Pascal Biosciences Inc. (TSX.V:PAS) (“Pascal” or the “Company”), a drug discovery and development company, today announced a partnership with Mitacs for a multi-year cancer research project at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation, will provide equal funding for research efforts at UBC that will directly support Pascal’s leading cancer development programs.…
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The Research Excellence Clusters program at the University of British Columbia continues to support research across disciplines, linking the neuroscience community with experts across campus to ask big questions and solve big problems. In 2019, the program funded three clusters lead by researchers affiliated with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. The Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Cluster(PI: Dr.…
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In 2018, Ottawa brought down an impressive “science budget” for Canada. Most signals indicate that this year’s federal budget will focus on skills – ensuring that learners finish their first degree or diploma ready to go to work. It is important, however, to recognize and support the value of graduate degrees. As an organization of concerned graduate students and postdoctoral…
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The authors identified roles for a protein called EFHC1 at both the cilium and the neuronal synapse, which is involved in relaying information to other cells. EFHC1 was previously associated with the motility of cilia, but not sensory or signalling functions. Using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system, they found that EFHC1 operates specifically in ciliated cells and regulates dopamine signalling. Accordingly, they discovered that disruption of EFHC1 leads to defects in dopamine-mediated behavioural phenotypes.
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You’ve probably heard of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Mark Zuckerberg. But can you name a woman scientist or engineer? Half of Canadians can’t, suggests a new poll. The online survey of 1,511 Canadians was commissioned by the non-profit group Girls Who Code and conducted by the market research firm Maru/Blue from March 1-3 and released for International Women’s Day today.…
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The authors created highly detailed functional and protein maps of the entire blood stem and progenitor populations that can be isolated from human cord blood. These maps showed that cell populations isolated by methods historically used to enrich for distinct outputs are much more heterogeneous in all their properties than had been previously assumed. This led them to develop new ways of isolating populations that are quite “pure” in terms of the cell types they can produce, which then made it possible to analyze some of their related molecular properties.
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The first week of a newborn’s life is a time of the most rapid biological change in life as the baby adapts to living outside the womb, suddenly exposed to new challenges including bacteria and viruses. Yet surprisingly little is known about these early changes. An international research team co-led by the University of British Columbia has pioneered a technique…
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AbCellera today announced a two-year agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help accelerate global health research. The funding, totaling $4.8 M, will support a series of scientific collaborations between AbCellera and Gates Foundation-funded scientists working on the prevention and treatment of high-priority infectious diseases. The target diseases – including HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis – infect hundreds of millions…
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Karin Humphries, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology, and Leonard Foster, Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, have been awarded the 2018 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Researcher Awards. The awards will be presented at Building the Future: Faculty of Medicine Research Trainee Day & Lecture Series on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Paetzold Lecture Theatre and Atrium at Vancouver…
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Maker Nation: Julio Montaner literally caused thousands of AIDS patients to rise from their death beds Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At…
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