“This has generated a lot of excitement in our field,” says Dr. François Bénard, Vice President of Research at BC Cancer and co-lead author of the study. “We now know this is a highly sensitive and highly accurate test being used to utilize where the cancer is coming back.” Initial results of an ongoing BC Cancer clinical trial have delivered some…
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Many studies have shown that body site and inter-personal differences shape the composition of the human skin microbiome, but we still have a poor understanding of how extrinsic (e.g., lifestyle) and intrinsic (e.g., age) factors influence its composition. By integrating several host factors and microbiome information, the authors showed that the skin microbiome of an average North American population is predominantly shaped by demographic, lifestyle, and physiological factors.
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Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an uncommon B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that is incurable with standard therapies. The genetic drivers of this cancer have not been firmly established and the features known to contribute to differences in clinical course remain limited. To extend our understanding of the biological pathways involved in this malignancy, we performed a large-scale genomic analysis of…
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On July 15, 2019, CIFAR announced 112 new fellows and program advisors appointed across four research themes: Life & Health, Individuals & Society, Information & Matter, and Earth & Space. Dr. Jim Kronstad, Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, was one of the new fellows appointed to the Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities program within the Life & Health research theme. This appointment…
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Santa J. Ono, chair of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) and president and vice-chancellor of The University of British Columbia, is pleased to welcome Max Blouw, former president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, as RUCBC’s new president. “My colleagues and I are very pleased that Max has accepted the position as president of RUCBC,” said Ono.…
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CIHR Funds Innovative Brain Research Projects at UBC

Congratulations to our members who recently received Project Grants from the Canadian Insitutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Project Grants support research projects with a defined endpoint, allowing researchers to pursue innovative, high-risk research questions with potential to improve health outcomes in Canada. Eight projects led by investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health received a combined total of $5,715,377 in…
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Self-propelled particles—What started as a “wouldn’t that be cool” idea has become a real technology that has gained the support of many groups that hope to some day see this product, on the front of both military and civilian lines, saving lives. Dr. James Baylis This work has been spearheaded by Dr. James Baylis, a postdoc and former PhD student…
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Young Researchers across Canada Receive Support for Skills and Training

Our government understands that when we give our budding researchers the opportunity to learn and grow, we invest in the future of our economy and the next generation of innovators. Today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of $29.6 million…
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Microsoft is teaming up with leading medical research organizations to create a shared network of research data in the Pacific Northwest. Dubbed the Cascadia Data Discovery Initiative (CDDI), the goal of the collaboration is simple: make it easier to find and share medical data. For example, researchers at one of the institutions should be able to easily locate relevant data at…
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The federal Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, announced today an investment of $150 million over five years by the Government of Canada for the creation of the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network. The network, which includes BC Cancer and is led by the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), will unite cancer centres across Canada for the first time, accelerating…
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