A special service will be held in celebration of the life of Prof. J. Keith Brimacombe at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Mark's College Chapel, 5935 Iona Dr. (at the corner of Wesbrook Mall and Chancellor Blvd.).

Brimacombe was serving as president and chief executive officer of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) when he died suddenly Dec. 16. He was 54.

A professor of Metals and Materials Engineering, Brimacombe was the former director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering. He joined UBC in 1970.

The Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe Scholarship Fund has been established in his memory. Donations can be made to the fund care of the Toronto Dominion Bank, 2105 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6M 1Z7.

UBC's School of Nursing is hosting the fourth international, multidisciplinary Qualitative Health Research Conference Feb. 19-21.

Conference organizers aim to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of qualitative health research methods among new and emerging leaders in the field in order to enhance current understandings of health, health care and health-related research. Keynote speakers from Canada, the U.S. and Australia will touch on topics ranging from feminist research to women and HIV.

Information on the conference can be found on the Internet at

A new lab designed specifically for occupational therapy research has opened in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

The Margaret Hood Occupational Therapy Research Lab, named for the first head of the Division of Occupational Therapy, is the first designated research space available since the division was established in 1961.

The facility will be shared by occupational therapy researchers. Health-care needs of immigrants and refugees, adaptation at home following stroke, and arthritis management, including pain medication choice, are some of the issues being studied at the lab.

The lab was created by re-allocating space within the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Renovations were made possible through funding from the Arthritis Society (B.C./Yukon Division).