|Thursday, June 30, 2011|
|Prof. Morris Barer to co-lead new Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Network|
|The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently announced funding for the Pan Canadian Health Human Resources Network (CHHRN), to be co-led by Dr. Morris Barer, Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Director of the UBC Centre for Health Services & Policy Research; Dr. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault of the University of Ottawa; and Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy of Dalhousie University. It was one of only two networks funded under the CIHR Network Catalyst grant competition.|
The goal of CHHRN is to create a virtual infrastructure that will enable participants to share health human resources (HHR) knowledge, innovation and promising practices through a number of different mechanisms:
• a network of regional and thematically-linked HHR researchers and knowledge users, and clinical, policy and program decision-makers across Canada;
• regional hubs, situated at the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia, building upon the Ontario HHR Research Network, the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research respectively;
• a web-based portal to link regional and thematic networks;
• a clearinghouse of Canadian and international research, knowledge and promising practices.
The network will receive funds totaling $600,000 over the next three years.
For more information, visit the CHHRN website or contact Chantal Demers at:
|Thursday, June 30, 2011|
|Three SPPH faculty members selected for MSFHR Career Investigator award|
|The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) has announced three School of Population and Public Health faculty members will receive a 2011 Career Investigator funding award. Assistant Professors Michael Law, Eugenia Oviedo Joekes, and Jason Sutherland are among 32 recipients selected from a pool of 100 applicants through peer review. |
Dr. Law’s funding award is to investigate pharmaceutical policies, coverage and cost. Dr. Oviedo Joekes' funding is for SALOME (Study to Assess Long-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness): double blind randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of diacetylmorphine vs. hydromorphone for the treatment of long-term treatment-refractory opioid-dependency. Dr. Sutherland’s funding is for "Funding healthcare: Strategies for improving access, continuity and efficiency." The funding will provide salary support for eight years.
“These exceptional investigators are pursuing a great number of exciting
research projects, all of which have significant potential to improve
health and health care in the future,” says Dr. John Challis, MSFHR
President and CEO. “Through this funding, BC is better positioned to
retain them as future leaders in health research.”
MSFHR’s Career Investigator Program builds research capacity in BC by supporting the establishment, development and retention of new and mid-career investigators. Since 2001, MSFHR has allocated more than $80 million in funding to more than 300 Career Investigator award recipients.
|Wednesday, June 29, 2011|
|2011 Joel Bert Award Winner - Kristian Dubrawski|
|We are very pleased to announce that the 2011 Joel Bert Award for engineering design in occupational & environmental health problem solving has been awarded to Kristian Dubrawski.
Krisitan's PhD dissertation work developed a simple and robust method for lowering arsenic levels in drinking waters, which he pilot tested in Kolkata earlier this year. Kristian is a 3rd year PhD student in UBC Applied Science and a Bridge alumnus. He will present a seminar on his work on arsenic remediation in the 2011/12 OEH seminar Series in SPPH.
The Joel Bert Award honors the memory of our friend and colleague Professor Joel Bert. Joel was a dedicated teacher who was liked and admired by his students. His research in occupational health stemmed from his great compassion and care for others. Joel was actively involved in the School of Occupational and Environmental Health from its inception, until his death in 2003.
|Monday, June 27, 2011|
|Canada's First Bikeability Index scores Greater Vancouver neighbourhoods on bike-friendliness|
|Bike lovers in Vancouver might just be picking their next home based on how bikeable the neighbourhood is, thanks to a new tool which scores neighbourhoods based on bike-friendliness. A team of researchers at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, have created Canada's first Bikeability Index, a unique tool which scores neighbourhoods on how bike friendly they are. The research team includes Meghan Winters and Professors Michael Brauer and Kay Teschke.|
The Index scores neighbourhoods in five areas: bicycle facility availability; bicycle facility quality; street connectivity; topography; and land use. Researchers layered the results to create maps using geospatial technology, to identify areas with good cycling conditions and areas that need improvement. The Index is based on a public opinion survey, travel behaviour studies, and focus groups looking at key factors that influence cycling habits.
"Having healthy citizens starts with building great cities. Cycling is a healthy, active, environmentally friendly way to travel," says lead researcher Meghan Winters. "The overall Bikeability score can guide local action to improve cycling environments and stimulate changes in cycling rates through the design of healthier communities."
Read the full Heart & Stroke/CIHR media release.
Check out the bikeability maps comparing Greater Vancouver neighbourhoods on the Cycling in Cities website.
|Thursday, June 23, 2011|
|Prof. Kay Teschke receives Faculty of Medicine distinguished achievement award|
The UBC Faculty of Medicine has awarded School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) Prof. Kay Teschke with a 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Senior Faculty Member. She is one of 12 faculty members to receive a 2011 distinguished achievement award. The awardees will receive a Faculty of Medicine certificate and will be recognized at Faculty Executive, in the Faculty of Medicine Link e-bulletin, at the annual awards ceremony, on the Faculty of Medicine website, and in a memo from the Dean to full-time faculty members.
As Acting Director of the School of Environmental Health (SOEH), Dr. Teschke led SOEH in its merger into SPPH this spring, while continuing to maintain her teaching, graduate student supervision, research, community service, and other administrative responsibilities. The merger business case she prepared for the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, SPPH, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Office of the Provost is now being used as a model for other proposed unit mergers at UBC.
|Tuesday, June 21, 2011|
|Assoc. Prof. Jerry Spiegel wins Canadian Public Health Association’s International Award|
|SPPH Assoc. Prof. Jerry Spiegel received the Canadian Public Health Association’s (CPHA) 2011 International Award at the annual CPHA conference in Montreal today (June 21). Dr. Spiegel is also the Director of the Global Health Research Program in the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues.|
This award provides CPHA with the opportunity to recognize contributions to promoting public health in resource-poor societies through the development of healthy public policy, strengthening of primary health care services, promotion of the value of equity in access to health promoting environments, and/or the enhancement of community participation. Dr. Spiegel has been in the forefront of promoting public health globally, and particularly equity in access to health-promoting environments and community participation. Visit the CPHA website for more details about Dr. Spiegel and the other award winners.
Since 1934, the CPHA has been honouring those who have made an outstanding contribution to public health in Canada or elsewhere.
File photo credit Martin Dee
|Monday, June 20, 2011|
|High rates of injection drug use in urban Aboriginal youth signal need for prevention programs: Cedar study|
|A new study led by SPPH Assoc. Prof. Patricia Spittal and Splats'in/Secwepemc Chief Wayne Christian indicates high rates of injection drug use in urban Canadian Aboriginal youth, particularly in women, and points to the need for culturally specific prevention programs, according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).|
Aboriginal leadership is alarmed at the levels of substance abuse in their young people, especially injection drug use, which is associated with HIV and hepatitis C virus infections. Injection drug use accounts for 70%–80% of all hepatitis C virus and almost 60% of HIV infections in Aboriginal youth under age 24 in Canada. The history of colonization, including the effect of residential schooling on several generations and the child welfare system, has had significant negative effects on Aboriginal communities. Many children and youth have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuses as well as exposure to familial violence and drug dependence.
The Cedar Project is a prospective study of 605 Aboriginal youth in Vancouver and Prince George, British Columbia, conducted from 2003 to 2007 that sought to understand use of illicit drugs, particularly relating to infection with HIV. The study was conducted by researchers from the UBC School of Population and Public Health; Simon Fraser University; the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at Providence Health Care; the Wuikinuxv Nation, Port Hardy, BC; and the Splats’in/Secwepemc Nation, Enderby, BC.
Read the full CMAJ news release
Read the CMAJ article
|Thursday, June 09, 2011|
|Prof. Patricia Janssen wins Distinguished Alumni Award|
|Dr. Patricia Janssen, a professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, won the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. The Award recognizes an alum who has demonstrated a record of distinguished service and achievement in public health. As the award winner, she will be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony in Seattle. |
|Thursday, June 02, 2011|
|Dr. Murray Hodgson receives $1.65 million NSERC CREATE grant: Sustainable Building Science Program|
|Dr. Murray Hodgson, Professor of Acoustics in the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Mechanical Engineering received a Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. |
This grant will support the mentoring of, and training environment for, the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving areas such as communication, collaboration and professional skills; and providing experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments. Dr. Hodgson will have office and laboratory space in the new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) building, which will provide a living laboratory for the training program.
Other SPPH personnel involved in this venture include Dr. Karen Bartlett and Dr. Winnie Chu.