Health Information Series

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UBC Health Information Series 

Presented by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Health Information Series is an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community.  The program has been running since March 2011.  Our audiences have included community in the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver region.  We are currently planning for our upcoming series this year, so please stay tuned!

  • The Health Information Series has covered topics such as personalized medicine; chronic disease self-management, and early childhood health.
  • Through this series, we have been able to bring UBC faculty experts out to the off-campus community by partnering with public libraries in the Lower Mainland/Metro Vancouver region
  • Our partnerships have included the Vancouver Public Library, Richmond Public Library, Burnaby Public Library, the Fraser Valley Regional Library, and Surrey Public Library
  • As an ongoing public lecture series that takes place in the Lower Mainland community, talks are often recorded for webcast viewing at a later date.

For more information about this series, please contact Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian

Health History Lecture: “Curing Queers” Mental Nurses and Their Patients 1935-1974

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | June 14, 2016, 12-1pm | Room T182, 3rd Floor, UBC Hospital | Drawing on a rich array of source materials including previously unseen, fascinating (and often quite moving) oral histories, archival and news media sources, this paper examines the plight of men who were institutionalised in British mental hospitals to receive 'treatment' for homosexuality and transvestism, and the perceptions and actions of the men and women who nursed them.

LSI Public Talk: Your Microbiome – How the Bugs Living in You and on You Affect Your Health

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | April 6, 2016 | What is my microbiome? How can microbes change the future of human health? What role does technology play? How do microbes affect women’s health? Can they lower my child’s risk of asthma? Join the discussion and learn the answers from our expert panel of UBC researchers.

Health History Lecture: Capturing the History of Public Health Nursing and its Transformation from Nurses’ Work Experiences

March 9, 2016, 12-1pm | UBC School of Nursing – 3rd Floor, UBC Hospital Room T206 | All are welcome to join the lecture. Feel free to bring your friends and colleagues! In this lecture Ranjit Dhari, Lecturer for the UBC School of Nursing, reflects on a recent oral history project on Public Health Nursing in the Lower Mainland.

Public Talk: Patient Centered Care – Wrapping Personalized Medicine Around the Patient

Feb. 10 Wednesday 2016 | 6-8pm | Alice MacKay Room, lower level, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch | A panel of patients and doctors come together for a discussion on personalized medicine from patients’ perspectives.

Public Talk: Personal Health Data Sharing for Personalized Medicine

When: December 2, Wednesday 6-8pm | Where: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch

Japan’s International Contribution through Innovation in the Field of International Health

November 12, 201512:00 - 1:30 Dodson Lecture Room at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Kathryn McPherson – Learning Across Borders: Nursing Education, Practice, and Transnational Migration in the Long 20th Century

The Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry celebrates the UBC Centennial and explores the history and future of nursing education | Thursday November 19, 2015 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm | UBC School of Nursing Room T182, UBC Hospital, 2211 Wesbrook Mall

Nurses’ roles in health information technology: A Canadian Perspective

October 15, Thursday 2015 | 7:00-8:00pm, at UBC Robson Square | 800 Robson Street | Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Bringing Personalized Medicine to BC: “Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating Disease Are Soon to Change Forever”

Wednesday, Oct 7th, 6.00-8.00pm | Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch | Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

UBC Health Information Series and the Life Sciences Institute Presents “Tuberculosis – a silent local killer and global threat”

March 25, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

Personalized Medicine: Your Life, Your Genes, Your Health and Happiness

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working […]

Health Information Series – Autism Gets Personal: Emerging Therapies From the Interface of Genes and Environment

Wednesday October 8, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.

Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Infection, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer

May 27, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

Clara van Karnebeek – Riding the TIDE to Improve Outcomes for Children With Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and program hosted by Burnaby Public Library (Bob Prittie Metrotown Library)

Geertje Boschma and Margery Hawkins – History, geography and ethics of health worker migration in Canada

"History, geography and ethics of health worker migration in Canada", October 9, 2013 - 1.00PM to 2.00PM at the Tommy Douglas Library at the Burnaby Public Library (BPL)

Jae-Young Kwon – A Lonely Bee in the Land of Flowers

May 17, 2013, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.,Chilcotin Room (Room 256), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC

Anthony Kupferschmidt – Understanding Dementia and Brain Health

A collaboration between Woodward Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and Fraser Valley Regional Library, the Health Information Series presents Anthony Kupferschmidt. Hosted by the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Ladner Pioneer Library, Anthony Kupferschmidt will be giving an important presentation on alzheimer and some of the work done by Alzheimer Society of BC. Healthy aging […]

Wendy Hall – When Lullabies Are Not Enough

The Library’s Health Information Series is pleased to present a session on the topic of sleep and its effects on children’s and parent’s health. Dr. Wendy Hall, professor at UBC’s School of Nursing, presents “When Lullabies Are Not Enough: Reducing the Impact of Poor Sleep on Infants, Toddlers & Their Parents” which was held at […]

John Oliffe, Suki Grewal, and Bindy Kang – Heart Matters

On May 14, 2011, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library organized a talk at the Newton Branch library of the Surrey Public Library, focusing on men’s health as part of the Health Information Series. Dr. John Oliffe, Suki Grewal, and Bindy Kang shared their expertise in this important area of health research. […]

Sue Mills and Sharon Koehn – Self-Managing your Chronic Conditions: The facts, the challenges and future directions

Presented by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library, the Health Information Series is an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community. The tasks that individuals must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions. These tasks include having the confidence to deal with medical management, […]

Larry Goldenberg – Men’s Health: Connecting the Dots

On March 2, 2011, Dr. Larry Goldenberg, an award-winning Canadian researcher, pioneer in the treatment of prostate cancer and world-renowned advocate of patient education. Dr. Goldenberg authored one of the first books to explain prostate cancer treatment options in layman’s terms. The Intelligent Guide to Prostate Cancer: All You Need to Know to Take an […]