Congratulations to MBIM HON student Laurel Neufeld, who is officially a Top 10 finalist for the Undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis Competition! Currently doing her MICB 449 project in the Finlay Lab, Laurel’s first draft of the 3 Minute Thesis, which qualified her for finals, is on “Modeling E.coli infections in the gut.” This new competition funded by the PURE award will present finalists on…
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Dr. Elizabeth Simpson Awarded Fighting Blindness Research Grant

Using gene therapy to treat congenital blindness Aniridia is an eye disorder where the iris, the coloured part of the eye, is partially or completely absent. Individuals with aniridia usually have low vision from birth and develop glaucoma and cataracts, which can lead to blindness. Current treatments may slow the progression of aniridia, but there are currently no cures or…
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Over the past five years, the Travel Awards provided by the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) have been supporting the ongoing professional development of Postdoctoral Fellows (PDF) and Research Associates (RA). This year, CBR is delighted to expand this funding opportunity to graduate trainees. Up to $1,000 is awarded for PDFs and RAs, while up to $500 is awarded for…
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Twenty-six research excellence clusters led by researchers on the Vancouver campus will be funded through the Research Excellence Clusters initiative in 2020/21. These clusters are inter-departmental networks of researchers at UBC who collectively represent leaders in a particular field of study. Clusters are recognized as either established or emerging depending on multiple factors relating to their developmental stage and funding…
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Congratulations to Dr. Ly Vu who has been awarded a three-year Basic/Translational Fellow to Faculty Award from the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Vu received funding of $125,000 USD for her research, “Uncovering the Role of CNOT poly(A) deadenylation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recognized 39 recipients for the 2020 Scholar Awards. One of ASH’s…
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New SickKids-CIHR Award to Fund Research into Rare Form of ASD

New funding from a partnership of SickKids Hospital and the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health will support Dr. Annie Ciernia’s (pictured) research into the epigenetic mechanisms driving changes in the brains of kids with a rare form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epilepsy. The funding, in the form of a New Investigator Grant, will support Dr. Ciernia’s…
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Dr. Stan Floresco Receives ACNP Daniel H. Efron Award

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) announced this week that Dr. Stan Floresco (pictured) is the recpient the 2019 Daniel H. Efron Research Award for excellence in basic research. The Efron Research Award, presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the ACNP in Orlando, Florida, is in recognition of outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Floresco is a Professor in the Department of…
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Dr. Leonard Foster‘s students describes him as an outstanding scientist and mentor who cares deeply about his students’ learning, creativity, growing independence, career development, and wellbeing. He engages each individual on their own terms, drawing up their interests and ambitions, and actively seeks out ways or opportunities to help them fulfill these goals. Dr. Foster is consistently described as a…
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The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is very pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Women’s Health Research Institute Catalyst Grants. This competition was funded thanks to the dedicated support of the BC Women’s Health Foundation. This grant competition provides support for pilot studies in women’s and newborn’s health, which aim to generate preliminary data; test new approaches, methodologies…
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Professor Wilfred Jefferies’ innovative strategies and outstanding inventions that enable cancer immunotherapies and vaccines have been recognized as it was announced that he has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  Election as a Fellow of the NAI is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to eminent academic inventors Professor Jefferies will be joining a prestigious group…
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