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Congratulations Will Connors 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Innovation and Translational Research Awards

Innovation and Translational Research Awards 2023 Recipients

Improving health system outcomes with an out-patient parenteral antibiotic therapy outcome registry

Congratulations Dr. Elizabeth King 

Dr. Liz King was successful in getting a $100,000 bridge grant from the fall 2022 CIHR project grant competition (her first grant as PI).

CIHR Project grant 2022 Fall application entitled: ‘Effects of age on antiretroviral concentrations and adverse drug reactions for women with HIV’ 

Project Grant – Women’s Health Research – Early Career Researcher Grant for $100,000 for 1 year!

Congratulation Liz!

Congratulations Dr. Mel Murray Faculty of Medicine Excellence in Mentorship

and Dr. David Goldfarb Excellence in Research 

Faculty of Medicine Awards 2022 – UBC Faculty of Medicine

Congratulations Melanie and David!

Congratulations Dr. Elizabeth King

Congratulations to Elizabeth who just completed her Postdoctoral studies and has taken a 0.5 FTE academic position at SFU as an Assistant Professor.

Congratulations Liz!

Congratulations Dr. Julio Montaner

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis (PM&R) and Dr. Julio Montaner (Infectious Diseases) inducted as 2022 Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellows | Department of Medicine (

BC Infectious Diseases Symposium

Jun 17–18 (Fri–Sat) | Day 1: 0800–1245 PDT, Day 2: 0800–1305 PDT | Virtual Conference

Audience:  internists, hospitalists, emergency physicians, family physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, residents and students.

Overview: The 7th Annual BC Infectious Diseases Symposium virtual program is taking place over two half-days in June. Day one will cover a variety of relevant and timely infectious disease topics such as:

  • Recurrent Clostridium Difficile Infections
  • Choosing Oral vs Intravenous Antibiotics
  • Management of Intra-Abdominal Infections
  • Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada
  • mRNA Vaccines and the Future of Vaccinology
  • And more!

Day two will build on the previous day’s presentations with in-depth case discussions. Options exist to register for just one day or both days. We hope you’ll be able to join us!


Physicians & Nurse Practitioners Day 1 ($149) | Day 2 ($199) | Both Days ($299)

RNs and Allied Health Professionals Day 1 ($99) | Day 2 ($149) | Both Days ($199)

Residents & Students  Day 1 ($49) | Day 2 ($79) | Both Days ($99)

Up to 8.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits


Congratulations Amenah Alghamdi

With more than one thousand UBC resident doctors training around the province in regional, rural and remote communities to become family physicians and specialists, each play an important role in our healthcare system.

See Amenah and others here:

Congratulations Jennifer Losie

ID Fellow Jennifer Losie has been awarded the 2022 Dr. Juan A. Embil Award for Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research by a trainee in Infectious Diseases.  This award is given each year in recognition of excellence in research by a trainee in Infectious Diseases.

The Awards Committee recognizes that her manuscript ( , entitled “Epidemiology and risk factors for pyogenic liver abscess in the Calgary Health Zone revisited: a population-based study” supervised by Dr. Michael Parkins and published in BMC Infectious Diseases in 2021, has made a significant contribution to the field. 

The Dr. Juan A. Embil Award will be presented during the 2022 AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference, taking place both virtually and in-person, April 5-8. 

Congratulations Dr. Anthony Chow

Dr. Chow will be inducted into the VMDAS Hall of Honour Monday, October 18, 2021

You are invited to attend this prestigious event virtually by simply click on the link below for details.

Congratulations Dr. Deborah Money

FoM Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient!

2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients – UBC Faculty of Medicine

WelTel Health – Summer 2021

Time to stand together for healing

Congratulations  Sara Belga &  Jan Hajek

Recipients of the  2021 VCHRI Team Grant!

Congratulations Dr. Tony Chow



Congratulations Dr. Rich Lester

Dr. Richard Lester (WelTel Incorporated and WelTel International mHealth Society) is the winner of the 2020 Clinical Innovator Award.

December 2020 Newsletter

Happy Holidays! Click on the link below to see what’s news!

Royal College Interview with Dr. Rich Lester: COVID-19 Research Q&A Series

Discover how Well Tel is helping during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our Research Newsletter is here!

Looking for  funding opportunities? COVID_19 Research projects?  Want to know more?  Click on the link below

Division Research  Newsletter

Vancouver Coastal Health tests app that could be used for quarantined COVID-19 patients

Congratulations Elizabeth King 

On behalf of Dr. Natasha Press and the UBC Division of Infectious Diseases:

Congratulations to Elizabeth King for being accepted into the CIP (Clinical Investigator Program) for next year!

The UBC Clinician Investigator program is designed to provide a combined research and clinical training stream for residents, and to encourage young physicians to pursue careers as clinician-scientists.

For her CIP project, Liz will continue to work with Mel Murray and Mona Loutfy to investigate issues related to women’s health in HIV-infected women. Liz has already published manuscripts related to amenorrhea and bone health in HIV-infected women.

Congrats Liz!

Congratulations Dr. Josh Douglas 

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Josh Douglas  Infectious Disease Physician, Vancouver Coastal Health

For the full story click here:

Congratulations Dr. Rich Lester

Congratulations to the 2019 Innovation and Translational Research Award recipients!

Meeting the health care needs of dynamic patient populations requires forward-thinking innovators. From curing disease to improving quality of life, researchers are at the forefront of medical advances that support the health and happiness of patients and their families. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is proud to contribute to visionary research with our annual Innovation and Translational Research Awards. This year’s  recipients are putting new knowledge into practice, implementing research outcomes and turning discoveries into commercial opportunities.


Dr. Richard Lester
Study: Reducing preventable hospital readmission using post-discharge virtual care: WelTel H2home
Funded by: VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

Virtual care can improve the quality and efficiency of health care through supporting patients in their transition back to the community and preventing unplanned readmission to hospital. The WelTel (WT) holistic virtual care platform has been demonstrated to improve medication adherence and health outcomes using weekly text message check-ins. In this study, researchers will examine if the use of WT can avert unplanned hospital admissions and identify potential improvements to quality of care for patients and care providers.

The WT platform includes an easy-to-use dashboard, appointment reminders, links to other clinics and services, a password-protected patient portal for health information and the ability to host real-time virtual voice or video encounters.

“Open two-way communication lets patients connect to care in ways that are most meaningful to them,” notes Dr. Richard Lester. “Patient satisfaction using the platform has been very high to date, and frontline and allied health providers have reported improved efficiencies in team-based care.”

Find the entire article here: 

ID Fellows Victoria Weaver & Elizabeth King

Haida Gwaii project allows patients to reach health-care professionals via text

CBC Article:


What you need to know about Ebola in Canada

The Neglected Global Diseases Initiative (NGDI) at UBC has developed an online resource for scientists, practitioners, and the public in BC:

webblurbTexting for HIV care in Kenya

A University of British Columbia research team, lead by Dr. Richard Lester in the Division of Infectious Diseases, is using cell phones to improve HIV patient care in Africa, and has secured a $2 million investment to expand their mobile health (mHealth) program across rural Kenya.

Find out more at the UBC Faculty of Medicine website.