May 2020 Award Winners

Dr. Anna McGuire has received a Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Award for her study into the utility of blood “liquid biopsy” for lung cancer circulating tumour DNA in surgical patients. Find out which other Vancouver researchers won grants, awards and scholarships in our May 2020 award summary!
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Cutting-Edge COVID-19 Research in BC Boosted by Research Funding

The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, along with the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, is providing funding for innovative research projects aimed at addressing the evolving health care needs and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help accelerate research efforts to proactively respond to the virus in BC through prevention, detection, treatment and management. The COVID-19 Research…
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The Canadian Nutrition Society 2020 (CNS) meeting scheduled for May 4-7, 2020 was not held in Edmonton as planned. Instead, the CNS held four days of online sessions including their annual trainee poster and infographic competition. Congratulations to the CNS organizing committee for their success bringing together Canadian nutrition researchers from coast to coast during uncertain times. Congratulations to BC…
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Four faculty members and two graduate students are recognized with the 2019-2020 Killam Awards for their outstanding teaching, research and service to the community. As one of six Killam institutions, UBC offers yearly awards from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty and teaching assistants. Killam Teaching Prize The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni…
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Drs. Elizabeth Rideout, Wendy Robinson and Kate Shannon have been named Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Sex and Gender Chairs. As recipients of the funding opportunity, they will support in-depth investigations in the emerging field of sex and gender science to deepen society’s understanding of how biological and social influences interact to affect health and disease. A total of…
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The four-year, $175,000/year chair was one of 17 awarded in early April to support in-depth investigations in specific health and social science disciplines, including aging, cancer, immunity, mental health and addictions, where the chairs are expected to drive visibility and innovation. “My research program focuses on understanding how biological sex affects metabolism,” said Dr. Rideout, an assistant professor in the…
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Dr. Stan Floresco Receives UBC Killam Teaching Prize

Dr. Stan Floresco has been awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for his excellence in teaching. Dr. Floresco is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and his research program is based at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Dr. Floresco has always been passionate about teaching and instructs a 3rd year broad-based course on brain and behaviour, and an advanced 4th…
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The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural NMIN Postdoctoral Awards: Dr. Noorjahan Aibani and Dr. Jayesh Kulkarni. Details about both recipients and their research plans follow below. The awardees were selected by the members of NMIN’s Research Management Committee, based on the applicants’ qualifications, as well as the quality of the proposed research projects…
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More than a dozen “rapid response” research projects have been launched by Genome B.C. aimed at improving COVID-19 virus and antibody detection, and accelerating the development of treatments and vaccines. Zabrina Brumme and Christopher Lowe are heading a collaboration aimed at creating a test that will not only reveal whether or not the virus is present in a patient, but…
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