Monday, April 28, 2008

CAANCB member & anatomist, Dr. John Basmajian

Prominent Canadian scientist, physician, anatomist, and leader in rehabilitative medicine, Dr. John Basmajian, has recently died, according to the Globe and Mail. He died in Burlington Ontario March 18, 2008, at the age of 86. A long obituary appeared in the Globe and Mail on April 21, 2008.

As an anatomist Dr. Basmajian would have been best known to members of the CAANCB. He was an author of many useful texts and articles and a few years ago, he arranged for reprints of one of his many books (his surface anatomy pocket book) to be made available to medical students. He also established a very prestigious award for the American Association of Anatomists.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Dr. Bernie Bressler receives Lifesciences Lifetime Achievement Award

LifeSciences British Columbia
, formerly known as BC Biotech, was founded in 1991. LifeSciences British Columbia supports and represents the biotechnology, medical device, and greater life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, advocacy and promotion of our world-class science and industry. Today British Columbia is home to approximately 90 biotech companies making it the 7th largest cluster in North America.

Dr. Bressler has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to life sciences research and has a passionate belief in the value of commercializing intellectual property from universities and research hospitals. During his tenure as Vice President of Research at the University of British Columbia (1996-1999), he was actively involved in the growth of the University Industry Liaison Office, which has become a world leader in development and management of technology transfer and biotechnology spin-offs.

It is because of his foresight and leadership in this area that UBC scientists are amongst the nation’s leaders in translational medical research. Since 1996, he has served as a Board member of Discovery Parks, and in 2007 was appointed Chair of the Board of Discovery Parks and Discovery Parks Foundation.