Fall 2013 Global Health Conference

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Building on the success of our “Spring 2013 Global Health Conference“, the UBC chapter of UAEM is proud to present the “Fall 2013 Global Health Conference”. The conference will both re-address issues presented in our previous conference, as well as introduce new information, events, and opportunities to both educate and promote action towards solving the access to medicines issue and global health crisis in general. The conference will consist of several presentations and a panel, involving speakers both new and returning, student-led presentations showcasing the work students are doing to address the issues surrounding global health, and an open space forum, where thoughts and ideas brought forth by the presentations are discussed among peers and guided towards fruition. The conference keynote will be presented by Dr. Kishor Wasan of the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative. The conference will take place on Saturday September 28th, 2013 and will be held at Fred Kaiser 2020. As the conference falls in line with the start of the student work term, it is an excellent way for students to get involved with UAEM and global health in general.

You may register on our Ticketleap page. The pricing for a ticket is FREE! Please let us know if you have any trouble registering.

EDIT: The schedule for the conference has been changed!

Our schedule is as follows:

10:30-11:00: Registration

11:00-11:35: Opening Talk: Introduction to UAEM (Sonja Babovic, UAEM Coordinating Committee)

11:35-11:50: Break

11:50-12:50: Communicating Global Health (Peter Klein, Director of UBC School of Journalism)

12:50-1:50: Lunch

1:50-2:45: Panel: Research and the policies that influence the equitable dissemination of the resulting medical technologies (Dr. Tobias Kollmann of UBC’s Global Pediatric Infectious Disease Training Program, Angus Livingstone of UBC University-Industry Liaison Office, Others)

2:45-3:30: Peer Presentations

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-4:45: Open Spaces

4:30-5:30: Advocating Medical Equality (Bryan Collinsworth, Director of UAEM International)

5:30-5:45: Break

5:45-6:45: Innovating for Health Transformation for the Poor (Dr. Kishor Wasan of the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative)

6:45-7:00: Closing Remarks

7:00-8:30: Social at the Global Lounge.

We also have the great honor of having the following speakers and panellists present:

Sonja Babovic (B.Sc. Honors, PhD Candidate)

Sonja completed an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UBC, and is now pursuing a PhD in stem cell biology.  She has been an active member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines for five years, and this is her third year on UAEM’s North American coordinating committee.  As a scientist in training, Sonja is committed to ensuring that biomedical research carried out by universities achieves its maximum global impact, and believes that access to fruits of this research should be based on need and not income.

Peter W. Klein (MS, B.A. Honors)

Peter Klein, the Founding Director of the International Reporting Program and Director of the School of Journalism, is a three-time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker. Since 1999 he has also served as a producer for the CBS News program 60 Minutes, where he has reported on everything  from the Iraq War to the AIDS crisis in India to the search for Joseph Kony in central Africa. In 1994, he was one of the founding producers of New York Times Television, a pioneering organization that paved the way for small-format video- journalism, and he served as a video-journalist in Bosnia, Haiti and throughout the United States, producing long-form documentaries for programs such as ABC News Nightline. At CBS, he helped create I-Witness, an 18-hour documentary series that employed video-journalists spending months in the field covering a single topic. He was also the Creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated History Channel (US) investigative series Beyond Top Secret. Klein has written for US publications including The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor, and worked as a public radio reporter. He Journalism Fellow at the Carter Center, and has numerous awards including two Association of Healthcare Journalists Awards, the Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association David Bloom Award, the Sigma Chi Delta Award, eleven Emmy nominations and was a Livingston Award finalist. Klein holds an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.Angus Livingstone (B.Sc.)Angus Livingstone is Managing Director of the University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at The University of British Columbia (UBC).  He is the President of the University’s wholly owned subsidiary, UBC Research Enterprises Inc.Angus graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1983. In 1988, he joined the UILO where he has held various positions relating to industry sponsored research, technology transfer, and the management of UILO operations. He has played a founding role in The Centre for Drug Research and Development, entrepreneurship@UBC, ACCT Canada (Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology), and Flintbox™.  Angus is currently the Project Lead for Genome Canada/BC funded GREAT project aimed at providing entrepreneurial training to genome researchers.Angus serves on numerous boards including CDRD Ventures Inc., Webnames.CA, Inc., Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc., UBC Research Enterprises, Inc. and NeuroDevNet NCE. He is currently a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society.The UILO provides Knowledge Mobilization, Industry Engagement and Entrepreneurship support to the research community at UBC.  UBC consistently ranks among the top ten North American universities for its patenting and commercialization activities. UBC currently has over 350 active licenses or assignments with companies around the world and has actively supported the creation of over 153 spin-off companies.

Dr. Hongshen Ma (B.A.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D.)

Hongshen Ma received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2001. He received his master’s degree from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004; Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 2007; and postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at MIT from 2007 to 2008.
Hongshen Ma is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. His research focuses on the development of microfluidic devices used to process and analyze blood cells with application in cancer and global health. He is specifically interested in the areas of malaria, red cell biomechanics, transfusion medicine, and circulating tumor cells. His research is funded through grants from NSERC, CIHR, Genome BC, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation.

Bryan Collinsworth (B.A.)

Bryan has been the Executive Director of UAEM since January 2011, facilitating successful student campaigns for global access to life-saving university medical research. Bryan has a background in advocacy, organizing, and policy. As the national student coordinator for STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) in 2006, he mobilized student activism against global human rights violations. He subsequently served as Press Secretary for U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum, the founder of the Congressional Global Health Caucus. Most recently, Bryan ran advocacy campaigns and new media initiatives in New York City on issues of economic justice and government and corporate accountability. Bryan studied politics and history at Sarah Lawrence College, from which he holds a B.A., and UCLA.

Dr. Kishor Wasan (R. Ph., Ph. D, FAAPS, FCAHS)

Dr. Kishor Wasan is Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies in Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wasan was named CIHR/iCo Therapeutics Research Chair in Drug Delivery for Neglected Global Diseases since April 2009.

His research work with UBC-Neglected Global Diseases specializes in drug development and drug delivery. Through his current research projects, Dr. Wasan has developed an oral drug delivery system of Amphotericin B to address challenges associated with existing formulations in treating visceral leishmaniasis in developing countries.

We hope to see you there!

3 responses to “Fall 2013 Global Health Conference

  1. If you are interested in leading one of our student presentations, please send us an email, message us on Facebook or Twitter, or leave a reply right here! Thanks!

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