|Thursday, December 23, 2010|
|Dr. Carolyn Gotay appointed interim Director of SPPH|
|Dr. Carolyn Gotay will be the interim Director of the School of Population and Public Health from January 1 to April 3, 2011, Dean Gavin Stuart announced today. This follows the departure of Dr. Martin Schechter who completes his term as founding Director at the end of December. The search for a new Director, which began with the establishment of the search committee in January 2010, is progressing.|
Dr. Gotay is a Professor in the School and the Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention. She is also an affiliated scientist with the B.C. Cancer Agency. Dr. Gotay has a distinguished career in cancer prevention and control and led community liaison and outreach to minority populations at the Cancer Research Center at the University of Hawaii prior to moving to Canada in 2008.
|Monday, December 20, 2010|
|Continuing education credits now available for 2011 CHSPR health policy conference|
|The UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research’s 2011 health policy conference has been approved for the College of Family Physicians of Canada 10 Mainpro-M1 continuing professional development credits. BOOMERANGST: Myths and Realities about health care for an aging population will be held Feb. 22-23 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. |
New speakers recently added are Visanthi Srinivasan, (Acting) Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Health Systems Strategy Division, and Michael Wolfson, Assistant Chief Statistician, Analysis and Development, at Statistics Canada.
|Wednesday, December 15, 2010|
|Christopher McLeod awarded CIFAR junior fellowship|
|Christopher McLeod will begin a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Junior Fellowship in January under the supervision of Successful Societies Fellow and SPPH Prof. Clyde Hertzman in the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership. Dr. McLeod completed his PhD at SPPH in 2009 under Dr. Hertzman's thesis supervision.|
The Junior Fellow Academy of CIFAR is an elite fellowship program designed to build research and leadership capacity in gifted young scholars at a critical early stage of career development. The postdoctoral fellowship will fund $70,000 for salary and benefits plus $5,000 for research support.
Dr. McLeod is also associate faculty at SPPH, the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and the UBC School of Environmental Health and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work and Health. His research focuses on how institutional variation across societies affects health inequalities within those societies.
For more details, visit CIFAR.
|Thursday, December 02, 2010|
| MPH student Despina Tzemis wins award for HIV study|
|Despina Tzemis, a second year Master of Public Health Student at the School of Population and Public Health, received a $1,000 travel award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to attend the International Society for Urban Health’s conference in New York City in October. The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research's Institute Community Support Travel Awards Program funded the travel award. |
At the conference, she presented on her study, “The Maximally Assisted Therapy Program and Directly Observed Therapy Programs: their effect on viral load suppression among injection drug users accessing antiretroviral therapy in British Columbia, Canada.” She won the top student presentation award and received $1,000 for her study.
She had completed this study as a research assistant at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in the division of Epidemiology and Population Health. Despina credits the Maximally Assisted Therapy program and all Directly Observed Therapy programs for their hard work, the services they provide, and for contributing to her piece.
|Thursday, December 02, 2010|
|SPPH celebrates the grand opening of its new building|
|The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) celebrated the grand opening of its new building at 2206 East Mall on Nov. 26. The move from the James Mather building to the renovated space in the former Library Processing Centre brings the school under the same roof as the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, the School of Environmental Health, the Human Early Learning Partnership, Population Data BC, the Global Health Research Program, and the Centre for Population Health Promotion Research – all affiliates of SPPH.|
UBC President Stephen Toope, SPPH Director Martin Schechter, and Faculty of Medicine Vice-Dean Ross MacGillivray kicked off the event with speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Prof. Toope reflected back to the vision of UBC’s founding President Frank Fairchild Wesbrook—a pioneer in public health teaching and research and then president of the American Public Health Association. In a 1905 speech, Dr. Wesbrook called for coordinated specialism in public health research—eight years before he was called upon to build the University of British Columbia.
“We’re celebrating today another form of coordinated specialism—the success of bringing together almost unprecedented levels of coordination to bear in the advancement of population and public health, not just for the people of Canada but for all of humankind,” Prof. Toope said. “Wesbrook was a prescient thinker but I doubt that even he could have envisioned the diversity of expertise that would one day be standing in this room wanting to collaborate across specializations, wanting to break down disciplinary boundaries to the extent that teachers, researchers and students will do within these walls and beyond.”
Dr. Schechter explained the idea for the new school began back in 2003 before the UBC Senate's eventual approval of the new school in 2008.
"A group of us basically formed a hypothesis that if you could pull together all of the elements at UBC that were working in population and public health under different umbrellas, you could galvanize a very powerful collective – the best by far in Canada and very highly placed in the world," Dr. Schechter said. "That was the virtual coming together and today we’re going to celebrate the physical coming together where we have renovated a substantial part of this building and we’re joining many units that are either part of the school or affiliates of the school into a single place where we work together."
More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community partners joined in the celebration. The November, 2010 graduating students were recognized and The Cortland J. Mackenzie teaching prize was awarded to Prof. KS Joseph and Assoc. Prof. Patricia Spittal.
View photos from the grand opening event
Watch the video of speeches