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Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS) 2016-2017

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

Tentative Schedule:
September 26, 2016 — Presenter: Marika Warren
     Topic: Ethics Consultants and Organizational Confidentiality
October 14, 2016 — Presenter: Michael Mackley
     Please note: this is a Friday.
November 14, 2016 — Presenter: Sharon Batt
December 12, 2016 — Presenter: Jeff Kirby
January 16, 2017 — Presenter: Tim Holland
February 13, 2017 — Presenter: Christy Simpson - postponed due to weather
March 13, 2017 — Presenter: tba
April 10, 2017 — Presenter: Ben Capps
May 8, 2017 — Presenter: Lynette Reid
June 12, 2017 — Presenter:  tba

 

 

 


Visiting Professorship in Medical Citizenship

"Medical citizenship means every doctor should have a voice and use it, and every doctor's voice matters. If doctors cannot speak out, we have a problem." This annual visiting professorship is an opportunity to discuss issues of medical citizenship. For more information about the medical citizenship and the annual visiting professorship, please see our Visiting Professorship in Medical Citizenship page.  

 

 

Bioethics events elsewhere

 

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/ADVANCE NOTICE
The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

When: March 1-4, 2017
Where: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC
Website: http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2017/default.asp
2017 Brochure: https://interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2017/FASD2017_brochure.pdf
Registration: https://ubc.eventsair.com/ifasd2017/full/Site/Register

This advanced-level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration.

Please email: marketing.ipce@ubc.ca for more information and to be put on the enquiry list.
 

The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

Date: November 16-18, 2016
Location: The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hosting Organization: UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education
Event Series: Health & Wellbeing conference in 2016.  

Moving from Diagnosis to Practical Strategies

The term Developmental Disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum and related genetic syndromes such as Down and Fragile X Syndrome. Children, youth and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, and their families, to improve their quality of life experience.

Children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, their families, and to improve their quality of life experience.

The conference will also provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Visit the conference website for more information, and the registration page to register.

Along with the main conference, we are also offering a Free Public Evening Session on Wednesday, November 16.


Email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca to get on an enquiry list for updates.

 

 

Health Law Institute (HLI) Seminar Series

The schedule of seminars for the 2016-2017 year is available here on their website.

Location: Room 104, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
Time: 12:10 - 1:30pm
A light lunch will be set out at noon, in the Faculty Lounge (room 312)
These seminars are free and everyone is welcome.
 

 

Recent Events, here and elsewhere

 

Public Lectures - Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson is a mediator, film-maker, and former director of the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland. He was here at Dalhousie University in 2014, and he will be back to present a series of public lectures in mid-October.

Dates: October 18-20, 2016
Location: Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie) and Kings University

For more information, please click here. (The link goes to a PDF document which will open in a separate window.)

 


 

Works in Progress (WIPS) for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Tentative Preliminary Schedule -- All presenters very tentative at this time

Time: noon - 1pm
Location: Tupper G-36 unless otherwise noted

September 14, 2015 (in 14-B2) — Presenter: Marika Warren
October 19, 2015 — Postponed
November 9, 2015 — Presenter: Sharon Batt
December 7, 2015 (in B-A3) -- Presenter: Christy Simpson and Fiona McDonald
December 14, 2015 — Presenter: Jeff Kirby
January 11, 2016 — Presenter: Lisbeth Nielsen
February 8, 2016 — Presenter: Lynette Reid
March 14, 2016 — Presenter: TBA
April 11, 2016 — Presenter: TBA
May 9, 2016 — Presenter: TBA
June 13, 2016 — Presenter: Postponed
June 20, 2016 -- Presenter: Quinn Grundy, visiting from Australia

 

 

 

Research on Adolescents and Adults: If Not Now, When?

The 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Dates: April 6-9, 2016
Location: The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC, Canada

As adolescents and adults with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas is becoming critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions. This interactive 2016 conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these issues. We will welcome a diverse group of professionals, researchers, students, families and individuals with FASD.

Contribute your knowledge and research! The Call for Abstracts is open until September 11, 2015.  

For more information, please visit the website or email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca.

 

 

The Early Years Conference

The UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education is pleased to present the Early Years Conference which will focus on professional development for all who work with young children and/or families.

Over the last 20 years, there has been an explosion in research in areas of child development, child welfare, infant mental health, and family support. The 2016 conference will continue to lead the field to improve skill development, practice, and systems.

Date: January 28-31, 2016
City: Vancouver, British Columbia

View the brochure.
Learn more about registration. Early-bird ends December 4, 2015.
Email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca to get on an enquiry list for updates or for questions.

 

 

Bioethics WIPS - June 20, 2016

We’re very happy to welcome Dr. Quinn Grundy, of the Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Australia to speak at this month’s Bioethics Works in Progress Session.

Dr. Grundy’s website is www.quinngrundy.com  


Now on to the logistics…

June’s WIPS will be held on June 20th at noon, in G-36. Please be aware that it’s possible we may need to change the room, as there is construction on-going in the Tupper complex.

Title: “Fostering moral perception: Nurses’ strategies for managing industry interactions in clinical practice.”

Abstract: Efforts to bring transparency to conflicts of interest in healthcare are focused on physicians’ financial relationships with the pharmaceutical industry. Despite being the largest proportion of health professionals, nurses’ interactions with industry are frequently omitted from industry relations and disclosure policies. I conducted an ethnographic study at 4 hospitals in the western United States to explore the everyday interactions between registered nurses and medically-related industry in clinical practice. Although all of the nurses in the study encountered sales representatives in their practice, few had discussed or reflected on these interactions and none had received any formal preparation related to industry interactions. Most experienced these day-to-day situations as ethically neutral and institutionally legitimate and these interactions were largely invisible at the policy level. Others however, experienced moral triggers that prompted the development of ad-hoc, personalized “rules of engagement” for managing these interactions and the perceived risks to patients and the institution. Drawing from Vetlesen’s theory of the role of emotions in moral perception, I discuss these moral triggers arising not from ethical principles, but from everyday practice, and how a “moral space” within healthcare might be fostered around interactions with industry.


Bio: Dr. Quinn Grundy is a registered nurse and postdoctoral research fellow with the Bias and Research Integrity group at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Her research explores industry partnerships in health and healthcare and the implications for health information, healthcare delivery and scientific evidence. Her dissertation work, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US), was the first in-depth study of registered nurses’ interactions with medically-related industry in clinical practice. Her current research focuses on exploring academic-industry partnerships in digital health and the implications for consumer health information.


 

Racism: White, Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Perspectives

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present a four-part series on Racism: White, Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Perspectives.

The first one is "White Perspectives." How and why do the impacts of history persist? How is racism directly or indirectly manifested in our society? What are our obligations to address racism? How do we reconcile divisions created by racism? How do we directly or indirectly reinforce racism? How is racism holding Nova Scotia back?

Dr. Frances Henry
Professor Emerita, York University

Dr. Darryl Leroux – Respondent
Sociology Professor, Saint Mary’s University

Dr. Elizabeth Church – Moderator
Vice-President Academic, Mount Saint Vincent University
 

Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University
Admission is free. Reception to follow.
Watch it live at www.ccepa.ca

Save these upcoming dates:

Black Perspectives
February 24, 2016 at 7pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

Indigenous Perspectives
March 23, 2016 at 7pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

Immigrant Perspectives
April 20, 2016 at 7pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

This series is also supported by the Dalhousie University President’s Office and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Professions.
 

 

Patient's Voice - 2nd International Conference
 

"Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?"
Date: November 12-14, 2015
Location: The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC
The conference will look at the progress that has been made since the first 'Where's the Patient's Voice?' conference was held in Vancouver, Canada in 2005.

For more information, please see their website and call for abstracts, or email to get on the enquiry list to receive updates. The document will open in a separate window.
 

2016 NSHEN Workshops --  Living at Risk: Whose Choice is it Anyway?

The registration is now open for the 2016 Workshops Living at Risk: Whose Choice Is It Anyway? We will be doing these in Yarmouth on February 10 and in Sydney on March 10.

Please find attached the information brochure. All registrations must be completed online.

The links to the registration pages are here:

Yarmouth location: https://www.regonline.ca/Yarmouth2016livingatrisk

Sydney location: https://www.regonline.ca/Sydney2016livingatrisk

 


 

NSHEN Annual Conference 2015

Whose Choice Is It? Ethics and Living at Risk
Date: October 22, 2015
Location: Best Western Burnside

Individual choices to live “at risk” can test commitments to the principle of respect for choice. They often challenge us to reexamine the values that drive health policy and health care practice. This conference is dedicated to examining these choices and the contexts in which they are made from a range of perspectives within health care. It provides the opportunity for participants to reflect on living at risk and the important ethical questions that it raises about what it is to provide good care and what it is to live a good life.

Download the brochure here. (PDF will open in a separate window.)

Download the registration form here. (PDF will open in a separate window.)

There will also be a pre-conference panel about "Social Media and Professionalism"on October 21 at 7pm until 9pm. This panel is a free, public event. No registration is required and everybody is welcome.

 

 

Novel Tech Ethics - Screenings and Panels

Novel Tech Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University), in conjunction Halifax Central Library, is offering two public screenings, each followed by a moderated discussion on mental health issues.

 

Not Criminally Responsible (2012, National Film Board documentary)


Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Moderator: Connie MacIsaac, Defense Lawyer, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Mental Health Services

Synopsis: "Directed by John Kastner, this feature documentary about violence, mental illness, and the rights of victims tells the story of a troubled young man who stabbed a complete stranger 6 times in a crowded shopping mall while gripped by psychosis. Twelve years later, his victim, who miraculously survived, is terrified to learn that he’s out, living in the community under supervision. He’s applying for an absolute discharge, and if he succeeds, he’ll no longer be required to take the anti-psychotic drugs that control his mental illness. With unprecedented access to the patient, the victim, and the mental institution, the film looks at both sides of the debate and puts a human face on the complex ethical issues raised."

Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2015, National Film Board documentary)

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Halifax Central Library, 5440 Soring Garden Road, Halifax
Moderator: Grainne Neilson, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, and Staff Psychiatrist, East Coast Forensic Hospital

Synopsis: This feature documentary profiles four residents of the Brockville Mental Health Centre, a forensic psychiatric hospital for people who have committed violent crimes. Four patients—two men and two women—struggle to gain control over their lives so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them. Shrouded in stigma, institutions like this one are places into which patients disappear from public view for years. Four-time Emmy winner John Kastner was granted unprecedented access to the Brockville facility for 18 months, allowing 46 patients and 75 staff to share their experiences with stunning frankness. An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

All are welcome and admission is free.

For more information, please visit this page on the Novel Tech Ethics website; or contact Katharine Browne or Tim Krahn by email.

 

 

University of British Columbia (UBC)

UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education hosts a number of conferences about topics in Bioethics. The links on the dates below go to PDF documents with further information about each conference.

* October 15-17, 2015: "Claiming Full Citizenship: Self Determination, Personalization and Individualized Funding" - 2015 Conference.

 

 

Manhattan Bioethics Summer School - June 15 - July 18, 2015

Call for applications (PDF - 84kb)

Global Bioethics Initiative invites students and professionals to New York City, to attend its first International Bioethics Summer School which runs from June 15 through to July 18, 2015.

The early registration deadline is March 15, 2015.

Website: http://summerschool.globalbioethics.org
Email: applicants@globalbioethics.org
Contact Dr. Ana Lita by phone at 1-212-687-3324 or by fax at 1-212-661-4188.

 

Brain Matters! 5 - Arizona

Cutting Edge Neurotechnologies: Clinical and Ethical Issues

Following our successful ventures in Halifax, Montreal, Cleveland, and Vancouver, we are very pleased to announce that registration is open for Brain Matters 5 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brain Matters is a multidisciplinary conference and workshop with a diverse audience of clinicians and scholars in neuroscience, neurology, and neuroethics. The primary goal is to enable rich, productive, and collaborative exchanges to enhance understanding and improve practice.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Moreno
Dates: May 28-29, 2015
Location: Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ

For more information, check out the website and poster.

 

Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS) for the 2014-15 Academic Year

 

September 15 in B-A1 (Christy Simpson)
November 17 in G-36 (Ben Capps)
February 9 in G-36 (Conrad Fernandez)
March 9 in B-A3 (Lisbeth Nielsen)
April 13 in G-36 (Marika Warren)
May 19 in B-A3 (Jeff Kirby) - Please note: this is a Tuesday
June 15 in B-A3 (Lisbeth Nielsen) -- Moved from June 8

Please notice the date changes.

 

 

Welcome New Faculty Member: Benjamin J. Capps, PhD

 

We are delighted to welcome our newest faculty member to the Department of Bioethics.

Dr. Benjamin J. Capps comes to us from the UK, where he received his PhD in Medicine (Bioethics) from the University of Bristol. More recently, he was an Assistant Professor from 2008 until the summer of 2014 in the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

Professor Capps’ research interests include One Health, stem cell science and ethics, and neuroethics. His work investigates issues relating to the nexus between applied ethics, normative theory and legal doctrine. He is a member of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) Committee on Ethics, Law and Society; and advises the NGO think-tank Belris: Bioethics and Legal Research in Singapore. Previously he sat on the Neuroethics Working Group of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of Singapore, and the Pro-Tem National Oversight Committee for Human-Animal Combinations in Stem Cell Research (Singapore Ministry of Health).

He’s jumping right in as the Foundations Component Head, and tutor for MED I students, in Professional Competencies. Also, he will be presenting a Bioethics Works in Progress Session on November 17, 2014 where he will discuss a recent grant awarded to his team by the Singapore Ministry of Health looking at ‘One Health, Zoonotic Diseases and Pandemic Planning: Creating a Bioethics Framework in Singapore’.

We’re also very happy to welcome his partner, Ms. Lisbeth Nielsen. She’s a doctoral student in Bioethics, with Aarhus University in Denmark. Med I students will know her as one of this year’s ProComp tutors, too.
 

"Waltz with Bashir" screening - Novel Tech Ethics

Novel Tech Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University) is hosting a public screening, followed by a panel discussion of  WALTZ WITH BASHIR (2008 Oscar nominee & Golden Globe winner: Best Foreign Language Film)

  • Thurs. 23 April 2015 (7PM)
  • QEII Royal Bank Theatre, ground floor of the Halifax Infirmary (1796 Summer St. entrance).
  • Synopsis: An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
  • Issues to be discussed: post-traumatic stress disorder; trauma; memory; coping & resilience.
  • Panelists: Alon Friedman (Neuroscience); Kenneth Cooper (Psychiatry & Canadian Forces); Shannon Brownlee (Film Studies); Sarah Clift (Social & Political theory)
  • Please distribute this invitation widely. All are welcome. Admission is free. Join the Facebook page for this event or click here for the NTE website with further details
  • Download event poster

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Krahn at tim.krahn@dal.ca or 902-494-2990.

 

 

Coast to Coast (C2C) Seminar

Live from Fredericton, NB
Spring 2015 Theme:
The power of linked administrative health data for population health research: robust data and progressive data analytics
Coordinator: Ann Greenwood, Population Data BC

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 3:30pm ADT
Locations: Halifax CRC room C-206 and Saint John DMNB room 266
Webstream: http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video 

Speaker: Amanda Slaunwhite, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria
Title: Primary Health Care Utilization for Alcohol-Attributed Diseases in British Columbia

Abstract: In the past 5 years there has been a renewed focus on the importance of primary health care to reducing health inequities through regular screening and health promotion counselling that work to detect illnesses early in their development and address negative health behaviours among patient populations. The importance of primary health care to the identification of persons at risk of developing mental and physical health conditions is highly apparent in relation to alcohol consumption, which is a significant contributor to premature mortality in Canada. Previous research on health care use and alcohol consumption in BC has focused on secondary and tertiary level services that are accessed by only a small proportion of all at-risk drinkers in the province. The purpose of this project was to address this significant knowledge gap by measuring variations in general practitioner visits for alcohol-attributed diseases using physician-billing data from 2001-2011.
 

Coast to Coast (C2C) Seminar - Live from UBC

Speaker: Dr. Mieke Koehoorn, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Title: How Do I Love Data? Let Me Count the Ways… Using Linked Databases for Work and Health Research
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 3:30pm, Atlantic Daylight Time
Locations: Halifax Tupper B-A3 and Saint John DMNB 266 - Please note the change of location
Theme: The power of linked administrative health data for population health research: robust data and progressive data analytics
Coordinator: Ann Greenwood, Population Data BC

Webstreamhttp://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video

Abstract: The key focus of my program of research is the use of workers’ compensation claims data, linked to other databases, for policy-relevant research on work and health. As co-lead of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at the University of British Columbia and professor in the university's School of Population and Public Health, I will share examples of the contribution of research to informing workers' compensation policy and programs in British Columbia, Canada. Research examples include the surveillance of occupational injuries and cancers, the occupational epidemiology of cardiovascular disease among emergency workers, and the evaluation of compensation policies and procedures, including the effect of expedited surgical fees and private surgical clinics on work disability duration and the effect of faller certification on injury rates in the forestry sector. I also hold a research chair in gender, work and health and will discuss the importance of integrating sex and gender based analysis in workers’ compensation research. Finally, the talk will discuss the potential use of the linked health data for comparative research across compensation systems in Canada and with other jurisdictions.

***The final presentation in the Spring/Winter 2015 series will be:

March 31, 2015Primary Health Care Utilization Care for Alcohol-Attributed Diseases in British Columbia, Amanda Slaunwhite, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria.

 

Coast to Coast Seminars, Spring/Winter 2015 -- March 2, 2015


Theme: The power of linked administrative health data for population health research: robust data and progressive data analytics
Coordinator: Ann Greenwood, Population Data BC

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 3:30pm Atlantic Time
Locations
: Halifax CRC C223 and Saint John DMNB 105. Please note that these are not the same locations as the rest of the Spring/Winter series.
Webstream: http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video

Speakers: Reka Pataky, Health Economist and Data Lead Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC), and
Hsien Seow, Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Health Services Research, Escarpment Cancer Research Institute, McMaster University

Title: Quality and Costs of End-of-Life Cancer Care: The Effect of Homecare Nursing in Three Provinces

Abstract: Providing homecare nursing to cancer patients in the last months of life can potentially improve the quality and reduce the cost of end-of-life (EOL) care. Previous work in Ontario found a strong association between increased homecare nursing use and decreased risk of hospitalization in the last two weeks of life. The objectives of this study were to investigate whether the same relationship between homecare nursing and hospitalization exists across three Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia) for cancer patients in the last 6 months of life, and to extend the analysis to measure the relationship between homecare nursing and hospitalization costs.

In this presentation some of the study's key findings and policy implications will be described.

****

Upcoming presentations in the series are:

March 17, 2015 -- "How do I love data? Let me count the ways: Using Linked Databases for Work and Health research", Mieke Koehoorn, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

March 31, 2015 -- "Primary Health Care Utilization Care for Alcohol-Attributed Diseases in British Columbia", Amanda Slaunwhite, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria
 

 

Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network (NSHEN) Book Club

In recognition of National Health Ethics Week, the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network is hosting a discussion about the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and ethics issues at the end of life.

Bioethics Book Club: Being Mortal
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Room BA-3, Tupper Building, Dalhousie University
5850 College St., Halifax
(It's in the basement, accessed through the stairs in the hallway between the main Tupper building and the "Link".)

Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information, please see the attached poster.

 

 

Coast to Coast (C2C) Seminar - February 17, 2015

Speaker: Dr. John Spinelli, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, live from UBC
Title: The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project: Canada's Platform for Chronic Disease Prevention Research
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 3:30pm Atlantic Time
Locations: Halifax CRC room C206 and Saint John LRC room 266
Webstream: http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video

Abstract: The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is a national, long-term study that will follow over 300,000 men and women for up to 50 years. The CPTP aims to investigate environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors related to the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. This cohort study has enrolled Canadians between the ages of 35 and 69 years old from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the four Atlantic provinces. Participants have completed a baseline questionnaire and consented to future contact and linkage with administrative databases. Currently over 120,000 participants have also provided a blood and urine sample, and by 2017, samples will be collected from over 180,000 participants. The study has also collected baseline physical measurements on over 85,000 participants. The CPTP is by far the most ambitious and powerful platform ever created in Canada, and has been designed to be able to combine with other cohort studies around the world to answer questions on rare diseases or exposures. It will support novel, leading edge Canadian and international trans-disciplinary chronic disease research long into the future.

More details are available here.

About the Speaker: John Spinelli is the Head of Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. He is the principal investigator for the BC Generations Project, part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, the largest health study ever undertaken in Canada.


Upcoming presentations in the series are:

March 03, 2015: "Quality and Costs of End-of-Life Cancer Care: The Effect of Home Care Nursing in Three Provinces", Reka Pataky, Health Economist and Data Lead, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, and Hsien Seow, McMaster University

March 17, 2015: "How do I love data? Let me count the ways: Using Linked Databases for Work and Health research", Mieke Koehoorn, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

March 31, 2015: "Primary Health Care Utilization Care for Alcohol-Attributed Diseases in British Columbia", Amanda Slaunwhite, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria

 

Coast to Coast Seminar, Winter 2015

We’re continuing the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) seminar series in Medicine this term, with six research-oriented lectures scheduled for the term. This term's theme is "The power of linked administrative health data for population health research: robust data and progressive data analytics," with Ann Greenwood of Population Data BC as coordinator. The next seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 3, and information on the event is below.

Please note that the schedule is listed as "Spring 2015" in the C2C schedule on Simon Fraser University's website (it will open in a separate window).

Title: From Late Effects Research to Quality Care: The Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Program (CAYACS)
Speaker: Ms. Mary McBride, Program Leader, The Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Program (CAYACS), BC Cancer Agency
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 3:30pm Atlantic Time
Locations: (Halifax) CRC room C-206 and (Saint John) LRC room 266
Webstream:  http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video

Abstract: The goal of this research project is to generate and transfer knowledge of late effects and care of young cancer survivors to optimize survivor and care outcomes. In this presentation the following components of the project will be described: key objectives, data sources used and linked, strengths and caveats associated with data use, analytic techniques used, and policy implications and key findings.

About the Speaker:

Mary McBride's research interests include childhood and young adult cancer issues, non-ionizing radiation as a cause of cancer, and cancer registries. She is a member of the Agency's Paediatric Tumour Group, a committee member of the Cancer in Young People Surveillance Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and a member of the C17 Canadian childhood cancer research group. She has served on committees for the Ethics Office of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. She was a member of an Expert Panel for the Royal Society of Canada in a review of potential health risks of radio-frequency fields from wireless communication devices (1999), and a member of an expert Advisory Committee for a National Tower Policy Review sponsored by Industry Canada (2005).

She is a member of several professional associations, including the Children's Cancer Group (COG) (a North-America-wide clinical research group for childhood cancer), and the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (an international professional society).
 

***Upcoming presentations in the series are:***

February 17, 2015 -- "The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project: Canada's Platform for Chronic Disease Prevention Research", John Spinelli, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

March 3, 2015 -- "Quality and Costs of End-of-Life Cancer Care: The Effect of Home Care Nursing in Three Provinces", Reka Pataky, Health Economist and Data Lead, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, and Hsien Seow, McMaster University

March 17, 2015 -- "How do I love data? Let me count the ways: Using Linked Databases for Work and Health research", Mieke Koehoorn, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

March 31, 2015 -- "Primary Health Care Utilization Care for Alcohol-Attributed Diseases in British Columbia", Amanda Slaunwhite, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria

C2C (Coast to Coast) Seminars - Winter 2015

We’re going to be continuing the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) seminar series in Medicine this term, with six research-oriented lectures scheduled for the term. This term's theme is "The power of linked administrative health data for population health research: robust data and progressive data analytics," with Ann Greenwood of Population Data BC as coordinator. The first seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, and information on the event is below.

Please note that the schedule is listed as "Spring 2015" in the C2C schedule on Simon Fraser University's website (it will open in a separate window).

Title: Border Air Quality Study: Does Where You Live Affect Your Health?
Speaker: Dr. Michael Brauer, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time
: 3:30pm Atlantic Time
Locations: (Halifax) CRC room C-206 and (Saint John) LRC room 266

Abstract: The Border Air Quality Study is a cluster of research projects that was designed to support the development of an international strategy for the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound airshed. The University of British Columbia’s efforts were focused on establishing cohorts to examine the impact of air pollution on birth outcomes, the development of childhood respiratory disease and adult cardiovascular health using multiple administrative health databases linked to geospatial environmental exposure information developed by the research team. Over 40 researchers from the University of British Columbia, the University of Washington and the University of Victoria were involved in the project which was funded by Health Canada. In this presentation some of the study's key findings and policy implications will be described.

About the Speaker:

Michael Brauer joined the UBC faculty in 1991 in the Department of Medicine. He was an inaugural member of the Occupational Hygiene Program and served as Director of the School of Environmental Health from 2003-2008 and as as the Occupational and Environmental Health theme co-lead in SPPH from 2011-2014. He is currently Director of the Bridge Program, a strategic training fellowship program linking public health, engineering and policy. He also holds associate appointments in the Division of Respiratory Medicine and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC.

Dr. Brauer received bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley (1986) and a doctorate in Environmental Health from Harvard University (1990). He was a visiting scientist at the Institute of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Arhus University in Denmark (1991), at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University in The Netherlands (2000) and at the East-West Center in Hawaii, USA (2008). His research focuses on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, with specific interest in air pollution and global health, transportation-related and biomass air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia. He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a member of the Core Analytic Team for the Global Burden of Disease.

***Upcoming presentations in the series are:***

February 3, 2015 -- "From Late Effects Research to Quality Care: The Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Program (CAYACS)", Mary McBride, Program Leader, The Childhood, CAYACS, BC Cancer Agency

February 17, 2015 -- "The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project: Canada's Platform for Chronic Disease Prevention Research", John Spinelli, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

March 3, 2015 -- "Quality and Costs of End-of-Life Cancer Care: The Effect of Home Care Nursing in Three Provinces", Reka Pataky, Health Economist and Data Lead, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, and Hsien Seow, McMaster University

March 17, 2015 -- "How do I love data? Let me count the ways: Using Linked Databases for Work and Health research", Mieke Koehoorn, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

March 31, 2015 -- "Primary Health Care Utilization Care for Alcohol-Attributed Diseases in British Columbia", Amanda Slaunwhite, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria

 


 

C2C (Coast to Coast) Seminar - November 25, 2014
 

Topic: "VDJServer, an immune repertoire data management and analysis portal"
Speaker: Dr. Lindsay Cowell, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Science, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: 3:30pm Atlantic
Locations: Halifax Tupper Link G-36 and Saint John DMNB room 218

Abstract: VDJServer is a freely-available infrastructure enabling users to leverage national and international cyberinfrastructure for managing, sharing, archiving, and analyzing immune repertoire sequence data. We are collaboratively developing standards for data-sharing and software interoperability. Part of these standards are implemented in the mark-up language VDJML. These tools developed in our lab enable the creation of analysis pipelines that can be reused and shared to support scientific reproducibility.

 

 

Please join the Schulich School of Law and CBC Radio's IDEAS as we present the inaugural

Sir Graham Day Lecture in Ethics, Morality, and the Law

Assisted Dying
with Professor Peter Singer, A.C.
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
Princeton University

Is it ethical?  Should it be legal?  With legislation in front of Parliament, a permissive regime being implemented in Quebec, and the Supreme Court of Canada poised to rule in Carter v. Canada, we must confront these questions.

Join us for an evening with Peter Singer – one of the most influential moral philosophers of our time.  Through such books as Animal Liberation, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, Singer has challenged us to think deeply about issues ranging from animal rights, abortion, assisted dying, and the moral obligation to act to end extreme poverty.

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Room 105, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave., Halifax
Take a look at the poster here [PDF - .98KB].

C2C (Coast to Coast) Seminar October 28, 2014

Live from Los Alamos, NM

Coast to Coast Seminar Fall 2014 Theme: Deep Sequencing Antibody and T-cell Receptor Repertoires for the Study of Infectious and Autoimmune Disease, and Development of Vaccines and Therapeutics
Coordinator: Dr. Felix Breden, Simon Fraser University
 

Topic: Recombinant Renewable Polyclonal Antibodies
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Bradbury, Group Leader, Advanced Measurement Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Date: October 28, 2014
Time: 3:30pm ADT
Location: Halifax Tupper Link room G-36 and Saint John DMNB room 218

About the Speaker:
Dr. Andrew Bradbury was trained in medicine at the universities of Oxford and London, and subsequently practiced medicine for five years in the UK. He received his Ph.D. (Cambridge University) in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology under the guidance of Dr. Cesar Milstein. After his Ph.D. he spent ten years in Italy: three years as a post doc in the CNR Institute of neurobiology, Rome, Italy; and seven years in Trieste, where he was first visiting professor, and subsequently tenured as assistant professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste, Italy). He has been a staff member at Los Alamos National Lab since July 1999.

He has worked in the field of phage display and antibody engineering for fifteen years, and has helped organize over thirty international congresses and practical courses in this field, both in Europe and the US. He has published over eighty peer reviewed articles, including a number of reviews and commentaries on phage display and antibody engineering, and has 12 filed patents/invention disclosures. He is one of the founder members of “The Antibody Society”, and is on the editorial board of three journals.

Dr. Bradbury's research interests include the application of phage antibody display methods to the study and treatment of human disease and the development of affinity reagents based on fluorescent proteins which he believes will become the affinity reagents of choice for high throughput biology.

Dr. Bradbury's research is funded in part by the New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling Center, one of the NIGMS-funded National Centers for Systems Biology.

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Upcoming presentation in the series:
November 25: Dr. Lindsay Cowell, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Science, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
 

NSHEN Annual Conference
"Risky Business: Ethics of Risk in Health Care"
 

NSHEN's fall conference will be held on October 22 and 23, 2014, at the Best Western in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The theme for this year will be "Risky Business: Ethics of Risk in Health Care."

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Peter Vaughan, Deputy Minister of Health & Wellness.

There's a poster for the event, here [PDF - 473KB, will open in a separate window].

For registration or more information, please see NSHEN's registration webpage. This also opens in a new window.

NSHEN is now on Twitter. Why not follow us @NSHEN1 ?

 

 

Coast to Coast Seminar Fall 2014

Theme: Deep Sequencing Antibody and T-cell Receptor Repertoires for the Study of Infectious and Autoimmune Disease, and Development of Vaccines and Therapeutics
Coordinator: Dr. Felix Breden, Simon Fraser University


Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Room: Halifax Tupper Theatre A / SJ room 266
Speaker: Jacob Glanville, Chief Science Officer, Distributed Bio, Seattle, WA
Title: The Potential for NGS Databases of Antibody Repertoires for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Abstract: In the past five years, high throughput immune repertoire sequencing has gone from a novel technique to a ubiquitous assay in immunology, bioengineering and diagnostics discovery. Although the method has given rise to numerous companies and has become increasingly commoditized, its users continue to grapple with the challenge of identifying best applications, best analytical practices, and creating models that fruitfully capture the fundamental diversity structure of the data under investigation. In this seminar I'll introduce our mission of commoditizing routine interpretation of complex repertoire datasets, and review some of what we consider to be the most and least productive uses of repertoire sequencing that have emerged.

About the Speaker: Jacob Glanville did his undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, with an emphasis in Genetics, Genomics and Development. He performed research in two academic laboratories that specialized in quantitative biology. In Dr. Glenys Thomson's HLA Population Genetics laboratory, Jacob designed HLA allele drift simulators, and developed equivalency metrics across HLA typing protocols of various resolutions. In Dr. Sjolander's Berkeley Phylogenomics Group, Jacob published an automated webserver pipeline for phylogenomic functional analysis of proteins. In March 2008, Jacob was recruited to become Principal Scientist at Pfizer's Rinat research facility, where he developed novel computational immunology methods for characterizing and optimizing functions of the adaptive immune system. His published research emphasizes the sequence, structure and functional analysis of antibody repertoires for characterizing genetic variation in patient populations, optimizing phage display libraries based on profiles of natural selection, and engineering monoclonal antibody biologic medicines. Jacob joined as the Scientific Director of Distributed Bio in April 2012.

Upcoming presentations in the series are:
October 28: Dr Andrew Bradbury, Group Leader, Advanced Measurement Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory
November 25: Dr Jamie Scott, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Immunity, Simon Fraser University
 

"Who Cares? Cultivating Compassion for Social Progress"

...is a week-long series of events brought to you by Dalhousie University's Segelberg Dialogues in Faith and Public Policy, L'Arche, the Dalhousie Multifaith Centre, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, and the Waves of Compassion Association.

Public Lecture: Conflict and the Compassionate City: The Creation of Restorative Spaces
Speaker: Paul Hutchinson, Mediator, Northern Ireland
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 7pm
Location: Scotiabank Theatre, Saint Mary's University
Admission is free, with reception to follow
Watch it live at www.ccepa.ca

Everyday Ethics Panel Discussion: Who Cares? Cultivating Compassion for Social Progress
Panel: Danny Graham, Paul Hutchinson, Sarah MacLaren
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: noon - 1:30pm
Location: CCEPA Boardroom, Atlantic School of Theology, 630 Franklyn Street
To register, contact admin@ccepa.ca

Public Lecture: The Strong and the Fragile: The Unexpected Gift of Vulnerability
Speaker: Ian Brown, The Globe and Mail
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 7pm
Location: Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School
Free admission - donations appreciated - reception to follow
Watch it live at www.ccepa.ca

In Whose Backyard?

On Tuesday, October 7th at 5:30 PM, the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (ENRICH) and the Nova Scotia Public Interest Group (NSPIRG) are hosting an evening to discuss environmental racism in Nova Scotia. Environmental racism is the disproportionate location of toxic industries and other environmental hazards close to racially marginalized communities compared to other communities. This is a systemic form of oppression and discrimination happening in our own backyard.The event will bring together community leaders, community-based agencies, students, policymakers, academics and media to discuss and strategize against environmental racism in Nova Scotia.  

The event will begin with a traditional opening to honour the unceeded Mi’kmaw territory the event will be hosted on.

After a film screening of the documentary film "In Whose Backyard?" keynote speakers Suzanne Patles (Elsipogtog) and James Desmond (Lincolnville) will give an overview of their experiences organizing against environmental racism in the Province.

Breakout groups hosted by local experts in law, policy, health, education, media and community organizing will discuss next steps and strategies for supporting community members in their efforts to have toxic industries and other environmental hazards in racially marginalized communities removed, cleaned up or re-located.

The event will also include performances by spoken word artist and Halifax Poet Laureate El Jones and the Ujoma Cultural Diversity Drummers (lead by Dr. Henry Bishop).

The event is based on a project that is being conducted through the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and has already opened up a dialogue on environmental racism among academic researchers, community-based agencies, government, students and affected communities. This study is not intended to remain within the academic realm. On October 7th, the School of Nursing, ENRICH and NSPIRG invite students and community members from around the Province to hear the stories and help shape the dialogue of environmental racism.

Our hope is that the event sparks organizing and mobilizing efforts in Nova Scotia against environmental racism.

ENRICH is a collaborative community-based project investigating the health effects of toxic industries near to Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. This study is ongoing but plans to move beyond the academic realm in order to put findings into action. We hope that you can contribute to a strategy that enables this to happen.

NSPIRG is an organization dedicated to developing and supporting campaigns and actions that address social or environmental inequalities, promote critical awareness, and foster social change.

Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: McInnes Rm, 2nd floor, Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue
Cost: Free!
Food: Free food provided by the Loaded Ladle
Event Facebook Page
ENRICH Project Website
NSPIRG Website
 

Film Screening & Discussion

Strategies of Hope

A collaborative documentary by the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre's Acquired Brain Injury Program and Ariella Pahlke

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Bethune Ballroom, Bethune Building, VG Hospital
              (1276 South Park Street, Halifax)

This is a free event. Refreshments will be served.

Strategies of Hope is a 25-minute documentary, featuring patients, staff, and family at the NS Rehab Centre's Acquired Brain Injury Program. Participants collaborated with a filmmaker and worked with a variety of art forms to explore the impact of a stroke or brain injury and to share strategies for recovery.
 

Presented by our friends at:
* Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
* Humanities-HEALS Program
* Capital Health
* QRII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
* Robert Pope Foundation
* Centre for Art Tapes
* Novel Tech Ethics
* The Royal Society of Canada

Stories of Peace and Reconciliation

Paul Hutchinson is the former Centre Director of Corrymeela (August 2009 - December 2013), a Peace and Reconciliation Centre in BAllycastle, Northern Ireland. He was in Halifax, and speaking at a number of events on campus, at the end of January. Please see our Peace and Reconciliation page for more information.

Job Talks and Simulated Teaching Sessions

We are pleased to welcome four scholars who presented their "job talks" and "simulated teaching sessions" as part of the interview process during the month of January. For more information, see the schedule page.

Global Health Journal Club

The Department of Bioethics is pleased to take part in the Global Health Office’s Global Health Journal Club. Dr. Lynette Reid will be the facilitator for the meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2013. The topic is “Cuts to refugee health care: bridging professional ethics and policy choices.” For more information, see the Global Health Events page (page will open in a new window) or our Journal Club page.

Events with Visiting Scholars  

The Department of Bioethics is pleased to welcome Dr. Angus Dawson to Halifax. He is meeting with medical students for lunch and a talk on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in classroom 3H1 of the Tupper building. He will also be meeting with faculty, with the Novel Tech Ethics group, and with the Centre of Vaccinology.

Along with the IWK's Pediatric Palliative Care Service, the Department of Bioethics is pleased to co-host Drs. Mary Ellen Macdonald and Franco Carnevale as visiting scholars on October 10 and 11, 2013. See more information about the events at the IWK [PDF - 177 KB] and here at Dalhousie [PDF - 173 KB].