Congratulations to the 2018 UBC Faculty of Medicine Award Recipients!

We are very pleased to congratulate the BC Children's Hospital investigators who are recipients of 2018 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards. Winners include: Dr. Joanne Weinberg of the UBC Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences. Dr. Weinberg is the recipient of the Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement award, which recognizes extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have sustained distinguished careers at UBC.
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Rivaroxaban and Apixaban Induce Clotting Factor Xa Fibrinolytic Activity

In previous years, the Canadian Blood Services’ Pryzdial lab at the UBC Centre for Blood Research identified a new role for clotting factor Xa (FXa) in a completely opposite activity, clot dissolution (i.e. fibrinolysis). This function is acquired through specific cleavages that turn FXa into an accelerator of plasmin, the physiological scissors tasked with cutting and removing clots...
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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested Dr. Martin Gleave as a Member of the Order of Canada on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Rideau Hall.  Dr. Gleave’s appointment was reported on January 6 by VCHRI News and re-posted on VPC News on Jan 8. Dr. Gleave is a Professor in the Department of Urological Sciences at UBC.…
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The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine had a higher risk of failure with women who are HIV-positive, according to a recent research by the University of British Columbia. The national observational study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, followed women and girls living with HIV who received the vaccine, and compared their health outcomes with published data on vaccinated and unvaccinated women living…
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The Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship recognizes investigators at BC Children’s Hospital who have made a significant impact on improving the health and well-being of children and families, served as a role model and mentor to junior researchers, trainees and students over the last 10 years, and provided leadership to the community on the Oak Street Campus. BC Children’s Hospital Research…
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A total of fourteen UBC faculty members have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as Fellows and as Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Nine UBC faculty have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada – the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada. Five…
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High-throughput expression analyses of postmortem brain tissue have been widely used to study bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, despite the extensive efforts, no consensus has emerged as to the functional interpretation of the findings. We hypothesized that incorporating information on cell type–specific expression would provide new insights. Methods We reanalyzed 15 publicly available bulk tissue expression datasets on schizophrenia and…
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UBC MD/PhD candidate, Eric Zhao, is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award. The award recognizes second-year medical students with an established track record of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge. A data scientist and health innovator, Zhao is committed to empowering patients and personalizing medicine. He co-authored over 15…
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The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) today announced $800,000 in funding to expand Simon Fraser University’s iReceptor initiative. It is expected that this funding will be part of a Canada/EU flagship project totaling more than $12M Canadian over four years. iReceptor is a newly developed platform for managing massive repositories of worldwide distributed data that researchers can securely access in their…
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The Rennie and Cherkasov labs have a long history of developing therapeutics to target the function of transcription factors that drive advanced and metastatic forms of endocrine cancers. Currently, our main focus is to use Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) to create small-molecule inhibitors of the androgen receptor (AR), a hormone inducible transcription factor that is responsible for the disease progression of prostate cancer (PCa)...
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