News & Honours


Dr Tracy Pressey Awarded Killam Teaching Prize
April 23, 2019The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.  This, along with the many other teaching awards that Dr Pressey has received, is a tangible expression of the high regard in which she is held for her teaching contributions. Read More >


Dr. Nicole Racette Obituary
April 15, 2019Colleagues, I am saddened to tell you of the passing of our colleague, Dr. Nicole Racette. Nicole entered the department’s fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and was subsequently recruited to the department, as an Instructor in the Division of REI in 1995.  She then joined Genesis Fertility Centre, where she practiced until 2008, […] Read More >


Fourth Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium – May 31, 2019
March 29, 2019The Fourth Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. The Symposium is being hosted by the Women’s Health Research Institute and will be an opportunity to showcase some of the amazing women’s health research taking place in BC and beyond. This year’s focus […] Read More >


DA Boyes Memorial Research Award
March 11, 2019We received 8 applications for the DA Boyes Memorial Research award for Trainees. The Awards Committee reviewed the applications and as per the terms of reference for the award “Applications addressing questions encountered by trainees and others in front-line practice, and projects that will be primarily executed by trainees” were prioritized. The Committee felt that the trainee applications were all interesting and several […] Read More >


Marianne Vidler – Nominated for YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction for 2019
March 11, 2019Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. For those of you who don’t know Marianne she is the Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention and Treatment (PRE-EMPT) Research Program Manager, Faculty of Medicine at UBC and Acting Program Manager of […] Read More >


2018 Staff Service Award Recipients
February 5, 2019We are happy to announce the recipients of the 2018 Staff Service Awards: CUPE 2950 – Natalie Twohey Non Union Technician – Ellen Zhu M&P – Michelle Woo Non UBC – Kerrie Glover Congratulations to all award winners and thanks to all of you who put the time and effort into the nomination packages this year.  […] Read More >


Congratulations to Alex Beristain, Gillian Hanley and Regina Renner on their CIHR project grants!
February 4, 2019Three of our department members were successful in obtaining CIHR Project Grant funding from the fall 2018 competition cycle. Alexander G Beristain for his project “Cellular dynamics at the maternal-placental interface” – a five year project to examine the effects of obesity in altering the cell make-up of the fetal-maternal environment in early human pregnancy. Gillian […] Read More >


The Fred Bryans Leadership Development Program
January 28, 2019The Department ran its first cohort of the Leadership Development Program in 2018.  We received funding from the Faculty of Medicine to run a wellness initiative for one year and the Leadership Program was part of that.  We have now been lucky enough to have the support of Jane Bryans through an education initiative through […] Read More >


Predicting mortality in pregnant women in the ICU – CIPHER model cited as the best tool to use
December 11, 2018The CIPHER collaboration brought together researchers from 13 countries around the world to tackle the problem of identifying risk of death or severe morbidity for critically ill pregnant women. Traditional models, such as APACHE, used in the ICU vastly overestimate risk for women due to the unique physiology of pregnancy. This leads to unnecessary stress […] Read More >


Dr. Jennifer Hutcheon awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Population Health.
December 10, 2018Dr. Jennifer Hutcheon, an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, was recently awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. Her program of research “Using ‘Big Data’ to Improve the Health of Mothers and Their Babies” aims to identify pregnancies at risk and to understand impacts of maternity care policies with the ultimate […] Read More >