spring into action  May 2011 ISSUE



There's so much happening this summer! Be sure to check out all SBN and industry events listed below and mark your calendars. 

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The Power of Stem CellsChristineTseng

While scientists have known about the regenerative properties of stem cells since the late 1960's, it wasn't until October 2010 that the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first stem cell based clinical trial in humans. SBN executive, Christine Tseng, discusses the potential of stem cells and some local research projects here

Career Q & AJanetIwasa

Hollywood and science intersect in the life of this young molecular animator. Currently a lecturer at the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Janet Iwasa received her PhD from University of California, San Francisco and attended the Gnomon School for Visual Effects in Hollywood. Read about her unique career as a molecular animation artist here

Company Spotlight

When the Canadian government invests in health and science research, it is organizations such as Genome BC that are accountable for the distribution of funds and the management of these projects. Find out more about how you can benefit from these projects and resources here

In The News



9th Annual Genomics Forum & Research Exchange
Part of Genome BC's 9th Annual Genomics Forum

May 6 | 8:30am - 4:30pm
Life Sciences Centre, UBC-Vancouver

This is your opportunity to learn more about the scope, scale and progress of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics research in BC. This one-day scientific forum brings researchers from all of BC's life sciences sectors together to share information and discuss opportunities for future collaborations. Hosted by Genome BC and SBN, the poster competition will feature an impressive display of graduate, post-doctoral and platform technology research posters in disciplines across the life sciences (not just genomics). Judges from across the life sciences sector will determine the top three presentations.


Career Connect Series

May 12 @ Health Canada | 8:30am - 12:00pm (FULL)
June 3 @ CDRD | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
June 7 @ KPMG | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
June 8 @ SFU Innovation Office | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Back by popular demand, SBN has expanded the Career Connect series to four brand new companies this year! The Career Connect Series will provide students with an exclusive opportunity to observe the inner workings and explore job opportunities within a local lifesciences company.


SBN Soiree

June 23 | 6:00pm
Petley Jones Gallery

Enjoy a casual evening networking with SBN mentors and sponsors over cocktails and appetizers. And take in the beauty that surrounds you in the Petley Jones Gallery, which displays a variety of historic and contemporary North American works.

More details to be posted on the SBN website shortly.



Networking Workshops

May 10 & 11 | UBC Robson Square

The simple truth is that people who present well in front of groups are far more likely to succeed at captivating, persuading and inspiring others, and are generally perceived as better leaders. On May 10, Practice Your Presentation Skills in this practical workshop led by Dene Rossouw, Associate KWELA Leadership and Talent Management.

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network”, but have you ever wondered how to get one? Join MITACS Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Program to experience firsthand the power of positive networking. From academia to industry to your personal life, these skills will help you succeed! On May 11 learn the Art, Science, and Practice of Positive Networking.


Breakfast Speaking Series with Dr. Julio Montaner

May 20 | Fairmont Waterfront
LifeSciences BC

Dr. Julio Montaner will discuss HAART Treatment a powerful strategy to reduce AIDS morbidity and mortality and HIV incidence. Just over one year ago as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics, LifeSciences BC and the BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS were pleased to bring together the world’s top HIV/AIDS thought leaders for a summit entitled The Impact of Science & Innovation on the Evolving Global Health Paradigm: HIV and AIDS – A Global Challenge of Olympic Proportion. With the one-year anniversary of the Games and Olympics having just passed, and significant progress having been made on the implementation of HAART worldwide, this is an apropos time to hear the latest updates from this international leader in the fight to stop HIV/AIDS.


Gene Screen BC Video Competition Launch Event

May 24 | Roundhouse Community Centre
Genome BC

Looking for a unique, creative way to further your career this summer? At this launch event, learn more about how you can spend summer at the cross-section of visual arts and science and win thousands in prize money!

Gene Screen BC 2011 will open at this launch event featuring keynote speaker Penelope Buitenhuis, a Canadian filmmaker whose credits include feature films, short films and television. This year's competition will feature over $8000 in prize money and will be sure to produce many interesting and educational short films.

Goals are not enough

The Next Steps: Goals Are Not Enough

May 28 | Student Union Building
UBC Alumni Affairs

Join us for The Next Step: Goals Are Not Enough and discover why establishing goals is only the first step. Matt Corker, BCom’08, Leadership Development Advisor at lululemon athletica, will take you on a journey through the goal-setting process, from goal development and execution to evaluation and realignment. He will help you overcome many of the fears you may have and will teach you how to keep your goals top of mind. You will leave with an understanding of several effective goal-setting formats and frameworks as well as strategies for connecting your goals to a vision.


Molecular Biology Techniques Workshop

June 13-18 | Michael Smith Labs
AMBL: The Educational Facilities of Michael Smith Labs

This intense 6 day workshop will focus on a myriad of different techniques used in the molecular manipulation of DNA, RNA and protein, as well as inclusion of exercises in some basic bioinformatics tools. Primarily aimed at researchers who are new to the area, familiar but require a quick updating, or would like more practical bench training.

Get involved

Canadian Blood Services is looking for community volunteers. Check out the opportunities here

ScienceSolvers is looking for young researchers to test out their new website interface here


"Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself." - Bill Gates


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