Web-Based Seminars

Free seminars are offered using web and telephone technology through the following units. Webinars, in real-time, require the participant to be available at the time of the lecture. On-demand webcasts can be viewed/heard anytime via the internet.

Real-time Seminars (Webinars)

Seminar Details

UBC’s School of Population and Public Health

On June 1, 2011 the UBC School of Environmental Health (SOEH) merged with the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH). This very positive development brings to together units at UBC with the common goal of protecting and improving health and well being, and to provide the best possible research and teaching programs. More on UBC SPPH

SPPH OEH Seminar Series – Fall 2011 
New series begins Friday September 9, 2011

SPPH OEH weekly seminars are open to the university community and the public and are available in-person as well as in webinar format via Adobe Connect. Seminars are free of charge and no pre-registration required.
View full seminar listing and certification maintenance points information here

UBC Department of Health Care and Epidemiology

Seminars (Rounds) are held during the academic year Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00.

Please join us for the Grand Rounds. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us remotely through our website www.healthcare.ubc.ca and simultaneously via conference call.

  • Dial in: 1-866-596-5278
  • Conference ID: 7347312#

If you do join us via conference call, please note that phones will be muted until the discussion period. Please be aware that others will be able to hear you during the discussion period. For this reason, please put your phone on mute as sounds like voices, shuffling papers, typing, etc. can be highly distracting for other remote listeners.

**Presentations are the property of the presenter(s) and permission must be obtained before copying or distribution of presentation occurs. Presentations for rounds from the website are for viewing purposes only.**

Seminars (Rounds) are held during the academic year Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00.

Calendar of HCEP Rounds

Remote listeners follow along with the presentation by clicking through the presentation (.pdf) posted on the HCEP website (www.healthcare.ubc.ca) while listening to the presentation over the teleconference system.The change of slides is indicated to remote listeners by a short beep.

To connect to the audio portion of the seminar, dial:

  • Within BC: 1-866-596-5278
  • When prompted, enter the conference code 7347312#

Connectivity to the audio conference as well as the web presentation will be available approximately 10 minutes prior to the actual start time, and left available until approximately 30 minutes after the seminar ends.

For further information on the rounds series contact Sylvia Froese at sylvia.froese@ubc.ca.

Seminars available on the Internet (On-Demand Webcasts)

Seminar Details
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)


AACR Virtual Conferences


 AACR Meetings have an impact on science long after they’re over. AACR is making available a series of webcasts in the past few years. These webcasts highlight the most significant talks and sessions from AACR meetings to ensure that the content is available worldwide to scientists, members of the media and the lay public. You do not have to be an AACR member to view these free webcasts.

Details: AACR webpage

American Diabetes Association (ADA) 57th Annual Advanced Postgraduate Course
Free Webcasts from the ADA meeting held on February 5-7, 2010 in San Francisco presenting cutting-edge clinical research in diabetes treatment and management.
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHce)

AIHce presents a series of podcasts 
Details: AIHce webpage

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

ASCO delivers a variety of oncology audio podcasts on the latest presentations, news and commentary from the 2008 Breast Cancer Symposium Presentations – subscription required.
Details: ASCO webpage

Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) Life Cycle Assessment: A Comprehensive Environmental Management Tool
Monday, March 22, 2010 – 2:00pm – 4:00 pm EST
Sustainability and other environmental professionals are invited to join the Air & Waste Management Association for this exciting Webinar to learn more about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a standardized tool that considers all the human health and ecological impacts of a product from cradle to grave. Find out how LCA can help to create more environmentally sound and better products by taking a holistic view of environmental interactions, from the extraction of raw materials from the Earth and production and distribution of energy, through the use, and reuse, and final disposal of a product.
Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) Upcoming Webinar:
Sustainability and Climate Change: From Compliance to Opportunity
Thursday, April 22, 2010 2:00 PM EST
“Sustainability and Climate Change: From Compliance to Opportunity” will be a series of four (4) webinars discussing sustainability and climate change. The first and second installments of this series will discuss mandatory and voluntary reporting programs/ initiatives, respectively, to provide a feel for the regulatory and policy landscape. The third webinar will discuss strategies for compliance with existing programs, to assist with governance in the short term. Finally, the fourth webinar will take a longer-term view, looking at ways to leverage compliance requirements into opportunities for improving organizational efficiencies and corporate reputation.
American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

Managing Water Resources and Development in a Changing Climate - Anchorage, Alaska

Annual Conference - New Orleans, LA
Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers - Working at the Water’s Edge - Virgina Beach, VA
GIS and Water Resources V - San Mateo, CA

Annual Conference - Albuquerque, NM
Emerging Contaminants of Concern in the Environment - Vail, CO
Third Water Resources Policy Dialogue - Arlington, VA

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Help your New Workers Stay Safe!
Date: May 3, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Speaker: Jan Chappel, Senior Technical Specialist, CCOHS
Young, new and migrant workers need special attention because it has been shown that they are at more risk of injury than their older or more experienced counterparts, especially in the first four to six months of employment.
Details: here

The Aging Workforce: OHS Solutions
Date: May 4, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 1:40 pm EDT
Speaker: Emma Ashurst, Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, CCOHS
Research has shown that some physical and mental changes do occur as people age. How do these changes affect people and the jobs they do?
In this free webinar during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, Emma Ashurst from CCOHS will discuss what has been learned from research studies and demonstrate how specific solutions and practices can prevent these changes from becoming hindrances in the workplace.
Details: here

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Preventing and Enforcing Musculoskeletal Hazards in the Workplace webinar held on June 17, 2009, discussed how Ontario’s health and safety system has engaged its partners to coordinate their efforts to implement an MSD prevention strategy that includes access to prevention resources such as the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario and sector specific materials, integration into WSIB prevention services and enforcement by the Ministry of Labour.


Details: CCOHS webpage

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) What: A Guide to Challenging Return to Work Situations - presented by Ellen MacEachen, PhD, Institute for Work & Health (IWH)
When: Wednesdy, February 16, 2011 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
This webinar is based on a study on complex return-to-work problems by Dr. Ellen MacEachen and colleagues at the Institute for Work & Health. The study, which involved in-depth interviews with injured workers, service providers, insurers and workplace personnel, led to the development of a practical guide called Red Flags/Green Lights: A Guide to Identifying and Solving Return-to-Work Problems. This guide is now in use by long-term case managers at Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) What: Best RTW Practices for Workers with Musculoskeletal and Mental Health Conditions presented by Renée-Louise Franche, Ph.D
When: On demand
In this recorded session, Dr. Renée-Louise Franche, one of Canada’s leading RTW researchers, will present findings from two systematic research reviews of RTW programs. These reviews address two common conditions accounting for most work disability costs: soft-tissue injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and mental health conditions. The reviews were conducted at the Institute for Work & Health in Ontario, and at the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

CCOHS produces monthly podcasts on a wide variety of topics related to workplace health and safety. Each episode is designed to keep you current with information, tips and insights into the health, safety and well-being of working Canadians.

Healthy Workplaces

Bridging the Generations at Work

Help Prevent the Spread

Working in the Heat: How Hot is Too Hot?

Keeping Young Workers Safe

Planning for Influenza

National Day of Mourning

Details: CCOHS

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

CCOHS is recognized worldwide for providing programs, services, and knowledge that help organizations raise awareness, assess risks, implement prevention programs, and improve the health, safety and well-being of workers.

Promoting Health & Safety Through Social Media

Preventing and Enforcing Muskuloskeletal Hazards in the Workplace

Evaluating MSDS First Aid Advice

Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Strategies for Success

Journey to a Healthier Workplace

Participatory Ergonomic Interventions: Process and Implementation

CAREX Environmental Estimates – November 8th
Focuses on the estimates of Canadians’ potential exposures via various environmental exposure pathways, including background on methods and some of the tools available to use and explore the data.
Occupational Estimates – November 22nd
Presents estimates of the number of Canadians exposed in the workplace, methods for calculating those as well as estimated levels of exposure, and upcoming tools for exploring the data.
Time: 9:00am PT
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

NASA’s Applied Sciences Program is now available for Internet viewing. It is entitled “Geospatial Science Forum with NASA”. You will become informed about the NASA Public Health Initiative and NASA’s approach to geosciences architecture, interoperability and practice. CDC currently is considering new approaches to institutional geospatial science leadership in public health. From a May 25, 2007 presentation.

Healthy Places Leading to Healthy People: Community Engagement Improves Health for All

Originally aired May 11, 2007

Details: CDC website

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Recommendation for Exploratory Spatiotemporal Analysis and Cartographic Presentation of Environmental Hazard, Exposure and Health Outcome Data for the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

Linda Pickle, Ph.D., Principal and Chief Statistician, StatNet Consulting, LLC, will review general principles of visualization design and their past application to the design of disease atlases and web sites for dissemination of cancer statistics. Based on this theoretical foundation and practical experience, recommendations are given for the design of a public web portal for the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. These recommendations are illustrated by specific designs for birth defects rates, blood lead levels among children and domestic well water quality.

Originally aired: June 2, 2008
Details: CDC webpage

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


Clostridium difficile in Humans and Food Animals

Details:CDC webpage

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Workplace Safety and Women :

This women’s health podcast aired on May 11, 2009, focused on four important issues for women at work: job stress, work schedules, reproductive health, and workplace violence.

The Collaborative on health and the Environment (CHE) Advancing Risk Assessment: Progress and Ongoing Obstacles
Date: May 24, 2012
Time: 10:00 am PT
Risk assessment has become a dominant public policy tool for evaluating risks associated with exposures to chemicals. A standardized framework for conducting risk assessments, recommended by the National Academy of Sciences in 1983, has been widely adopted and used. Recently, at the request of the US EPA, a committee of the NAS reviewed the process and its nearly 30-year history of implementation, in light of recent scientific advances and long delays in completing risk assessments. The committee concluded that the risk assessment process was "bogged down" and needed significant overhaul to make it more responsive and incorporate contemporary science.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) Designing Healthy Communities
Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 am PT
In the provocative new 4-hour series, "Designing Healthy Communities" host/narrator Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indices – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson shows the connection between poorly designed communities with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing about this urgent crisis by looking upstream for innovative solutions.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) CHE Alaska Call: Toxic Chemicals that Disrupt Hormones: Impacts to Fish and People
Date: August 24, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM (PST)
Speaker: Dr. Frances Solomon
A one hour discussion with environmental biologist Dr. Frances Solomon about endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC). Dr. Solomon will discuss the toxic properties of EDCs, exposure pathways for fish and humans with a focus on routes of exposure for people living in the Arctic, why young humans and juvenile fish are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of EDCs, and how you can reduce your exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. We will also discuss the specific impacts of two groups of EDCs – phthalates and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) and proposed regulatory reform including
the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 and the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) Public Policy and Canadians’ Attitudes towards the Healthcare System
Date: May 24, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm ET


Webcasts from the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium - the first Symposium presented by the CTRC, AACR, and the Baylor College of Medicine.

Details: SABCS webpage

European Respiratory Society(ERS)

Webcasts from the Lung Science Conf. - Lung Injury, Repair and Remodeling, Estoril 2008. Topics:
• Trigger mechanisms of lung injury
• Cellular responses to lung injury
• Resolution of lung inflammation
• Extracellular matrix dynamics and remodelling

Details: ERS webpage

European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Webcasts:
IMPACT Breast Cancer Conference – Brussels, Belgium
May 7 – 9, 2009
Harvard Medical School



HMS scientists tackle a variety of important questions, ranging from how neurons work to which genes play a role in particular diseases. This podcast features important aspects of this work, providing context and highlighting the latest trends in medical education and biomedical research. 


Details: HMS website

Institute for Healthcare Improvement(IHI) As part of an ongoing effort to accelerate health care improvement throughout the world, IHI will be transmitting a live satellite broadcast of the 21st Annual National Forum presentations on December 8 – 9, 2009. The real-time and tape-delayed broadcasts include four keynote and five mini keynote sessions. The broadcast is available in English only.
International Myeloma Foundation(IMF)
The 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting was a forum for cutting-edge scientific and educational developments in oncology with a focus on personalizing cancer care. The webcast overviews presentations provided by Drs. Durie, Rajkumar and Anderson, as well as a number of interviews with scientists who presented their results at the conference.
Details: IMF webpage
LGMA Respectful Workplace - Behavioral and Generational Issues
Date and Time: June 21 – 23, 2010, Noon – 1:00pm
In this session we will be exploring what is meant by "respectful workplace" and how generational issues impact organizations. We will be discussing whether different standards of behavior are appropriate depending on the workgroup (e.g. Inside or outside staff ), and what individual employees can do to support the development of a respectful workplace. This session will also discuss the unique challenges of working with and leading different generational styles, with specific practical suggestions.
Details: here
NCDDR The KT4TT Knowledge Base: Steps and Supporting Evidence to Improve Your Process!
The Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) has introduced a comprehensive knowledge base geared towards individuals who research and develop technology-base devices and services. The knowledge base consists of a new product development model - the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model, and a searchable database of substantiating findings extracted from scholarly literature. The knowledge base is intended for use by federal grantees, small businesses, and others who have an interest in moving new technology-based devices or services from research and development laboratories out to the marketplace.
This one-hour webcast will review the Center’s online knowledge base including the NtK model homepage, search page, and results pages. The presentation begins with an overview of the model, and ways to view steps, tips, and supporting evidence. The audience will then be introduced to the knowledge base’s search page, and given tips for effective searches. Finally, a question and answer session will complete the webcast.
When: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 3:00 pm EST




The NCRI Cancer Conference is the major forum in the UK for showcasing the best British and international cancer research. The podcasts feature a compelling mix of high-quality plenary speakers, symposia and parallel sessions, including focused satellite meetings and workshops. Details: NCRI webpage


PICS CarbonTalks: Liquefied natural gas in BC - risk or reward?
Date: November 20, 2012
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Opinions on what to do with BC’s massive gas deposits are divided. Some view them as a tremendous economic opportunity to exploit an abundant natural resource, which will propel BC forward into a new age of growth. Others view natural gas development as less than ideal from a greenhouse gas emissions perspective, but still a good “transition” fuel, which can be exploited responsibly. Still, there are many who view the extraction of natural gas as not only bad economics, but also illegal and immoral for the province to seemingly renege on its promise to be a leader in global climate change.
PICS Modeling the electrical grid, renewable energy and electric vehicles: what it tells us
Date: November 21, 2012
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
PICS Smart Environmental Policy with Full Cost Pricing
Date: May 8, 2012
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm PT
Canada’s natural resources, ecosystems and wildlife are indispensable to the sustainability of our planet and economy. Despite this, both the public and private sectors do not adequately consider the environmental consequences of production and consumption when calculating their bottom line. There is a growing need for full-cost pricing, a system that adjusts market prices to reflect not only the direct costs of goods and services, but also their impact on our country’s natural capital. Dr. Olewiler argues that the onus is on the federal government to create the conditions for full-cost pricing to succeed.
PICS An Economic Assessment of the Northern Gateway
Date: April 27, 2012
Location: SFU Harbour Centre
Speaker: Robyn Allan
Robyn Allan has been a consulting economist and has provided strategic business management and public policy advise to senior personnel in the private sector and in government on a wide variety of issues, with emphasis on investment, corporate restructuring, international trade and business development. She has been a director for a number of community organizations and publicly listed companies including Vancouver Opera, ballet BC, and Samoth Capital Corporation. She was awarded the Forty under Forty distinction from Business in Vancouver as well as named by the Financial Post as one of Canada’s top 200 CEOs.
PHIRNET Building the food allergy puzzle: Exploring the perspectives and needs of vulnerable populations
Date: May 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 – 2:15pm ET
Food allergies (e.g. peanut, shellfish) are emerging as important public health risks in the western world, and there is evidence to suggest that prevalence is increasing. The first general Canadian study of food allergy prevalence, allergen labeling on packaged foods and associated risks was conducted in 2008-09. The research findings indicate that 8.0% of Canadian households have at least one resident with a food allergy. However, perceived prevalence rates exceeded 30%, far surpassing systematic estimates.
SETAC Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Join us as we chat with Dr. James Meador, Guest Editor of the Tissue Residue Approach Special Series. The series consists of six articles that are featured in the January 2011 issue of IEAM. In 2007, Dr. Meador organized and chaired a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Pellston workshop entitled “The Tissue Residue Approach for Toxicity Assessment (TRA).” A group of 39 scientists from 9 countries convened in Leavenworth, Washington, USA to evaluate the theory and application of tissue concentrations (internal concentrations) as the dose metric for characterizing toxic effects. An important consensus of the experts at the workshop was that the TRA can enhance the scientific understanding of the interaction between exposure and consequent effects, which will strengthen our ability to assess and manage risks from chemical contamination. The workshop participants also felt that appropriate application of the TRA can reduce variability, diminish uncertainties, and improve interpretation of causality as compared to both traditional toxicity testing and assessments based solely on concentrations in exposure media.
United Nations Environment Program


University at Albany, Centre for Public Health Preparedness In September 2000, CDC partnered with the Association of Schools of Public Health, state and local public health agencies and other academic and community partners to develop a national network of Centers for Public Health Preparedness. Who Should Attend: National audience of professionals and their partners. There is no charge to attend. Topics include, but are not limited to: Public Health Preparedness & Leadership in Crisis Situations; Risky Business: Communication During Crisis; Epidemiology and Surveillance of Emerging Infections; and Water Contamination Events: Lessons Learned from Katrina. Visit the U Albany website for details.
University of Illinois at Chicago: School of Public Health, Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health Through the Center of Excellence we strive to develop curricula for the Great Lakes environmental health workforce in exposure assessment and toxicology. The objectives are to: increase awareness among local health department workers to the role of local health departments in addressing environmental health issues; develop, implement and evaluate an online training program that addresses the fourteen competencies and ten essential environmental health services for local public health department workers; improve communication and interaction between environmental health experts and local health department practitioners; and develop, implement and evaluate advanced course work in environmental health for local public health workers responsible for environmental health. Topics include, but are not limited to: West Nile Virus; Cancer Clusters; Mold & Fungi; Agricultural Safety; Pest Management; Lead Poisoning; Radon; Brownfields; and taking Environmental/Occupational Histories. Visit the UIC website for details.
US Department of Health and Human Services

US Department of Health and Human Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provide the following free webcast:

Helping the Labor Movement Embrace Recovery
Produced: May 3/06, 1hour

Visit the webcast’s website and click on "View Multimedia"

US National Institutes of Health Videocasting Special NIH events, seminars, and lectures are available to viewers on the Internet from the NIH videocast web site. Videocasting is the method of electronically streaming digitally encoded video and audio data. Streaming files are not downloaded, but rather are broadcast in a manner similar to television broadcasts. NIH videocast website.
West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Office for Public Health Practice

Asbestos in Buildings and Health Effects
Alan M. Ducatman, MD, MSc
Chair, Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, WVU
From Grand Rounds held November 30, 2006

Other topics also available.

Last updated November 07, 2012