Curious about your B vitamin levels? UBC Vitamin B6 Study


Vitamin B

Purpose of this study: The goal of this study is to assess the frequency of vitamin B6 deficiency in older adult women in Metro Vancouver.

Who can participate? Women who are- 1) Aged 51-70 years 2) Healthy- not suffering from chronic or gastrointestinal disease 3) Not taking vitamin B6 interacting medications or recreational drugs (does not include nutritional supplement, hormonal contraceptives or menopausal therapy) What is involved? A single ~1.5 hour long visit during which participants will complete 2 questionnaires and provide a fasting blood sample.

We will inform you about your blood B-vitamin levels and your dietary intake after study completion.

When does this study take place? Appointments are held on weekday mornings between 8 am and 10 am. Where does this study take place/location? (1) UBC Food, Nutrition and Health building (2205 East Mall) (2) Child and Family Research Institute (950 West 28th Avenue).

Principal Investigator: Dr Yvonne Lamers, PhD Assistant Professor – UBC Department of Food, Nutrition & Health, Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Vitamin Metabolism

If you are interested in this study, please contact:

Jennifer Ho, BSc

Study Coordinator



Trial – Removal of August Blackout for Doctoral Defences


To enable us to better accommodate the increasing demand for summer doctoral examinations, we will be removing the August oral defence blackout on a trial basis for 2016. The success of this trial will depend upon faculty members in all departments being as generous with their time, both as examiners and as chairs, during the summer session as they are at other times of the year.

Updated doctoral examination deadlines that take into account the possibility of an August oral defence are now posted on our website. We encourage you to share these with your students and faculty members who may be considering summer examinations.

Coordinating the schedules of the examiners required for a doctoral examination can prove especially challenging in the summer months. We strongly advise that students aiming for summer defences discuss this possibility with their supervisory committee members well in advance.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this change, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards,


Jenn Fletcher

Doctoral Exams Coordinator | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 822 3989 | Fax 604 822 5802

201 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2

Learning Centre’s do-it-yourself tech series


The LFS Learning Centre’s new “DIY Tech Series” focuses on do-it-yourself media & technology tools. Workshops are open to anyone in the LFS community: undergrads, grad students, staff & faculty.

All events are held in the Learning Centre’s Media Lab, MCML 266, on Tuesdays from 12pm-1pm.

  • January 26th Intro to Copyright
  • February 2nd Basics of Audio Editing
  • February 9th Basics of Photo Editing
  • February 23rd Basics of Video Editing

More events will be announced later in the term.

To RSVP, please visit: Additionally, there will be drop-in DIY media support in the Learning Centre from 10am-12pm Tuesday mornings.

Questions? Contact

Duncan McHugh
Digital Media Specialist
The Learning Centre

t: 604.376.1139

UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Suite 268, 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Recruiting Participants for B-Vitamin Study


UBC B-Vitamin Study Seeking Female Participants (19-45 years)

Researchers at the Food, Nutrition and Health department at UBC are conducting a study to determine B vitamins and iron status in women (19-45 years old).

You may be eligible to participate if you are:
1. Healthy woman (19-45 years)
2. Of European OR Chinese ethnicity
3. Not pregnant or breastfeeding
4. Not taking supplement containing vitamin B2 within the past 4 months

During the clinic visit (one visit): You will spend a maximum of 2 hours to complete 3 questionnaires, provide a fasting blood sample, and have your blood pressure measured (Free breakfast).

A gift card will be given as a thank-you for your participation!


1- UBC Food Nutrition and Health Building, 2205 East Mall, Vancouver.

2- Child and Family Research Institute 938 W 28th AveVancouver


Please contact us for further information at:

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Abeer Aljaadi
PhD. student, Human Nutrition
University of British Columbia
Child and Family Research Institute

LFS – Graduate Student Conference





Hi everyone! I hope you all had lovely weekend’s, I know I did. Just a couple of reminders for everyone:

ABSTRACTS ARE DUE IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, and this is OPEN TO POST DOCS AND UNDERGRADS as well, so long as they are being supervised in some part by LFS faculty.

The 3rd annual Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference is currently accepting abstracts for our one-day conference on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. This conference will include a plenary address, and both poster and oral presentations with associated competitions with cash awards.

All graduate students within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems are eligible to present any part of their research. Whether you are preparing to defend, or are just getting started and would like to give a proposal presentation, the floor is yours!

Participation in this event is an ideal way to hone your presentation skills in an open academic environment, prepare for other conferences, and add to your CV. Come share your research alongside other graduate students in our diverse faculty with professors and students from across campus.

More information on this conference, as well as Abstract Submission and Conference Registration information, is available online at

Abstracts are due by midnight on Sunday, February 7th at midnight.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council