Category: Blog Posts

Dr Robert Brunham Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

We would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Brunham on being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada – what an amazing accomplishment! Fellows are elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement and it is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. …

BCCDC Researchers Leverage Foundation Seed Funding into CIHR Operating Grant

Congratulations to Dr Babak Pourbohloul and Krista English on their recent $500,000 CIHR Operating Grant “An Integrated Real-time Modeling and Surveillance Decision-support Framework to Inform Public Health Emergency Preparedness”! Using mathematical models, this project will allow researchers to understand how quickly an emerging infectious disease (EID) spreads and generate real-time options for policy makers to …

Dr Judith Hall Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

The Foundation would like to congratulate Dr Judith Hall, who was recently inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame as one of the 2015 laureates! Dr Hall, Professor Emerita in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, is a pediatrician and clinical geneticist who has worked on birth defects and non-traditional mechanisms of disease. She …

BCCDC Foundation Open Award Program Funds Two New Projects!

Congratulations to Dr Gina Ogilvie and Dr Linda Hoang, both recently awarded BCCDC Foundation grants through the Open Award Program! Dr Ogilvie’s award will enable improved access to high impact HIV prevention, treatment and care services for men who have sex with men in Rwanda and British Columbia by sharing methodologies to estimate the size …

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Please join us in celebrating 2015 UBC Faculty of Medicine Award Recipient Dr. Jennifer Gardy. Dr. Gardy, with support from fellow BCCDC researchers Dr. Patrick Tang and Dr. Jay Johnston, has developed new innovative methods of genomic sequences. Her award recognizes her recent work to successfully conduct genomic sequencing of the measles virus. This work …

Welcome!

This is the first instalment of what we hope will be a long series of BCCDC Foundation updates, commentaries and collected online resources to help you better understand our mandate and stay abreast of exciting new developments as they they occur. We look forward to nurturing this important communications connection with you, and to receiving any feedback you …

HIV Prevention Efforts: Our Learning in Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda

Project Duration: Dec 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009 This award supported a fact finding visit to Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya to gather information about male circumcision as a means of HIV prevention. Activities in Rwanda included surgical exchange and demonstration of male circumcision (MC) methods, and meetings with staff and leadership. Several themes emerged: …

HPV Vaccine Program Evaluation

Project Duration: April 1, 2009 to September 30, 2011 This study was conducted to determine the baseline (i.e. pre-vaccine) HPV type specific prevalence in a population-based sample of women presenting for routine cervical cancer screening. From June 2010 to December 2010, a total of 2,100 physicians from all health regions in the province were invited …

mHealth Pilot for HIV/AIDS in BC

Project Duration: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013 Patient engagement in care and adherence to medication are critical to achieving the full benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people with HIV infection. A randomized control trial in Kenya, WelTelKenya1, showed that an interactive mobile phone text messaging intervention can improve adherence and viral load …

Etiological Discovery of CFS, Lyme, Lupus

Project Duration: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015 Patients with symptoms of fatigue, memory change and musculoskeletal change, similar to Lyme disease, but without history of acute Lyme disease, may be diagnosed as having chronic or late Lyme disease. This group resembles those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). This study assesses …