UBC recognizes brain and heart researchers with $50,000 prizes
June 5, 2012John Cairns of UBC (left) won the prize for heart research, and Guy Rouleau (right) won for his work on brain diseases. Read More >

10 ways to keep your brain sharp
June 2, 2012Many experts now believe you can prevent or at least delay dementia. The Minneapolis Star Tribune lists 10 ways to boost your brain health.Older women who participated in a weight-training program at UBC did 13 percent better on tests of cognitive function than a group of women who did balance and toning exercises. “Resistance training […] Read More >

June 2012
June 1, 2012Leadership Opportunities Available The Faculty is recruiting for several leadership positions, including new positions in the MD Undergraduate Program: Director of Assessment Director of Curriculum Director of Foundations of Medicine Director, Year 4 Clinical Electives, Island Medical Program Assistant Dean, Vancouver Assistant Dean, Fraser Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program Other leadership positions in […] Read More >

Vancouver slides backwards in fight to eradicate street homelessness
May 30, 2012Vancouver has taken a solid step backwards in its efforts to eradicate street homelessness, with double the people sleeping on heating grates, in alleys and in store doorways this year than last. A report released Tuesday said the actual number of street homeless has gone from 154 in 2011 to 306 this year.The report was […] Read More >

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection means heart attacks can hit fit people
May 30, 2012Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), which is caused by a tear in the lining of an artery, affects mostly fit, healthy, younger women who don’t have the typical risk factors associated with heart attacks.Jacqueline Saw, an interventional cardiologist at Vancouver General Hospital and an associate professor at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, has become one of […] Read More >

Canada Census 2011: Aging population a potential health-care time bomb
May 29, 2012According to a recent House of Commons health committee report, the average life expectancy of Canadians has increased by more than 30 years since the early 1900s – to 78 for men, and 83 for women in 2011. By 2031, 22.8 per cent of the population will be 65 and olderThe majority of seniors have […] Read More >

House calls needed to care for aging population
May 29, 2012New census data being released on Tuesday is expected to show huge growth in the number of seniors living in Canada. That has some doctors suggesting change is needed soon to keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed with demand for service.Family Physician Dr. John Sloan says one of the keys will be for doctors to […] Read More >

Women vilified for taking life-saving medication, mother says
May 28, 2012Researchers say up to 20 per cent of women will be diagnosed with depression while pregnant. In 2001, about five per cent of pregnant women in B.C. took an antidepressant. The most popular medications are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Dr. Tim Oberlander, a researcher at the Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver and […] Read More >

Getting drugs to a tumour
May 28, 2012About 186,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Despite these numbers, “every cancer is essentially a rare disease, as you get down deep in the genetic profile,” says Pieter Cullis, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at UBC. Cullis and others are working toward a future when individual patients will receive a […] Read More >

44 new Order of Canada recipients
May 25, 2012Governor General David Johnston presided over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday. Among the new members of the Order of Canada is John Gilbert, professor emeritus and founding principal of the College of Health Disciplines at UBC. Gilbert’s vision of integrated care for patients has helped them achieve the best […] Read More >

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