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Jul. 31, 2003

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UBC holds first aboriginal forestry camp

UBC is holding a First Nations summer camp to demystify the role
of natural resource managers and professional foresters.

The Summer Forestry Camp for First Nations Youth, from August 4-10,
2003, is an initiative of the Faculty of Forestry and is a first
among Canadian professional forestry schools. Twenty-five First
Nations youth in grades eight and nine have been selected from across
B.C. to attend.

Students will spend three days at the Point Grey campus, where
they will be introduced to UBC campus life and the study of forestry
and natural resources at the Forest Sciences Centre. The second
half of the camp will take participants to UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research
Forest in Maple Ridge, where they will learn about the practical
application of math and science in forestry and natural resource

The camp is sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation, the Council
of Forest Industries, the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and
Women’s Services and UBC Faculty of Forestry’s First Nations Forestry

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Participants wanted for study on pregnancy and
antidepressant medication

UBC researchers are looking for volunteers to form three study
groups: healthy pregnant women, pregnant women who are taking an
antidepressant, and women who have chosen not to take medication
for depression during their pregnancy. The study will examine how
much medication a mother passes on to her baby, infant behaviour
and maternal mood.

Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics Tim Oberlander, who is leading the study,
is a practicing developmental pediatrician and child health researcher.
The research will take place at Centre for Community Child Health,
located at the BC Centre for Children’s & Women’s Health.

For more information, contact Victoria Nethercot, study co-ordinator
at 604-875-2000, ext. 6992, or visit the Web site at www.cw.bc.ca/prenatalhealth/default.asp.

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UBC health researchers rank first in CIHR funding

UBC health researchers have received almost $10.7 million in funding
over six years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
putting UBC first among top-funded Canadian universities in this
recent competition for research dollars.

Award recipients include: Anthony Chow who will support research
trainees in infectious diseases; Elliott Goldner whose training
program will build capacity in mental health and addictions services;
Lorraine Greaves who will train in the areas of gender, women and
addiction; Peter Leung who will lead an interdisciplinary women’s
reproductive health research training program; Ross MacGillivray
who will focus on training researchers in transfusion science; and
Peter Pare who will lead the Integrated and Mentored Pulmonary and
Cardiovascular Training (IMPACT) program.

The awards are part of a $54 million federal investment to support
33 research projects that will train future health researchers through
the Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research.

For further information, visit www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.