Headlines 2020

Year in Review 2020 – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

  It gives me great pleasure to write the introduction for this last weekly update of the year! I think many of us will be glad to see the end of 2020 and look forward to much better things in 2021; the vaccine is certainly a very nice Christmas present. As I look back on […]

Coronavirus: How COVID-19 could damage the brain (Global News)

When Erica Taylor got COVID-19, her brain seemed to shut off completely. “I couldn’t think. Suddenly I couldn’t hold onto any thoughts,” she said, adding “I didn’t know who I was, where I was. I don’t know how long I was like that.” At the time, she was 31 years old and showing the usual first signs […]

Meet Natalie Grant – GCOMPT Graduate

Name and Title(s): Natalie Grant MScPT, BScKin, FCAMPT, CGIMS, CAFCI Where do you work?: I work clinically at Woodland Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver – this is a private clinic where I see primarily orthopaedic clients. I am also the Musculoskeletal Curriculum Coordinator with the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. What is your favourite thing about […]

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Ranko Vukovic – MPT Class of 2015

As the Founder and CEO of VanCity Physio, Ranko Vukovic has long been a proponent of TeleHealth as a vehicle for making healthcare and professional services more accessible in our communities. This year, his strategy gained widespread acceptance, with healthcare professionals scrambling to put in place their variations on his TelePhysio strategy in response to […]

Fall Graduation 2020

Congratulations to the UBC Department of Physical Therapy Class of 2020. This week was an important one for the Department with the graduation of the MPT class of 2020. Following a virtual UBC convocation on Wednesday, the Department held its reception for the graduates on Thursday. This year’s ceremonies were unique in that they were […]

Karissa Polsom – Fall Graduation 2020

Original article published by the Faculty of Medicine. Karissa Polsom Hometown: Prince George, B.C. Program: Master of Physical Therapy What attracted you to your field? I have always been an active person, and with that have struggled with varying pains and injuries over the years. It wasn’t until I spent some time with a physiotherapist […]

VCH News Release: New research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose shows a home-based exercise program for seniors can help prevent falls & reduce injury:

A home-based exercise program reduces injury and falls by improving cognitive abilities, according to new research published in the Journal Gerontology: Medical Science in November 2020. “There is a strong brain-body connection when it comes to falls, such that reduced cognitive function puts one at greater risk for falls. Evidence also suggests exercise reduces falls and […]

An Interview with David Anekwe – MPT-North Academic Site Lead

David Anekwe – MPT-N Academic Site Lead Q: Tell us about your PT background and how you came to practice in the North? A: I graduated from a five-year entry-level PT program at the University of Nigeria Nsukka as the best graduating student of the department and faculty for the 2000 graduating sect. After I […]

Cancer rehabilitation researchers awarded $2.37M through inaugural cancer survivorship grants

UBC’s Dr. Kristin Campbell is part of a team that has been awarded a $2.37 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society as part of the largest cancer survivorship research initiative in Canada. The project, entitled CanRehab and funded over five years, is focused on research that will […]

Scholar Strike

In alignment with the University, the Physical Therapy department encourages diversity of our community, including staff, faculty and students. While we haven’t cancelled classes as part of the Scholar Strike for Black Lives in Canada this week, we support anti-racism, inclusion, social accountability and integrity. For more information please click here to visit the UBC […]