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Developing a signature for traumatic brain injury

Developing a signature for traumatic brain injury

Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul is on a mission to develop signatures of concussion that that might alert athletes to risks of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases later in life and allow for preventive intervention.  She was interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen, read the interview at http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/football/cfl/ubc-researchers-seek-2m-for-ground-breaking-brain-injury-study Dr. Virji-Babul is also investigating whether rest is best for healing […]

Dr. Lara Boyd at TEDx Vancouver 2015

Dr. Lara Boyd at TEDx Vancouver 2015

Watch “building the brain you want”

Fall graduation

Fall graduation

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates

Janice Eng’s stroke research featured

Janice Eng’s stroke research featured

Read about Dr. Eng’s research program that is already having an impact on people around the world

Linda Li, The 2015 Association of Rheumatology Health Professional Distinguished Scholar

Linda Li, The 2015 Association of Rheumatology Health Professional Distinguished Scholar

Associate Professor Linda Li was selected for this year’s Association of Rheumatology Health Professional Distinguished Scholar Award

Teresa Liu-Ambrose on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks

Teresa Liu-Ambrose on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks

Teresa Liu-Ambrose was interviewed by Bob McDonald for his show, scheduled to air October 31 on CBC Radio.

Yoga and Sport: The Neuroscience of Holistic Health

Yoga and Sport: The Neuroscience of Holistic Health

The Brain Behaviour lab members put Knowledge translation into action at Telus World of Science

Brigitte Raudzus Award established to honour the memory of PT alum

Brigitte Raudzus Award established to honour the memory of PT alum

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Brigitte Raudzus (UBC BSc Rehab 1966) on September 2. Born in Munich, Germany, Brigitte immigrated to Canada with her family in 1958. She graduated from Delbrook High School in North Vancouver and she went on to fulfil her dream of becoming a physiotherapist when she completed […]

Upcoming presentation: Therapy in China: lessons of a UBC grad

Upcoming presentation: Therapy in China: lessons of a UBC grad

Come listen and participate in the discussion and be inspired yourself! Video connections will be made to several locations in the Province.

Students excited about placements in southern India

Students excited about placements in southern India

It’s official, our flights are booked and we are going to India! We are four VERY excited second year MPT students at UBC: Mary-Anne Levson, Rachelle MacDonald, Kate Shaw, and Matt Redekopp. In mid-February, we are completing our 2B placement with Samuha Overseas Development Association (S.O.D.A., www.samuha.ca) who supports Samuha Samarthya (www.samuha.org), an NGO in the rural area […]

Science in 60 seconds

Science in 60 seconds

Jennifer Ferris is currently an MSc candidate in the Graduate Program of Neuroscience working under the supervision of Lara Boyd in the Brain Behaviour Lab.

TEDx Vancouver will feature Dr. Lara Boyd

TEDx Vancouver will feature Dr. Lara Boyd

This year’s theme is Identity. Lara Boyd will tell the audience how to build the brain they want to have.

What is ‘Walk 10 blocks’?

What is ‘Walk 10 blocks’?

A great example of how a research/patient partnership can help improve health. Looking for people to beta-test an iPhone app that aims to help users to move more and sit less during the day.

Making a difference as a PT and a health services researcher

Making a difference as a PT and a health services researcher

Linda Li is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people with arthritis. She is an Associate Professor, Harold Robinson/Arthritis Society Chair, and Canada Research Chair at the Department of Physical Therapy. Linda also continues to practice as a physiotherapist at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Vancouver General Hospital. As an immigrant in […]

Growing Movement of Evidence to Practice

Growing Movement of Evidence to Practice

Sue Stanton, Director, Rehabilitation Science Online Programs and Associate Professor.  Her interests and expertise is in distance and distributed learning, and the impact of the changing needs of learners for course design and delivery, faculty development and policies and practices in higher education. Examining evidence for its potential translation to practice is not new but […]

A Doctoral degree, just icing on a cupcake!

A Doctoral degree, just icing on a cupcake!

    Carmen Sima is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia (2011). Carmen is originally from Romania, where she was trained as a medical doctor at the University of Craiova (1995). Her current research focuses […]

RESEARCH RELAYS for rehabilitation practice

RESEARCH RELAYS for rehabilitation practice

FREE WEBINARS where learners and graduates from the Master of Rehabilitation Science Program present results from systematic reviews or their major project research

Alumni Reunion, Class of ’75

Alumni Reunion, Class of ’75

The Class of 1975 reunited forty years after their graduation.

Dr. Lara Boyd participating in a centennial event

Dr. Lara Boyd participating in a centennial event

A UBC Centennial Event at the Railway club. Join for a lively discussion with experts on the evolution and the ethics of devices that target our brains to make us stronger and smarter.

New faculty and staff

New faculty and staff

New Student Services Officer-Amy Villablanca Amy joined the department in September having recently completed her Master of Archival Studies here at UBC.  Originally from the UK, Amy has lived and worked around the world including the US and Australia before coming to Canada 2 years ago. She has held student services positions at the Sotheby’s […]

Update on clinical tools from our knowledge broker

Update on clinical tools from our knowledge broker

I am happy to share the following updates regarding the following sample of Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker facilitated projects: 1. Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit:  Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Alex Scott’s student Alexandra Kobza, the Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit has been updated with key literature published since the release of the toolkit in 2012. In addition, […]

VIP Recognition deadline approaching

Remember, if you are eligible you have one month left to submit an application to for our fall draw in the UBC PT VIP Clinical Educator Recognition Program. You could win a GREAT cash prize, as a token of our appreciation for your involvement as a Clinical Educator to our MPT students. Every time you […]

UBC Grad, Sheila Purves, honored with the 2015 Global Citizenship Award

UBC Grad, Sheila Purves, honored with the 2015 Global Citizenship Award

Sheila Purves, BSR ’79 will be honored with one of the awards celebrating UBC’s Best. She was selected for the Global Citizenship Award for her work over the past three decades

EXCEL, online e-learning modules for clinical educators

EXCEL, online e-learning modules for clinical educators

Whether you are new to your role as a Clinical Educator, or would just like a quick refresher on a certain topic, our EXCEL e-learning modules are here for you!

2015 MPT Research Poster Day, Aug. 13, 2015

2015 MPT Research Poster Day, Aug. 13, 2015

Presentations of the MPT students small group collaborative research projects will take place August 13, 2015 from 9:25 to noon

Introducing the Department’s Summer Program

Introducing the Department’s Summer Program

The Department’s participation in the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) in Medicine begins July 21, 2015.

The Department celebrates success in trainee awards

The Department celebrates success in trainee awards

The Department celebrates the recent strong showing for Post-doctoral fellowship awards

UBC Alumnus and student help a client with Guillain-Barre attend the Women’s World Cup Final.

UBC Alumnus and student help a client with Guillain-Barre attend the Women’s World Cup Final.

Clinical educator and UBC alumnus (2011), Scott Okrainetz with MPT1 student Mary-Anne Levson help Darbi Aitchison attain her goal of attending the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final this Sunday.

Our Partner Organization, PABC, produces a new video

Our Partner Organization, PABC, produces a new video

The Physiotherapy Association of BC produces a video highlighting the important role of Physiotherapists in keeping people moving.

The Physiotherapy Open

The Physiotherapy Open

Maintain your physical activity, compete and network with the MPT students

Health Care Traveling Road Show

Health Care Traveling Road Show

Two first year MPT students will participate in the 2015 Healthcare Traveling Road Show

Winning awards for international education program

Winning awards for international education program

The Department’s Internationally Educated Physiotherapist Exam Preparation (IEPEP) Program wins the 2015 Faculty of Medicine Award for Innovation in Continuing Medical Education / Continuing Professional Development.

School of Hard Knocks, an educational alumni event

School of Hard Knocks, an educational alumni event

Assistant Professor, Naznin Virji-Babul will be one of a panel of experts presenting on the topic of concussion in an upcoming alumni event

Associate Professor, Alex Scott receives the UBC Faculty of Medicine Overall Excellence – Early Career award

Associate Professor, Alex Scott receives the UBC Faculty of Medicine Overall Excellence – Early Career award

Dr Alex Scott was honored with the UBC Faculty of Medicine award for Overall Excellence as an Early Career faculty member for his outstanding contributions in the areas of research, education, and service.

Clinical Associate Professor, Simone Gruenig awarded the 2015 Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

Clinical Associate Professor, Simone Gruenig awarded the 2015 Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

The Department is most fortunate to have such an accomplished and admired clinical faculty member.

Survey of Health Professional Physical Activity Practices and Needs

Survey of Health Professional Physical Activity Practices and Needs

Help inform the development of the toolkit of resources to support increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in patients living with chronic disease.

Collaboration key to unravelling mysteries of the mind

Collaboration key to unravelling mysteries of the mind

Research from Dr. Lara Boyd’s Brain Behaviour Lab is featured as one example of the research excellence at UBC

New clues into why cancer patients experience ‘chemo brain’

New clues into why cancer patients experience ‘chemo brain’

UBC research looks at effects of ‘chemo brain

Upcoming Class Reunions

Upcoming Class Reunions

Reunions provide the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with old classmates and reconnect with your alma mater. The following classes are planning reunions: BSc PT/OT ’86 is planning on holding their reunion to align with Alumni Weekend 2016, date not yet set but likely late May. Class of BSc PT/OT ’95 is planning a reunion for Sept […]

Neuroanatomy from Bench to Bedside

Neuroanatomy from Bench to Bedside

This inter-disciplinary, continuing education course is the ultimate learning experience for all clinicians interested in neuroscience and rehabilitation.

Mid-Career Renewal for Online Grad

Mid-Career Renewal for Online Grad

Returning to academic study almost 25 years after receiving my UBC BSc (PT) was daunting at first but with my children making their way to University, the time seemed right.  The UBC Masters of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) online program appealed to me because it allowed me to start with the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation then […]

At the confluence of healthcare, education and technology

At the confluence of healthcare, education and technology

I have long been interested in healthcare, in education, and in technology. How exciting to be at a point in history where there is a confluence of these three! While this might seem to be the case in the early years of the twenty-first century, a little reflection will show that there has long been […]

MPT2 students on placement at Samuha Samarthya
[L-R]: Madison Morrison, Josina Rhebergen, Krysta Wark, Sara Kloosterboer

MPT Student News

News from the MPT1 Class By: Pricilla Wong, MPT1Class Representative With exams right around the corner, every MPT1 student seems to be a bit more frazzled, tired, and consuming way too many cups of coffee. A feeling that we all know too well that has been termed PTSD – Physical Therapy Stress Disorder. Lucky for […]

WICKED…not the Broadway musical but better!

WICKED…not the Broadway musical but better!

West Coast Interprofessional Clinical Knowledge Evidence Disseminator We have begun filming our Virtual Cases which will help teach students the steps of evidence-informed health care (EIHC).  Five modules make up this web-based, interactive, simulated learning initiative which will educate students in the five steps of evidence based practice: 1.      Translation of uncertainty to an answerable […]

Celebrating five years of knowledge brokering

Celebrating five years of knowledge brokering

It is hard to believe that the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker position was launched over five years ago. Looking back to May of 2009 it was impossible to predict what the position would look like let alone what the outcomes would be five years later. 327 people have participated in PT KB facilitated projects and […]

Yoga, Neuroscience and Physical Therapy

Yoga, Neuroscience and Physical Therapy

Katie Wadden is a PhD candidate in the Brain Behavour Laboratory she is on a non-traditional career path toward becoming a Physical Therapist.

Strengthening the Body Strengthens the Mind

Strengthening the Body Strengthens the Mind

Teresa Liu-Ambrose focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging and prevent cognitive and functional decline among seniors.

Darlene Redenbach retires

Darlene Redenbach retires

The Department bids a fond farewell to Dr. Darlene Redenbach, a colleague, friend, mentor, and educator.

New UBC PT Continuing Ed course in Neuroanatomy – May 30-3, 2015

The UBC PT Department is hosting a continuing education course titled, “Neuroanatomy Refresher: From Bench to Bedside” on May 30-31, 2015.  This inter-disciplinary course is the ultimate learning experience for all clinicians interested in neuroscience and rehabilitation. Expert instructors, Tara Klassen, Lara Boyd and Claudia Krebs will provide evidenced based bench to bedside content that will […]

Free PABC Webinar: Orientation to the new Canadian Assessment of Clinical Performance (ACP)

A full information sheet and resource links about the new ACP assessment tool (replacing the CPI) will be coming out next week in an earlier release of the spring edition of “The Globe” (UBC PT’s Clinical Education Newsletter) but we wanted to let you know about a PABC webinar that has just been confirmed. “Orientation […]

Join us at the Physio Forum April 25, 2015

Join us at the Physio Forum April 25, 2015

Once again we look forward to participating an this interesting and fun event, the largest gathering of Physiotherapists from throughout the Province.

Neuroanatomy Refresher:  From Bench to Bedside

Neuroanatomy Refresher: From Bench to Bedside

Expert instructors, Tara Klassen, Lara Boyd and Claudia Krebs will provide evidenced based bench to bedside content that will improve your practice.

MRSc program celebrates its10th Anniversary with a leadership webinar series

MRSc program celebrates its10th Anniversary with a leadership webinar series

Space limited. Register by March 30

VIP Recognition Spring 2015 draw. Eligible? Get your entry in!!

A quick reminder that the deadline to sumbit  your application for the UBC PT Clinical Educator Recognition draw (for spring 2015) is very soon – two weeks from now – March 1st. If you have taken MPT students on placement over the years (the categories are 3/5/8 years) you’d be advised to take a look […]

At the intersection of Art and Science

At the intersection of Art and Science

Brain images of concussion from Department members on a large format art display as a part of ‘Light Works’

Placement Countdown – Level 3A/3B

A b-i-g THANK  YOU to all of you who sent Level 3 Offers!  We now have enough for our MPT 2 students.

VIP Recognition spring 2015 draw fast approaching!

A quick reminder that the deadline to sumbit  your application for the UBC PT Clinical Educator Recognition draw (for spring 2015) is coming up soon – March 1st. If you have taken MPT students on placement over the years (the categories are 3/5/8 years) you’d be advised to take a look at the rules and […]

Janice Eng to give a Vancouver Institute lecture

Janice Eng to give a Vancouver Institute lecture

Admission to lectures is free and the public is invited to attend

Department members present at the APTA Combined Sections

Department members present at the APTA Combined Sections

The American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting is the largest gathering of Physical Therapist in North America, bringing together more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals  for several  days of educational programming, networking opportunities, and exhibits. Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul with present with former Post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Michael Borich who is now Assistant Professor at Emory […]

Teresa Liu-Ambrose to participate in two upcoming public events

Teresa Liu-Ambrose to participate in two upcoming public events

Free events open to the public

Naznin Virji-Babul receives Susanne Klein-Vogelbach Special Award

Naznin Virji-Babul receives Susanne Klein-Vogelbach Special Award

A publication by Naznin Virji-Babul was deemed excellent by the George and Susanne Klein-Voglebach Foundation.

Vanderhoof is first beneficiary of the Northern and Rural program

Vanderhoof is first beneficiary of the Northern and Rural program

Kaley Hopps, a Northern and Rural Cohort graduate of 2014 has begun work in Vanderhoof, helping to alleviate the shortage of Physiotherapists in northern and rural communities.

Placement Countdown – Level 1A/1B

We are still in need of 20 offers for 1A and it would be helpful to have these in by *January 18th*.  We also require 25 more for 1B; if those could be in by end January, that would be appreciated!  Health Authorities please fill in the order form on HSPnet.  Private practice and others […]

Placement Countdown – Level 3A/3B

We only require 10 more for 3B August.  Please make your offers March 30, 2016.  Health Authorities please fill in the order form on HSPnet.  Private practice and others not using HSPnet, please fill in our Offers Acceptance Form.  Thank you!