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Me2 Majumdar Research and Quality Improvement Collaborative Day

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Me2 Majumdar Research and Quality Improvement Collaborative Day


The next Me2 Majumdar Research and Quality Improvement Collaborative Day will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

This is one of the department's largest events, which highlights graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents' research conducted over the past year.

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Paul Kubes

Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Medicine
University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine
Lead: VPR Strategic Research Priority- Infections Inflammation and Chronic Diseases

 

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Title: A career in science…luck, focus and hard knocks

Learning Objectives:
  • To understand the role for mentorship in career development
  • To describe the different career types in medicine
  • To begin to explore a career vision and goals

Bio:

Dr. Paul Kubes is a Professor at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine and Founding Director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. He also holds a Canada Research Chair in Leukocyte Recruitment in inflammatory disease.

Dr. Kubes has received numerous awards including the CIHR Investigator of the Year in 2011 for his basic science work on how the brain affects immunity. He has also received the Alberta Science and Technology Award and the Henry Friesen Award. Dr. Kubes has published basic science work in Cell, Science and the Nature journals and also has publications in both clinical journals including Lancet and more translational journals (JCI). His latest work has uncovered a key role for peritoneal cavity macrophage in healing visceral organs.

Dr. Kubes has extensive review experience with CIHR having been part of numerous committees including the Immunology panel, Cardiovascular A and B panel, the CIHR scholar panel and the Banting postdoctoral panel. He also served as a member of CIHR Governing Council and is chair of the college chairs. In addition, he has reviewed for NIH and he co-chairs the Gairdner Research Committee.

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belanger.png Dr. Francois P. Belanger, MD, FRCPC

Vice President -  Quality and Chief Medical Officer
Alberta Health Services

 

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Title: TBA

Learning Objectives: TBA

Bio: 

Dr. Belanger is the Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer for Alberta Health Services(AHS) and member of the executive leadership team.  His current role is to help oversee the integration and coordination of a complex health delivery model for the province through nine accountability functions: Office of the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Affairs, Quality & Healthcare Improvement, Clinical Informatics and Clinical Information Systems, Patient Relations, Health Information Management, Strategic Clinical Networks, Provincial Clinical Services, Alberta Surgical Initiative, Virtual Health  and maintaining effective partnerships with academic institutions and other physician led organizations.  

A key mandate of the Quality and CMO position is to maintain a strong emphasis on the importance of quality and patient safety, engagement, leadership development and relationships between the medical staff and the health care system.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Belanger was the Interim Vice President Quality and Chief Medical Officer AHS, Vice President and Medical Director Central and Southern Alberta AHS, and the Medical Director Calgary Zone AHS.  He has also held several medical leadership positions in AHS and the former Calgary Health Region.  These include Senior Vice-President and Zone Medical Director for the Calgary Zone (AHS); Acting Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer of AHS; Zone Medical Director, Calgary Zone, (AHS); and the Calgary Health Region/University of Calgary interim and deputy department head of Pediatrics.  He continues to practice as a Pediatric Emergency Physician at the Alberta Children's Hospital and South Health Campus in Calgary.

Originally from Ottawa, Dr. Belanger obtained his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. His post-graduate work in Pediatrics was done at the University of Alberta and McGill University.  He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at McGill University.  Dr. Belanger continues to be active in resident education, maintaining his status as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Belanger has assumed active roles in national organizations.  He was the President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) from 2002-04 and chaired the Specialty Committee, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2006 to 2012.

Dr. Belanger is a patient-focused senior health executive who is recognized for his commitment in building quality and safety cultures, and realizing whole system performance and transformation. He is a collaborator-builder noted for his “bottom up” approach, and developing strong ties with clinicians, academic medicine, and other community stakeholders for meeting patient needs, and accomplishing high level organizational goals.  He is an enthusiastic strategic and operational medical leader who moves teams towards implementing creative solutions and attaining greater system functioning and patient outcomes.

Dr. Belanger lives downtown Calgary, Alberta. He is an avid cyclist and likes to travel and spend time with his family.

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Faculty Presenters

hirji.png Dr. Alim Hirji

Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Alberta

 

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Title: Telemonitoring to reduce adverse events for patients on high flow oxygen at the University of Alberta Hospital

Learning Objectives: 

  • To recognize the need for inpatient video surveillance and its potential benefit
  • To review initial outcomes of telemonitoring for patients on high flow oxygen
  • To discuss additional indications for telemonitoring and the ability to scale and spread the initiative

Bio: 

Dr. Alim Hirji is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He received his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University, completed his internal medicine training at the University of Toronto and his pulmonary medicine fellowship through the University of British Columbia. He completed a fellowship in lung transplantation in the Toronto Lung Transplant Program and has a Masters in Epidemiology through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His clinical practice includes lung transplantation, general pulmonary medicine, and interventional bronchoscopy. He is the current chair of the lung section for the Canadian Society of Transplantation.

gill.png Dr. Mona Gill

Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Alberta

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Title: Reduction of Urea test ordering in the Emergency Department

Learning Objectives: 

  • Highlight the risks of pattern/reflexive lab ordering
  • Appropriate indications for ordering Urea from an Internal Medicine standpoint

Bio: 

Dr. Gill is a General Internal Medicine specialist at the Misericordia and University Hospital, with interests in quality improvement, thrombosis, and obstetric medicine.  She graduated from the University of Calgary Medical School and completed her postgraduate medical education at the University of Alberta. 

meier-stephenson.png Dr. Vanessa Meier-Stephenson

Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
University of Alberta

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Title: Anchoring on a knot of DNA - A unique approach to target chronic hepatitis B virus

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe a unique structure in the chronic form of HBV, known as a G-quadruplex.
  • Show some of the preliminary ways that this structure can be capitalized upon for therapeutics development.

Bio: 

Dr. Meier-Stephenson is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Infectious Diseases with an interest in chronic viral hepatitis and viral-host pathogenesis. She uses a combination of computational, biophysical and molecular virology methods to explore various viral DNA/RNA and host protein interactions to gain further understanding in viral pathogenesis and evaluate unique approaches to developing therapeutics.

untitled-design-1.png Dr. Grace Lam

Assistant Professor
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Alberta

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Title: TBA

Learning Objectives: 

  • TBA

Bio: 

Dr. Grace Lam is an adult respirologist and assistant professor who joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta under the Division of Pulmonary Medicine in May 2020. She trained at the University of Toronto in the MD/PhD program where her PhD work focused on basic science research on autophagy and the intracellular immunity against Listeria monocytogenes, resulting in nearly 20 publications on this topic. She then completed her residency in core internal medicine and adult pulmonary at University of Alberta and went on to a post-graduate fellowship in adult cystic fibrosis (CF) in Vancouver. Her research program in CF has received local, national and international recognition for her and her student’s work. Notably, she has been named one of the finalists at the North American CF conference Junior Clinical Investigator abstract competition and more recently named as a CF Canada/Gilead Sciences CF Scholar. Additionally, she co-launched the first post COVID-19 clinic in Alberta in June 2020. She has an active clinical and translational research program to improve understanding of long COVID. Her research is supported by the Roche Diagnostics, University Hospital Foundation, The Alberta Lung Association as well as CIHR.


Eligibility

Trainees must be engaged in research within the Department of Medicine or have a supervisor/co-supervisor affiliated with the Department of Medicine as one of the following:

  • a graduate student enrolled in a graduate program of study;
  • a postdoctoral fellow (post-PhD);
  • a post-health professional degree fellow (e.g. core internal medicine resident, senior subspecialty resident, clinical and/or research fellow)

*Please note medical students are not eligible and are encouraged to participate in the FoMD research day solely for their category. Research assistants, research associates and research coordinators are also not eligible as they are not considered trainees.

Presentation Type Offered
  • Oral
Abstract Submission

All trainees are required to submit an abstract via the online abstract submission to be considered for an oral presentation. Trainees will be required to select the category associated with their research area: (1) scientific; or (2) quality improvement.

Abstract submissions will be judged by our DoM research intensive members. The top 5 highest scoring abstracts in each category: (1) scientific; or (2) quality improvement will be invited to present an oral presentation.  

Please note: All Abstract submissions will be published in an online abstract booklet.

*Please be sure to carefully read the Abstract Submission Guidelines before submitting.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Scoring Criteria
  1. Clarity and Justification of the Research Question/Hypothesis
  2. Appropriateness of the Methods Used to Answer the Question/Hypothesis
  3. Validity and Relevance of the Results to the Question/Hypothesis
  4. Quality of the Discussion and Conclusion
  5. Innovation Impact
Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Katz Group Centre Allard Family Lecture Theatre (Katz 1080).  Each oral presenter will be given 10 minutes to present their research followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience.  Scientific oral presentations will be judged by Dr. Paul Kubes for 1st place valued at $500.  In the event the public health measures prohibit in-person events, the oral presentations will be delivered virtually via Zoom.

Prizes
Oral Presentations:
  • 1st Prize (Scientific): $500

*Trainees must be present at Research Day and Quality Improvement Collaborative Day to receive the prize.

Paul Man Award
The Paul Man Award is in honor of Dr. Paul Man, Division Director of Pulmonary Medicine from 1986 to 2001 for his exceptional contribution to translational research. Upon submission of an abstract for Research Day, the trainee’s abstract will be automatically considered for the Paul Man Award.  Please click here for details.