Dr. Sriram Subramaniam first met Dr. Gobind Khorana at MIT in 1987 where he joined Khorana’s team as a post-doctoral researcher studying the proteins involved in light absorption. Khorana was already a Nobel Laureate, having won the prize in 1968 with two colleagues ‘for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis’. Khorana quickly became a mentor…
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Dr. Julie Robillard, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Associate Director, Neuroethics Canada, has been awarded the Dr. Andrew Eisen Leadership Development Award for outstanding leadership and her project, Characterizing the Impact of Respite Care in ALS (CIRCA)project. She accepted the award at the ALS Society of BC Awards Ceremony on April 2. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive and ultimately fatal neuromuscular disease…
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Accel-Rx, Canada’s national health sciences accelerator, is pleased to announce that President and Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Dakers has been awarded the 2019 Milton Wong Award for Leadership.  The award recognizes and celebrates an individual working in the life sciences or biotechnology industry in British Columbia who has made a significant contribution to the development of the sector.  The award…
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Eminent scientist and professor Dr. Connie Eaves is being recognized as one of the most creative and accomplished biomedical scientists advancing solutions to problems facing humanity around the world. On the 60th anniversary of the Canada Gairdner Awards, which recognize scientists who make transformative contributions to research that impact human health, the Gairdner Foundation announced Dr. Eaves as the 2019…
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New Grants Boost Research Into Nutrition and the Epigenome

BC Children’s Hospital and University of British Columbia researchers, Dr. Michael Kobor and Dr. Yvonne Lamers, are leading two new international projects investigating the relationship between diet, the epigenome and health thanks to almost $900,000 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In epigenetics, researchers investigate how an individual’s experiences, diet, environment and more, can influence whether genes are “turned…
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The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) was established in honour of BC’s first Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith, with the mission to support health research in BC and develop and attract research talent. The Foundation offers highly competitive awards to support early-career researchers in the areas of biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health research. This year, 5…
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Simon Fraser University researchers are preparing to take their projects to the next level after receiving more than $700K worth of funding. The Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, made the announcement while visiting SFU’s Burnaby Campus on March 15, 2019. The $746,300 of funding, provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF),…
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Karin Humphries, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology, and Leonard Foster, Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, have been awarded the 2018 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Researcher Awards. The awards will be presented at Building the Future: Faculty of Medicine Research Trainee Day & Lecture Series on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Paetzold Lecture Theatre and Atrium at Vancouver…
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The foundation for good health begins at the earliest stages of life. It starts with the reproductive health of parents and then continues throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and into the early years of life. This period is associated with numerous health challenges for both mother and baby. Solid evidence is needed to provide the highest quality care to pregnant women, newborns…
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Members of the Faculty of Medicine community have been nominated for the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. In its 36th year and recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. Nominees are recognized by category. The nominees were announced ahead of International Women’s Day which takes place…
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