Increased Support for Students, Trainees and Research Support Personnel Funded through NSERC Research Grants

Canada’s three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—recognize the vital role that highly qualified talent plays in the research enterprise and the need to sustain the talent pipeline during the major disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.…
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The Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Medical Genetics are pleased to announce that Dr. Freda Miller, a stem cell and developmental neurobiologist, will join UBC this fall. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Miller join us. Not only does Dr. Miller bring a wealth of knowledge in developmental neurobiology, but she is a rare scientist that has experience connecting…
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In the coming weeks, we will be profiling COVID-19 work and expertise from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members. In this story we profile DMCBH researcher Dr. Kurt Haas, Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, who received a CIHR grant last week to support his COVID-19 research.   The main focus of the Haas lab has been to…
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X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a peroxisomal metabolic disorder with a highly complex clinical presentation. ALD is caused by mutations in the ABCD1 gene, and is characterized by the accumulation of very long-chain fatty acids in plasma and tissues. Disease-causing mutations are ‘loss of function’ mutations, with no prognostic value with respect to the clinical outcome of an individual. All male patients with…
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Céline Laumont, a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Medical Genetics, is one of three UBC scholars awarded a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. The national award, which is valued at $70,000 each year for two years, supports research that will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth. Laumont’s research focuses on the inner workings of the…
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Amanda Cheung (pictured), a neuroscience PhD student in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, is among those awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her research into the hemodynamic management of acute spinal cord injury. GrantsAwardsFellowshipsScholarships Grants Winner Grant Link to Article Dr. Adam Frankel NSERC Research Grant Read More Dr. Alexander Beristain NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Read More Dr.…
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Nineteen Faculty of Medicine members received funding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), through its Discovery research program. They were awarded more than $3.8 million through the Discovery Grants and Research Tools and Instruments Grants. Their projects are among 183 UBC-led projects that received a combined $37 million to pursue research in a variety of natural sciences and engineering disciplines.…
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Read the Publication This week we profile a recent publication in mBio from the laboratory of Dr. Cara Haney (pictured, front row right) at the Michael Smith Laboratories and UBC. Can you provide a brief overview of your lab’s current research focus? “Symbiosis” means “living together”: sometimes the outcome of host-microbe associations is pathogenic, while in other cases both the…
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UBC microbiologists and chemists have received $2.5 million in support of research aimed at addressing the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. François Jean, Bob Hancock and David Perrin are among the 19 researchers at UBC receiving a combined total of $14.3 million in grants in the latest round of federal funding to accelerate the development, testing and implementation of…
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Researchers at the Life Sciences Institute have received a total of $3,318,600 in the latest round of funding from the federal government in support of research aimed at addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. Four LSI teams, all focusing on drug research, will be led by Drs. Josef Penninger, Natalie Strynadka, and Pieter Cullis, and Dr. Francois Jean will share leadership of…
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