February 10, 2008
CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) Computer Simulation is a powerful tool used by many computer scientists and engineers to simulate complicated physical systems and design new technologies. This powerful technique is currently employed by the UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Center (MAGIC) in their ArtiSynth Project.
ArtiSynth is a 3D Biomechanical Modeling Toolkit that allows computer scientists, engineers and even regular doctors to make complicated mathematical predictions of the human body. By combining rigid-body skeletal components as well as 3D finite element soft-body objects, the program allows its users to model the complex biomechanical interactions that occurs between the rigid bones and the soft muscles of the human body.
Though it is still in its development phase, ArtiSynth is already used in many medical research projects including the OPAL Project.
Using ArtiSynth, researchers have constructed a 3D computer model of the human pharyngeal and laryngeal complex. This model can be used to measure internal forces and neuromotor activation levels of the muscles around the oralpharangeal area and determine the effects of muscle damage and paralysis (due to surgery or stroke) on swallowing and speech.
The ArtiSynth Project
January 26, 2008
You are invited to attend the 4th Annual Student Biotechnology Network Career Expo & Conference. This would be good networking opportunity for those undergraduates looking for a career in the sciences outside of generic laboratory work.
Date: Wed. February 13, 2008
Time: 4:45-9:00 PM
Location: Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouve, B.C.
The Student Biotechnology Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides an autonomous forum for students to discuss and explore interests and opportunities relating to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The network brings together students from a diverse range of departments and professional schools relating to biotechnology, including the life sciences, engineering, commerce, law and the arts. The network represents the interests of its student members to the university and to those groups in the community that will determine the future of biotechnology in this region.
The Career Expo and Conference offers a mix of both educational seminars and exposure to over 75 industry representatives from 25 participating organizations. Throughout the event, students will be able to visit booths from local and international biotech companies, government organizations and academic institutions.
For more information and to register please visit the SBN website.
April 1, 2007
You are invited to attend an insightful discussion by one of today’s leaders in genomics, Dr. Eric Green.This event is free of charge, presented by Genome BC.
Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Location: Science World at Telus World of Science
1455 Quebec Street
About the Speaker:
Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D. is the Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, a position he has held since 2002. In addition, he serves as Chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch (since 1996) and Director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (since 1997).
Dr. Green received his B.S. degree in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in 1987. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Green’s research program has been at the forefront of efforts to map, sequence, and understand eukaryotic genomes. His work included significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project. More recently, Dr. Green established a program in comparative genomics that involves the generation and comparative analyses of sequences from targeted genomic regions in multiple evolutionarily diverse species. His laboratory has directly utilized its own mapping and sequence data to identify and characterize several human disease genes, including those implicated in certain forms of hereditary deafness, vascular disease, and inherited peripheral neuropathy.
For more information and to register for this event, visit the GenomeBC website.
March 18, 2007
Canada Health Infoway is an organization launched in 2001 to implement an interoperable EHR across 50 per cent of Canada (by population) by the end of 2009.
Here are a few updates:
For more information, please visit: http://www.infoway-inforoute.ca/
March 3, 2007
March 10, 8:00am – 2:30pm
Join CKNW’s Dr. Art Hister’s House Calls live from UBC’s free public forum and province-wide webcast where researchers will explore and discuss what’s new in the fight against diabetes and its cardiovascular complications.
This event will be held at the Life Sciences Centre, Theatre 2 – 2350 Health Sciences Mall. More information can be found at www.med.ubc.ca/research/events.
February 23, 2007
Some of you might remember a posting from last November about how artificial heart pumps can be used to rejuvenate dying hearts. It turns out that the only person in Canada and one of very few people in the world to have recovered heart function after needing two simultaneous heart pumps to keep her heart pumping is a UBC student, Marrie!
Read her story