Guest lecture of interest. Dr. Claudia Buss explores Fetal Programming of Neurodevelopment and Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

“Fetal Programming of Neurodevelopment and Risk for Psychiatric Disorders - The Role of Intrauterine Stress and Stress Biology”

Dr. Buss is a Professor in the Department of Medical Psychology at the Charité -­‐ Universitätsmedizin  Berlin. Her work focuses on pre-and postnatal programming of brain development and cognitive function, specifically in stress biology during pregnancy. Dr.Buss’s training was in Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery at the McGill University, Montreal, in Clinical and Theoretical Psychobiology at the University of Trier, Germany, and in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.

Date: Friday, Aug.14, 2015
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Room 2108, CFRI
Tanya Erb
604.875.2345 x5901

Video: Critical Difference webinar

What’s the Difference? Using Critical Difference to Understand EDI Data webinar took place on January 27th 2015.

The first in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar focuses on change over time - known as Critical Difference - in Early Development Instrument (EDI) scores. HELP Research Methodologist Barry Forer and HELP Geospatial Technical Lead Jay Douillard provide background and important information about Critical Difference and how to calculate it. In addition, Success by 6 Provincial Director, Joseph Dunn, was on hand to offer perspectives as an Early Years Community Development practitioner in BC.

When children do well, we all do well: Insight from the CPHA Conference Hertzman Dialogue Session

HELP, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) organized a panel session entitled The early years - Health Equity from the Start at Public Health 2014, the Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association, which took place from May 26-29th, 2014 in Toronto. The session was one of several events planned this year in memory of Clyde Hertzman as part of New Frontiers in Population Health toward Equity from the Start: Dialogues inspired by Clyde Hertzman. The information below is the final article from this session.

Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Dr. Clinton grounded her presentation in Dr. Hertzman’s work for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health Report, “Closing the Gap in a Generation,” Chapter 5 “Equity from the Start,” and expressed the need to invest in upstream interventions that promote early childhood development (ECD), as the evidence suggests ECD is itself a determinant of health. She discussed the concepts of biological embedding and monitoring and measurement.

Biological embedding refers to the activation or silencing of gene expression based on early life experiences that persist ...

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Registration update: Population Monitoring as a Strategy for Improved Early Child Development: progress and new challenges

This lecture has been rescheduled for May 1, 2014. The event is part of the New Frontiers in Population Health toward Equity from the Start: Dialogue Series inspired by and in memory of Dr. Clyde Hertzman.  The cross-Canada series commemorates Dr. Clyde Hertzman and his contributions to the field of population health.

Fiona Stanley is a Professor at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the University of Western Australia.  She is the founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia.  A distinguished researcher trained in maternal and child health epidemiology and public health, Professor Stanley has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses and advocating for the needs of children and their families. She was a friend and colleague of Dr. Clyde Hertzman. 

Professor Stanley’s presentation will touch on the impact and legacy of Dr. Hertzman’s research and leadership in developing large scale child development monitoring systems around the world.

Please note: Due to scheduling conflicts with the presenter the date for this event has changed to Thursday May 1, 2014. All those who previously registered and still wish to attend are asked to re-register.

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HELP’s International Scholar Public Lecture Series kicks off March 4!

Join us for Dr. Ilina Singh’s presentation entitled Self-Control and Moral Experience: Children’s perspectives on ADHD behaviors and stimulant drug treatments

Date: March 4, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Lecture Theater (Rm 102), Michael Smith Laboratories
The University of British Columbia
#301 - 2185 East Mall
Vancouver,BC V6T 1Z4

The use of stimulant drugs to treat Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been hotly debated for decades. A wide range of stakeholders has contributed to these debates, but there has been no systematic research effort to investigate the perspectives of children. This talk reports on findings from the Wellcome Trust-funded VOICES study (Voices on Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants: Children join the debate). Using a mixed-methods, empirical ethics approach, we interviewed over 150 young people, ages 9-14, in the US and the UK to examine their perspectives on ADHD-type behaviors; drug and non-drug interventions; and moral concerns such as personal responsibility, authenticity and moral agency.

Dr. Singh will outline two distinctive ecological niches (Bronfenbrenner, 1979) described in the study: a performance niche and a conduct niche. Niche conditions make a difference to how children perceive and enact ADHD behaviors; how they experience the effects ...

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SPPH Special Grand Rounds with Dr. Noni MacDonald - December 5, 2012

December 5, 2012, 4:00pm
Michael Smith Laboratories, Room 102
2185 East Mall, UBC Vancouver

The Belize experience: Impact of integrated patient-centred Health Information Systems on health outcomes.

Belize deployed the world’s first country-wide fully integrated encounter-centric health information system, with eight embedded disease management protocols, in 2007 for $4 (CDN)/citizen. Uptake of this e-health system, mortality pre- and post- BHIS deployment and public healthcare expenditures over the past decade were evaluated. The BHIS captured over 90% healthcare encounters by Year 1, 95% by Year 2. Mortality analyses revealed a significant decrease for the eight BHIS protocol disease domains (versus an increase or little change in three domains without protocols). The maternal mortality dropped such that Belize reached the Millennium Development Goal four years in advance of the goal date, and is likely to be the only MesoAmerican country able to achieve this goal. Deaths associated with hypertension also dropped by over 50%. Health care expenditures have leveled off and slightly declined since deployment of the BHIS. Thus, for modest investment, BHIS was well accepted nationwide and following deployment, mortality in the eight BHIS protocol disease domains declined significantly and expenditures on public healthcare stabilized.

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Heart-Mind Learning: Helping Children Rise to the Challenges of the 21st Century with Dr. Clyde Hertzman

Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Director of UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), will explore the critical early years of child development and how Heart-Mind learning can play an integral role in children being happy, healthy and capable in all facets of their lives.

Dr. Hertzman takes a population-based approach to explaining child development and he will be sharing some exciting new insights about how parents, educators, practitioners and others can make sense of children’s Heart-Mind well-being.

When: November 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business

This presentation is part of The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education’s Educating the Heart Series. To learn more and to buy tickets, please visit the Dalai Lama Center's website.

Practical Wisdom Colloquium Series

Between Rules and Practice: Why We Need Practical Wisdom in Politics

What moral skill and will do we need as citizens, professionals, parents and friends to know how to act in particular circumstances, especially when general rules and incentives are insufficient to guide us toward what is good or advantageous? Aristotle called this sort of moral know-how “practical wisdom” or phronesis. Recent research in the natural and social sciences has profound implications for practical wisdom. Findings from fields as diverse as evolutionary biology, social psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, education and political science provide an increasingly complex understanding of the human capacity (and the limits of that capacity) for empathy, judgment, problem solving, deliberation, and cooperation—all of which are ingredients of practical wisdom. The goal of the colloquium series “Between Rules and Practice” is not only to survey diverse fields of knowledge and bring them to bear on contemporary practices and institutions in democratic societies, but also to ask: Are good institutions enough?  Should the university cultivate practical wisdom in citizens and leaders?  For more information please contact Ann Cameron.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

David Olson, University Professor Emeritus at OISE/University of Toronto, and author of The World on Paper ...

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