chardonnay
to uncork $i-million prize
Wine researcher hopes to
raise B.C. wineries' profile
ubc's board of governors has
approved a plan to establish an International Wine Trust at the university to administer a global competition for the best Chardonnay
produced in the world in the past
100 years.
The first-place prize of $1 million will be raised entirely through
entry fees and private sponsorship.
"It is unprecedented in the
world of wine—an opportunity for
wine producers from around the
world to compete with each other
for the prestige of earning the largest prize ever offered," says Agricultural Sciences Prof. Hennie van
Vuuren, director ofthe b.c. Wine
Research Centre at the university.
He is the creator of what is being
called The Chardonnay ofthe Century $i-Million Challenge.
An enormous increase in the interest around wine has resulted in
a corresponding growth in wine
competitions for gold medals he
says. As a result their impact has
been devalued and virtually every
winery has won medals, van Vuuren says.
Organizers estimate there could
be as many as 3,000 competitors
for the challenge which will be held
in spring 2002 in Vancouver.
The competition is one component in van Vuuren's ongoing campaign to bring a higher profile to
Canadian wines and provide research and education that will
benefit b.c.'s growing wine industry.
Honour Roll
Science Dean Maria Klawe will
receive this year's Wired Woman
Pioneer Award at the Spotlight
Awards Gala 2001 at the Westin
Bayshore hotel to be held Feb. 16.
The third annual awards are
co-hosted by two not-for-profit
organizations: the Wired Woman
Society and Women in Film and
Video Vancouver. They recognize
10 Canadian women for their
achievements in the fields of high
technology, entertainment, communications, new media, film
and video.
More than 600 people are expected to attend the event which
organizers say celebrates the talent, innovation and pioneering
spirit of women across Canada.
For more information on the
awards and the gala, visit
ubc zoologist Russel Andrews
and his exploration of the deep-
sea mysteries of the northern elephant seal will be featured on
the award-winning television
documentary series, "Champions
of the Wild." The show will air
twice on the Discovery Channel
on Monday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. and
11 p.m. It will be re-aired on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.
Andrews uses sophisticated
remote underwater monitors to
study the seals that, with their bizarre appearance and their remarkable diving ability, are one of
the ocean's most intriguing creatures.
Andrews received the Cameron Award in 2000 from the Canadian Society of Zoologists for
the best Canadian zoology PhD
Award-winner Maria Klawe
thesis ofthe year for his research
on the metabolic processes of juvenile northern elephant seals.
Physics and Astronomy Prof.
William Unruh has been elected
a fellow ofthe American Physical
Society (aps) for his research in
black holes.
Unruh is cited for his contributions to the understanding of
black holes, their evaporation and
other quantum effects associated
with strong gravitational fields.
Unruh was elected after the
November meeting ofthe council
ofthe aps.
The aps represents more than
40,000 members of the physics
profession, mostly in North
The society's activities include
publishing some of the world's
most widely read physics research journals, developing and
implementing programs in physics education and outreach and
fostering the health ofthe profession through career development
Campus campaign
surpasses target
Community comes together
to give big to the United Way
has set a new record.
The 2000 campaign raised
$351,000—$43,000 more than the
target goal set by United Way.
More than 200 ubc faculty, staff,
alumni and emeritii contributed
$500 or more, says Bill McMichael,
campaign chair and program co-ordinator with the UBC-Ritsumeikan
Academic Exchange Program.
"Our campaign committee is
both humbled and delighted by the
generosity of our contributors and
volunteers," he says.
ubc runs one of the largest employee campaigns in the Lower
Mainland and accounts for one-
third of the dollars raised in the
United Way's Educational Division.
The Faculty of Commerce gave the
campaign a head start by raising
more than $28,000 prior to the uni-
versity-wide kick-off. Thirty per
cent of staff and faculty in Commerce contributed to the campaign, which is the highest of any
faculty, ubc's unions wrapped up
the campaign by raising more
than $4,000 in the most successful international barbecue ever.
"The campus community
came together so impressively on
this campaign and participants
had so much fun working with
each other that I believe we have
just begun to see how high we
can climb," says McMichael.
Ron Fong in Plant Operations
won the ubc United Way grand
prize, a trip for two anywhere Air
Canada flies in North America. 8  |  UBC  REPORTS  I  JANUARY  25,  2001
Genetic factors are only part ofthe
story, says Dr. Patricia Baird
The challenges to using genetics wisely
by Dr. Patricia Baird
Dept. of Medical Genetics
The following is taken from a lecture Prof. Patricia Baird gave earlier this month.
we all know the remarkable
progress in genetics we've seen
over the last several decades.
Specific genes can be identified,
sequenced, manipulated, or put
into other organisms. A molecular
genetic approach has led to greater understanding of numerous
specific disease pathways in individuals. Recombinant una is used
to produce hormones, or vaccines
that are useful in treatment.
There has been a media blitz on
how rapidly the Human Genome
Project is progressing, including
even President Clinton and Prime
Minister Tony Blair. It's a rare week
that the media don't announce
that a gene related to some disease
has been identified.
As a consequence, there's a widely shared view that the sequencing
of the human genome will tell us
just which genes cause diseases—
cancer, arthritis, heart disease or
mental illness for example. Then, in
light of that information we'll design tailor-made new drugs that
people will take to cure or prevent
disease from developing. In the
longer term, we may even re-engineer the genes in question—we'll
fix the responsible gene.
It is promoted by many that
there will be a genetics revolution
in health care and health. This scenario for the future is shaping the
way in which a great deal of research money is spent both by governments and by industry. But is
this scenario in fact likely?
Evidence shows that the circumstances we are exposed to
over the course of our lives determine much ill health. It's quite true
that some individuals are more
likely to have disease because of
their genetic endowment, but that
is only part ofthe picture.
Each individual also has their
own profile of environmental exposures to social/physical/nutritional
experiences. Learning more and
understanding more about the role
of genes in human functioning
should be pursued with the recognition that genes are interacting
with this variability, so it's not pos-
media portrayals of disease causation.
genetic accounts of the cause
of disease are common in the media.
"Genes cause disease" is a simple message which is easier to capture in today's short media formats. Partly as a consequence,
many people expect that common
diseases will be addressed effectively by genetic approaches.
Scientists like myself in biomedical disciplines also play a role in
the focus on genetics.
The human genome project is
the largest "Big Science" project
ever outside physics/engineering,
with many billions u.s. in expenditures involved.
Molecular geneticists in academia have increasing ties with biotech companies. This means that
the opinions of academic researchers with investments in those firms
or with appointments on boards or
as consultants can't necessarily be
accepted as objective.
In a rush to a new knowledge-
sible to tell a simple genetic causal
story for ill health except in some
rather rare, single gene instances.
But the conditions from which
most people suffer in their adult
years will require us to consider
both genetic and environmental
components and how these interact if we're going to understand
The complexity of interacting
factors over time on the way to the
chronic common disease end-
points of adulthood make it unlikely there will be widely applicable "genetic magic bullet" solutions
for common diseases.
Genetically based approaches to
diagnosis and treatment will have
to be tailored to individual variation, and it is not yet clear whether
this will be practical or cost effective. To expect genetic interventions alone to be sufficient to make
us all healthier is unrealistic.
A great deal of money and a
large industry is involved in supplying technology for genetic testing and identification, and in producing therapeutic agents based
on a molecular genetic understanding.
Medical geneticist Dr. Patricia Baird cautions against
viewing genetics as the source of "magic bullet" solutions.
Pharmaceutical/biotech companies investing in genetic research have an obligation to shareholders to market and promote
the use of a genetic approach to
disease. The more it's used, the
more successful they are.
In the process, they are likely to
divert attention and funding from
exploration of other determinants
of health.
biotech companies in the U.S.
raised $8 billion a year annually
during the mid-'gos and the
amount raised has increased since
The major u.s. pharmaceutical
companies spend 24 per cent of
their income on marketing; their
sales people make 30 million visits
a year to doctors' offices to market
their products.
Several other factors contribute
to the increasing focus on genetics.
One of these is overly simplistic
based economy, governments too
have often facilitated technology
transfer from academia to industry without necessarily taking into
account the long-term broad implications, or the need for balance.
They haven't supported to the
same degree exploration of other
non-genetic avenues to decrease
disease incidence—one kind of
worthwhile research has crowded
out another.
Lastly, but importantly, genetic
explanations are attractive to people in some sectors of society who
don't want to deal with complex
social and economic determinants
of health.
Framing ill health as genetic, and
promoting individual genetic or
pharmacologic solutions pushes
the problem back to the individual.
It allows awkward questions on employment policy, or child-care policies, or inappropriate workplace organization, to be avoided.
Clearly there will be numerous
specific instances where unravelling some disease pathways or
differences in drug metabolism
will enable better therapy.
I am not advocating that we
stop pursuing these, or that we
stop providing genetic services.
The individual clinical view of
health determinants is important.
It underlies medical training and
biomedical science, and it provides
a framework for I he treatment of
diseases in individuals.
What I am advocating, is that
it's in the public interest to make
sure our framework  is extended,
that other important influences on
health are recognized and explored.
A balance in the funding available to do research on what leads to
most ill health is needed, because
other kinds of questions need to be
asked as well as genetic ones. And
before large-scale genetic testing
or so-called "preventive" treatment is offered to healthy people,
there should be requirements to
have data demonstrating benefit,
that harms are unlikely to occur,
and that safeguards against these
are in place.
policy makers should view new
and expanded expenditures on detecting so-called risk genotypes related to common complexly determined disorders with a healthy
scepticism, and an evaluation of
who is advocating such expenditures and whether they are ones
who will gain.
We are at a very exciting time in
genetics. I think there'll be steady
progress in understanding, and in
some specific instances in treating
particular diseases using genetics.
But it's essential to remember that
genetic factors are only part ofthe
Dr. Patricia A. Baird is a University Killam Distinguished Professor
and professor of Medical Genetics.
She has served on many national
committees and chaired the 1993
Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. Her current
interests include the analysis of social, ethical and health consequences of applying knowledge on
human reproductive biology and
genetics, and resulting implications
for public policy.


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