September 28, 2017 Newsletter


Johann Windt for successfully completing his comprehensive examination.
Erin Macri for successfully defending her Ph.D. Thesis.
Lingyi Li for successfully defending her M.Sc. Thesis.

Note: Please visit and bookmark our Experimental Medicine site:

1. BCCA Research Seminar Series
2.The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series
3. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar
4. 11th Annual Earl W. Davie Symposium
5. Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017
6. Careers Pathways in Pharmaceutical Sciences
7. Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Speaker 2017
8. Mitacs Research Seminar Series

1. BCCA Research Seminar Series

“Identifying transcription factor binding using open chromatin, transcriptome, and methylation data” by

Michael M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Assistant Professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Computer Science, University of Toronto

Monday, Oct. 2nd, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00pm
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre – BC Cancer Agency Research Centre (675 W.10th Ave.)

Host: Inanc Birol

Videolinked to: FVC – room 2035, VIC room #3, CSI – Shuswap room, UBC Biomedical Research Centre – room 351, Michael Smith Labs – room 226,
C&W – room K4-142, CN- Peace Room

*A recording of this presentation can be viewed at: PHSA network users: H:\EVERYONE\Presentations\CRC Noon Rounds Seminar Series\2017
BCCRC/GSC users: \\srvnetapp02\bcca\docs\EVERYONE\Presentations\CRC Noon Rounds Seminar Series\2017
(Please contact respective help desks (PHSA, BCCRC or GSC) if you need further assistance)

2. The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series

“Enhancement of mammary tumour metastasis by immune suppressive cells” By

Dr. Kevin Bennewith
Senior Scientist, Integrative Oncology Department, BCCA
Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC
Associate Faculty Member, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, UBC

Wednesday, October 4th 12:00 – 1:00pm PST in room LSC 3 – Life Sciences Centre – 2350 Health Sciences Mall

*You can now watch the seminar online at* Please ensure that you have the most recent version of Flash Player.

3. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar

Precision Health in COPD: Now is the Time by Don Sin, MD
Canada Research Chair in COPD
Professor of Medicine, UBC
Chair of Medicine, Providence Health Care

Host: Nojoud Al Fayez

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:00 noon

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC, 2405 Wesbrook Mall – Robert Sindelar Seminar Room 3340

4. 11th Annual Earl W. Davie Symposium

The UBC Centre for Blood Research (CBR) is hosting it on November 16, 2017 in Vancouver, and we’re in full gear, encouraging all who may be interested, to attend.

As most of you know, the Earl Davie Symposium is a 1-day event in honour of the discoverer of the coagulation cascade, and features presentations by experts in hemostasis-thrombosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease and biomedical engineering, and facilitates knowledge exchange between researchers, physicians, technologists, students, patients and the lay public.

Once again, we have a fabulous program, and Earl Davie will be there (He’s 88, spry, bright and engaged). Highlights include: keynote presentations by Dr. Kathy High (a leader in the development of gene therapy for hemophilia) and Dr. Jim Morrissey (an expert in mechanisms of thrombosis), as well as a remarkable lineup of leading local and international speakers, talks by patients, and oral and poster presentations by students at all levels of training. We are indeed, encouraging trainees to submit abstracts, some of which will be selected for oral presentations…… And for those who submit a poster/abstract, the registration fee will be fully reimbursed!

The venue is terrific, and registration comes with excellent food and drink! The program is attached. More information on EWD Symposium here.

It would be wonderful if you could attend. We would also appreciate it if you could widely distribute the program.

Register now and save with early bird prices!

Any questions – contact Dr. Ed Conway at

5. Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017

Autophagy in Health and Disease: a delicate balance

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 8:30AM-5:00PM, BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC


This symposium will feature: Presentations by research groups carrying out work related to autophagy and its roles in health and disease; Catered lunch and coffee breaks, Abstract booklet, Poster sessions, Networking opportunities, and Prizes for best Oral Presentation and best Poster Presentation(sponsored by CDRD).

Two Excellent Keynote addresses:
9:00 – 10:00 “Autophagy and Neurodegeneration”, Dr. David Rubinsztein, FMedSci FRS, the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR), the Academic Lead of the Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute, and Professor of Molecular Neurogenetics at the University of Cambridge.
12:00 – 1:00 “Autophagy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer”, Dr. Kay Macleod, PhD, Associate Professor, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research, UCCCC, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, Committee on Developmental Biology, The University of Chicago.
Poster Presentation Abstract** submission deadline: September 22nd Send your Abstract to:
Registration deadline: September 22nd

**All abstracts selected for oral and poster presentation will be published in an abstract booklet and given to registrants at the Symposium. Two scientific poster sessions will be held during the day. The author for correspondence or presenting author of accepted abstracts must register for the Symposium.

Brought to you by the Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee

If you have any questions please contact Stephanie McInnis ( or Sharon Gorski ( For videolink requests, please contact Stephanie McInnis

6. Careers Pathways in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Presented by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) UBC Student Chapter, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Pharmaceutical Graduate Student Society (PharGS) present:

Thursday October 26, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Atrium
Admission Ticket: $10

Open to all interested in learning about career options in the biotech and pharmaceutical sciences, this event aims to bridge the relationship between Graduate Students, Post-Docs, and Research Associates with non-academic science, industry, and business sectors. This year, CPiPS is excited to announce guest speakers from Genentech, Amgen, and more, engaged in all roles from bench to bedside. Following an introduction to our guests, participants will be grouped in a round table discussion with their preferred speakers, during which they can learn more about their role and their journey.

Agenda (Sessions)
• Registration (5:30-6:00 pm)
• Speakers’ Introduction (6:00-6:40 pm)
• Round Tables (2) (6:45-8:00 pm)
• Networking (8:00-8:30 pm)

Registration is required; snacks, light refreshments and coffee will be provided. Registration deadline is Thursday Oct 19th, 2017.

Register at:

Once you have completed the Registration Form, please indicate your preferred speakers here:

The CPiPS Organizing Committee 2017

If you have any questions, please send an email to:
Disclaimer: Best efforts will be made to match people with their preferred speakers, but it is possible not all preferred selections will be honoured.

7. Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Speaker 2017.

Genome BC is pleased to present Sharon Terry. Please join us on Thursday, October 19th for Sharon Terry’s compelling keynote: “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu: participatory science in health.”

Come hear the fascinating story of how this citizen scientist took the medical research community by storm when she forged a path to address the rare genetic condition that affects her children. Sharon Terry’s story will inspire you as she takes us through her lifelong quest to transform systems that would accelerate treatments for her children’s disease, as well as many others. Today, Sharon Terry is at the forefront of consumer participation in genetics research, services and policy and leads the Genetic Alliance in providing programs, products and tools for ordinary people to take charge of their health.

Terry will describe the impact genomics have on society and the growing influence of public engagement reminding us to look outside the traditional research box and get involved in the process! A Q&A session with the audience and a reception with light refreshments will follow the talk. This event is free of charge but seating is limited and will reach capacity. Early registration is recommended.

Registration – please go to:

8. Mitacs Global Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award supports research collaborations between Canada and select partner countries. The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Funding varies by destination. The current call for proposals opens on September 13 and closes on November 8, 2017.

Full details (including eligibility requirements and application materials) are available at: Please direct any questions to

For further information on Mitacs programs, please visit: