Program News

October 4, 2013

Mahroo Aghababaei, a Masters student in Dr. Alex Beristain's lab, recently won The Elsevier Trophoblast Research New Investigator Award for Best Poster Presentation by a New Investigator at an International Federation of Placenta Associations meeting where she presented her project "Role of ADAM12 in regulating trophoblast invasion."

This award recognizes an outstanding contribution by a scientist in training, and Mahroo's achievement is particularly noteworthy in that she was competing against PhD trainees and Post-Doctoral fellows; her successful presentation is a significant accomplishment for an individual who has just completed her first year as a Masters Trainee.


April 29, 2013

Dr. Tabassum Firoz and Tatenda Makanga (Department of Geography, SFU) won a Grand Challenges Canada Grant for Rising Stars in Global Health, Project: MOM (Mapping Outcomes for Mothers). Read more: Vancouver Sun article.

Supervisors: Dr. Peter von Dadelszen and Dr. Laura Magee with Dr. Nadine Schuurman (SFU).


Source: BC Children's Hospital Research Institute News

November 08, 2012
UBC- BC Children's Hospital Research Institute effort to save pregnant women awarded additional $17-million

A project aimed at finding and treating women at risk of succumbing to pre-eclampsia – the often-fatal onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy – will receive an additional $17 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Peter von Dadelszen, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a clinician-scientist at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, and a Consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine at BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre, is leading the multi-pronged effort in 11 developing countries, which has previously received $7.4 million from the Gates Foundation.


October 10, 2012
Peter von Dadelszen wins CIHR Knowledge Translation Award

Dr. Peter von Dadelszen, a Clinician Scientist at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and a world authority on diagnosing and treating pre-eclampsia, has received the 2012 Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


October 31, 2011
Pre-eclampsia researchers available for interview

The first international meeting of the PRE-Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention & Treatment (PRE-EMPT) project will be held in Vancouver from November 1 – 4, 2011. PRE-EMPT is a Vancouver-led international initiative to prevent one of the world’s leading causes of maternal and infant death during pregnancy and child birth.


July 29, 2011
Canadian innovators win global competition to tackle maternal health
A team of Canadian medical researchers who have figured out a way to use cellphones to measure the oxygen content in blood will soon be saving lives in Africa. The brilliance of the research, led by Peter von Dadelszen and Mark Ansermino, was recognized in Washington on Thursday when they were among 19 winners of a competition that began with a field of 600 applicants.

[more...] [Globe and Mail story]  [CTV Canada AM]

March 8, 2011
LifeSciences BC announces recipients of the 2011 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards
Dr. Judith Hall received the Dr. Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement and Dr. Michael Hayden received the Genome British Columbia Award for Scientific Excellence.

[Vancouver Sun story]

February 1, 2011
Women waiting longer to have children
In British Columbia, half of the babies born each year are to moms over the age of 30. BC Children's Hospital Research Institute scientist Dr. Wendy Robinson comments.

December 23, 2010
New clinical model predicts mother’s risk in pre-eclampsia: Online tool could reduce preterm delivery
An online calculator based on a new clinical model will allow clinicians for the first time to accurately predict a pregnant woman’s risk of poor health outcomes such as stroke, blindness and organ failure when she has pre-eclampsia. Dr. Peter von Dadelszen led the research, which was published in The Lancet.

[news release] [calculator]

December 3, 2010
UBC/ BC Children's Hospital Research Institute project receives $7M to reduce maternal, fetal and newborn deaths
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $7-million grant to University of British Columbia researchers, led by Dr. Peter von Dadelszen, working at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute to test new strategies for monitoring, preventing, and treating pre-eclampsia.

[news release] [Globe and Mail story]

November 25, 2010
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Investigator awarded Canada Research Chair Renewal
Congratulations to Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy Researcher Dr. Geoffrey Hammond on the renewal of his Canadian Research Chair.

[Canada Research Chairs news release] [UBC news release]