A coalition of science groups is pushing for candidates in the upcoming federal election to back evidence-informed policy, more transparent communication of that decision-making and more funding for scientific research. The “Vote Science” campaign, which launched Thursday, includes a toolkit to help Canadians engage with candidates directly, and questionnaires will be sent to political parties to identify their positions on the…
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Sex differences exist in the regulation of adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus in response to hormones and cognitive training. Here we investigated the trajectory and maturation rate of adult-born neurons in the dentate gyrus (DG) of male and female rats. Sprague-Dawley rats were perfused one, two or three weeks after BrdU injection, marking newly dividing cells. Adult-born neurons (BrdU/NeuN-ir) matured…
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The federal government’s new regulations for setting the maximum allowable price of patented medicines in Canada, which have just been approved to come into effect next year, pose a serious threat to the future of life sciences across Canada. Regional life sciences organizations across Canada are gravely concerned that the new regulations will make Canada unattractive for research investments in the life sciences, resulting in…
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Read the Publication This week we profile a recent publication in PNAS from the laboratory of Dr. Jörg Gsponer (pictured) at the Michael Smith Laboratories. Can you provide a brief overview of your lab’s current research focus? We are interested in intrinsically disordered proteins and their contribution to signalling and regulation in cells. We develop and apply computational methods that help…
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Since it’s inception in 1996, PIMS has been a leader in promoting inclusiveness in education across western Canada. This includes running the Diversity in Math Summer School, Math Mania events in First Nations communities, and the Changing the Culture Conference. As well as these events, PIMS, under the leadership of the BC Education Coordinator Melania Alvarez, has been running the annual Emerging Indigenous Scholars Summer…
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one the most common human afflictions, contributing to long-term disability in survivors. Emerging data indicate that functional improvement or deterioration can occur years after TBI. In this regard, TBI is recognized as risk factor for late-life neurodegenerative disorders. TBI encompasses a heterogeneous disease process in which diverse injury subtypes and multiple molecular mechanisms overlap. To…
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Award Supports Moving Innovative Research into Practice

Meeting the health care needs of dynamic patient populations requires forward-thinking innovators. From curing disease to improving quality of life, researchers are at the forefront of medical advances that support the health and happiness of patients and their families. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is proud to contribute to visionary research with our annual Innovation and Translational Research Awards.…
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Innovative small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Western Canada are creating jobs of the future. By supporting their success, the Government of Canada is investing in the future of middle-class Canadians and all those working hard to join them. Today, during a visit to the Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC), the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic…
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Five Simon Fraser University research projects—from personalized treatment for cancer patients, to advancing our ability to predict and mitigate geological hazards, such as earthquakes—have been awarded $840,000 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) will double this funding, in addition to partner contributions for each project. JELF funding supports projects…
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UBC researchers have received an investment of nearly $2.4 million for six collaborative health research projects. Their projects leverage the latest in technology to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and quality of life. Projects involving multiple researchers from UBC’s faculties of medicine and applied science have been funded, highlighting the strength of the newly founded school of biomedical engineering. The Government of…
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