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View the 2017 DEM Strategic Plan

June 20, 2017

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DEM Residents Charles Stringer and Jen Chao win the CAEP 2017 SonoGames!

June 7, 2017

Big congratulations to Charles Stringer and Jen Chao for representing UBC and winning the inaugural CAEP SonoGames today! They were part of the “A Lines”, representing Western Canada. Also, congrats to Dr. Justin Ahn, their inspirational coach who is an Emerg Physician at Royal Columbian Hospital!  

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Please join us in congratulating Mike Ertel on his new position!

May 31, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Ertel to the role of Vice President, Medicine & Quality effective immediately. Dr. Ertel (Mike) is a practicing emergency physician at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and has been a highly respected member of the Interior Health medical community for more than 20 years. As a highly regarded speaker in Emergency Medicine, Mike […]

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Congratulations to Eric Grafstein and the MMU Deployment team for an effective response to the fentanyl crisis.

May 30, 2017

They received the Award of Excellence from Vancouver Coastal health for Teamwork & Collaboration. This award is for a team that has come together to problem-solve, break down boundaries and/or create new relationships, finding sustainable solutions to health care challenges. Award of Excellence Mobile Medical Unit Deployment Team, Vancouver Acute & Vancouver Community: Lori Korchinski, Afshan […]

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Dr. Jeff Brubacher receives CIHR funding

May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and co-investigators Mark Asbridge, Rollin Brant, Herbert Chan, Shannon Erdelyi, and Scott MacDonald on their recently awarded CIHR grant ($845,325 over five years) for their study “Evaluation of the effect of cannabis legalization on road safety”. This project will continue Dr. Brubacher’s “Cannabis and Motor Vehicle Crash Risk” study  in order to […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho for receiving the Award of Excellence in the People First Award category of Innovation

May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho for receiving the Award of Excellence in the People First Award category of Innovation. Over 80 nominations from across the organization this year were received. The selection committee—comprised of Senior Executive Team members, directors and frontline staff—had the difficult task of evaluating the impressive entries based on the award criteria. For […]

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CIHR funds CanROC to study Epinephrine Doses in Cardiac Arrest

May 19, 2017

Congratulations to the CanROC Research Team. Led by Principal Investigator Paul Dorian in Toronto they have been successful with a $2.5 Million Dollar Grant from CIHR to study Epinephrine Dosing in Cardiac Arrest The randomized controlled blinded trial will compare standard dosing vs low dose vs placebo. This current dosing of epinephrine in cardiac arrest […]

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Dr. Quynh Doan Receives CIHR Funding

May 19, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan and her team members, who include Dr. Robert Stenstrom, on their recent CIHR  grant award (approximately $600K) to validate MyHEARTSMAP, a psychosocial assessment tool for use in the emergency department (ED). Although up to 70% of youth seeking care in the ED have an underlying mental health condition, only 10% seek […]

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ERT Award given to DEM residency program

May 18, 2017

The UBC Royal College of Emergency Medicine Residency Program received an award from the Vancouver Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), in appreciation for allowing ERT members to participate in a recent procedural skills educational event. Pictured here is Dr. Eric Vu presenting a plaque to Senior Resident Dr. Jonathan Lee.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and Dr. Kendall Ho

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to DEM faculty members Dr. Jeff Brubacher and Dr. Kendall Ho for each being granted one of the 11 inaugural 2017 Health Professional-Investigator Awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). This success is a major achievement, both for Drs. Brubacher and Ho, and for the DEM as a whole. The MSFHR […]

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Dr. Sam Stewart receives 2017 CAME Certificate of Merit

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Stewart on receiving the 2017 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association of medical Education. this award recognizes his valuable contribution to medical education in our Faculty.

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Congratulations to Dr. Kendall Ho on his successful Lawson Foundation grant

February 16, 2017

Professor Kendall Ho recently received a grant from the Lawson Foundation for his project “Mobile Digital-health for Activity and Wellness – mDAWN Kids: Using online comics, mHealth and wearables for type 2 diabetes prevention for middle years children through their Diabetes Funding Strategy”. Funding from this grant will engage school age children from Grade 4 to […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Trevor Skutezky on his successful CAEP grant

January 9, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Trevor Skutezky, RCPS-EM Resident, and co-investigator Dr. Corinne Hohl, Associate Professor, as they recently received a $5,000 grant through the CAEP Research Committee to support their research project “Improving patient care by engaging Emergency Department staff in a participatory design of a Patient Safety Event reporting platform at an […]

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Register now! UBC EM Research Day – April 5, 2017

January 6, 2017

EM Research Day will feature podium presentations on completed or planned EM research, plus a plenary presentation by visiting professor, Dr. Paul Atkinson, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, Chair of the Dalhousie Emergency Medicine Research Committee, and Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Atkinson’s work is highly respected […]

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New study finds bystander CPR rates vary by neighbourhood

January 3, 2017

Dr. David Barbic is co-author of a new study finding Vancouver neighbourhoods with a higher proportion of Chinese residents, such as Richmond or Chinatown, tend to have higher rates of bystander CPR. Receiving immediate CPR increases survival rates from cardiac arrest by 2-3 times. Increased rates of survival were also noted in Kitsilano, Strathcona and […]

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Mobile Medical Unit to treat DTES overdose patients

December 22, 2016

  Dr. Eric Grafstein is the co-medical director of the newly opened Mobile Medical Unit (MMU), an initiative launched in Vancouver’s downtown eastside in response to the current opioid overdose crisis. BC Health Minister Terry Lake toured the facility which offers a unique combination of services, operating as a mobile emergency room and addictions referral […]

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Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer, new DEM Associate Research Director

December 12, 2016

The Department of Emergency Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Frank Scheuermeyer, our new DEM Associate Research Director. Frank will support Riyad Abu-Laban to help strengthen our research programs in many ways including critical review of literature through Journal Club, supporting new developing projects at Research in Progress Rounds, and spearheading new initiatives related to mentorship […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan on receiving the 2015-2016 for the Academic Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine

October 24, 2016

DEM would like to congratulate Dr. Quynh Doan in winning the 2015-2016 for the Academic Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine. This well-deserved recognition reflects Quynh’s commitment and excellence in her education of Pediatrics emergency medicine. Well done, Quynh!

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Congratulations to Dr. Riyad Abu-Laban on receiving the 2015-16 Off Service Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

October 24, 2016

DEM would like to congratulate Dr. Riyad Abu-Laban in winning the 2015-16 Off Service Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  This is a recognition bestowed upon him through the Pediatrics Emergency Medicine fellows for his invaluable contributions to their education.  Please join our Department in celebrating Riyad’s success.    

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New DEM Clinical Faculty Promotions (August 2016)

October 4, 2016

Please join me in congratulating the follow DEM Clinical Faculty members on their recent promotions.   Frank Ackermann – Clinical Assistant Professor – East Kootenay Regional Eric Angus – Clinical Assistant Professor – Lion’s Gate Karine Badra-Quirion – Clinical Assistant Professor – St. Paul’s Matthew Bouchard – Clinical Assistant Professor – Vancouver General Douglas Brown […]

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DEM study receives Summer Student Research Award

August 16, 2016

Congratulations to Ms. Jingfei Zhang for receiving a 2016 Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program award to carry out a study on “Understanding the perspectives of patients, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners and medical doctors for their need of an electronic communication tool for documentation and surveillance of concomitant TCM-prescription medication usage”. This award […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Corinne Hohl on her successful CIHR Foundation grant

July 20, 2016

Dr. Corinne Hohl, an Associate Professor at the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine, received a major 1.16M CIHR operating grant to support her research on reducing adverse drug events (ADEs), the unintended and harmful events associated with medications. Her project “When Treatments Harm: Building Better Systems and Enhancing Research Capacity to Reduce Adverse Drug Events” […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Corinne Hohl and her research team!

July 15, 2016

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Corinne Hohl, an Associate Professor at the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine, and her research team as they recently received a $100,088 grant through CIHR to support their research project “Factors Contributing to the Development of Preventable Adverse Drug Events”. Adverse drug events are a leading cause of hospital […]

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Congratulations to the DEM Clinical Faculty members on their recent promotions!

July 13, 2016

The Department of Emergency Medicine Clinical Faculty members have recently been appointed the following promotions. Heartfelt congratulations to everyone!   Charles Sun – Clinical Professor – Victoria General Hospital David Williscroft – Clinical Associate Professor – Lions Gate Hospital Kevin McMeel – Clinical Associate Professor – Nanaimo General Hospital Simon Pulfrey – Clinical Associate Professor […]

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Dr. Quynh Doan receives BC Health Care Award of Merit for Top Innovation

June 10, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan and her team on receiving the BC Health Care Award of Merit for Top Innovation for her HEARTSMAP mental health evaluation tool.

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Dr. Julian Marsden receives 2016 Award for Distinguished Service to CME/CPD

June 10, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Julian Marsden for receiving the 2016 Award for Distinguished Service to CME/CPD! The Award for Distinguished Service to CME/CPD is presented annually to an individual affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine in recognition of substantial long-term contributions to UBC Faculty of Medicine-sponsored Continuing Professional Development activities.

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Dr. Kendall Ho receives 2016 Canadian Health Informatics Association Clinician Leadership Award

June 10, 2016

Dr. Kendall Ho is the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Health Informatics Association Clinician Leadership award. This award recognizes a clinician who has shown leadership in Canada in advancing the use of health Information Communication Technology (ICT) and informatics or telehealth in clinical practice resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes. This award […]

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Dr. Kevin Shi receives BCCFP award for his contribution to the education of family medicine residents

June 10, 2016

Dr. Kevin Shi, a CCFP(EM) full time emergency physician at the Delta Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Dept of EM, recently received an award from the BC College of Family Physicians for his contribution to the education of family medicine residents. This was an award he was nominated for by the residents […]

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Dr. Anthony Bryson (R2) receives RHC Herb Parkin Award!

June 10, 2016

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Anthony Bryson (R2) RHC’s first annual winner of the Herb Parkin Award.  Anthony designed and taught the curriculum for pre-hospital ultrasound for BC Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics.  Currently the paramedics are being assessed for image acquisition, with the goal to have them use their skills to further advance pre-hospital care in […]

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Fentanyl Epidemic Webinar – May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

  Dr. Roy Purssell’s webinar on the BC fentanyl epidemic, presented May 24, 2016, can be viewed here. Slides from the presentation can be viewed here. If you have any questions, feedback, or would like to get involved, please contact Dr. Roy Purssell at Roy.purssell@bccdc.ca. This was the first in a series of Emergency Medicine Network webinars.

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Dr. Tom Green Receives RHC Clinical Teacher of the Year Award 2015-2016

May 12, 2016

On April 27th during the RCH EM Grand Rounds session Dr. Nicolle Holm (R4) and Dr. Wesley Jang (R4) played one of the best games of 20 Questions that we have heard in quite a while.  Their questions had the audience guessing and almost crying with laughter.  They definitely made sure we were all listening. […]

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Dr. Barry Miller receives major recognition from the Faculty of Medicine

May 12, 2016

Congratulations to our Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Member Dr. Barry Miller, who has received major recognition from the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Barry Miller, nominated by Drs. Adam Lund and Caroline Tyson, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Miller is a Clinical Assistant […]

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Dr. Brian Farrell receives major recognition from the Faculty of Medicine

May 12, 2016

Congratulations to our Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Member Dr. Brian Farrell, who has received major recognition from the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Brian Farrell, nominated by Drs. Bruce Wright and Sam Stewart, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Farrell is a Clinical Assistant Professor […]

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Dr. Peter Zed Promoted to Professor!

April 6, 2016

Congratulations to Associate DEM Faculty Member Dr. Peter Zed, on his well deserved promotion to Professor! Peter is Associate Dean, Practice Innovation in the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has a national reputation for excellence in Emergency Medicine research and publishing, particularly in the area of pharmacotherapy and drug related visits to the Emergency […]

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DEM researcher, Dr. Corinne Hohl and team receive Canadian Institutes of Health Research eHealth Innovation Partnership Grant

March 8, 2016

Dr. Corinne Hohl, an Associate Professor with the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and Dr. Ellen Balka, a University Professor with SFU’s School of Communication received a major $662,550 CIHR grant to support their co-led research project on reducing adverse drug events, the harmful and unintended consequences of medications. Adverse drug events are a leading […]

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Kendall Ho, his Team and Collaborators have successfully been awarded a CIHR grant for “TEC4Home: Telehealth for Emergency-Community Continuity of Care Connectivity via Home-Telemonitoring”

March 8, 2016

  Congratulations to Kendall Ho, his Team and Collaborators! They have successfully been awarded a CIHR grant for “TEC4Home: Telehealth for Emergency-Community Continuity of Care Connectivity via Home-Telemonitoring”. This is a 4 year project to investigate how to use home/portable sensors such as blood pressure/oxygen saturation/weight and other physiologic measures to support safely discharging heart failure […]

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B.C. docs connect through social media

March 4, 2016

Dr. Benjamin Millar, R1, and Professor Kendall Ho were recently interviewed by 24hours newspaper about the increasingly important role of social media in emergency medicine.

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Welcome new DEM residents!

March 3, 2016

Congratulations and a warm welcome to our new PGY1 residents who will begin their residency with us on July 1, 2016! On March 2, 2016, the Department of Emergency Medicine welcomed 12 new residents to our Program. Our Fraser site welcomes Dr. Shayla Behrens from UBC and Dr. Adrianna Rowe from U of C. Our […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Brubacher and his research team!

March 2, 2016

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jeff Brubacher and his research team. Jeff learned this week that his application to the CIHR to study BC’s new speed limits was ranked FIRST among 42 applicants, and was granted approximately $125K/year funding for 2 years! This is a fantastic achievement that illustrates the world-class research Dr. Brubacher […]

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Register Now! EM Research Day – April 6, 2016

January 14, 2016

EM Research Day will feature podium presentations on completed or planned EM research, plus a plenary presentation by Visiting Professor, Dr. Martin Pusic, Director of the Division of Education Quality and Analytics for the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Ducharme’s work is highly respected and internationally known, so this […]

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Congratulations to Kevin Shi, Head of the Delta Hospital Emergency Department

December 11, 2015

Congratulations to Kevin Shi, Head of the Delta Hospital Emergency Department. Kevin received an award from the BC College of Family Physicians for innovation and excellence in clinical care and teaching. Follow this link for more information http://bccfp.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Celebrating-Your-Successes.pdf And join me in congratulating Kevin! Jim Christenson

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GEMI EM Training Partnership in Nepal

November 3, 2015

The Global EM Initiative (GEMI, an interest group with UBC DEM) works closely with Canadian academic partners to support the EM post-graduate training program at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal.  Since the program’s beginning in Sept 2013, 9 UBC DEM faculty members have volunteered to teach and work alongside trainees and colleagues […]

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Grant application to CIHR to establish the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium was successful!

November 2, 2015

Dr. Jim Christenson announces that the grant application to CIHR to establish the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium  was successful. This grant will enable the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium work to continue in Canada. The 3 core research sites will be UBC and the BCEHS (Christenson), the U of Ottawa and OPALS agencies (Stiell) and the U of Toronto […]

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Order of The Red Cross awarded to Dr. Andrew MacPherson

October 21, 2015

  The Red Cross has bestowed its highest honour on faculty member Dr. Andrew MacPherson. Under his leadership, as Medical Director for the Canadian Red Cross National Medical Advisory Committee, the Canadian Red Cross pioneered the inclusion of automated external defibrillation training in its first aid courses. Subsequent to this inclusion, research demonstrated that the use of an […]

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A Successful Departmental Strategic Planning Retreat

October 20, 2015

Thank you to the faculty members who attended the Department of Emergency Medicine Strategic Planning Retreat, held on October 15-16, 2015. A special thank you to those who presented and led sessions, as well as many thanks to our wonderful staff who planned and supported the retreat. Many wonderful ideas came out of the discussions, sometimes […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Pickett for academic achievement in Forensic Medicine

September 8, 2015

Tracy graduated with a Master’s in Forensic Medicine from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in May, and was awarded the “Monash University Academic Medal for Excellence in Graduate and Postgraduate Coursework Study” for having the “highest record of academic achievement”.  It is the first time the Department of Forensic Medicine has received the award! She […]

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Dr. Harpinder Paul Johar has received a Robert Wood Johnson Award!

July 15, 2015

Dr. Harpinder Paul Johar has received a Robert Wood Johnson Award.  This achievement is supported by the Johnson & Johnson Medical Company and recognizes Dr. Johar’s work as he completes his degree in Masters of Health Care Administration at the University of British Columbia.

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Drugs at Music Festivals: CCSA Teams Up with UBC’s Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group

June 25, 2015

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has partnered with UBC’s Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group to build consistency in approaches to reducing harm at music festivals as a result of substance use. After a national meeting in January 2015, working groups have now been established to begin implementing recommendations centered around four key areas. Read the report […]

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CONGRATULATIONS to the RCPS Resident UBC Simulation team

June 8, 2015

     They were exceptional and won FIRST PRIZE at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting in Edmonton. FRCPS (EM) residents Nicolle Holm, Wesley Jang and Kelsey Innes and Nurse Leader and long time ACLS/CPR instructor Sherry Stackhouse showed how a great resuscitation team functions and beat out very stiff competition from other […]

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Congratulations Dave Sweet, Global Sepsis Award 2015

June 2, 2015

  It is a great pleasure to tell you that Dave Sweet has won the Global Sepsis Award! Please click here to view award letter to David Sweet. Dave has been the BC Champion for Clinical Care Management of Sepsis and has tirelessly promoted and advocated for the widespread implementation of effective and early care. This international award […]

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