DMSC Professors Visit BC Legislature

The Division of Medical Sciences’ Dr. Laura Arbour, Affiliate Professor, and Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne, Associate Professor, were two of six researchers invited to visit the BC Legislature on February 27 with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). During their visit, Drs. Arbour and Swayne had the opportunity to engage with MLA’s and the BC Health Minister, Adrian Dix.  

“As researchers supported by MSFHR through the Scholar Awards program and, for Laura, the Silent Genomes initiative, we welcomed this opportunity to discuss our independent and collaborative research projects and to emphasize how our research in the Division of Medical Sciences is addressing key BC health research priorities like mental health and indigenous health,” said Dr. Swayne.

In an email, Dr. Bev Holmes, President and CEO of MSFHR, said, “Telling the story of the importance and value of research is key to ensuring sustainable funding to help enable our BC researchers to continue to build capacity in our health system and knowledge economy, and train our next generation of innovators.”

The researchers’ visit happened to take place on Pink Shirt Day, which raises bullying awareness, and Swayne says it was moving to be surrounded by photos of women politicians and to take in MSFHR’s special display about equity diversity and inclusion.

“Laura and I thought this was particularly poignant given the struggles faced by women in medicine and biomedical research –women that are now finally making major headlines within the medical and scientific communities and the general public.”