December 2017

10 proposals receive strategic investment funding

December 14, 2017

We were very pleased to receive 34 proposals for the first Strategic Investment Fund call. It was a tough competition with so many excellent proposals. Following detailed review, the advisory group recommended 10 proposals to the Dean for funding, for a total allocation of $1.1M.

We congratulate the following successful applicants!

Education-related Projects

Strengthening Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduates' Candidacy for Employment and Graduate Study Positions

Lead: Leonard Foster, Head, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Summary: Strengthen our students' candidacy for employment and for graduate study positions by integrating new technology and equipment to biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory courses.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E1R2

The Hive – An Interdisciplinary Maker Space for Anatomy Excellence

Lead: Claudia Krebs, Professor of Teaching, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences

Summary: Promote competency-based anatomy learning for all health professional programs at UBC (Medicine, Dentistry, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Nursing…) by creating an anatomy learning space that seamlessly integrates traditional and technologically advanced learning methods. The physical space will allow for experiential learning and be a natural extension of the online and virtual environment.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E2E1E5R5P5

Interprofessional Certificate in Primary Health Care

Lead: Susan Forwell, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Summary: Develop a UBC FoM online interprofessional certificate in primary health care in order to support health care professionals in applying and thriving within team-based primary care practice in their local communities.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E3E1

Physical Therapy Entry Level Modules

Lead: Sue Murphy, Head, Department of Physical Therapy

Summary: Develop a suite of 30 short interactive online modules which will focus on the most commonly used PT techniques for objective evaluation and assessment of clients in the core areas of practice. These interactive, self-directed learning modules will be aimed at entry-level clinical practice based on milestones identified in the new essential competency profile for PTs in Canada. The purpose of these modules is to help current students, clinical faculty, and internationally educated PTs prepare for obtaining or maintaining licensure, and thereby maximize the number of licensed physical therapists in BC.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E3E5

Healer's Art

Lead: Janette McMillan, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, MD Undergraduate Program

Summary: Support medical students in building resiliency, professionalism, and empathy through the MD program by building capacity of faculty to implement the Healer's Art Curriculum, a proven method of preparing students for the rigours of the clinical years of their undergraduate program. The program has been found to be effective in creating a firm foundation for meeting the challenging demands of contemporary medical training and practice.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)E5O5

Research-related Projects

Educational Neuroscience and Healthy Child Development Research: Interdisciplinarity to Improve Child Health and Well-being Outcomes

Lead: Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health

Summary: Improve the systems that determine healthy child development, most notably the health and education systems, through building capacity for unique, cutting-edge applied research that brings together investigators across multiple disciplines. Work will focus on applied research that engages and enhances the effectiveness of professionals and communities, creating new training opportunities for emerging scholars, using UBC’s extensive child development data, and mobilizing knowledge created.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)R1E1R3O5P2P3

Family Practice Primary Care Innovation Support Unit

Lead: Morgan Price, Interim co-Head, Department of Family Practice

Summary: Develop a Primary Care Innovation Support Unit (ISU) to build on existing relationships and develop a collaborative community with BC team-based care initiatives to share knowledge and evidence, and to work with two active team-based care projects to embed scholarship and iterative evaluation into those projects. The ISU will act as a provincial resource to collate and mobilize knowledge in the community and support the integration of applied research with partners who are developing new models for team-based care and assist in the iterative evaluation of these projects.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)R2P3P4E4P1

Increasing Availability of scRNA-seq Capabilities

Lead: T. Michael Underhill, Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences

Summary: Enhance research capacity in multiple fields by increasing the availability of a research core that enables development and dissemination of new analytical tools for single cell (sc) RNA-seq. This involves optimizing current methods and infrastructure, transferring newly developed bioinformatics tools to a highly accessible bioinformatics platform, reducing the barriers to scRNA-seq experiments, and developing and implementing new applications utilizing these technologies.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)R2

Organization-related Projects

Physician Wellness Pilot

Lead: Geoffrey Cundiff, Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Summary: Build capacity to prevent and address physician burnout by designing a comprehensive Physician Wellness pilot program as a collaborative effort between UBC FoM and local Health Authorities that is proven to be effective in this environment and scalable to a provincial workforce.

Strategic Plan Objective(s)O5O1P3P1P4E1E5R1

Partnership-related Projects

Improving Patient Outcomes in BC's Indigenous Communities: Assessing Local Needs through Dialogue, Engagement, and Community Partnerships

Lead: Jim Christenson, Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC; Executive Lead, BC Emergency Medicine Network

Summary: Understand emergency care needs and priorities across BC's Indigenous communities through appropriate partnership development and culturally-informed approaches to dialogue, so as to identify opportunities where collaboration with the Emergency Medicine Network and its partners can improve patient care to reduce inequities in Indigenous health care and outcomes.

Strategic Plan Objective(s): P2, P1, P3, R2, R3, E2