UBC Innovators in the Dissemination of Research – Showcase and Exchange

Speaker: Prof. Anne-Marie Nicol on Wash With Care

Description:

Wash With Care is a community-based, collaborative research project aimed at raising awareness about pesticide safety in farming communities in BC’s Lower Mainland. The project uses a series of Public Service Announcement videos to communicate information about how to safely launder pesticide-contaminated clothing. Because the primary audience for this information is Punjabi-speaking women, the videos feature a specially-choreographed bhangra dance and well-known Punjabi actors to disseminate their message.

Speaker Bio:

Assistant Professor, UBC School of Environmental Health

 

Speaker: Dr. Paul Evans on Asia Pacific Memo

Description:

The Institute has been running an experiment with a twice-weekly e-publication that aims to make sophisticated academic research widely accessible (www.asiapacificmemo.ca). It includes short text version and video interviews.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Paul Evans is the Director of the Institute of Asian Research and Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues

 

Speaker: Dr. Rosie Redfield on Open Science and her own Open Science blog RRResearch

Archived Presentation available here

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Redfield is a Professor in the Department of Zoology and heads the Redfield Lab.

 

Speaker: Dr. Erin Michalak on Stigma and Biopolar Disorder: Moving Knowledge to Action

Archived Presentation available here

Description:

Professor Michalak will describe her novel knowledge translation strategy involving the use of drama to share information about mental illness stigma with people with BD and their clinicians.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Erin Michalak is an Assistant Professor in the Mood Disorders Centre in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of British Columbia and the Crestbd team leader.

 

Speaker: Dr. Harry Brumer on Cazypedia

Archived Presentation available here

Description:

Dr. Harry Brumer will discuss the development of his community-driven resource to assemble a comprehensive encyclopedia “CAZymes,” the carbohydrate-active enzymes and binding proteins involved in the synthesis and degradation of complex carbohydrates.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Harry Brumer is a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Chemistry at UBC and holds a partial appointment as Professor in the School of Biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Speaker: Dr. Wyeth W. Wasserman and Dimas Yusuf on Transcription Factor Encyclopedia (TFe) ) – Winner of the 2011 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award

Archived Presentation available here

Description:

The Transcription Factor Encyclopedia (TFe), is an online open access encyclopedia that houses more than 800 articles about transcription factor genes. Transcription factors are a special class of genes that control when genes are turned on or off. They are critical to learning how to use embryonic stem cells for the treatment of human disease. The TFe, which is a wiki-based software system, encourages experts to create short summaries of the known information about each transcription factor. The summaries are comprised of text, 3D models, and word clouds.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Wasserman is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia and Senior Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Child and Family Research Institute.

Dimas Yusuf is a third-year UBC Medical Student.