Hospital catches BlackBerry fever

October 29, 2006


Trillium Health Centre (Mississauga, Ontario) has started using BlackBerries and doctors, nurses pharmacists and the like, love how convenient and effective it can be. This is great news and hopefully our local hospitals in Vancouver will also adopt this technology! Inevitably, they have also lifted the cell phone ban in the hospital.

“Everybody here has a BlackBerry. And I don’t think you’ll find anybody here who hasn’t adopted it and who doesn’t think it’s made us better.”

Toronto Star


Can your vein pattern replace passwords, signatures and photo IDs?

October 26, 2006

A small medical supply company called Luminetx employing 45 people has developed a high-tech biometric identification tool that uses a person’s vein pattern to perfectly identify individuals. This method could replace photo ID’s, passwords, signatures and keys.

Biometrics is the use of a person’s unique physical characteristics or traits to identify them.

Read more…

Science Career Expo: Hear from Alumni working at some of the well known , cutting edge centres

October 25, 2006

Wednesday, November 1
5:30 – 8:00
Visit for more details and how to register

If you’re interested in computational biology, don’t miss this panel!

Scott Zuyderduyn BSc (Hon.) ’99 (Biology & Chemistry), PhD Candidate, BC Cancer Research

Scott graduated from UBC in 1999 with a B.Sc.(Hon.) in Biology & Chemistry. He worked at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre as a computational biologist for a year and half, and then took up management responsibility for a division of staff involved in gene expression bioinformatics. He returned to UBC as a PhD student in January, 2004. Scott is currently undertaking graduate study at the BC Cancer Research Centre, jointly with its Dept. of Cancer Genetics and the UBC Dept. of Biochemistry. His research focuses on finding computational approaches to identify genetic factors that influence response to chemotherapy.

National Geographic: The Incredible Human Body

October 22, 2006

Originally broadcast on PBS, this science documentary from National Geographic investigates the miraculous machine that is the human body. Learn about the body’s extraordinary capabilities through personal stories coupled with in-depth scientific explorations. Technological breakthroughs are shown concerning surgery, brain development, conception, and more. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

A great video to tie in what we saw in Body Worlds 3. Running time is 56:02 minutes so get that popcorn ready!

Meet Gordon & Harry: first computerized patient simulators @ UBC

October 19, 2006

The UBC School of Nursing has recently purchased two SimMan™s! These life-sized computerized patient simulators breathe, talk, and have a pulse and blood pressure.

“The mannequin is almost creepy in its lifelike qualities: it can moan, wheeze and simulate vomiting; has interchangeable male and female genitalia for catheterization training; an airway system that can mimic complications such as tongue swelling or spasm of the larynx; and pliable skin for injection practice.”

Read more…

Remaking American Medicine … Healthcare for the 21st Century

October 15, 2006

PBS is currently airing a series called Remaking American Medicine … Healthcare for the 21st Century. This series “examines critical health care issues facing Americans today including patient safety, medical and medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, family-centered care and effective management of chronic disease. Rather than assign blame for the failings in health care, REMAKING AMERICAN MEDICINE offers solutions by showcasing the stories of individuals and institutions who are working to ensure better health care for everyone.”

The show airs on PBS every Sunday at 2am, 4pm or Tuesday at 4am. Thanks Jack for letting us know about this!

Bioinformatics Workshop and Science World info

October 6, 2006


I hope everyone got an Evite in their e-mail about the Bioinformatics Workshop. If not, you can check out the invitation here.

We are also planning a social event at Science World to attend the Body Worlds 3 exhibit! We want to know many people are interested in joining us, so we know many tickets to purchase (discount student group rate is $15 with minimum of 15 people) and make appropriate plans. The two dates we have in mind are Thursday October 19 or Friday October 20 (with Omnimax Film and Audio Tours). We will e-mail everyone the official date, hopefully by October 16. Please use this Evite link to let us know your availability.