Twenty-two research projects led by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated health authority research centres were awarded $15 million from the Canadian Institute of Health Research Project Grant Spring 2020 competition. The Project Grant program supports researchers in building and conducting health-related research and knowledge translation projects, covering all areas of health. In addition to the Project Grant Spring 2020…
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Molecular biology and biochemistry professor Ly Vu is working to improve survival rates for those with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Her research program is identifying new factors that can serve as targetable molecules and pathways to specifically eliminate leukemia cells while sparing normal cells. With $100,000 in CFI-funded infrastructure, this research will provide the scientific foundation for developing a therapy…
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The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) today awarded $3.9 million in grant funding to 11 collaborative research projects. The fund will support a wide range of multidisciplinary research teams across 17 Canadian research institutions and their industry partners to address unmet medical needs in cancer, gastrointestinal inflammations, cystic fibrosis, Sanfilippo syndrome, Parkinson’s, and autoimmune diseases. Improve Health Burdens in Canada From…
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Lianna W. Wat, a UBC doctoral student in the Cell and Developmental Biology program, in the Faculty of Medicine, has won all three trainee awards at the 2020 Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF). Canadian graduate programs that conduct health research are asked to nominate their top doctoral trainee to attend CSHRF. “I am very honoured and proud to receive a CIHR gold, a…
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Eleven Faculty of Medicine researchers have received a combined $2.8 million for state-of-the-art labs and equipment. The funding comes from the Government of Canada, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The investment provides researchers with the highly specialized infrastructure they need to be leaders in their field. Faculty of Medicine Recipients and Projects Deciphering DNA-encoded…
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Dr. Catharine Winstanley Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Catharine Winstanley has been elected into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. This is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. She is being inducted along with eight others in the UBC community who have showed excellence in their area of research.…
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Announcing the 2020 MSFHR Scholars and Research Trainees

Artificial intelligence in breast cancer screening, mental health in immigrant and refugee children, substance use harm reduction, and vaccine education for midwifery clients are just some of the areas being investigated by this year’s MSFHR Scholar and Research Trainee award recipients who are advancing science, addressing health priorities, and improving the health of British Columbians. “As MSFHR’s flagship funding programs,…
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First-year UBC Science students Susan Chung, Aidan Eglin, Rita Jin, Romina Mahinpei and Niki McIntosh have been named 2020 Schulich Leader Scholars. They were among 1,400 nominees across Canada competing for 100 of the $80,000 scholarships. “Schulich Leader Scholarships are the premiere STEM scholarship program in Canada and the world,” says Seymour Schulich, founder of the program. “With 100 outstanding students…
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The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) has announced the 2019 winners of the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) Brain Star Awards. Dr. Jordan Shimell, a PhD student in the Bamji lab is among the 16 recipients selected from across Canada this summer. The Brain Star awards, administered for 2019 by the Canadian…
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2020 SFU Graduate Student Award Recipients

The Graduate Student Awards provide multi-year funding to recruit exceptional incoming Masters and PhD domestic and international students. Quiana Ang: Mowafaghian Faculty Award Quiana Ang is an incoming MSc student who will be officially starting in the fall with Ralph Pantophlet as her supervisor. She is happy to be part of FHS and hopes that her time here will be inspirational and…
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