|Monday, May 31, 2010|
|Study finds regional differences in C-section rate not a result of maternal request|
|Fewer than two per cent of cesarean births in British Columbia were a result of maternal request, but the number of cesarean and assisted vaginal deliveries varied widely across health regions in B.C., according to a new study by researchers at the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR).|
“There is a misconception that the overall increase of cesarean births is the result of maternal request,” says lead author Gillian Hanley, a PhD student in SPPH and Graduate Research Assistant at CHSPR. “Our analysis of B.C. data shows that this is not the case.”
Co-authors of the study include SPPH Assoc. Prof. Patricia Janssen and CHSPR Information Specialist Devon Greyson. Published in the June issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the UBC study examined all deliveries in B.C. between 2004 and 2007 and found an average of 21.2 per 100 deliveries were first-time C-sections and 14.2 per 100 deliveries were assisted vaginal deliveries involving the use of forceps and/or vacuum devices. Dystocia – or abnormal or difficult childbirth – was the most common reason for cesarean deliveries (30 per cent), followed by non-reassuring fetal heart rate (19.1 per cent).
Read the full UBC news release.
|Friday, May 28, 2010|
|MSc student Jamie Daw wins second place in national poster competition|
|Jamie Daw, a Master of Science student at the School of Population and Public Health, won second place in the student poster competition at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research’s (CAHSPR) conference in Toronto in May.
She received the award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research for her poster, The adequacy of prenatal care
utilization: distribution and predictors of inadequate care in British Columbia. The annual competition recognizes the outstanding research efforts of up-and-coming health services and policy researchers. Daw, who is a researcher at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, will receive a prize of $800 as part of the award.
|Friday, May 21, 2010|
|Congratulations to SPPH’s spring 2010 graduates|
|The School of Population and Public Health honored its May 2010 graduating students at a celebration lunch on May 21 in the James Mather building. This spring marks the first cohort of students graduating from the School’s new two-year Master of Public Health program, with 10 students graduating. Eight students are graduating from the Master of Health Administration program, five from the Master of Health Sciences program, one from the Master of Science program, and three from the PhD program. Congratulations to all of the graduates!|
|Tuesday, May 18, 2010|
|UBC researchers call for “social offset” to tackle neglected tropical diseases|
|Public health and international development experts at UBC are calling for a “social offset” mechanism to set aside a portion of research funding slated for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) to address broader social determinants of disease. Their comments are published today alongside other perspectives in the Debate section of the online journal PLoS Medicine.|
Jerry Spiegel, Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, Director of the Global Health Research Program at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, and Director of the Centre for International Health, is the lead author of the article. Co-authors are SPPH Prof. Annalee Yassi, the Liu Institute’s Shafik Dharamsi, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. Kish Wasan.
“NTD initiatives have primarily aimed to stimulate drug development by offering incentives for pharmaceutical companies to produce essential medicines for vulnerable populations,” says Spiegel. “These initiatives have largely ignored other manifestations of neglect, such as weak health systems and poor socio-environmental conditions that cause and perpetuate NTDs.”
Read the full UBC news release
Read the article in PLoS Medicine
Photo credit: Martin Dee
|Thursday, May 13, 2010|
|SPPH student awarded Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship|
|Miranda Kelly, a Master of Public Health student, is one of 12 UBC students to receive funding through the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship. Miranda has been awarded a 12-month fellowship for the academic year 2010/2011, including a $10,000 Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship, a $7,000 Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship, plus tuition.|
UBC offers several fellowships and scholarships to Canadian Aboriginal graduate students – an Aboriginal person being a First Nations, Métis or Inuit person of Canada. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition. The Faculty of Graduate Studies administers the competition in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning.
|Monday, May 10, 2010|
|SPPH student Christine Soon wins national essay competition|
|Christine Soon, a Master of Public Health student, will receive an award from the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation’s 2010 Student Essay Competition at next week’s Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research conference.
Her paper, Remuneration of Primary Care Physicians-Steps towards Reform, won for the Masters level. She wrote the paper for SPPH 542: Issues in Canadian Health Policy, taught by Assoc. Prof. Steve Morgan.|
The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation was created to preserve the memory of Justice Emmett M. Hall, the “father” of Canadian Medicare. The Hall Foundation awards three prizes annually for the best student essay submissions addressing any topic in health services or health policy.
|Monday, May 10, 2010|
|SPPH’s Aboriginal Public Health course featured in UBC Medicine magazine|
|The spring 2010 issue of the Faculty of Medicine magazine looks at the School of Population and Public Health’s unique approach to teaching graduate students about Aboriginal health – straight from the source. Assoc. Prof. Patricia Spittal, guest speaker Chief Wayne Christian and Master of Public Health student Miranda Kelly share their perspectives on the importance of this new course, which launched in the winter 2010 term. Read the full story here.|
|Monday, May 10, 2010|
|Prof. Carolyn Gotay to lead workplace health promotion study for cancer prevention|
|Carolyn Gotay, a School of Population and Public Health Professor and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention, will receive $583,111 over three years from the Canadian Cancer Society for a workplace cancer prevention study. Her research team will study the effect of three health promotion strategies delivered in the workplace and their impact on employees' health, work and lifestyle habits with the goal of ultimately impacting the onset of cancer. |
Dr. Gotay is one of 13 cancer researchers in BC to receive grants totaling more than $5 million from the Canadian Cancer Society. For more info, visit the Canadian Cancer Society website.
|Tuesday, May 04, 2010|
|Michael Law awarded Early Career Scholarship|
|SPPH Assistant Prof. Michael Law is one of 10 UBC recipients of an Early Career Scholar award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. This scholarship is given to full-time UBC faculty who are in the professorial ranks and at the early stage of their academic careers. Each scholar will receive an infrastructure budget of $10,000. For more info, visit the
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies website.|