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HIV/AIDS researcher lauded for leadership on harm reduction and work on HIV, public health and addiction

BMJ Group, publisher of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), has recognized UBC Clinical Assoc. Prof. Evan Wood with its first annual Junior Doctor of the Year honour. Wood, a lead researcher at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), was selected from more than 100 nominations from Britain, Sudan, Iraq, Australia and Brazil for his research in and contribution to HIV, public health, illicit drug policy and addiction.
As co-director of the BC-CfE’s Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI), Wood has early in his career established himself as a leading international authority on evidence-based approaches to addressing HIV among drug-addicted populations.  Wood obtained his PhD in epidemiology studying the HIV epidemic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and authored more than 200 publications before the age of 30, including groundbreaking articles in medical journals such as BMJ, the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Wood helped establish the UHRI and has received the Peter Lougheed Award as Canada’s top-ranked new investigator by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is one of the founding principal investigators of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s only supervised injecting facility. His scientific and peer-reviewed evaluations of Insite have demonstrated that the program reduces overdose deaths, lowers HIV transmission rates, and increases uptake into addiction treatment.  He now serves on the editorial boards of a host of infectious disease and addiction journals and is the associate editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

For more information, visit http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/viewMediaRelease.php?id=29&sid=36&nid=90&year=2010

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UBC prof named first Fellow of International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade

The International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) has announced that Prof. Emeritus Anthony Scott is the first recipient of the IIFET Fellow Award established in 2009 to honour substantial, long-term, ongoing contributions to the advancement and development of economic theory and analysis in the areas of fisheries, aquaculture and/or seafood trade through research, teaching, and influence upon policy.
Scott will give a plenary address at the IIFET 2010 Montpellier conference on July 13-16 in Montpellier, France.
For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/iifet/

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UBC chemical engineer receives the pulp and paper industry’s highest honour

UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering Prof. Emeritus Richard Kerekes has received the 2010 Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. It is the most prestigious annual award offered by TAPPI—the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries—and carries a cash prize valued at over US $60,000.

The award recognizes an individual who has created a pre-eminent scientific and engineering achievement that has proven of commercial benefit to the world’s pulp, paper, board and forest products industries.

For more information visit: www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2010/mar8.html

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TRIUMF receives five-year federal support

TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics located on UBC campus, has received support from the Government of Canada in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2010, providing $222 million over the next five years.  This investment will enable the laboratory to make discoveries and develop new technologies in nuclear medicine and fundamental physics. 

TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of the following Canadian universities, via a contribution through the National Research Council Canada: University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Carleton University, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, McMaster University, Université de Montréal, Queen’s University, University of Regina, Simon Fraser University, Saint Mary’s University, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, York University.

For more information, visit http://www.triumf.ca/headlines/-director/proposed-implementation-for-triumf-five-year-plan

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Applied Science Celebrate Research Week Events

UBC Applied Science will continue to host Celebrate Research week events where experts from architecture, engineering and nursing will be on hand to share their knowledge.

Making a difference in our world—graduate student poster session
Date: March 11
Time: 12 – 6 p.m.
Place: Kaiser Building Atrium, 2332 Main Mall

About marijuana and teens…
Date: March 11
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Juliet’s Café, 1905 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver

Inkjet printing – from document printing to tissue engineering…
Date: March 12
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Place: 2030- 2332 Main Mall, Kaiser Building

GO! A Temporary Gallery for Permanent Change…
Date: March 12
Time: 5 – 10 p.m.
Place: Yue Shan Courtyard, 39 East Pender St. and Market Alley
Info: http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/celebrateresearch

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