Building the Future – Faculty of Medicine Showcase & Reception

With a total of nine exhibitors, as well as some appropriately healthy food and drinks to go with our Healthy Challenge for the day, most guests took an hour to get through the showcase and the feedback was wonderful. There was a lot of praise for the enthusiasm and knowledge of the students and residents who participated in the exhibits, and for the opportunity to connect with faculty members.We received over 80 visitors which were varied and included over 30 medicine alumni, and a number of UBC staff, students, donors, community members and friends of UBC.

Thank you to all our exhibitors and visitors!

For more information about each showcase item, click below:

Photo Credit: Umberto Salvagnin

The health of honey bees has been declining over the past decade, with Canadian beekeepers losing more than a quarter of their colonies each winter since 2006-07. We often replace these colonies by purchasing bees and queens from offshore but we cannot rely on these sources because of the risk of importing new diseases or invasive strains of honey bees (such as the Africanized 'killer' bee).

The team of researchers at the Beeomics project will improve the health of Canadian honey bees by developing new genomic and proteomic tools that will enable beekeepers to rapidly and cost-effectively breed healthy, disease-resistant, productive bee colonies that are better able to survive our harsh Canadian winters

Visit their website to find out more -

Why cycle? It’s a fun sport, great for fitness, and an economical and environmentally-friendly mode of transport.

Credit: Martin De

Good for you...
• Increase your level of fitness
• Reduce your risk of chronic diseases
• Save time and your sanity during rush hour traffic!

Good For Your Wallet...
• Bicycles require no insurance, no licensing, no breakdown recovery services, and above all, no gas bills
• A good bicycle needs at most about $100-worth of maintenance a year - less if you do a bit yourself.
• A good bicycle will last for years, if not decades.
• A bicycle can be parked just about anywhere, so no more expensive parking costs.

Good For Your World...
• Many bicycles can be parked in the same space taken up by one car.
• To make a bicycle requires only a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car.
• Bicycles produce no pollution and are quiet
• Bicycles don't generally cause harm to others

Learn more at

Results from the Showcase day research:
Air pollution information at event courtesy of Professor Mike Brauer, SPPH

Work at the NINET (the Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies) Laboratory at UBC focuses on alleviating the suffering of those afflicted with severe forms of mental disorders through the discovery of brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of depression. They believe making knowledge accessible to the public is a powerful tool to enhance health and well-being in our communities.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness, and approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives, with 1% experiencing bipolar disorder (or ‘manic depression’).

Join us to discover the TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) machine – it uses an infrared camera to see into the brain allowing for the highly concentrated, focalized, pulsating magnetic fields to target specific areas of brain tissue - neurons within the targeted area will begin communicating with other connected neurons, ultimately causing pathways in the brain to activate and strengthen. Cool, eh?!

Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, MD, MedRes’10, FRCPC, Assistant Professor. Director, Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies Laboratory and Schizophrenia Program, Department of Psychiatry, UBC.

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Modern medicine exists in part thanks to the many organ donors who have allowed doctors and scientists to learn from the parts they left behind or donated.

Join Helen Dyck, MSc'95, Curator and Manager at the David F. Hardwick Pathology Learning Centre, to explore heart and lung specimens in plexiglas cases and find out how the study of these organs enable education for physicians and future generations.

Meet Dr. Paul Hanson from the Cardiovascular Tissue Registry who will be on-site to facilitate a hands-on experience of heart disease - you'll get to see and hold human hearts and learn about the associated diseases. Get all of your questions answered and learn how tissue donation is training the next generation of doctors, and empowering research at the university and beyond.

Think pathology is passé? Discover what could be the future of organ replacement with specimens of 3D bio-printed human tissue. Be dazzled by the data behind it and re-visit what you think you know about the human body!

Note: Due to the nature of this exhibit it will be held in a separate room just off the lobby.

UBC Faculty of Medicine's Department of Radiology

The UBC Department of Radiology is the only academic Radiology Department in the province. It provides extensive teaching to medical students, radiology and nuclear medicine residents, radiology fellows, as well as residents in other specialties. Research mentoring and infrastructure is also provided, all in an atmosphere that is pure West Coast

The team look forward to welcoming you at the Faculty of Medicine Showcase and Reception to give you the opportunity to learn how to perform an ultrasound guided needle biopsy!

Visit our site at to learn not only of our outstanding programs and services and the breadth of activities available in and around Vancouver, but also of the tremendous accomplishments of our Faculty, Fellows, Residents and staff.

Join Dr. Shazhan Amed, SCOPE Team Lead; Pediatric Endocrinologist - BC Children's Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC, and Population Health Researcher; and Susan Pinkney, SCOPE Project Manager, for some fun activities and to better understand the SCOPE initiative.

This may shock you: one in three Canadian children today is overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer. As a result for the first time in history, the current generation of children may live shorter lives than their parents. Up until now, treatments haven’t worked. It is important that together, we prevent this from happening.

Live 5-2-1-0 is an evidence-based simple, easy-to-remember message to help kids and families adopt healthy habits. We know that a consistent message that is supported by a healthy community environment is important. By working together with communities, Live 5-2-1-0 helps build partnerships and opportunities to create healthy environments. Live 5-2-1-0 provides four simple guidelines for raising healthy children:

5 - Enjoy five or more vegetables and fruits every day
2 - Limit screen time to no more than two hours a day
1 - Play actively for at least one hour a day
0 - Drink zero sugary drinks

The Holographic Brain Project, an app designed by Dr. Claudia Krebs, Parker Holman, PhD candidate in neuroscience and Dr. Tamara Bodnar, postdoctoral fellow, in collaboration with Microsoft, is allowing students to see the brain in a way they never have before. The app allows the overlay of two-dimensional MRI scans on correlating sections of the brain which when used with Microsoft's new mixed reality technology - the HoloLens - allows people to virtually explore the brain - highlighting, isolating, expanding and rotating its many structures. Come dive deeper into neuroanatomy and come see for yourself the brain's three-dimensional structure like you've never seen it before.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Christina Salvatori, MBA’15, Associate Director Alumni Engagement, at


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