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What All The Cool Kids Will Be Doing On September 27th

My friend Dr. Erika is giving a public lecture as part of the Café Scientifique series of public lectures:

Our next café will happen on Tuesday September 27 at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street) at 7:30pm. Our speaker that evening will be Erika Eliason, an expert on Pacific salmon migration who has been featured on the UBC Public Affairs webpage. Her talk that evening will be:

Pacific Salmon and Climate Change 

Every year, millions of Pacific salmon return from the ocean to the Fraser River to perform their upriver, adult spawning migration. Pacific salmon typically return to spawn in the same stream where they were born. This has resulted in many geographically and genetically distinct populations. In recent years, warm river temperatures have been associated with high mortality during the upriver spawning migration, raising clear conservation concerns. My research is focused on understanding why salmon die when the water gets too warm and how different populations vary in their susceptibility to warm temperatures.

We hope to see you there!

-Your Café Sci Vancouver Organizers (

It will be everything you ever wanted to know about Pacific Salmon and Climate Change. Be there are be square.


Café Scientifique: Old Drugs, Bad Bugs: Antibiotic Treatment of Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis – July 27 at the Railway Club

Just a quick plug for an upcoming Café Scientifique event:

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a fatal genetic disease that affects many Canadian children and young adults. Though CF is a multi-organ disease, chronic infection and inflammation of the lungs are particularly detrimental to health. Persons with CF can get infected with unusual bacteria that are hard to clear in part because they are, or become, highly resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment of airway infections in CF is further complicated by the fact that one class of antibiotics can cause resistance to another class, and some antibiotics can interfere with immune system processes. My research is focused on understanding how these “bad bugs” evade antibiotics, and the possible side-effects of chronic drug use.

Given that I’m playing in the Longest Game of Hockey specifically to raise money for, and awareness about, Cystic Fibrosis – and that Agatha happens to be a friend of mine – I really wish I could attend this but I have a hockey game that night. But I thought I’d pass along the info in case any of you are interested!

Date: Tuesday July 27th, 7:30pm
Location: Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir St)
Topic: Old Drugs, Bad Bugs: Antibiotic Treatment of Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis
Speaker: Agatha Jassem, from the Department of Pathology at UBC


Café Scientifique Event: Let’s Talk about Marijuana and Teens

I received this event invite and thought I’d share it with y’all.  It sounds like it will be an interesting talk (and I know most of the “experts” and they are pretty awesome).

Please join us for a CIHR Café Scientifique

Let’s Talk about Marijuana and Teens

Why do more youth in British Columbia use marijuana than anywhere else in Canada? What are the health and social effects of frequent use? How can we talk about these issues?

Refreshments and lively discussion about the latest research and local initiatives related to youth marijuana use. Come and be part of the conversation!


Please RSVP to or call 604.827.4058

Tuesday, March 9, 5-7pm
Bohemian Café
524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC
Please RSVP:


  • Joan Bottorff, Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention UBC Okanagan
  • Marvin Krank, Dean of Graduate Studies & Professor, Psychology UBC Okanagan
  • Dallas Davidson, Substance Abuse Counselor ARC Programs Ltd.


  • Marion Barschel, Host, CBC Daybreak

Thursday, March 11, 7-9pm
Juliet’s Café
1905 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Please RSVP:


  • Joy Johnson, Professor, UBC School of Nursing
  • Rebecca Haines, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC School of Nursing
  • Art Steinmann, Vancouver School Board  Coordinator School-Age Children and Youth (SACY) substance abuse prevention program


  • Ian Mulgrew, Columnist, Vancouver Sun and Author of Bud Inc: Inside Canada’s Marijuana Industry


Café Scientifique: "Understanding Addictions: Nature Meets Nurture"

So, as a general rule I don’t blog about work, but rules were made to be broken, right?  I’m running an event through work for the general public and I’m thinking that some of my readers might be interested in attending, so I’m blogging it.

Café Scientifique is a public science initiative that gets scientists together with the general public to talk, in layperson’s terms, about science.   I think the Wikipedia entry on Café Scientifique puts it nicely when they say that Café Scientifique:

“aims to demystify scientific research for the general public and empower non-scientists to more comfortably and accurately assess science and technology issues, particularly those that impact on social policy making”

There are a number of different groups running Café Scientifique events in a number of cities. Our particular series of Café Sci events is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and my particular event in that series is called “Addictions: Nature Meets Nurture.”  We have a panel of four researchers who study different aspects of addictions and each of them will present a brief (like, four minute long) introduction to their area of addictions research – and the rest of the event will involve questions, answers, comments and discussion among the audience and the panel members.  It is meant to be an informal event and one that will generate a lot of discussion about this complex topic.

Event Details:

Understanding Addictions: Nature Meets Nurture

February 4, 2009
7 – 9 p.m.
Café Du Soleil
1393 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC (close to Grandview Park)

Note: the event is at Café Du Soleil, not Café Deux Soleils (which is also on Commercial Drive).  Here’s a map.

Addiction is a complex problem that cannot fully be understood from any single perspective. Join us as we try to find common ground to deepen our understanding of the problems of addiction and strategies to address them .

Food and beverages will be provided.


Erin Gibson
Masters student
Interdisciplinary Studies, UVic
Hajera Rostam
Ph.D. student
Counselling Psychology, UBC
Iris Torchalla
Postdoctoral Fellow
BC Centre of Excellence for  Women’s Health
Kristina Uban
Ph.D. student
Behavioural Neuroscience, UBC


Dr. Lorraine Greaves
Executive Director
BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH)

This Café Scientifique event is part of the series Sex, Drugs and the Public: Men, Women & Addiction coordinated by the BCCEWH. This Café is offered in partnership with the Integrated Mentor Program in Addictions Research Training (IMPART)

RSVP to:

  • For more information, please look under “Events” at
  • To check out our Facebook event listing, go here.

If you plan on attending, be sure to RSVP to the email address above and let me know in the comments!

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