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BBC – CrowdScience: How do you balance on a bicycle?

BBC – CrowdScience: How do you balance on a bicycle?

AUDIO: Dr Lara Boyd explained the science behind how we learn to ride a bicycle.

National Physiotherapy Month 2022

National Physiotherapy Month 2022

May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada. Physical therapists are primary care professionals who work in a variety of settings, such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community health centers, and private clinics in both rural and urban areas. This month,  physiotherapists in every province and territory have a chance to talk about their profession, and the […]

OPERAS App Wins the Arthritis Society Olga Munari Ideator Award

OPERAS App Wins the Arthritis Society Olga Munari Ideator Award

Congratulations to Dr Linda Li and her team who won the Arthritis Society Olga Munari Ideator Award for the OPERAS App development.    At the inaugural Arthritis Ideator Awards, OPERAS received the Arthritis Society Olga Munari Ideator Award. The four winners were selected from among eight finalists who presented their innovations to the judges at […]

OPERAS Arthritis Tool Selected as a Finalist – Arthritis Society People’s Choice Award

OPERAS Arthritis Tool Selected as a Finalist – Arthritis Society People’s Choice Award

We are excited to share that the OPERAS arthritis self-care tool has been selected by the Arthritis Society as 1 of 8 finalists for the Arthritis Ideator Award. On April 21st, the research team led by Dr Linda Li will meet a panel of judges for a chance to win Canada’s best arthritis innovation. To […]

CSA Info Session | MPT – Fraser Valley

CSA Info Session | MPT – Fraser Valley

April 13, 2022 – 6:30 PM (PST) Department representatives will be giving a presentation on the following objectives: An update on the MPT-FV cohort Info on becoming a CSA CSA roles/responsibilities End with a Q&A

International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022

In honour of International Women’s Day and the theme #BreakTheBias, meet some outstanding women within UBCMedicine — staff, learners and faculty — who are transforming health for everyone.

Promoting healthier lifestyles for strong northern futures – Dr Taru Manyanga

Promoting healthier lifestyles for strong northern futures – Dr Taru Manyanga

Focused on finding ways to help people live their best possible active lives, Dr. Taru Manyanga with the UBC Master of Physical Therapy – North at UNBC is seeking to draw inspiration from the northern B.C. region and local Indigenous cultures.

Creating an Evidence-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Creating an Evidence-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

This course was created in response to a need for opportunities to learn more about creating a pulmonary rehabilitation program. The overall goal of this course is to show learners how to develop an evidence-based pulmonary rehabilitation program for adults with chronic lung disease. Learners proceed through structured modules that will take them step-by-step through […]

UBC student-led clinics collaborate to improve patient care
Year in Review 2021 – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Year in Review 2021 – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

  It seems amazing that we are already at the end of another year. 2021 was decidedly busy and productive despite the significant challenges of the ongoing pandemic and the effects of climate change. My heart goes out to all who were affected personally and/or professionally by these difficult circumstances, along with my sincere thanks […]

Fall Graduation 2021

Fall Graduation 2021

Congratulations to the UBC Department of Physical Therapy Class of 2021. This week was an important one for the Department with the graduation of the MPT class of 2021. Following a virtual UBC convocation on Thursday, the Department held its reception for the graduates on Friday. A big thank you to everyone who spoke at […]

Robin Keahey – 2021 Graduate

Robin Keahey – 2021 Graduate

Being a part of the last NRC (Northern and Rural Cohort), which is now the new Master of Physical Therapy-North program, I really enjoyed showcasing Northern B.C. to peers. A moment that sticks out for me was when a group of us went out for pizza and ice cream together after backpacking Mount Robson.

How to Save Your Knees Without Giving Up Your Workout – New York Times

How to Save Your Knees Without Giving Up Your Workout – New York Times

How to Save Your Knees Without Giving Up Your Workout – featuring Michaela Khan, Dr Jackie Whittaker, and Jean-François Esculier. There’s no magic bullet to knee health, but staying active and building muscles around the joint are crucial.

Dr Lara Boyd awarded the Killam Research Prize – 2021

Dr Lara Boyd awarded the Killam Research Prize – 2021

Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service. Congratulations to our 2021 recipients.

Statement on the Clinical Component of the PCE – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Statement on the Clinical Component of the PCE – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy at UBC has been in ongoing discussions with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) with respect to running a second virtual assessment as part of their licensing process, given that the Physiotherapy National Examination (clinical component) remains unavailable. UBC’s role in this process is limited to that of […]

Physical Therapy red hot at UNBC – CKPG

Physical Therapy red hot at UNBC – CKPG

  Last fall, UBC launched its inaugural master of Physical Therapy – North program in Prince George to help inspire more graduates to stay and practice in northern, rural, and remote communities across BC, as well as to increase access to physical therapy services for patients.“The physical therapy community in the North have been asking […]

UBC expands physical therapy program in northern B.C.

UBC expands physical therapy program in northern B.C.

Last fall, UBC launched its inaugural Master of Physical Therapy – North (MPT-N) program in Prince George to help inspire more graduates to stay and practice in northern, rural and remote communities across British Columbia (B.C), as well as to increase access to physical therapy services for patients.

Annual Research Report | 2020 – 2021

Annual Research Report | 2020 – 2021

In 2020-2021, research activities were disrupted by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our researchers were able to successfully pivot current research activities, including developing innovative ways to safely deliver virtual exercise programming to individuals with a variety of health conditions, as well as develop new lines of research.

Statement on the Clinical Component of the PCE – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Statement on the Clinical Component of the PCE – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy at UBC is very aware of the recent and ongoing issues related to the administration of the Clinical Component of the PCE, and the consequent stress and frustration that this has caused our recent graduates, as well as many others waiting to take the exam. Although CAPR (the Canadian Alliance […]

Congratulations to the 2021 Top Doctoral Student and Rising Star Award recipients!

Congratulations to the 2021 Top Doctoral Student and Rising Star Award recipients!

It’s been a great week in the Department this week due to our trainees’ outstanding success in the VCHRI (Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute) “Rising Star” and Doctoral student Awards! 4 of the 7 rising star awards were won by trainees from our department. These awards recognize research excellence, service as role models, and other […]

Hyman Gee – Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic – Fraser Health

Hyman Gee – Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic – Fraser Health

Name and Title(s): Hyman Gee Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic, Queen’s Park Care Centre, Fraser Health Clinical Instructor Clinical Associate Professor,  Department of Physical Therapy Where do you work? I work at Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster, specifically the outpatient rehabilitation services which includes the student-led clinic where I do my work.  The student-led […]

Kim Hall – CEO of Physio2U – In-Home Physiotherapy

Kim Hall – CEO of Physio2U – In-Home Physiotherapy

Name and Title(s):  Kim Hall – Registered Physiotherapist Where do you work?  I am the CEO of Physio2U – in-home physiotherapy services  What is the most rewarding part of your job?   Being able to see people regain independence and restore their quality of life. Working in home care, I do one-hour one-on-one sessions, I can see people […]

Amy Ellis – Clinical Supervisor Physiotherapy in Fraser Health

Amy Ellis – Clinical Supervisor Physiotherapy in Fraser Health

Name and Title(s):  Mrs Amy Ellis  Clinical Supervisor Physiotherapy, Critical Care and Medical Nephrology Where do you work?  Surrey Memorial Hospital – Fraser Health Amy Ellis on LinkedIn What is the most rewarding part of your job?   Seeing patients return to their life and enjoying the quality of life with their families post-admission. I have the […]

Kendra Zadravec – MPT/PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences)

Kendra Zadravec – MPT/PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences)

My lab does research to understand how exercise, physical activity, and physical therapy can improve cancer survivors’ quality of life and wellbeing. Growing up, several of my family and friends had cancer. Seeing how much their lives were affected made me want to pursue a career path to help those living with and beyond cancer. […]

Aman Bassi – Master of Physical Therapy Program

Aman Bassi – Master of Physical Therapy Program

I wanted a career that I felt gave me a reason to get up in the morning. I wanted a career that would challenge me to keep learning for life and keep up with the body of scientific knowledge that only grows every day. At its core, physiotherapy is all about helping people interact with […]

Ali Afshar – Master of Physical Therapy – North

Ali Afshar – Master of Physical Therapy – North

Growing up playing different sports and experiencing a number of sports injuries always motivated me to learn more about human anatomy and rehabilitation sciences. After experiencing two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions, other major injuries and having to go through the rehabilitation process myself, I know how vital physiotherapy is for the re-establishment of a […]

Jasmine Mander, MPT’20 – Tokyo Olympics Feature

Jasmine Mander, MPT’20 – Tokyo Olympics Feature

This story was originally published on the Alumni Engagement website here.   Jasmine’s experience recovering from injuries as a UBC soccer varsity athlete inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Now, she’s able to combine her passion for sport and therapy at Canada Soccer, leading to the women’s football gold medal at the […]

Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Strategic Plan 2021-2026

The Department of Physical Therapy’s current Strategic Plan is built upon a strong foundation of excellence and the four values of enhancing innovation, integrity, collaboration and excellence, outlined in the Department’s original Strategic Plan document (2018 – 2023). These values align with the four key principles – excellence, equity, engagement and effectiveness – highlighted in the Faculty of Medicine’s 2020 […]

Faculty of Medicine researchers receive John R. Evans Leaders Fund awards

Faculty of Medicine researchers receive John R. Evans Leaders Fund awards

Dr Jackie Whittaker has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) for her project on Musculoskeletal Health and Mobility Laboratory Infrastructure.

UBC PT Welcomes Angelina Woof – Associate Head of Clinical Education

UBC PT Welcomes Angelina Woof – Associate Head of Clinical Education

We are very excited to have Angelina Woof join the Department of Physical Therapy as the new Associate Head of Clinical Education. The Associate Head of Clinical Education provides leadership for clinical education for the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students. As well as providing leadership to our exceptional clinical education team, and ensuring students are supported during placement, Angelina […]

Samantha Smith, MPT’18 – Tokyo Olympics Feature

Samantha Smith, MPT’18 – Tokyo Olympics Feature

This story was originally published on the Alumni Engagement website here. Competing at the Olympics has been one of Samantha’s goals for a very long time and her dream becomes a reality this year. Learn about how her UBC MPT degree set her up for success as she heads to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics […]

UBC Department of Physical Therapy says farewell to Karen Sauve – Associate Head Clinical Education

UBC Department of Physical Therapy says farewell to Karen Sauve – Associate Head Clinical Education

We are both happy and sad to announce that Karen Sauve, Associate Head Clinical Education for the UBC Department of Physical Therapy will be leaving us this summer. Happy, because Karen is leaving us to start her PhD, but sad as she has been a valued colleague, mentor, and teacher in the Department and is deeply committed to the health, wellbeing, and education of our students. Her contributions while she was […]

Call for Proposals for PT KB Led Projects 2021

Call for Proposals for PT KB Led Projects 2021

 Intent  The purpose of this call is to invite proposals for projects facilitated by the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker (PT KB).  Background  The PT KB position is jointly funded, at a 1.0 FTE, by the Department of Physical Therapy at The University of British Columbia, Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and Arthritis Research Canada. The […]

Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker Position – Update June 2021

Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker Position – Update June 2021

I am pleased to announce some exciting changes to the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker (PT KB) position. Effective July 1, 2021, the PT KB position will increase from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE in recognition of the time required to address the scope and depth of the work. The funding for this position is provided […]

How the pandemic has impacted treatment for stroke patients – Global News

How the pandemic has impacted treatment for stroke patients – Global News

It’s Stroke Awareness Month. And like many things the pandemic has impacted the care of stroke patients. Dr Janice Eng, Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, explains how she has adapted her innovative program for virtual care.

National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month

For National Indigenous History Month, X̱wi7x̱wa Library has compiled resources that explore various aspects of Indigenous life and culture. 

Study on the implementation of remote COPD biometric monitoring in pulmonary rehabilitation programs

Study on the implementation of remote COPD biometric monitoring in pulmonary rehabilitation programs

People living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) find it difficult to learn chronic disease management skills such as knowing how and when to use their inhaled medication, how to get enough exercise, how to look after their sleep and other health habits, and when to ask for help. Health care professionals rely on their […]

Statement on the fatal attack on the Muslim family in London, Ontario

Statement on the fatal attack on the Muslim family in London, Ontario

CBC News Article  The UBC Department of Physical Therapy is devastated by the loss of Salman Afzaal, a physiotherapist, Madiha Salman, an engineer and PhD candidate at London’s Western University, their daughter Yumna Afzaal and Salman’s mother, Talat Afzaal. This is an enormous loss to the Muslim community and the physical therapy community across Canada and beyond.  Salman was a physical therapist […]

UBC Master of Physical Therapy – Admissions Video

UBC Master of Physical Therapy – Admissions Video

Are you interested in becoming a physical therapist? Physical therapists are primary care professionals who work in a variety of settings, such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community health centers, and private clinics in both rural and urban areas. The Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia is the only entry-to-practice program […]

2021 PABC Annual Awards

2021 PABC Annual Awards

Each year, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) recognizes members who make outstanding contributions to the profession. “It was inspiring to see so many engaged members make the time on Saturday to attend our first-ever PABC Member Day. Of course, the sessions were virtual, but this did not stop us from thoughtfully catching up […]

2021 Clinical Educator Awards

2021 Clinical Educator Awards

The UBC Department of Physical Therapy is thrilled to recognize outstanding Clinical Educators through the annual Clinical Educator Award. These awards are student nominated and highlight excellence in education, supervision, and mentorship of Master of Physical Therapy students. The 2021 Clinical Educator Recipients are: Danny Phoenix, for his constant reliable mentorship. Michelle Jacobs, for her […]

Study on exercise program for men with prostate cancer overcomes COVID-19 challenges

Study on exercise program for men with prostate cancer overcomes COVID-19 challenges

At the beginning of 2020, the research study on the SIRvivor BC Exercise Program for men with prostate cancer was just building momentum. After a successful pilot term, several community centres were eager to continue offering the exercise program for men in the local community. Then the COVID-19 pandemic reached British Columbia. The SIRvivor BC […]

Meet Tamarah Nerreter: GCOMPT Graduate

Meet Tamarah Nerreter: GCOMPT Graduate

Name and Title(s): Tamarah Nerreter – MScPT CAFCI GCOMPT Orthopedics, Sports, Pelvic Health (Pediatric, Male and Female), Pre /Post Natal, Concussion, Vestibular Therapy, Acupuncture, Visceral Therapy Where do you work?: I’m now an owner of my own company, a sole practitioner for now at BoDynamics Physiotherapy in Tsawwassen/South Delta (my home community) just outside of […]

LungFIT Pulmonary Rehabilitation Podcast – Dr Pat Camp

LungFIT Pulmonary Rehabilitation Podcast – Dr Pat Camp

The LungFIT Pulmonary Rehabilitation podcast focuses on all things related to pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). PR is a multidisciplinary, evidence-based intervention for people with chronic lung disease. People who participate in PR report improved quality of life, reduced symptoms, and have better exercise tolerance. Many years of excellent research have provided PR with a solid evidence […]

Neuroplasticity: How to rewire your brain

Neuroplasticity: How to rewire your brain

Dr Lara Boyd (Professor), was featured on the BBC providing an interview of brain plasticity and the pandemic. Watch the segment here.

Welcome to our NEW Clinical Sites – Feb 2021

Welcome to our NEW Clinical Sites – Feb 2021

We would like to give a big WELCOME and THANK YOU to all of the new clinical sites that have recently joined us! Please view our Clinical Education Frequently Asked Questions or contact us with any additional questions.  

Meet the first MPT-North Cohort

Meet the first MPT-North Cohort

We are now halfway through the first year of the first-ever MPT-North cohort! Here is what a few of the students had to say about their experience so far in the program. The Master of Physical Therapy – North program is delivered in partnership with the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. […]

IEPEP is now Physio Refresh!

IEPEP is now Physio Refresh!

Physio Refresh includes all of the award-winning IEPEP content, plus more than ten new interactive modules, more flexible programming options, a fully virtual learning format, and a more user-friendly course environment. The 2021 delivery has adapted to the need to practice and be assessed, in a virtual format. Physio Refresh encompasses both theoretical and practical components and includes practice examinations and workshops which focus on knowledge, […]

Janice Eng appointed to UBC’s highest faculty honour: University Killam Professor

Janice Eng appointed to UBC’s highest faculty honour: University Killam Professor

Dr. Janice Eng, a professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of physical therapy, has been awarded UBC’s highest honour conferred on a faculty member. A University Killam Professorship recognizes exceptional teachers and researchers who are leaders in their fields, and who have received international recognition for their talents and achievements. Dr. Eng is a world leader […]

Meet Robbi Basran: GCOMPT Graduate

Meet Robbi Basran: GCOMPT Graduate

Name and Title(s): Robbi Basran, Physiotherapist – MPT, BKin, FCAMPT, CAFCI, FDN (IMS), CSCS Where do you work?: Coast Performance Rehabilitation (Kitsilano) What is your favourite thing about your work?  Helping people reach a certain goal whether it be completing a 10km run or simply getting back to an activity they love. Moving beyond being […]

Nancy Cho receives a 2018-19 Alumni Builder award

The Alumni Builder Award recognizes a cross section of alumni representing all faculties who have significantly contributed to the University and enriched the lives of others, and in doing so, have supported alumni University of British Columbia’s mission of realizing the promise of a global community with shared ambition of a better world and an exceptional UBC. […]

A study by Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul shows that doing is important in learning.
Meet Jeremy McAllister, telerehabilitation project manager

Meet Jeremy McAllister, telerehabilitation project manager

Jeremy McAllister will be working as a project manager on the recently funded telerehab project. Telerehab will offer a clinical placement model for teams of entry-level rehabilitation students (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology / speech-language pathology) through virtual, mentored contact with patients in local, remote, urban and rural areas of British Columbia. This will include both […]

Partnership to Expand Clinical Education and Provide Health Services in the North

Partnership to Expand Clinical Education and Provide Health Services in the North

When it comes to working with patients living in rural and remote areas, face-to-face instruction, education, and follow-up sessions are not always possible. That’s why many rehabilitation specialists have turned to the growing field of telehealth — using methods such as video-conferencing or information packages — to help bridge the gap and link patients in […]

New continuing education course offering

We have received UBC Board of Governors approval to offer a Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (GCOMPT) course.  Completion of this course will grant learners Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) status. Application deadline for the first cohort: April 30, 2017 Program Highlights Equivalent to the Orthopaedic  Division (CPA) syllabus (Level 3 […]

Continuing education course offering: Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Introduction

Continuing education course offering: Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Introduction

The Department, in partnership with the Northern and Rural Cohort and UBC CPD (Continuing Professional Development), is pleased to be offering a two-day hands-on, comprehensive, evidence-based introductory course titled, “Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Introduction.” The UNBC Physiotherapy Plinth Lab will host presenter Bernard Tonks, BScPT FCAMT, and the course will be linked to videoconference sites […]

Dr. Alex Scott receives Knowledge Translation Award

The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Research (IMHA) awarded Dr. Alex Scott the Ambassadors Knowledge Translation Award for the lay summary of his project, ‘Role of mast cells in tendinopathy’: Tendons are a kind of connective tissue – tendons connect muscles and bones, allowing joints to move and absorb energy during activities such as […]

Launch of the Electrophysical Forum

Alison Hoens, Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker and Clinical Professor is pleased to share with you  the launch of the Electrophysical Forum http://www.electrophysicalforum.org/ The Electrophysical Forum is an international initiative  that aims to provide an interactive electronic platform for questions, comments discussions and opinions related to the use of electrophysical agents in physical therapy. It is […]

Rehabilitation Science student, Jennifer Ferris is featured by VCHRI
Focusing on breathing better-Dr. Pat Camp

Focusing on breathing better-Dr. Pat Camp

The Vancouver Sun features Clinician Scientist Pat Camp and the clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital a health news story

Clinical Associate Professor Marc Rizzardo named as member of the Canadian Medical Team

Clinical Associate Professor Marc Rizzardo named as member of the Canadian Medical Team

Clinical Associate Professor Marc Rizzardo will be off to the Rio Olympics as part of the Canadian Medical Team. This is his fifth Olympics and he will be focusing on the badminton team. Congratulations to Marc on being selected once again.

Clinical Associate Professor Marie Westby receives the 2016 VCHRI mentored clinical scientist award

Clinical Associate Professor Marie Westby receives the 2016 VCHRI mentored clinical scientist award

Dr. Westby’s award will allow her to develop and evaluate targeted, multi-faceted quality indicator (QI) implementation strategies for clinicians’ behaviours (QI adherence) and patient outcomes and experiences after surgery.

Department Alumni Elizabeth MacRitchie and her husband awarded the 2016 Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award

Department Alumni Elizabeth MacRitchie and her husband awarded the 2016 Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award

Advocates for improved health care in BC – particularly in remote northern communities

Leadership Workshop

Leadership Workshop

The UBC Rehabilitation Science Online Programs and RehabEQ collaborate to bring you, Emotional Intelligence and the Rehabilitation Professional. Research shows that leadership is much deeper than technical skills; it is based in clear core values and beliefs and strong Emotional Intelligence.

Alex Scott as a guest editor of a special issue on manual therapy calling for papers

Alex Scott as a guest editor of a special issue on manual therapy calling for papers

Over the next year, Physiotherapy Canada will be run a special series of articles on Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy to share current practices, exploring innovations, and highlighting excellence. Submissions are requested now and throughout 2017

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Aerobic exercise and chronic stroke

Exercise may be the key that unlocks their brain’s ability to recover from Stroke. A study by Dr. Lara Boyd…

Join the BC Physiotherapy Continuing Professional Development Directory

Join the BC Physiotherapy Continuing Professional Development Directory

Do you organize continuing professional development (CPD) events for BC physiotherapists practising in the public or private sector?
Do you plan inter-professional educational events?

UBC Physiotherapy Open Golf Tournament

UBC Physiotherapy Open Golf Tournament

After a very successful pilot run last year, the student led Physiotherapy Open golf tournament will return July 27th, 2016! Located at the scenic Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver, which is voted one of Canada’s best 9-hole courses. Thanks to Ladysport and FitFirst for their sponsorship. Win bragging rights and prizes for closest to […]

Lifetime prevention services

Lifetime prevention services

Clinical Associate Professor Diana Dawes, a member of the Lifetime Prevention Schedule Expert Oversight Committee, is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 report update. The report looks at clinical prevention services for people in B.C. These include screening, behavioral interventions (advice) and preventive medications provided by a health care provider, based on age and sex. […]

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Two women with connections to the Department have been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards this year. Vote now to support their cause in the Connecting the Community Award competition.

Physical therapy students gain new training venue in Prince George

Physical therapy students gain new training venue in Prince George

UBC physical therapy students will learn how to help heart and lung patients in the Prince George area regain physical capacity, thanks to a new program.

Congress Pub Night at “The Clubhouse” in the Strathcona Hotel – Hosted by PABC & UBC

Congress Pub Night at “The Clubhouse” in the Strathcona Hotel – Hosted by PABC & UBC

Join us May 26th from 8:00 to Midnight at the “The Clubhouse” in the Stratchona Hotel, just blocks from the Congress venue.

Physiotherapy Forum “Buddy-Up”

Physiotherapy Forum “Buddy-Up”

PABC will be pairing physiotherapists and physiotherapy students with common professional interests for a two-hour informal hangout during breaks at the Physiotherapy Practice Forum on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Buddy Program is a great opportunity to engage with your network and meet future colleagues. Please note that you will be able to attend all […]

RESEARCH RELAYS for rehabilitation practice Spring 2016 series

RESEARCH RELAYS for rehabilitation practice Spring 2016 series

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

Award Winning Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcome Measures Toolkit

Award Winning Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcome Measures Toolkit

The Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcomes Measures (TJAOM) Toolkit has been recognized as an innovative clinical project that benefits the lives of Canadians living with arthritis by the Arthritis Health Professions Association.

Learn how Naznin Virji-Babul is helping to restore cognition after brain injury

Learn how Naznin Virji-Babul is helping to restore cognition after brain injury

With funding from Arrowsmith-Young, Dr. Virji-Babul has set out to determine whether the Arrowsmith regimen can alter the cognitive abilities and behavior of people with traumatic brain injuries.

Janice Eng awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair

Janice Eng awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science made the announcement, February 9, 2016 on the UBC campus.

Kristin Campbell receives a 2015 Killam Research Fellowship

Kristin Campbell receives a 2015 Killam Research Fellowship

Dr. Campbell will exchange expertise with researchers and trainees at two laboratories in the United States.

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

A Q+A with Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose o n how exercise can help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s

Resculpting the brain after injury: new evidence from neuroimaging

Resculpting the brain after injury: new evidence from neuroimaging

Dr. naznin Virji-Babul to present at the Brain Injury Canada conference in Victoria, April 2016

Article highlights the  impact of Linda Li’s MONITOR-OA program on patients
Janice Eng, recipient of a 2015 Distinguished Medical Lecturer Award

Janice Eng, recipient of a 2015 Distinguished Medical Lecturer Award

Her lecture and the award presentation will take place on campus at the Distinguished Medical Research Lecturers Event on February 3 from 2 to 4 pm

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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’

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.

Naznin Virji-Babul partners with Seafair Minor Hockey to improve post-concussion management

Naznin Virji-Babul partners with Seafair Minor Hockey to improve post-concussion management

Seafair Minor Hockey Association is implementing a protocol for athletes recovering from concussion and is partnering with Dr. Virji-Babul to better understand concussions.

Lara Boyd explores whether an unorthodox curriculum can improve learning in kids with learning dissabilities
Royal Columbian Hospital SROC wins 2014 Practice Education Team Award

Royal Columbian Hospital SROC wins 2014 Practice Education Team Award

Clinical Instructors, Joy Wang OT (right) and Hyman Gee PT with Donna Drynan OT receive award for their work at the Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic (SROC) at Royal Colombian Hospital.

Graduation of the Department’s Northern and Rural Cohort highlighted

Graduation of the Department’s Northern and Rural Cohort highlighted

Physical Therapy’s first Northern and Rural Cohort crosses finish line

Congratulations MPT class of 2014

Congratulations MPT class of 2014

The Department of Physical Therapy is proud to announce the 2014 Master of Physical Therapy graduating class, including graduates in our first official Northern & Rural Cohort.

Exercising health across BC: physical therapy students learn in more communities

Exercising health across BC: physical therapy students learn in more communities

For urban Canadians recovering from injury or illness, access to the physical therapy they need is rarely in question. For BC residents in northern or rural locations, however, access to health professionals can’t be taken for granted.

News 1130 series on concussion to feature Naznin Virji-Babul

News 1130 series on concussion to feature Naznin Virji-Babul

Assistant Professor, Naznin Virji-Babul will participate in a news series on concussion. The series will begin Monday November 24th.

Dr. Naz Virji-Babul, Assessing Sports Concussion

Dr. Naz Virji-Babul, Assessing Sports Concussion

The recent work of Assistant Professor Naznin Virji-Babul is featured by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Naznin Virji-Babul to participate in Brain Talks on TBI

Naznin Virji-Babul to participate in Brain Talks on TBI

BrainTalks@UBC is a forum for academics and community members to dialogue about the rapidly expanding information in neuroscience.

Research Relays for Rehabilitation Practice Fall 2014 Series

Research Relays for Rehabilitation Practice Fall 2014 Series

Please join us for these FREE webinars

Combined trained grads celebrate 40 years

Combined trained grads celebrate 40 years

The class of ’74, fourth to graduate as combined trained, recently celebrated its 40th reunion, with a luncheon at the Point Grey Golf Club.

Clinical Associate Professor, Marc Rizzardo to receive 2014 Brian Budd award

Clinical Associate Professor, Marc Rizzardo to receive 2014 Brian Budd award

Marc will receive the Brian Budd Award for his outstanding achievements in soccer, as well as for his contributions as a physical therapist in Canadian Sport

Kristin Campbell featured on CTV Morning Live

Kristin Campbell featured on CTV Morning Live

CBCF hosts ask an expert where you can go online and ask a breast health question. A panel of 4 experts were be available for a live online chat and Associate Professor, Kristin Campbell, served as the expert on the topic of exercise in breast health

Resources available from presentation, “Thinking differently about pain”

Resources available from presentation, “Thinking differently about pain”

Presentation Recording and slides now available

Clinical partners, Allison Ezzat and Clyde Smith featured for Arthritis Awareness
UBC PT takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challange

UBC PT takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challange

Department of Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Clinical Instructor Aart van Gorkum accepts the MPT Grads ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Post by Main Street Physiotherapy Clinic.

It’s back to school: meet some of our MPT students – Part 2

It’s back to school: meet some of our MPT students – Part 2

As part of the Faculty of Medicine’s back-to-school series, we sat down with some of our MPT students — Sophia Chadwick, Holly Parent, and Jasmine Mousavi

PT – Back to School Series

PT – Back to School Series

As part of the Faculty of Medicine’s back-to-school series, we sat down with some of our MPT students — Nadine Stunzi, Glenn Charbonneau, Mitchell Bourne.

Upcoming Webinar from the BC Cancer Rehabilitation Network

Upcoming Webinar from the BC Cancer Rehabilitation Network

Translating research into practice: Implementing community based exercise programs for cancer survivors
Speaker: Dr. Prue Cormie, PhD

Provincial Continuing Professional Development Needs Assessment Results are in

Provincial Continuing Professional Development Needs Assessment Results are in

Thanks to the numerous physiotherapists who gave valuable feedback and their time to participate in this needs assessment.

Federal health minister tours Brain Behaviour Lab
MPT2 Student Poster Presentation Research Symposium

MPT2 Student Poster Presentation Research Symposium

It’s that time of year! Poster Day is scheduled for 9:25-12:35 on Monday, August 18 in Room 204 of Friedman

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided, and will be available starting at 9 am.

Our Rehabilitation Sciences Grad program highlighted by Institute for Heart and Lung Health

Our Rehabilitation Sciences Grad program highlighted by Institute for Heart and Lung Health

Christen Chan, a MSc graduate student  and Carmen Sima, a PhD student, both supervised by Pat Camp were quoted in a news release from the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital.

First MPT classes held at UNBC

First MPT classes held at UNBC

The three-week distributed academic block for the 20 Northern Rural Cohort (NRC) physical therapy students wrapped up recently at University of Northern BC in Prince George.

Another Success for a Clinician and Research Partnership Project

Another Success for a Clinician and Research Partnership Project

Assistant Professor, Alex Scott was successful in obtaining funding from the UBC Chan Gunn IMS/Neuropathic Pain Research Fund.

Global BC features concussion research from the Perception-Action Lab

Global BC features concussion research from the Perception-Action Lab

Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul and Perception-Action Lab researchers discuss treatment and analysis of concussions affecting young athletes in this insightful Global TV news segment.

Michael Hunt named a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator

Michael Hunt named a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator

Michael joins other department members in this distinction and will have the majority of his time protected for research.

Dr. Kristin Campbell’s research on ‘Chemobrain’ makes news

Dr. Kristin Campbell’s research on ‘Chemobrain’ makes news

Exercise may help with cognitive side effects after chemotherapy

Dr. Linda Li and her team funded to get those with Osteoarthritis (OA) moving

Dr. Linda Li and her team funded to get those with Osteoarthritis (OA) moving

Linda Li has received funding from CIHR for her project, Supporting Physical Activity & Reducing Sedentary Time in Arthritis (SuPRA).

PABC Physiotherapy Impact video features Clinical Assistant Professor Chiara Singh

PABC Physiotherapy Impact video features Clinical Assistant Professor Chiara Singh

Announcing the release of PABC’s first “story of impact video” for 2014 – Born to Run – Darren’s Journey – featuring Clinical Assistant Professor Chiara Singh

Trainees win American College of Sports Medicine Award

Trainees win American College of Sports Medicine Award

Trainees supervised by Kristin Campbell are winners of the American College of Sports Medicine Karen Hornbostel Award for the best trainee-led abstract

Post-doctoral fellow, Glenn Landry awarded a CIHR fellowship

Post-doctoral fellow, Glenn Landry awarded a CIHR fellowship

Congratulations to Glen Landry, Post-doctoral fellow working with Teresa Liu-Ambrose on his CIHR award for his study ‘Exercise, Social Enrichment, Circadian Regulation of Sleep-Wake Rhythms, and Promoting Cognition’

Department members receive Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards

Department members receive Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards

Congratulations:  Associate Head MPT Program, Alison Greig on her receipt of a 2014 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Education Associate Professor Lara Boyd on her receipt of a 2014 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research These awards are given to those full-time faculty members […]

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Focus on Stroke awards go to two Department trainees

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Focus on Stroke awards go to two Department trainees

Neuro stream coordinator and PhD student, Tara Klassen was awarded a Heart and Stroke Foundation Focus on Stroke Doctoral award for Determining optimal post-stroke exercise (DOSE). She is working under the supervision of Janice Eng and was earlier awarded a CIHR doctoral award for this work. Also winning an award in the Focus on Stroke […]

May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada

May is National Physiotherapy Month in Canada

It’s a great opportunity PABC and physiotherapists in every province and territory to talk about what we do, and the many ways we’re helping patients get moving for life again.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Chiara Singh wins the Silver Quill Award

Clinical Assistant Professor, Chiara Singh wins the Silver Quill Award

To honour excellence in scientific writing in Physiotherapy Canada.

Post-doctoral fellow, John Best, invited speaker for the 1st International Congress on Executive Functions

Post-doctoral fellow, John Best, invited speaker for the 1st International Congress on Executive Functions

John Best, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research & Michael Smith For Health Research Post-doctoral fellow, supervised by Teresa Liu-Ambrose, is an invited speaker for the 1st International Congress on Executive Functions in Stuttgart, Germany. It is being organized by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Transfer Center for Neuroscience and Learning at the University […]

Staff members Carolyn Andersson & Ingrid Dill  win Applegarth Staff Service Award

Staff members Carolyn Andersson & Ingrid Dill win Applegarth Staff Service Award

The ‘backbone’ of our Clinical Education team, Ingrid Dill and Carolyn Andersson receive an award in recognition of outstanding service

MPT grad of 2006, Erin Macri, runner up on the UBC 3 Minute Thesis competition

MPT grad of 2006, Erin Macri, runner up on the UBC 3 Minute Thesis competition

Former MPT student Erin Macri (class of 2006) was one of the top two finalists in the UBC 3 minute thesis competition. Her 3 minute presentation ‘Standing up for knee arthritis’

Linda Li leads a new network with a goal of increasing independence in older adults

Linda Li leads a new network with a goal of increasing independence in older adults

Linda Li’s application entitled ‘Knowledge translation to optimize mobility independence in older adults: Improving Cognitive & jOint health Network (ICON)’ has been funded by the CIHR

C-Spine Rule project resources now available

C-Spine Rule project resources now available

Resources now available to help PTs determine which patients with acute traumatic neck pain required referral for medical imaging

Podcast featuring Lara Boyd and PhD (cand.) Cam Mang

Podcast featuring Lara Boyd and PhD (cand.) Cam Mang

The effects of exercise and genetic variation on motor learning explored in this free APTA Podcast

Join us at the Forum April 26, 2014

Join us at the Forum April 26, 2014

Human Library, the Tech corner, and the Physios’ Choice Poster Fair

Cognitive impairments putting older adults at risk of falling

Cognitive impairments putting older adults at risk of falling

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose interviewed about her research showing the impact of brain function on falls risk

RESEARCH RELAYS for rehabilitation practice

RESEARCH RELAYS for rehabilitation practice

Please join us for these FREE webinars

BSc Rehab Class of ’83 Reunion

BSc Rehab Class of ’83 Reunion

Save the date: May 23, 24th, 2014