Dr. Harry Brumer, Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Chemistry, has won funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’s (MSFHR) Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program for the project, “A GlycoCaged Drug Delivery System To Improve The Treatment Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease“. Dr. Brumer and colleagues have developed a new approach to link anti-inflammatory steroids to…
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Last March, Canada’s department of health changed the way it handles the huge amount of data that companies submit when seeking approval for a new drug, biological treatment, or medical device — or a new use for an existing one. For the first time, Health Canada is making large chunks of this information publicly available after it approves or rejects applications. Within…
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BriaCell Therapeutics Corp., a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in targeted immunotherapy for advanced breast cancer, today announced that it has initiated dosing in a Phase I/IIa clinical study of its lead product candidate, Bria-IMT™, in combination with Incyte’s INCMGA00012 and epacadostat in patients with advanced breast cancer whose disease has progressed following standard of care therapies. No effective treatment options for…
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Six Canadian medical heroes are inducted annually to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models of excellence in health in Canada and the world. Introducing our 2020 Inductees… Harvey Max Chochinov PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University…
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Wood On Our Skin

Physiological parameters in our blood can be determined without painful punctures. Empa researchers are currently working with a Canadian team to develop flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors that can be attached to the skin. The 3D-printed analytic chips made of renewable raw materials will even be biodegradable in future. The idea of measuring parameters that are relevant for our health via…
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The authors evaluated operating characteristics, particularly specificity and positive predictive value (PPV), by mapping plasma miR371 expression to actual clinical events in patients with a history of germ cell tumour. Plasma miR371 expression predicted aGCM with high specificity and positive predictive value. Although other operating characteristics of miR371 awaited longer follow-up for more complete definition, the findings of a highly...
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Dr. Perry Kendall, a clinical professor at the UBC faculty of medicine’s School of Population and Public Health, was recently appointed to the Order of Canada. He is one of 83 new appointments to the Order for 2019. Governor General Julie Payette made the announcement in June. Kendall, also the co-interim executive director at the BC Centre on Substance Use, received the…
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The authors describe a method for the generation of blood vessel organoids from pluripotent stem cells. The protocol includes a detailed manual for the analysis of the in vitro grown and transplanted organoids. This will allow all researchers to setup vascular organoid cultures with standard cell culture lab equipment and implement this into their research of diabetes, stroke, ischemia or any other disease affecting the vasculature.
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Over the summer, a group of SFU graduate and undergraduate students had the opportunity to travel to South Africa for an intensive, experiential learning course taught by FHS professor Angela Kaida. The field school, which took place in Durban over 11 days, was offered in partnership with the Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE). While in Durban, students attended lectures…
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UBC medical student Adam Ramzy is one of 17 recipients of the 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award. The award — which honours second-year medical students from across the nation — recognizes those with an established track record of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge. “I am extremely grateful for the support of…
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