Amber Hanson

Communications Manager

Office: ADM006H
Phone: 250.807.8035


Amber’s communications career spans two decades and includes leadership expertise in large public, private and non-profit organizations.

Her specializations include strategic communications planning, audience analysis, media relations, branding and promotion, digital storytelling, government relations, crisis communications, issues management, public engagement, event programming and promotion.

Her career highlights include the implementation of a national visitor experience and external relations strategy for Parks Canada, Canada-US bilateral affairs for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, media relations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, managing humanitarian and community outreach programs for the Canadian Red Cross, and the successful launch of a $55-million sustainable waterfront development on Vancouver Island.


• Develops strategic communication plans to increase awareness and elevate the reputation of UBCO research and innovation activities.

• Provides communication expertise and support to interdisciplinary research clusters and institutes and the UBC Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) initiative.

• Oversees knowledge exchange events and entrepreneurship activities (interim role)

• Plays key role in partnership development and stakeholder engagement.


The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $492 million in funding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), through its Discovery research program.

This funding will support researchers across the country as they pursue research in a wide variety of natural sciences and engineering disciplines, including biology, mathematics and statistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, chemistry, and chemical engineering. It also includes support for early-career researchers who will bring new perspectives and insights to their fields, enabling them to become the research leaders of tomorrow.

UBC researchers were awarded a total of $37.1m for 183 projects through the Discovery Grants, Research Tools and Instruments Grants and Subatomic Particle Physics Grants programs. A supplementary $3m was awarded through Discovery Accelerator and Discovery Launch grants and the Northern Research and Ship Time supplementary programs. The awards are as follows:


22 UBCO researchers received $4,380,900 in Discovery grants and 3 received an additional $327,785 in research tools and equipment grants.



Shahria Alam (Engineering)
Novel and Emerging Technologies for Sustainable and Seismically Resilient Infrastructure

Jeffrey Andrews (Data Science, Statistics)
Topics in unsupervised statistical learning

Mohammad Arjmand (Engineering)
Advanced 3D Printed Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites toward Electromagnetic Interference Shielding
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Kirk Bergstrom (Biology)
The Role of Mucin-type O-glycosylation in Fitness and Transmission of Intestinal Symbiotic Bacteria In Vivo
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Michael Deyholos (Biology)
Pectin-modifying enzymes in plant development and interactions with fungi

Wilson Eberle (Engineering)
Next Generation Smart-Grid Enabled Electric Vehicle Chargers

Rebecca Feldman (Medical Physics, Mathematics Physics, Statistics)
Image acquisition and analysis tools for magnetic resonance imaging near brain injury
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Glen Foster (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Human respiratory and neurocirculatory plasticity induced by intermittent hypoxia

Ian Foulds (Engineering)
Microfluidic Sample Handling for the Spectroscopic Integration (SPIN) Program

Kasun Hewage (Engineering)
Life cycle thinking based low-impact construction strategies for Canadian micro-communities
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Alex Hill (Astrophysics)
The Dynamic Interstellar Medium
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Andrew Jirasek (Medical Physics)
Development of optical spectroscopic and 3D dosimetric systems in radiation therapy

Andis Klegeris (Biology)
Regulation of astrocyte phagocytosis and other physiological functions by molecules endogenous to the central nervous system

Loïc Markley (Engineering)
Electromagnetic periodic structures and metamaterials for imaging and wireless technology

Alison McManus (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Vascular responsiveness and oxygen transport during exercise in children and adolescents

Christopher McNeil (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Neural and muscular aspects of fatigue and long-term acclimatization to high altitude.
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Frederic Menard (Chemistry)
Design of molecular tools to study protein dynamics in living cells

Sepideh Pakpour (Engineering)
Sustainable, resilient and healthy built environments: An integrated approach
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Jason Pither (Biology)
Imprints and implications of historical contingencies in biodiversity patterns

Rob Shave (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Mammalian cardiac structure and function: The influence of evolutionary selection and prevailing hemodynamics

Dwayne Tannant (Engineering)
Identifying geohazards in glaciated valleys and building rural community resilience via bare-earth point cloud analysis and eco-sensitive mitigation

Christopher West (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
The cardiac-sympathetic contribution to blood pressure regulation
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement



Sharia Alam (Engineering)
Uni-Directional Shaking Table (UDST) system controller for the Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures (ALAMS)

Mohammad Arjmand (Engineering)
Advanced Polymer Melt Mixer for Development of Multifunctional Polymer Composites

Mina Hoorfar (Engineering)
Environmental Test Chamber Urgently Required to Develop and Calibrate Microfluidic and Thin-film Sensing and Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies


Full list of UBC recipients

SSHRC has announced that $75M in total funding has been awarded across Canada through the 2019-20 competitions for the Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.

UBC researchers are leading three projects supported by Partnership Grants, with a combined award of $6.1M. Six projects led by UBC researchers are receiving $1.2M through Partnership Development Grants. Additionally, ten Postdoctoral Fellowships are being administered by UBC for a total of $0.9M.


UBCO-led partnership grants:

Co-Curricular-Making: Honouring Indigenous Connections to Land, Culture, and
the Relational Self

Applicant: Margaret Macintyre Latta (Okanagan School of Education)
UBC Co-applicants: Jan Hare (Language & Literacy Education), Karen Ragoonaden (Okanagan School of Education), Sabre Cherkowski (Okanagan School of Education)
$1,076,813 (5 years)

Partners: IndigenEYEZ, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna Museums Society, Okanagan Nation Alliance, School District 23 – Central Okanagan , University of Alberta, University of Ottawa


Towards Barrier-Free Communities: A Partnership for Improving Mobility, Access, and Participation (MAP) Among People with Disabilities

Applicant: William (Ben) Mortenson (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy)
UBC Co-applicant: Kathleen Martin Ginis (School of Health and Exercise Sciences),
$2,500,000 (7 years)

Partners: Accès transports viables, Adaptavie Inc., Alzheimer Society of BC, Association des TCC des Deux Rives, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, Burnaby Community Services, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale, City of Burnaby, City of New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, City of Richmond, City of Surrey, City of Vancouver, Disability Foundation, Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, Québec City Tourism, Regroupement des organismes des personnes handicapées de la région 03, Réseau de transport de la capitale, Richmond Centre for Disability, Rick Hansen Foundation, Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre, Simon Fraser University, Spinal Cord Injury BC, Synapse Neuroréadaptation, The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Université Laval, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Full list of UBC recipients

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2019 Exploration competition awarded a total of $46.3 million in funding nationally to support 186 research projects that bring disciplines together in nontraditional ways to explore new research directions.

NFRF is a federal research funding program that fosters world-leading discovery and innovation by encouraging Canadian researchers to explore, take risks, lead, and work with partners across disciplines and borders. The NFRF’s Exploration stream addresses gaps in the federal funding system to promote innovation. It supports research that defies current paradigms, bridges disciplines, or tackles fundamental problems from new perspectives. A key principle of this stream is the recognition that exploring new directions in research carries risk, but is worthwhile given the potential for significant impact.

Twenty projects led by UBC researchers were awarded a combined $5m through the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund Exploration Stream.



Abbas Milani (Engineering)
UBC Co-applicants: Apurva Narayan (Computer/Data Science), Rudolf Seethaler (Engineering)
Develop a Sim-to-Real Transfer Learning AI architecture for reliable prediction and optimization of advanced manufacturing processes in the presence of limited data

Alexander Uhl (Engineering)
UBC Co-applicant: Curtis Berlinguette (Chemistry)
CO2 Recycling for Carbon-Neutral Solar Fuels

See full list of UBC recipients

Awards for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Scholarly Activity


Dear colleagues,

Each year, we recognize the achievements of faculty and student researchers who have made significant contributions to research and creative scholarly activity at UBC Okanagan. Please join me in congratulating this year’s outstanding awardees, who will be honoured at a special online awards celebration on May 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


2020 Faculty Researchers of the Year

SABRE CHERKOWSKI | Social Sciences and Humanities

Associate Professor Sabre Cherkowski is a catalyst for sustainable improvement in schools and leadership transformation within educational systems. She is recognized internationally for her innovative research examining the impact of positive learning environments on creating a flourishing effect in schools. Her work is aimed at nurturing the next generation to have a transformative impact on society.

CIGDEM ESKICIOGLU | Natural Sciences and Engineering

Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu is a globally recognized researcher in civil and environmental engineering. Her research focuses on biological processes that produce cleaner wastewater by-products for pollution prevention, bioenergy maximization, and resource recovery from organic waste. Earlier this year Cigdem was named the Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Advanced Resource Recovery from Wastewater.


Associate Professor Zach Walsh is a leading expert in substance use and the safety and efficacy of herbal cannabis for treating mental health conditions. He established one of the first cannabis administration labs for behavourial science in Canada, and his research findings have influenced Canada’s medical cannabis legislation. He is leading Canada’s first randomized controlled clinical trial to examine the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.


2020 Student Researchers of the Year


Candice Quin has established a new facet of international collaboration by implementing a ‘Research Abroad’ program at UBCO, piloting a neuroscience and cell biology research program at two leading Australian organizations. Her cross-disciplinary research has resulted in meaningful outcomes, including solutions for statistical errors in many studies of fish oil supplementation on infant health.

Connor Howe | Master’s level

Connor Howe has participated in four international high-altitude research expeditions, including to La Rinconada, Peru, the highest city in the world. His research focus is studying the effects of human adaptation in high-altitude and how physiological responses are altered by reduced oxygen.



Date:    Wednesday, May 20th
Time:    4:00 p.m.
RSVP:   Register below to join our online celebration. All are welcome.

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Phil Barker
Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation
University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus

While acknowledging that the Public Health Agency of Canada currently assesses the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada, there is currently a great deal of uncertainty relating to COVID-19. The following FAQs address some of the key concerns relating to ongoing research activities on both campuses.


  1. How can I minimize the impact of any disruption on my research program or lab and the associated academic progress of my graduate students and postdoctoral fellows?

  2. What happens if my research involves human participants?

  3. What should I do if my research involves animals?

  4. What should I do if my research uses Plant Care Services?

  5. Who should I contact if I have questions about support for my research?

  6. Where can I find information about how UBC is responding to COVID-19?


Q1: How can I minimize the impact of any disruption on my research program or lab, and the associated academic progress of my graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, caused by COVID-19?

We encourage the UBC research community to consider the following should an escalation in the situation lead to a partial disruption to or closure of their lab or research program:

Key equipment and research materials

  • Can your work continue off campus with access to specific equipment or research materials?


  • Are there compliance or regulatory requirements certifications that may be impacted by a disruption in your program or by changing the location of your work?

Communications Planning

  • Is the contact information for your lab members up-to-date?

Backing up data and records

  • Which processes are automated or can be initiated remotely? Which require physical presence on campus?

Alternate location/working from home

  • Are you able to continue the research program by working at another location or at home? Do you have you everything in place to access email/voicemail/network drives/web conferencing remotely and in compliance with information security standards?

Telecommuting faq


  • Would the absence of individual members of your team with specific skills or knowledge result in difficulties in your research program? Would cross-training, documentation or sharing of information mitigate this risk?


  • Do any sponsored research agreements have procedures for requesting exceptions in the event of disruption (deadline adjustments, budget adjustments etc.?)

Contractual requirements

  • Does your project or lab provide any services to external users that may be impacted? Is this documented in a contract and are there sufficient “out” clauses in the event your lab was not operational?

Monitoring of equipment

  • Does any of your equipment need in-person monitoring (e.g. to ensure constant temperature) or do any of your materials require transference between equipment? Can any monitoring be done remotely?


  • Are there important supplies (consumables) that could lead to a disruption in your research program should their stock diminish? Are you able to maintain a greater stock of any important supplies to cover any disruption?

Hazardous Waste

  • Are the appropriately trained members of your team available to handle hazardous waste?

Q2: What happens if my research involves human participants?

We are asking researchers to investigate how protocols involving human participants can be adapted to reduce or eliminate in-person contact, especially with vulnerable populations. For clinical trials, it is recommended that they continue as planned with the guidance of the respective institutional research ethics board and the health authority in which they take place.

For both clinical and behavioural studies involving human participants, investigators are advised to consider if their research protocols could be modified or delayed, to limit personal contacts. Specifically, in some research settings in-person participant interactions could be reduced and/or replaced with telephone or online communication. Considerations include the nature of your protocol, the type of participants engaged in the research, and any additional risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication.  Revised participant consents or consent addendums may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations with use of different communication channels).  Where research staff are feeling unwell, care should be taken to stay home to prevent transmission of any illness.  If COVID 19 is known or suspected, Health Canada guidelines should be followed.

While TCPS 2 typically requires review and approval of modifications prior to implementation, an exception can be made where the change is necessary to eliminate an immediate risk to participant(s) (Article 6.15).  Such changes may be implemented but must be reported to the REB at the earliest opportunity (within 5 business days as a guide).

Similarly, studies that must comply with the US federal regulations require that the REB review any revision to the protocol before they are implemented except in cases, “where necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to the human subjects.” 21 CFR 56.108(a)(4).

Please contact the appropriate REB office for your study whenever possible if you are considering revisions to the approved protocol. However, should you determine that changes in your procedures are immediately required, you may implement them, without prior notice to or approval from the REB.  You will need to ensure that you are not introducing other risks, and you may need to ask participants to sign revised informed consent forms.  The changes should be reported to the REB as soon as possible. If a full revised protocol cannot be completed, a document that describes the changes and explains how they will protect participants can be submitted, along with copies of any new or revised subject-facing materials.

Notification to the sponsor of the study where applicable is required. This is the responsibility of the Investigator.

Where in-person participant contact cannot be modified, delayed or eliminated, due to the nature of the study specifically in the clinical setting, we recommend that study-related personnel call each study participant prior to their visit.  Specifically, please ask the participant the following:

  • Have they recently travelled outside of Canada?
  • Do they have the following symptoms:  cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing?
  • Have they been in close contact with a sick person, especially if they had a fever, cough or difficulty breathing?

If they respond with a yes to any of these questions, please consider rescheduling their study visit.

A reminder that where the research involves physical assessments and use of equipment (e.g., metabolic carts, facemasks, mouthpieces, noseclips, straps, turbines, valves, tubing, cannula, treadmills, etc.) disinfection according to manufacturer’s standards where applicable is paramount and use of single use accessories is advisable.  In the absence of manufacturers’ standards, thorough cleaning between participants is advised.

Please monitor Health Canada’s website for up-to-date information.

covid-19 outbreak update

Q3: What should I do if my research involves animals?

All Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) facilities have a crisis management plan and we are ensuring that these plans are in-line with specific issues that need considering in light of the current situation.

We are stockpiling food and bedding in our Animal Care Services (ACS) facilities to ensure we have six weeks of supplies.  We encourage all other facility managers to ensure that they have sufficient food, bedding and supplies.

ACS is considered a crucial services unit and we anticipate being able to maintain current animal colonies with designated staff in the ACS facilities.  We encourage all other facility managers to ensure that there are designated staff to maintain animal colonies.

Given the current unpredictability relating to COVID-19, we recommend that researchers consider the following:

  • Avoid initiating any long-term animal studies.
  • Keep animal breeding to a minimum.
  • Prioritize any precious/unique animal lines and cryopreserve these lines.

Please contact your facility manager or clinical vet if you have any questions or need assistance.

For researchers using alternate animal housing locations:

  • Please ensure that you have a crisis management plan in place and consider stockpiling essential animal care supplies.
  • If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your clinical vet.

Q4: What should I do if my research uses Plant Care Services?

Plant Care Services is a crucial service unit and a continuity plan is ready to be implemented to maintain the current level of services in our facilities. Plant Care Services has stockpiled potting media, fertilizers and other essential inputs.

Given the current unpredictability relating to COVID-19, we do recommend that researchers consider how to mitigate potential impacts (e.g. changing protocols or growing conditions) should access to facilities become restricted in the future.

As an ongoing measure, please remind all trainees and staff entering greenhouses to wash their hands and respect the sanitary instructions posted at each door of the greenhouses.

Q5: Who should I contact if I have questions about support for my research?

Vancouver Campus Okanagan Campus
Human Research Ethics Laurel Evans Lisa Shearer
Animal Care Michelle Tan Naomi Winckler
Plant Care Melina Biron N/A
Sponsored Research Agreements Mario Kasapi Derek Gratz
Advanced Research Computing Steve Cundy
All other questions Helen Burt Paul van Donkelaar

Q6: Where can I find information about how UBC is responding to COVID-19?

The UBC community can find information and resources related to the university’s response to COVID-19 at The information is updated as frequently as possible.


The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation is pleased to announce the first round of funding for the Critical Research Equipment and Tools (CRET) program.

This annual funding program helps improve the range and quality of our research infrastructure, enables us to keep pace with technology, and provides increased opportunities for student research training.


Stream 1 Awards (<$10,000): 

Accelerometers and Data Loggers

Applicant: Christine Voss

These devices are used to measure and record movement for the objective assessment of complex physical activity behaviours and will enable researchers in the Southern Medical Program and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences to gain a better understanding of physical activity behaviours in both clinical and community-based settings.

High-Power Ultrasonic Homogenizer

Applicant: Sunny Li | Co-applicant: Sumi Siddiqua

This tool generates intense sonic shock waves in liquid media to break apart particles and produce a thorough mixing (homogenization) of a sample to support research on: nanofluids used as coolants in electronic devices and systems, and next-generation binder technologies used to stabilize road subgrades.


Applicant: Abbas Milani

This device measures the response of a sample to applied forces to characterize the properties of a wide range of materials, including: low-viscosity liquids (e.g., inks), polymer melts, paste-like materials, gel-like materials, soft solids, and slurries. The characterizations enabled by this instrument are essential to polymer and biomaterial research and are relevant to many industry sectors, including: food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, and polymer engineering.  This instrument will support research programs for faculty members of the Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), the Eminence-funded Cluster of Research Excellence in BioComposites and the Comfort-Optimized Materials for Operational Resilience, Thermal-transport and Survivability (COMFORTS) Micro-Network.


Stream 2 Awards ($10,000 – $100,000):

Acoustic Force Spectroscopy (AFS) Instrument

Applicant: Isaac Li | Co-applicants: Frederic Menard, Susan Murch, Jonathan Little, Mina Hoorfar

This instrument is used for high-throughput characterization of molecular and cellular interactions. It uses ultrasound waves to exert a wide range of force on biomolecules or cells simultaneously to measure their mechanical responses with nanometer precision. It can be used to study inter- and intra-molecular interactions at the single-molecule level, as well as cell adhesive interactions at the single-cell level.  This instrument will support 16 faculty members in three Eminence-Funded Clusters of Research Excellence to tackle research projects in biophysics, bioengineering, chemical biology, neurobiology, immunology, plant chemistry, and nanomaterials.

Automated Bilateral Limb Blood Flow Measurement System

Applicant: Glen Foster | Co-applicants: Christopher West, Neil Eves

The instrument will enable researchers in the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health to investigate novel mechanisms and interventions in people with sleep apnea, spinal cord injury and respiratory disease to generate new approaches to improve respiratory and cardiovascular health.

Multi-Cell Temperature-Controlled UV-Visible Spectrophotometer

Applicant: Mina Hoorfar | Co-applicants: Isaac Li, Sepideh Pakpour

This optical instrument measures the intensity of light absorbed by a sample and will enable researchers in chemistry, microbiology and engineering to determine the size, shape and stability of nanoparticles to: understand the interactions between cells, run accurate DNA and protein quantifications on a large number of samples in a single experiment, and conduct multiple enzymatic reaction measurements at different temperatures at once.  The equipment will advance interdisciplinary research studies and industry-partnered projects in wastewater sensing, molecular force sensing, and disease biomarker identification.


Applicant: Ali McManus | Co-applicant: Phil Ainslie

This is the only commercially available and FDA-approved gas control device that can precisely target final exhaled respiratory gases to address how brain blood flow responds to excessive sedentary behaviours during childhood. This interdisciplinary research initiative involves researchers from the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health and the Southern Medical Program, and is being developed as a Digital Wellness Initiative in collaboration with the Central Okanagan School District and the Stober Foundation.  This instrument will enable researchers to study: the potential impacts of excessive sitting, and the impact of growing up in an increasingly digital world on the developing brain.

TapeStation System

Applicant: Mike Russello | Co-applicants: Michael Deyholos, Sepideh Pakpour, Miranda Hart, Soheil Mahmoud

This instrument provides high-resolution and economical quality control within the next-generation DNA sequencing workflow, allowing identification of problems with individual samples before they are moved to the more costly DNA sequencing step.  The instrument will be used by researchers in the Department of Biology and the School of Engineering to support genome assembly, genotyping, metagenomics, and transcriptomics studies with applications in molecular ecology, conservation genetics, population genetics and plant genetics.

X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) System

Applicant: Alex Uhl | Co-applicants: Mohammad Arjmand, Lukas Bichler, Jian Liu and Sumi Siddiqua

The XRD system allows non-destructive characterization of thin films or powders to identify the crystallinity, phase purity, stress, and chemical coordination within a material.  This instrument will support research and training in materials science, enabling researchers in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry and the School of Engineering to further explore interest areas such as solar fuels, nanomaterials, aluminum alloys, new-generation battery technologies, geotechnics, and others.

The Eminence Clusters of Research Excellence  are interdisciplinary networks of researchers working to solve pressing challenges facing society.

The Inaugural Cluster Trainee Poster Session will provide trainees with opportunities to share their research, showcase their creativity, and update the campus community on ongoing Eminence Cluster research activities.

Each trainee will have 30 seconds to ‘pitch their poster’ and entice the audience to visit their poster to learn more about their research project.

Following the pitch presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in more depth with over 30 trainees at their posters and find out what excites them about their research and being part of an interdisciplinary cluster.

Schedule of Events

2:30     Opening Remarks (Phil Barker)
2:35     Eminence Trainee Pitches
3:15      Formal poster viewing (trainees available to answer questions and discuss their research)*
4:15      Prizes awarded
4:30     Event concludes

*Refreshments will be served.

List of Presenters   Full Abstracts

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time:  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: UNC Ballroom (UNC 200) | UBC Okanagan, 3272 University Way

RSVP to attend

Questions? Contact:

Danielle Lamb
Major Awards Officer



UBC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Faculty Research Awards. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, applied science, science, and medicine.


Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions.

Up to ten prizes of $5,000 each are awarded annually to full-time tenure-stream faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions. All fields of research are eligible.

Junior Category:

Allison Hargreaves (English and Cultural Studies)

See all UBC recipients

UBC Okanagan, Accelerate Okanagan, BC Cancer and Interior Health have joined forces to host an annual Future of Health Forum that  provides researchers, clinicians, innovators, entrepreneurs, students and the general public with an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas on how to build a better future for health in our province.

With cancer remaining the leading cause of death in BC, the inaugural Future of Health Forum will focus on the research and innovation in cancer care and the strides being taken to improve patient outcomes and quality of life for those affected by the disease.

WHAT:   Future of Health Forum on Cancer Care
WHO:     More than 150 delegates and 30 renowned speakers
WHEN:   Friday, October 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
WHERE: The Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Ave., Kelowna, BC
COST:     $50 registration fee (including lunch and reception)

Register  Schedule  Speakers


We have assembled an expert lineup of speakers, including Dr. Connie Eaves —internationally renowned stem cell researcher and 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recipient — who will take the stage on October 18th. Faculty from both UBC campuses will speak on a range of topics, including advances in cancer detection, personalized radiotherapy, and new treatments and technologies designed to empower patients with choice throughout their journey. Leaders in cancer care and research will discuss the current state of cancer care in BC and the innovative research that is helping to shape the future of health in B.C.


The schedule of events follows the patient journey from preventing and detecting the disease, through to diagnosis and treatment, and improving quality of life for patients, survivors and supporters. The closing reception includes a screening of ‘The Nature of Things’ documentary, Cracking Cancer, a short film that recounts the journey of seven BC Cancer patients as they take part in the Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) program—a cutting-edge clinical research initiative that is changing the way oncologists view cancer treatment.


Explore the work of UBC Okanagan’s 2019 Researchers of the Year.

Each year, we recognize the outstanding achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to research and/or creative scholarly activity at UBC Okanagan. Three prizes are awarded in the areas of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Health. This year’s recipients epitomize excellence and are leaders in their respective fields and disciplines, working across traditional boundaries to help make the world a better place.


Rachelle Hole, Associate Professor, Social Work

Kasun Hewage, Professor, Engineering

Jon Corbett, Associate Professor, Geography


Katrina Plamondon, PhD Student, Nursing

 Emily Giroux, MSc Student, Health and Exercise Sciences