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CHÉOS Trainee Seminar: Michaela Davies & Naomi Potter

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February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This series is intended for CHÉOS trainees as well as the Heart Lung Innovations (HLI) trainees as our guests, together with trainee supervisors and new investigators from these respective organizations. The series format will include an invited speaker addressing one of several career development topics with a trainee presentation to follow.

Communication as Storytelling

Michaela Davies, Director of Communications, CHÉOS and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network

Michaela leads a team of communications experts that provide support to both the Centre of Health Evaluation and Outcomes Science (CHÉOS) and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN). She practices the philosophy that good storytelling is a key ingredient of good research. Good stories change policy, public perception, and how we live our lives. Michaela will present some examples of communication as good storytelling and how it can make for a rewarding career.

Michaela Davies is the Director of Communications for CHÉOS and the CTN. She holds a Masters Degree in Communications, with her research area focused on the use of mood targeted algorithms in social media. Michaela has a breadth of experience working within health care non-profits, as well as large publicly-traded organizations.

Human nasal epithelial air-liquid interface models to support equitable access to cystic fibrosis therapies

Naomi Potter, PhD student, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC

Naomi’s research is focused on model systems using nasal brushings from people with cystic fibrosis (CF) to better understand individual responses to CFTR modulator therapies. In particular, she is concentrating on rare mutations in people with cystic fibrosis that restrict their eligibility for these treatments in Canada. In collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Naomi is establishing these model systems utilizing nasal brushings for people with cystic fibrosis on the West Coast here in Vancouver to facilitate characterization of more patients with rare mutations.

Naomi is a PhD student in experimental medicine at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC.  Naomi received her BSc in honors physiology from the University of Alberta with a certificate in biomedical research and a certificate in international learning.  She is the recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral (CGS D) Program, a federal scholarship award program, as well as the Friedman Award for Scholars in Health and the Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) both awarded by UBC.  She has worked as a Research, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Project Assistant to design and deliver a training program at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. Naomi is the Co-Chair of the trainee association at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation and is passionate about improving the trainee experience and building community.

Click here to register (required): https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50sc-2vqj8jGNxgqoid8LwQzIR1YO4zqMSz

If you have any questions, please contact Julie at jpongrac@cheos.ubc.ca.

Attendance can be in person or virtually. For those attending in person, a light lunch will be provided.


February 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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