May 12, 2017 Experimental Medicine Newsletter



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Agnetha de Sa – MSc Thesis Defence, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 8:00 am in Room 773 (Boardroom), 7th Floor, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, located in the Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre, 2635 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC. (note: access card is required for elevator entry)

Note:  Please visit and bookmark our Experimental Medicine site:

1. BCCA Research Seminar Series
2. CIHR President’s Visit to UBC
3. MedTech Innovation Symposium
4. Graduate Student Research Day — Register by May 23rd
5. Non-Academic Career Workshop Series
6. Call for Nominations: CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award
7. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops
8. Post-doc Position at University of Ottawa

1. BCCA Research Seminar Series

“The Super-Seniors Study:  Healthy Aging and Genetics”  by

Angela Brooks-Wilson, PhD, Head of Cancer Genetics
Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency

Monday, May 15, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00pm
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre – BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, 675 W.10th Ave.

Host:  Dr. Gerry Krystal

Videolinked to:  FVC – room 2035, VIC room #3, CSI – Shuswap room,
Michael Smith Labs – room 226, C&W – Rm K4-142, CN- Salmon 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)

The BCCA Research Seminars are supported by the BC Cancer Foundation

2. CIHR President’s Visit to UBC

Researchers, research grants facilitators, and graduate students are welcome to attend an open session to meet the acting president of CIHR, Dr. Roderick McInnes.  Dr. McInnes will discuss recent changes at CIHR as well as answer your questions.  A reception and light refreshments will immediately follow the session.
Dr. McInnes’ talk will be video-conferenced from the Centre for Brain Health to:
·       BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital (CSB V2-222)
·       St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH 1477 LT)
·       Vancouver General Hospital – Diamond Health Care Centre (2263)
·       BC Cancer Agency (Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre)
·       UBC-Okanagan campus (DVC Boardroom, ADM 101)
·       UNBC (NHSC 9-370)
·       UVIC (MSB 160 LT)

DATE:  May 19, 2017, 10:00-11:30 am
LOCATION:  Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Centre for Brain Health (UBC Campus), (lower level), 2215 Wesbrook Mall

(Note: the talk will also be recorded and available for viewing later via the SPARC website).

3. MedTech Innovation Symposium

The UBC Biomedical Engineering Program invites you to RSVP for an upcoming symposium on medical technologies entitled “Connecting the Dots & Coordinating Our Efforts”. The program will feature a series of vignettes highlighting how health technology needs come to light in the clinical setting, followed by small group conversations about how we as a community might better follow up on these identified needs. Between sessions, grad students will present posters highlighting their work. The goal of this 2nd annual symposium is to help participants build awareness of where healthtech innovation is happening in the Lower Mainland and to consider how to coordinate efforts to move more ideas into practice. This event should be of interest to anyone interested in healthtech including clinicians, researchers, people in industry, and investors.

DATE:              May 26, 2017, 11:00am – 4:00pm, with a networking reception to follow until 5:00pm.
LOCATION:     Paetzold Lecture Theatre, VGH
RSVP:              There is no registration fee, but we ask you to RSVP at by Monday, May 22nd for catering purposes.

This symposium is jointly sponsored by the UBC Biomedical Engineering Program and the UBC Department of Medicine.

4. Graduate Student Research Day — Register by May 23rd

Sent on behalf of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee to the Graduate Student Research Day:

All students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff are invited to register to the inaugural Graduate Student Research Day on Friday, May 26, 2017, a new event that is organized by Faculty of Medicine graduate students for Faculty of Medicine graduate students.

8:30-9:30 – Registration and Poster Set-up (coffee/tea served)
9:30-10:30 – Keynote Address: Dr. Marco Marra
10:30-10:40 – Coffee Break
10:40-12:30 – Trainee Talks
12:30-1:30 – Lunch
1:30-3:15 – Poster Session and Med Bingo
3:30-4:20 – Trainee Talks
4:30-6:00 – Reception and Prizes

This event will take place at the Life Sciences Centre at UBC Point Grey.
For more information on this event, and to register, please visit:

Please register by May 23rd, for catering purposes.

5. Non-Academic Career Workshop Series

Graduate students and post-docs are invited to attend the Non-Academic Career Workshop Series, hosted by the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences program. In this series the skills needed to succeed in today’s job market will be identified, and explore career options after graduate training in clinical research programs.
These workshops feature former UBC trainees who are now employed in non-academic sectors. The event consists of talks, a Q&A period, and informal networking over coffee and refreshments. Students from all programs are welcome to attend!


Workshop 3 – May 18th (3-5 pm): Career in non-profits
Location:  Lab 3 (Room T-138), Koerner Pavilion UBC hospital
Speakers: Dr. Judit Tackas (PhD in RHSC), Project Coordinator of the Plan Institute
Dr. Sharon Smith (PhD in RHSC), Director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries

Workshop 4 – May 25th (3-5 pm): Careers in healthcare research, and communicating your science
Location:  Lab 3 (Room T-138), Koerner Pavilion UBC hospital
Speakers: Dr. Michelle Stack, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies
Cam Clayton (MSc in RHSC), Research Coordinator in Neurorehabilitation Research
Samantha Ebata (MSc in Kin), Lead Performance Analyst for the Canadian Sport Institute

Space is limited for this event, please RSVP using the following link:

6. Call for Nominations: CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

UBC graduate programs are invited to submit nominations for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the fields of:

(i) Biological Sciences
(ii) Humanities and Fine Arts

Please note that this award is very competitive – PhD dissertations from universities across North America are forwarded to this competition. UBC graduate programs are strongly encouraged to only forward nominations that are competitive with those from top PhDs throughout North America.

Nomination deadline: Friday, 16 June 2017

Further information:

7. Graduate Pathways to Success Workshops

Registration is now open for:

Submitting Your Thesis (In Person), Tuesday, May 16 | 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM – visit
Submitting Your Thesis (Webinar), Tuesday, May 16 | 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM – visit
Doctoral Exam Preparation (In Person), Tuesday, May 16 | 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM – visit
Doctoral Exam Preparation (Webinar), Tuesday, May 16 | 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM – visit

Know your Strengths, Explore your Options, Design your Career
Wednesday, May 24th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – visit

There is still space in next week’s “Why Capable Suffer From Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It” Thursday, May 18, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
In person @ Life Sciences Institute and via videoconference to UBC-Okanagan and Diamond Health Care Centre – For further information or to register, visit

Check out for other opportunities including:

Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry/Biophysics Scientist/Industrial Postdoc positions
Wellness and Time Management Workshops
Career Directions for Graduate Students  Wed, May 17, 4:00 PM

8. Post-doc Position at University of Ottawa

We are pleased to circulate the attached ad which might be of potential interest of recent or future Ph.D. graduates.

Dr. Jim Sun is one of our alumni who has been doing a PDF at the University of Alabama and is returning to Canada to a new faculty position.