Five research teams at the University of British Columbia are collectively receiving $2.3 million in federal funding for research to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. The teams, led by UBC researchers Horacio Bach, Artem Cherkasov, Eric Jan, Jeffrey Joy and Dr. James Russell, are working on developing and implementing measures to rapidly detect, neutralize, manage, and reduce the transmission of…
Read More
Julia Hudea, a fourth-year student in the UBC mechanical engineering program’s biomedical concentration, has been awarded the Geyer Family Award in Biomedical Engineering. The award is curated by the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering and recognizes biomedical engineering undergraduate students “with an entrepreneurial spirit, an interest in the local biomedical engineering industry and demonstrated leadership and communication skills.” Hudea is…
Read More
Three Faculty of Medicine researchers — Drs. Zachary Laksman, Bruce Verchere and Tim Kieffer — have collectively received more than $1.6M from the Stem Cell Network (SCN) to advance their work in stem cell and regenerative medicine research. The SCN investment, which will advance research collaborations across the country, aims to translate stem cell-based therapies from bench to bedside for…
Read More
Life Sciences Institute (LSI) Director Dr. Josef Penninger and Principal Investigator Dr. François Jean are principal applicants on two separate grants funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding competition. Results were announced today as part of Canada’s emergency efforts to accelerate the development, testing and implementation of medical and social…
Read More
Yue Qian could only look on, feeling helpless, as COVID-19 ravaged her home city of Wuhan—the epicentre of an outbreak that has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 90,000 globally. “When the quarantine was first issued, I was so worried,” says Qian, an assistant professor in the UBC department of sociology. “I was desperately trying to connect…
Read More
Every year, UBC Science presents Excellence in Service Awards to recognize staff, students and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact in achieving the faculty’s mission. This year, one staff member and two students from the Michael Smith Laboratories received this honour and was presented with their awards by Dean Meigan Aronson at a ceremony on Wednesday,…
Read More
Genomics is transforming the way Canadians receive medical care — precise diagnoses and treatment based on each patient’s genetic makeup. However, the widespread adoption of genomics as a standard of clinical care is still a work in progress. While some genetic tests have been adopted as a standard of care for certain conditions, most applications continue to be based in…
Read More
LifeSciences BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 22nd Annual LifeSciences BC Awards, presented by FARRIS. These awards are presented annually to recognize talented individuals and organizations that represent the life sciences ecosystem in B.C. which includes academia, health institutions, research & development, SMEs, government and industry. This year’s award winners represent the full spectrum from discovery to commercialization,…
Read More
UBC Faculty of Medicine researchers Dr. Poul Sorensen and Dr. Mads Daugaard have been awarded $1,297,000 ($975,000 US) over the next three years to tackle Ewing sarcoma, an aggressive bone and soft tissue cancer in children and young adults. “In spite of aggressive treatments, survival rates among children and young adults who are diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, particularly patients with…
Read More

Congratulations CIHR Project Grant Recipients!

Congratulations to the BC Children’s and BC Women’s investigators who were awarded funding through the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Fall 2019 competition. Our research community received more than $8 million in new research and bridge grants. Many of the investigators who were successful in this competition benefited from the expertise of Dr. Dawn McArthur,…
Read More