Model Organisms is the talk of the city as Vancouver Community College (VCC) and BC Children’s Hospital present their creative new collection at Vancouver Kids Fashion Week (VKFW) for the SS20 season. Model Organisms is the result of a collaboration between students, alumni, and instructors in VCC’s fashion design and production program as well as research scientists in the Healthy Starts theme at BC Children’s…
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A Genetic Explanation for Lymphoma Patients That Cannot Be Cured by Standard Treatment

The most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), is considered a curable disease with the exception of a subset of patients for whom the standard treatment is not effective. But scientists at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) have uncovered a genetic explanation for why some patients have poor prognosis. Like all forms…
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Metal pollution is a global issue often caused by activities such as mining and smelting operations, industrial production and use, and domestic and agricultural applications of metal-containing compounds. Water that flows through sites contaminated with metals can dissolve and transport toxic levels of metals such as copper, zinc, iron etc. into local waterways, which can be harmful to fish and…
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The Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC) has released a new report highlighting the need for strong Canadian leadership to ensure a domestic and international supply of medical isotopes. Patients fighting cancer and other medical conditions all over the world rely on Canada for a safe and stable supply of medical isotopes. This presents a major challenge – and opportunity –…
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Solid tumors produce proteins that can induce the accumulation of bone marrow-derived cells in various tissues, and these cells can enhance metastatic tumor growth by several mechanisms. 4T1 murine mammary tumors are known to produce granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and increase the numbers of immunosuppressive CD11b+Gr1+ myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) in tissues such as the spleen and lungs of tumor-bearing mice.…
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Canadian prostate cancer research leaders are receiving nearly $2 million to accelerate discoveries to save and improve men’s lives. Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember awarded the funds through the Discovery Grant program to support new and innovative research. “The future has never looked better for men with prostate cancer, but there is still work to do. We can’t stop as…
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New Clarity for Role of Protein-Protein Interaction in Synaptic Plasticity

New research from Dr. Yu Tian Wang’s lab has revealed a novel role for a protein involved in AMPA receptor trafficking, but that also is important for synaptic plasticity. The protein, p97, requires balance to facilitate synaptic transmission; out of balance it blocks long-term potentiation (LTP), a function that strengthens synaptic transmission and neuronal communication. These findings, published this week in the…
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NASA astronaut has studied animals in extreme environments and now she will be the subject of physiology research aboard the International Space Station Jessica Meir has always been interested in how Earth creatures respond to extreme environments, so it makes sense that she is heading to outer space, the most extreme environment of all. The one-time UBC post-doctoral researcher will…
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Tania Bubela, professor and dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is one of seven SFU faculty members elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for 2019. Attaining fellowship in the RSC is Canada’s highest academic honour. As an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property and health law, she works to understand the legal, social and ethical challenges…
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Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service. Congratulations to our 2019 recipients: Applegarth Staff Service Recognizes outstanding contributions by UBC staff members to the Faculty of Medicine. Lindsay Lynch Dean’s Office Tien Pham Cellular and Physiological Sciences Ara Silva Family Practice Co-recipient Adrian Whitehead Family Practice…
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