It is hard to believe that the PROOF Centre of Excellence is now formally 10 years of age. This data analytics and systems science engine has matured to provide services and products as a not-for-profit organization funded initially as an NCE Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR). The previous years running up to the CECR were based on applied human health genomics thrusts funded by Genome Canada, Genome BC and partners.
We invite you to attend and engage in a day-long symposium to be held on Wednesday, November 28th, in Vancouver at UBC Robson Square Theatre in recognition of PROOF's 10th anniversary. The day is full, but is intended to be fun, forward-looking learning event where friends and associated of the Centre can interact and share the latest in biomarker science and applications.
Please RSVP by November 19th HERE
We welcome all of you with the greatest enthusiasm and appreciation. The Symposium is one way to look back, see where we are now, and broach the amazing and pressing opportunities ahead to harness data analytics and systems approaches for better science and better health.
2017 has been a year of widespread global attention to blockchain possibilities beyond mere finance, and the PROOF Centre, together with Blockchain@UBC (http://www.blockchainubc.ca/) and other partners, is exploring these applications within the contexts of health research, ethics, privacy, record-keeping, and research design.
Blockchain technology has the potential to expedite research processes and support greater citizen control over personal medical data, through verifiable provenance, pseudonymous security, and math-based trust. However, blockchain protocols are not just about code. The technology is so new that there’s an equal need for practical implementation.
Thus, Blockchain@UBC, PROOF Centre and other industry leaders in blockchain technologies are holding the “Blockathon for Social Good” at UBC's Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) on Friday, August 4, 2017. Instead of just hunching over individual laptops, this full day Blockathon event will involve diffuse brainstorming, quiet reflection, cross-team discussion and networking. Participants, working in teams, will explore the use of blockchain in solving problems in biomedical research, with use cases provided by PROOF Centre. The winning team will receive a cash prize.
We are inviting all interested biomedical researchers to participate in the Blockathon. You do not need to be a coder or knowledgeable about blockchain technology. As a "domain expert", your knowledge of how health research works will be valuable to participating developers and blockchain experts.
For more information about the Blockathon and to register, please visit:
Learn more about the PROOF Centre's programs in cardiac transplantation at this year's Banff-CST Joint Scientific Meeting. Drs. Bruce McManus and Scott Tebbutt will be presenting during the event.
Wednesday, October 7, 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Leukocyte Transcripts as Biomarkers in Cardiac Transplantation
Dr. Scott Tebbutt, CSO, PROOF Centre of Excellence
Session: Banff Heart Concurrent I & II: Improving Heart Transplant Rejection Diagnostic System: Unmet Needs, Current Limitations, New Implementations and Future Directions
Friday October 9, 2015, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Biomarkers for Monitoring Cardiac Allograft Rejection: Ready for Prime Time?
Dr. Bruce McManus, CEO, PROOF Centre of Excellence
Session: CST Heart Concurrent Session
The meeting is co-hosted by the Canadian Society of Transplantation and The Banff Foundation for Allograft Pathology and is held in Vancouver, BC from October 5 to 10, 2015.