News & Honours

A perfect score for Prostate Cancer research
The National Cancer Institute, a branch of the U. S. National Institutes of Health, has awarded an $11.3 million, five-year grant to the Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer SPORE (SPORE is short for Specialized Programs of Research Excellence), group which consists of investigators from the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Centre of Excellence, and from the Fred Hutchinson […] Read More >

Recognition from NSQIP
The teams at Lions Gate Hospital and Victoria General Hospital. Both have been recently recognized by NSQIP as meritorious for their quality scores for 2012. Read More >

Announcement by UBC’s Vancouver Senate
UBC’s Vancouver Senate has taken the extraordinary step of suspending classes on September 18, 2013. It has done so to allow students, staff and faculty to participate in activities related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final national event on the West Coast that day. UBC is committed to developing better awareness and understanding […] Read More >

Order of British Columbia
Congratulations to: Dr. Charles H. Scudamore (General Surgery) who has been appointed to the Order of British Columbia. The Order of British Columbia recognizes people who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere. The Order represents the highest form of recognition […] Read More >

Questionable or worthless tests and procedures
Congratulations to: Dr. Geoff Blair (Pediatric General Surgery) for his work on identifying unnecessary tests which was discussed in an article in the Vancouver Sun. Canada’s doctors will begin compiling lists of questionable or worthless tests and procedures that offer little benefit, and possible harm, in a move some doctors say could lead to a […] Read More >

$3 million donation to Pancreas Centre BC
Congratulations to: Dr. Charles Scudamore (General Surgery) pictured as the 2nd on left who was appointed as the Chair of the Jack and Darlene Poole Surgical .... Read More >

Another MSFHR fellowship awardee
Congratulations to: Dr. Francesco Crea (PDF with Dr. Cheryl Helgason, General Surgery) Dr. Crea’s work involves a largely overlooked epigenetic mechansism: gene expression regulation by long-non coding RNAs (lncRNAs). He is studying the role of those genes in the process of metastatic spreading, with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapies for aggressive tumors. We […] Read More >

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research fellowship
Congratulations to: Dr Reza Jalili a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Garth Warnock (General Surgery) and Dr. Aziz Ghahary (Plastic Surgery), who has received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Resarch (MSFHR) post-doctoral fellowship award for his work developing novel cell-based therapies for treatment of type 1 diabetes. In this project, Dr. Jalili wants to […] Read More >

Branch for International Surgical Care online graduate courses
Looking to make a difference in low-income, under served communities of the world? The Branch for International Surgical Care is now offering three online graduate courses in global surgery. Surgery 510 – Surgical care in International Health Upon successful completion of this course learners will have: Increased understanding of the global status of unmet surgical […] Read More >

M.Sc. in Surgery defense
Dr. Abdulrahman Essam Alsabban defended his MSc in Surgery thesis entitled: “Establishing methods to screen novel small molecules targeting insulin-like growth factor/insulin-like growth factor binding protein interaction” on July 18th. Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) are important hormone regulators of growth and development that have also been implicated in the etiology of several cancers. The bioavailability […] Read More >

Macrophage and Type II Diabetes
Congratulations to: Dr. Jan Ehses (General Surgery) who has as received a CIHR grant to study the contribution of macrophages to islet inflammation and beta cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. This grant studies how macrophages can be converted to beneficial healing and tissue regenerating macrophages with the goal of using these cells to treat […] Read More >