Day #2: Transforming Care

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:30 pm

More details are coming soon! We're working hard to put together a curriculum that includes Canada's leading investigators, healthcare professionals and up-and-coming researchers. 

1:00 — Welcome & Introduction

Presented by:

  • Dr. Bruce Verchere - Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics; Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine & Department of Surgery, UBC

Program Moderator: 

  • Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper — Dr. Westwell-Roper completed her BSc in Microbiology and Immunology and an MD/PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC. Her PhD work with Dr. Bruce Verchere at BCCHR identified therapeutic targets for modulating the immune system in type 2 diabetes. She is a third year psychiatry research track resident with interests in neuroimmunology and neuropsychiatric manifestations of inflammatory disease. Her clinical interests lie at the interface between psychiatry and other areas of medicine with a focus on children and adolescents. Her research supervisor is Dr. Evelyn Stewart, who directs the provincial OCD program at BC Children’s Hospital.
1:15 pm  Clinical Research Presentation

What about COVID-19 & Kids?
Uncover the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how often infections occur, what the illness looks like in children, the impact on child health and what a vaccine will mean for kids in BC.

Presented by:

  • Dr. Laura Sauvé — Dr. Sauvé is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist whose research focuses on public health surveillance, including for perinatal HIV infection. She leads the Canadian Perinatal HIV Surveillance Program and cares for HIV-infected children & youth and HIV-exposed uninfected infants. She also does general pediatric infectious diseases care.

    Prior to coming to Vancouver, Dr. Sauvé worked with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, providing pediatric HIV care and helping establish a pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment program in Burkina Faso (West Africa). She was the pediatrics residency program director at the University of British Columbia from 2010-2017, and is the education lead for the Center for International Child Health at BC Children’s Hospital.

    She is the medical co-lead for Infection Prevention and Control at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, and since March 2020, has led the COVID-19 response for infection control. She also chairs the Pediatric Committee of the Clinical Reference Group at BCCDC which sets provincial clinical COVID-19 guidelines, and the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and Immunization.
2:00 pm — Break

15 minute wellness break

2:15 pm — Research Jeopardy

A classic game show with a twist! This interactive game will let you compete for prizes and put your classroom knowledge to the ultimate test.

2:30 pm — An Introduction to Clinical Research

For the activities below, students will be separated into smaller virtual groups closer to the date. 

Group #1  Heart-Health Heroes: CPR and AED AwarenessEach year in British Columbia (BC), more than 6,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting and require BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) response. On behalf of Hearts of BC, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary network of students and healthcare professionals working with patient and community partners, we will be discussing how British Columbians can do their part to save lives by improving education on CPR and AED training. We also have special guests who will be sharing their cardiac arrest experiences. We will provide the resources you need to be well-equipped to be a hero in your community.

Presented by: 

  • Dania Kallas, Research Coordinator, Sanatani Research Team — BC Children's Hospital Heart Center
  • Adrija Chakrabarti, UBC Undergraduate Student, Harris Research Team — BC Children's Hospital Heart Center

Group #2  A Peek into the World of Biomedical Engineering
In this interactive workshop you will have the opportunity to direct the engineering design process, learn more about biomedical applications and uncover solutions for real-world problems within medical technology. 

Presented by: 

  • Andrea Gonzalez, Alisa DaSilvaJessica Jung - Andrea, Alisa & Jessica are third year biomedical engineering students specializing in cellular bioengineering and biomechanics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). They are Co-Leads at Engineers Without Borders UBC to lead youth outreach programs and workshops. Together they participate in engineering design courses, labs and design teams to expand their knowledge and education in the medical device industry.
3:00 pm — Break

15 minute wellness break

Time to reset your focus and re-energize! For those that are interested, join us for a short facilitated stretch.

3:15 pm — Clinical Research Presentation

Unlimited emergencies, limited resources: applying science to solve health system problems
Through an example of a real emergency department problem, learn how to define a health services research question, design a study to answer the question, and use your findings to change how the system works to solve the problem and demonstrate the impact of our intervention.

Presented by:

  • Dr. Quynh Doan — Dr. Doan is a pediatric emergency physician and health services researcher. Her research program evaluates pediatric emergency department patterns of use, the quality of the care provided, and the efficiency of service delivery. She conducts studies to answer questions about the pediatric population's need for emergency care, how well the healthcare system is equipped to meet this need, and how can we maintain or improve the quality and value of the care we provide. 
4:00 pm — Health Pros Tell All

Explore a variety of career opportunities and interact with health science experts. This discussion will be driven by participants, so get your questions ready!

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Bahar Torabi - Dr. Torabi is a Pediatric Allergist and Clinical Immunologist in North Vancouver and she is grateful to be part of this community. Her scope of practice includes children and adults with food allergies, asthma, rhinitis/environmental allergies, eczema/atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria, antibiotic allergies, immunodeficiencies, and other hypersensitivity reactions. She also teaches UBC medical students and Allergy/Immunology residents, which she enjoys very much. 

  • Dr. Samantha Lang — Dr. Samantha Lang is a Masters student in the Experimental Medicine Program at UBC, studying the effect of once daily immunosuppressant medication on renal transplant outcomes in children. She obtained her B.Sc. in Medical Sciences and Psychology along with her Medical Degree from King’s College London in the UK. Before coming to Canada, Dr. Lang worked as a doctor for four years in the UK and New Zealand.

  • Dr. Marianne Vidler - Dr. Vidler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC. Her research focus is on pregnancy complications and maternal mortality in low- and middle-income countries. Marianne received a Masters in Public Health at Simon Fraser University in 2011, where her research focused on the obstetric referral system in rural Mexico. Marianne completed her doctoral degree in Reproductive and Developmental Science and UBC. Her doctoral research focused on community knowledge, attitudes and practices related to pre-eclampsia and obstetric care in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Marianne is dedicated to positioning Vancouver as a leader in global maternal and child health.

4:30 pm  Closing Remarks



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