The sixth annual Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum took place on the afternoon of January 28, 2016 at the Granville Island Hotel. It attracted 54 participants (clinicians, researchers and trainees) from across our Department.
We were very fortunate to have Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, open the Forum and present the first Keynote Address. Dr Kelleher provided historical insights on the evolution of the evidence on treatments for Hepatitis C and outlined future treatment needs including the need for a Hepatitis C vaccine.
Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and the Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV-related diseases and Cancer, presented the second Keynote Address. She described the WHO Global Health Sector Strategy on sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which has the goal to end STI epidemics as major public health concerns by 2030. Dr. Ogilvie also presented results from her research on the HPV vaccine and alternate vaccination schedules which are changing HPV vaccine programs around the world.
Between the two Keynote Addresses, eight faculty members presented research highlighting the diverse and vibrant clinical research agenda that our Department pursues.
- OVCARE Research: Big and Small – David Huntsman, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG, Professor, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology
- Interdisciplinary management of chronic pelvic pain: a pilot study – Paul Yong, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties
- Is birth weight discordance a good predictor of adverse perinatal outcomes? – Ken Lim, MD, FRCSC, Clinical Associate Professor, Division Head, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Does data drive models of maternal health care in high income countries? – Dorothy Shaw, MBChB, FRCSC, FRCOG, Clinical Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Vice President, Medical Affairs, BC Women’s Hospital
- Setting a gold-standard for molecular classification and biomarker validation across ovarian carcinomas – Michael Anglesio, PhD, Research Associate, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Temporal trends in obstetric trauma and surgery for pelvic organ prolapse: age-period-cohort analysis – Sarka Lisonkova, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
- A biological mechanism for the increased risk of stillbirth with advancing gestational age – Dan Rurak, MSc, DPhil, Professor Emeritus/Emerita, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Using DNA methylation profiling to clarify the developmental origins of extraembryonic tissues – Wendy Robinson, PhD, Professor, Medical Genetics
During the afternoon break attendees had the opportunity to view the poster “Maternal obesity drives functional alterations in uterine NK cells” and Dr. Alexander Beristain was available to answer questions.
Our presenters inspired attendees and generated interesting dialogue.