Non-experimental research: Working with big data to improve the health of mothers and babies

Explore the challenges of interpreting big data and hear the real stories behind smoking and lung cancer, the low birth weight epidemic, and the conceptualization of stillbirth risk. Discover the paradox of the perinatal mortality curves - a phenomenon that has defied understanding for more than 5 decades. Presented by Dr. K.S. Joseph, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Professor, School of Population and Public Health & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC

The origins of treatment as prevention for HIV

Uncover the history of HIV prevention from mother to newborn - from a 25% chance of HIV infection to a less than 1% risk for babies. Presented by Dr. Deborah Money, Executive Vice Director, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Professor, School of Population and Public Health & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC

Vaccines: how and why they work at a population level

Take a closer look at what a vaccine is, how they work and uncover their impact on society. Presented by Dr. Julie Bettinger, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Associate Professor, Vaccine Evaluation Center, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

Prevention is for everyone: Ensuring no one is left behind

Immerse yourself in the world of global health prevention and discover how Canadians can partner to address key global health prevention questions. Presented by Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Physician, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre; Assistant Director, Women's Health Research Institute; Senior Public Health Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control; Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC

Just Breathe! Mindfulness for Adolescent Stress and Anxiety Management

One of the most important developmental tasks of adolescence is learning how to cope with stress in a healthy way. In this interactive presentation, discuss stress and anxiety management from a positive youth development and resilience perspective, and explore the science and practice of mindfulness-based interventions. Presented by Dr. Dzung X. Vo, Investigator & Program Director, Adolescent Medicine Subspecialist, Residency Program, BC Children's Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

There’s no such thing as an accident

Injuries, such as car crashes, falls and suicides, are the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 1 to 34 years and cost $27 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity. Most injuries follow a distinct pattern and are predictable and preventable. The Public Health Approach to injury prevention involves understanding the extent of the injury problem, risk and protective factors, developing and implementing prevention strategies, and evaluating how well they work. We will examine patterns of injuries using the Public Health Approach to consider strategies for prevention. Presented by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Academic Scientist, BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit; Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health & Department of Pediatrics, UBC

Balancing risk and safety: Are children too safe for their own good?

It used to be normal for children to spend long hours outdoors and away from watchful adults, playing how and where they chose. Shouts of “Be careful!” “Not so high!” “Stop that!” are common on the playground. Parents and society struggles to find a balance between bubble wrapping kids and not protecting them enough. We will explore the fears that are limiting children’s risk taking and outdoor play and the effects of changing childhoods on health and development. We will consider strategies to restore balance. Presented by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Academic Scientist, BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit; Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health & Department of Pediatrics, UBC

Raising Generations of Healthier Kids — the Live 5-2-1-0 Initiative

It is all of our responsibility to support kids in making healthy choices. However, advice on proper nutrition and physical activity can be confusing, and at times overwhelming. Hear from experts in childhood obesity and take a closer look at how obesity negatively affects future health. Learn more about Live 5-2-1-0 and how you can inspire, motivate and support the community. Presented by Dr. Shazhan Amed, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Affiliate, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

Let’s Talk About Sex

We live in exciting times! Science is evolving to bring new understanding of Human Sexuality, and to create groundbreaking discoveries that support healthy sexual lives that support healthy families, productivity in the workforce and healthy communities. Explore current understanding of the interface between healthy sexuality and society, and learn more about the latest findings of the BC Sexual Health Survey. Audience questions will keep you on your toes, and start you thinking … about Sex! Presented by Dr. Wendy Norman, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; CIHR-PHAC Chair, Applied Public Health Research; Team Lead: Canadian Contraception Access Research Team/Groupe de recherche sur l’accessibilité à la contraception (CART/GRAC); Associate Professor, Department of Family Practices, UBC

How to make an early start in a research career during medical training

Hear from an expert on the tips and tricks for pursing research during medical training. Presented by Rebecca Ronsley, Resident, BC Children's Hospital

Clinical applications of basic research: the case of the epigenetic clock in developing populations

Epigenetics is the study of chemical modifications to DNA that correspond with gene expression. Epigenetic marks change across development, leading to the creation of an epigenetic clock which is used to estimate 'biological age'. To date, the epigenetic clock is the most precise biomarkers of aging. Learn more about novel findings on the use of the epigenetic clock in developing populations to understand the long-term effects of early life adversity. Presented by Dr. Sarah Moore, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC
Explore the world of health promotion and disease prevention. Discover how researchers are studying mechanisms of health and disease to help foster healthy life trajectories for children, from the prenatal period to adolescence.