Category: What’s New

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 …

DPIC Visual DotLab Enterprise

Project Duration: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 The BC Drug and Poison Information Centre provides a 24-hour toll-free poison information service to all British Columbians. The ability of specially trained health care professionals, including pharmacists and nurses, to provide treatment advice and information regarding poisonings, drug overdoses and chemical exposures will be enhanced …

Western Canadian Immunization Forum 2011

Project Duration: July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 BCCDC hosted the 2011 Western Immunization Conference in Vancouver, working in collaboration with representatives of the governments of Alberta and Yukon, the BC Ministry of Health, BC’s regional health authorities (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Vancouver Island Health), First Nations and …

BCCDC Celebrate Research Week

Project Duration: September 1, 2011 to December 31, 2016 BCCDC has held a highly successful annual research symposium involving internal staff and external guests, beginning in 2008. In 2011, the format was extended from a 2-day event to a week-long “Celebrate Research” activity. The intent was to achieve even greater staff involvement, enhanced profile for …

Molecular Epidemiology of TB in BC

Project Duration: June 12, 2012 to February 28, 2017 Federally and provincially, Canada is committed to reducing the rates of tuberculosis (TB) over the next decade. In BC, innovative molecular epidemiology techniques have been used to reconstruct person-to-person rates of transmission in large outbreaks. This project examines the hypothesis that high risk infectious individuals moving …