Health & Wellness

The Centre for Blood Research has formed its Health and Wellness Committee. Their vision is to create an inclusive, supportive and connected community by engaging in social and physical activities. Based on interviews with some of the CBR members, it was noted that the biggest challenges in working at a laboratory setting were high levels of isolation, stress and lack of opportunities to connect with CBR member’s outside of one’s lab.

Maintaining a work/life balance is difficult especially, if one plays many roles.  Taking that into consideration, the Health and Wellness Committee is planning events that are family-friendly and will target various interests and commitment levels. This will also help our members’ mental health as they are exposed to new skills, physical activity, team building activities to help decrease stress and expand their social networks.

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If you are interested in joining the committee, send an email to Stefanie at


During this challenging and uncertain time, it’s important to stay mentally and physically active. The CBR Health & Wellness Committee recently hosted a number of virtual educational events to help our members continue to thrive. Check out the past event recordings and other resources below.

Activities were supported by the UBC Healthy Workplace Initiative Fund.

Are you looking for ways to manage daily stress and avoid burnout? Although some stress can be a good thing, too much stress can lead to mental exhaustion and a decrease in productivity. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce and manage stress levels and increase your overall wellbeing. Facilitated by Kimberley Talbot, Certified nutrition & lifestyle wellness consultant.

Handout (PDF): Stress Management Handout

Video Recording:

Get active, and free your mind and body! This class is for all fitness levels. Facilitated by Ayse Camci Yoga.

Video Recording:


Annual Challenges:

CBR Sun Run Team. The CBR forms an annual Sun Run Team to run the 10k Vancouver Sun Run! In 2019, 23 individuals from the CBR participated in the Sun Run on April 14, 2019.

CBR Step Challenge. This event encourages fitness and is designed to push CBR members to meet their fitness goals through extending the number of steps they walk daily. Read more about it here.

Bike to Work Week. The CBR participates in an annual Bike to Work Week competition - a great way to maintain personal health and help the environment!

UBC Stair Challenge. The CBR Stair Masters climb their way to good fitness by joining the UBC Pick Your Peak Challenge. It is an annual competition, where staff and faculty are encouraged to take the stairs for 4 weeks for a chance to win a prize. More information.

Past events:

  • 2020:
    • Valentine's Day DIY Cookies & Cards
    • Lunch and learn nutrition workshop
    • Stress management workshop
    • Yoga class
    • CBR Welcome Social & Scavenger Hunt: Pictures
    • CBR, MIGSS and BMB-GSA Halloween Trivia Night: Pictures
    • CBR Holiday Hangout: Pictures
    • Self-care in Science workshop
    • Nitobe Garden Walk
    • Wellness Bingo Challenge
  • 2015:
    • Spring Potluck
    • Summer Students Welcome Potluck
    • Dragon Boating: Read about it
    • August Potluck
    • Holiday Potluck