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October 7, 2009
Ventilator shortage raises concerns
A B.C. Health Services Ministry report predicts there could be a shortage of ventilators and trained staff in B.C.’s health system, and even a “mild” onset of the H1N1 virus in the province could challenge health care providers to meet the demand. SFU biomedical physiologist Andy Hoffer designed and is in the process of testing a therapeutic device that can speed up and improve recovery time in critically ill patients on mechanical ventilators and save health care costs and increase ventilator availability to more patients. The Lungpacer system is being commercialized via a new spin-off company, Lungpacer Medical Inc., which recently won recently won third place in the New Ventures B.C. annual competition.

Andy Hoffer, 778.782.3141;

Blaney Award
Celebrated choreographer Liz Lerman will receive the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie. St. The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies internationally the spirit and programs of SFU’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Media wishing to attend the invitation-only event or to arrange an interview with Liz Lerman should contact Lorena Dexter, 778.782.7885;


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