Where errors can be fatal, lab works out the kinks

January 30, 2008

Hospital-based centre puts medical devices to the test through simulations with real doctors and nurses

The Globe and Mail featured an article in December, 2007 highlighting the work of University Health Network’s Healthcare Human Factors Group, specifically their two-year collaboration with Smiths Medical to develop a user-friendly “smart” pump-infusion system.

The UHN is an umbrella institution comprised of three hospitals -Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret. Its Human Factors Group is housed in a new $6-million facility, began operating less than three years ago and has quickly become what is believed to be the world’s largest hospital-based human-factors research centre.  Human factors analysis, also called ergonomics or usability testing, is the term describing the linkage between a technology and its ease of operation.

They saw a video of professional nurses who fumbled when asked to change the medication and the dosage on a machine.  They pressed several buttons on the infusion pump but nothing started the change procedure.  Then they were called away by an emergency alarm when they returned to the (simulated) patient, they could not remember where they were in the process.

Smith Medical saw the video and they were mortified.  This led to an extensive two-year collaboration between the company and the UHN centre to develop a user-friendly “smart” pump-infusion system.

Read this article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071204.wsrinnotesting04/BNStory/Technology/

Comments on this group’s work or other new medical devices?


MedFusion@Work on March 27

March 14, 2007

Dr. Wyeth Wasserman – Tuesday, Mar 27, 1pm-2:30pm

MedFusion@Work is a series of career shadowing events that will give a small group of students an opportunity to spend 1-2 hours with a researcher in a medical informatics field. If you are interested in computational biology research, this is your opportunity to meet Dr. Wasserman and find out more about his work environment, academic background and daily activities. In addition, you may also get a tour of his lab and department.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please e-mail us at info@ubcmedfusion.com so we can register you!

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VanBUG Event: The UniProt Protein Knowledgebase

March 6, 2007

Date/Time: March 8, 2007, 6:00pm
Speaker: Amos Bairoch
Title: The UniProt Protein Knowledgebase: trends and challenges
Affiliation: Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

You are invited to meet with Dr. Bairoch individually or as a group
(e.g. a lab visit), on Thursday, March 8 or Friday, March 9.
Individual meetings can be set up at at the UBC Bioinformatics Centre,
but it is also possible to schedule meetings for Dr. Bairoch at other
labs on the main UBC campus or off campus.

Student Speaker:
Siddhartha Srivastava
D-GRIP: A genotype analysis system to predict genetic risk
profile for an individual.

VanBUG Event: Computational Genome Sequence Analysis

January 17, 2007

Date/Time: February 7, 2007, 6:00pm
Speaker: Sean Eddy
Affiliation: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Student Speaker: Ryan MorinLocation: BC Cancer Research Centre Lecture Theatre , 675 West 10th


Don’t miss this event! What is Bioinformatics? with Dr. Joanne Fox

November 15, 2006

MedFusion Lecture Series

Event Title: What is Bioinformatics?
Guest Speaker: Dr. Joanne Fox

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Talk 12-12:50pm
with Q&A to follow
Michael Smith Laboratories – Room 101

One day, you’ll be able to walk into your doctor’s office with your genome on a chip and ask, “Tell me what I’ve got, doc!”. In her seminar, Dr. Fox will give a personal view of what it’s like being involved in bioinformatics research. She’ll tell you how she got involved in bioinformatics and how you can combine your interests in computers and biology in this cutting edge field of research. Download poster

November 9, 2006: Bioinformatics Talk

November 6, 2006

This week, we will be attending another VanBUG Bioinformatics talk: Building with Bases – Computational Design of RNAs at the BC Cancer Research Centre. If you have an interest in the field of bioinformatics and would like to attend this event with us, please email rsvp (at) ubcmedfusion (dot) com and include Bioinformatics talk in the subject line.

Where: BC Cancer Research Centre, BC Cancer Research Centre Lecture Theatre , 675 West 10th Avenue
When: Thursday, November 9, 6:00pm

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 www.escience.ubc.ca/careerexpo 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.