April 2018

14 proposals receive strategic investment funding

April 23, 2018

We were very pleased to receive 29 proposals for the second Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) call. It was a tough competition with so many excellent proposals. Following detailed review, the advisory group recommended 14 proposals to the Dean for funding, for a total allocation of $1.2M. This brings the total amount allocated through the SIF in 2017/18 to $2.3M (note: three projects were funded out of the 2018/19 SIF budget).

We congratulate the following successful applicants!

Education-related Projects

Cellular and Physiological Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Lab

Lead: Edwin Moore, Interim Head, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences

Summary: Equip a modern human physiology laboratory suitable for undergraduate teaching to enable parallel capture of multiple biological variables in real time with extensive visualization and analysis capabilities. This equipment, in new laboratories, will also allow the department to add a Majors option.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E1

Enhancing Practical Pharmacology Skills through Computer Simulation

Lead: Andrew Horne, Senior Instructor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics

Summary: Enhance training in pharmacology through increased exposure to experimental analysis and data collection with computer simulations and an augmented "wet lab" curriculum, both of which will afford students a more well-rounded educational experience to better prepare them for careers in science and industry. Additional benefits include increasing student enrollment by leveraging this technology to facilitate a minors program, and reducing reliance on animals for undergraduate students to learn required techniques.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: E1 / Secondary: E2

Developing an Interdisciplinary Umbrella Program for Graduate Student Training in Maternal and Child Health

Lead: Allison Eddy, Head, Department of Pediatrics

Summary: Improve and expand graduate student learning opportunities in maternal and child health by enabling the creation of an umbrella graduate program.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: E1 / Secondary: E2

Note: This project is funded out of the 2018/19 SIF budget.

Professionalism across the Continuum – Education and Remediation

Lead: Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism

Summary: Bring together faculty from multiple health disciplines to develop an interprofessional professionalism curriculum, in collaboration with UBC Health. The curriculum will include a competency framework and remediation guidelines, will enable creation of relationships and alignment of health professionals through protected time in interprofessional cohorts, and will cross the continuum of learning, including pre-licensure, practice-based learning, continuing professional development, and faculty development. The resulting curriculum will ensure our learners and faculty meet the highest standards of professionalism.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: E2 / Secondary: E4

Program for Excellence in Telerehabilitation Education and Research

Lead: Alex Scott, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Summary: Create an initiative for excellence in telerehabilitation education and research to serve as a platform for distance rehabilitation training and clinician support, and facilitate research and networking by building on areas of strength within the FoM. The initiative will allow HP students (PT, OT, SLP, AUD) to develop competence in delivering telehealth, and facilitate development of research teams to study the delivery, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of telerehabilitation for chronic disease populations.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: E4E1 / Secondary: R1

Clinical Practice Placement Transformation in Family Practice - Phase 1

Lead: Christie Newton, Associate Professor; Interim Co-Head, Department of Family Practice

Summary: Identify and recommend new clinical placement models for family practice, which can be piloted in phase 2, to advance the ultimate goal of transforming the practice placement system in a way that addresses critical issues of sustainability, engagement, and capacity of BC's community-based primary care preceptors.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: E4O4 / Secondary: P3O1

Note: This project is funded out of the 2018/19 SIF budget.

Understanding the Learning Environment with FoM Graduate Students

Lead: Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, UGME

Summary: Identify ways to improve the learning experience of the FoM's 1600 graduate learners by adapting and deploying the Health Education Learning Environment Survey to better understand the concerns and issues embedded within their learning environment and analysing the results.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E5

Research-related Projects

A Cross-Campus Platform for Excellence in Metabolomics

Lead: Wyeth Wasserman, Executive Director, BCCHRI; Associate Dean, Research; Senior Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics

Summary: Build our excellence in metabolomics collectively at UBC by uniting metabolomics expertise across multiple sites: BCCHRI Analytical Core for Metabolomics and Nutrition (ACMaN), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The project is focused on increasing accessibility to tools and resources for metabolomics for biomedical researchers.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: R2 / Secondary: R5

Tissue and Disease Modelling Core Service Expansion

Lead: Francis Lynn, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery; BCCHRI

Summary: Double the capacity of the Tissue and Disease Modelling Core by adding equipment and personnel in order to enable researchers across the FoM to access powerful induced pluripotent cell (iPSC) and genome editing technology, so they can determine the biological mechanisms of disease in patients, and use disease models built from patient cells to inform diagnosis and therapeutic strategies at all hospital sites within the FoM.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: R2R1R4 / Secondary: E3

Child-Sized Knowledge Translation

Lead: Shazhan Amed, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, BCCH; BCCHRI

Summary: Develop a robust interactive knowledge translation platform that will enable meaningful and sustainable engagement of children, youth, and their families, as well as practitioners and decision-makers in child health research in BC. This will provide capacity, training, and support for patient engagement in identifying research priorities, planning studies, disseminating knowledge, and applying evidence for optimal health care of children and youth, all while catalyzing active collaboration among researchers, patients, and healthcare practitioners.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: R3R2 / Secondary: R1P1P4

Clinical Research Development Laboratory

Lead: Soren Gantt, Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Director, Clinical Research, BCCHRI

Summary: Foster the next generation of clinician-scientists with the competencies to conduct research to provide personalized and precision medicine. By establishing a clinical research development laboratory at the Oak Street Campus that enables our clinical faculty members to engage in research inspired by the needs of their patients, this initiative will strengthen the FoM's capacity for patient-oriented research and have an immediate impact on patient health and clinical practice.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)R3

Combining Single Cell Transcriptomics and Proteomics to Maintain UBC's Dominant Position in Genomics Research

Lead: Fabio Rossi, Professor, Department of Medical Genetics; Biomedical Research Centre

Summary: Create a service for FoM and UBC researchers to allow for cutting-edge research in the single cell genomics field, which will help maintain UBC's dominance in genomics and open novel paths to the implementation of precision medicine. The service will make available a library of reagents enabling the concomitant determination of transcriptomes and surface proteomes on thousands of single cells.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)R4R2R1R5

Note: This project is funded out of the 2018/19 SIF budget.

Organization-related Projects

Family Practice Leadership Development Initiative – Needs Assessment

Lead: Mark MacKenzie, Director, Family Medicine Postgraduate Program

Summary: Enable the Family Practice Residency Program to better understand the challenges experienced by program leaders that restrict their effectiveness and efficiency in their roles. That understanding will allow for development of recommended interventions, which may prompt a subsequent project application.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: O5 / Secondary: E5

Partnership-related Projects

Creating Tools for a Sustainable Clinical Faculty Mentoring Program

Lead: Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism

Summary: Expand and ensure sustainability of the Clinical Faculty Mentoring Program, the goal of which is to enhance clinical faculty connections and to support the career goals of clinical faculty by providing a formal mentoring program that recognizes and supports them.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): Primary: P1P3 / Secondary: O1O5