Dr. Alex Wyatt has been awarded a CIHR Early Career Investigator Award for $345,000 over 3 years.  His project aims to develop a procedure that will enable the identification of metastatic bladder cancer patients most likely to respond to specific therapies. Chemotherapy has historically been the most effective treatment for metastatic disease, but long-term survival has been a rarity. Recently,…
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Phyton Biotech today announced that it has received a $400,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the research and development of an alternative method of producing artemisinin, a key active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used to combat malaria. Artemisinin-based therapies are the global standard for the treatment of malaria, a disease that affects over 200 million people…
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Cited Podcast Wins Top Journalism Award

In two small offices of the Michael Smith Laboratories, among the controlled chaos of labs and data, a small team of industrious journalists record a radio show and podcast called Cited. Last month, their hard work was rewarded with one of British Columbia’s most prestigious awards for journalism: The Jack Webster Award in Feature and Enterprise Reporting, for their episode The Heroin Clinic. Cited originally…
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Tommy Douglas. Terry Fox. Michael Bliss. Judith Hall. These renowned individuals are among the 125 laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame(CMHF), which recognizes Canadian heroes whose work has advanced health. Established in 1994, the national charitable organization aims to inspire pursuit of careers in the health sciences, while celebrating the country’s rich medical history. In April of 2018, an induction ceremony will see Canadian…
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There are currently 5 million Canadians suffering from asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diseases of airflow limitation for which there are no effective treatments. The main reason is that there are many subtypes of these diseases, and some people even suffer from both – a condition called Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome. The key to discovering new life-preserving drugs for…
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CHÉOS Scientist Receives AHA Young Investigator Award

Dr. Brian Grunau, CHÉOS Scientist and emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, was recently recognized for his research at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Dr. Grunau received the Young Investigator award, which is presented annually for the top research submitted to the Symposium by scientists within the first five years of their appointment. This year, 32 investigators from around the…
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Dr. Dessa Sadovnick is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and the Division of Neurology, the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. She was the Director of the Canadian Western Pacific Regional Research and Training Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Sadovnick’s work in the field of multiple sclerosis research has made an enormous difference in the lives of…
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Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, Education, has been selected by the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) as the 2017 Trevor Howell Guest Lecturer. Dr. Wong, a geriatrician and clinical professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, is the second Canadian — and first UBC professor — to receive this honour, which recognizes eminent physicians or scientists with an international reputation. As…
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Dr. Jürgen Niesser Wins 2017 Michael John Page Postdoctoral Fellow Award

On Thursday, October 26th, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, along with the Centre for Blood Research (CBR), presented the fifth annual Michael John Page Postdoctoral Award to Dr. Jürgen Niesser, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Natalie Strynadka’s lab. The Michael John Page Postdoctoral Fellow Award, established in 2013, honours the memory of UBC alumnus, Dr. Michael John Page. This…
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bioLytical Laboratories has been announced as a finalist of Business in Vancouver’s 2017 BC Export Awards in the Emerging Exporter category. bioLytical is the developer and manufacturer of INSTI, an HIV test that provides results in 1 minute.  Headquartered in Richmond, bioLytical employs 60 people in BC in addition to a sales force in the US. “We sell the innovative INSTI technology in nearly…
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