Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Consortium and the BC History of Nursing Society. In the immediate post-WWII Years, the treatment of caesarean sections solidified and became entrenched in medical and social discourses. Canadian mothers and medical professionals embarked on a quarter-of-a-century consideration of how reduction of risk in c-sections could contribute to positive outcomes. This case study looks at the operation as it occurred at St. Paul’s Hospital, exploring social, technological, and professional changes in the operation through the lens of a large, urban, tertiary care facility to expose a shift to increased comfort with the operation. By examining medical records and prevailing medical and social discourses of the era, Sally Mennill traces this shift beyond the early-twentieth-century era of extreme caution with regard to surgical birth. Specifically, caesarean deliveries continued to take place in cases when the fetus had to be removed to prevent imminent death, but it was also relied upon increasingly in scenarios where the threat of death was not the primary determining factor. By the end of the 1960s, caesarean section had become an option even when existing records suggest that danger was not clear cut.

About the speaker:
Sally received her BA in History and Canadian Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2000, and her MA in Canadian Studies from Trent University in 2005. Her PhD, exploring caesarean sections in post-WWII British Columbia, is from UBC’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (2012). Sally has been teaching at Douglas College since 2007, first as contract faculty and now as probationary regular faculty.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Life Sciences Institute at UBC. This talk – “Drugs, Diet and Genes. Personal Approaches to Treat Diabetes and Obesity” is about the link between obesity and diabetes, current treatment options for type 2 diabetes and how genetics and personalized medicine will inform better treatments in the near future.

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs. In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community.


Timothy Kieffer, PhD
Group Leader and Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Depts of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and Surgery
Canadian Diabetes Association Scholar
Insulin – The good, the bad and the complicated
Jim Johnson
Associate Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Do these genes make me fat?
Susanne Clee
Assistant Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
New drugs in diabetes
Tom Elliott, MD
Medical Director, bcdiabetes.ca
Associate Professor of Medicine, UBC
Diabetes management – How do I do what my doctor asked me to do?
Gerri Klein, RN, MSN
Certified Diabetes Educator, bcdiabetes.ca


Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC

therms 2From the Vancouver Sun Article:

Parents fear health effects, despite lack of hard evidence of medical risks

The debate about whether wireless technology in schools poses a health hazard is gaining steam, says the president of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC).

Health Canada insists there is no convincing evidence that exposure to low-level radio frequency energy from Wi-Fi poses a health hazard,


Ilan Vertinsky explores the ways China interprets its international obligations to support the rights of its people to health and affordable basic medicines. He will discuss the various policies introduced to achieve the affordable medicine objectives and examine their effectiveness. He will then examine the apparent conflict between these objectives and China’s obligations under the World Trade Organization agreement, Trade-Related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to protect intellectual property and explore the extent to which China utilizes available TRIPS flexibilities. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector explaining the dynamics of coordinated compliance in the supply of affordable medicines.


Ilan Vertinsky is Professor at the Institute for Asian Research, the Institute of Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Sauder School of Business. A common focus of his research to date has been the intersection of uncertainty, resilience, and environmental discontinuities. His research interests include Decision Theory and Corporate Strategy, Resource and Forest Management, International Business and the Pacific Rim, Political Evaluation of Policy.

Select Articles Available at UBC Library

Park, I. Vertinsky and Lee, Korean International Joint Ventures (Accepted January 2012); How the Exchange Climate Affects Tacit Knowledge Transfer from Foreign Parents,  Marketing International Review. [Link]

I. Vertinsky, O. Branzei and M. Nakamura (January 2011), Learning in collaborative R&D When Multinationality Matters, Asian Business and Management Journal, 10, 9-36. [Link]

UBC Research Guides

Institute for Asian Research

Global Health

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Vancouver Institute Lecture Series.  Dr. Jerome Groopman is the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He is author of The Measure of Our Days; Second Opinions; Anatomy of Hope; the New York Times best seller, How Doctors Think; and the recently released Your Medical Mind.  Dr. Pamela Hartzband is a member of the faculty at the Harvard Medical School and the Division of Endocrinology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a noted endocrinologist and educator specializing in disorders of the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands and women’s health. She is regularly featured among America’s Best Doctors. She has authored articles in the New England Journal of Medicine on the impact of electronic records, uniform practice guidelines, monetary incentives, and the Internet on the culture of clinical care.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC

Groopman, Jerome E. (2013). How Doctors Think. Boston: Houghton Miflin. [Link]

Groopman, Jerome. (2012). Sex and the Superbug. The New Yorker. 88(30). p. 26. [Link]

Hartzband, Pamela; Groopman, Jerome. (2012). There is More to Life Than Death. The New England Journal of Medicine. 367(11). pp. 985-987. [Link]

Hartzband, Pamela; Groopman, Jerome. (2012). The New Language of Medicine. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 119(2, Part 1). pp. 269-270. [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides

Health Statistics & Data

Medicine (General)

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College’s Population Health lecture series.  Health is a societal resource to be produced in everyday life based on the (unequally distributed) resources people have individually and collectively available. In regard to such resources, economic and social forms of capital have been studied extensively, whereas the effects of cultural capital are much less well understood. Using examples from an ongoing health survey in Switzerland, Thomas Abel will argue that particularly in societies with comprehensive social security systems in place, people’s cultural capital may occupy a central role in the production of health. He will present examples of measures of cultural and social capital currently tested in an ongoing health survey in Switzerland and address questions on measurement and/or issues on theoretical-conceptual challenges around cultural capital and health. Thomas Abel is a visiting Professor at UBC Vancouver. He joined UBC in March and will continue his research until October 31st, 2012. Thomas is a Medical Sociologist and Full Professor for Health Research at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Bern, Switzerland (http://www.ispm.ch ). In Bern he is chair of the division of Social and Behavioural Health Research. Applying a structure-agency perspective, Thomas Abel’s major research program addresses issues of social stratification and inequalities in health and health behaviours.

Map of population trends of native and invasive species of jellyfish by LME.

Jellyfish are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, according to the first global study of jellyfish abundance by University of British Columbia researchers.

In a study published in this month’s edition of the journal Hydrobiologia, UBC scientists examined data for numerous species of jellyfish for 45 of the world’s 66 Large Marine Ecosystems. They found increasing jellyfish populations in 62 per cent of the regions analyzed, including East Asia, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, the Northeast U.S. Shelf, Hawaii, and Antarctica.

“There has been anecdotal evidence that jellyfish were on the rise in recent decades, but there hasn’t been a global study that gathered together all the existing data until now,” says Lucas Brotz, a PhD student with the Sea Around Us Project at UBC and lead author of the study.

To read the rest of this article, click the link provided here: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/04/18/jellyfish-on-the-rise-ubc-study/.

You can read now the full report in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository in the Fisheries Centre Research Reports collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/37052. And take a moment browse through this growing collection found at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/41821.

Did you know?

Three members of UBC’s Fisheries Centre won the UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award in 2012 for The Sea Around Us portal. To find out who they were and to learn more about this award for new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge, visit the Scholarly Communications @ UBC website at: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/events-awards/award/.

Above partial excerpt in italics and image are courtesy of the UBC Public Affairs website at The University of British Columbia.


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