The DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments. It supports new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies. The following are DMCBH researchers who have received this year’s Grant. Congratulations to all the winners!   Dr. Annie Ciernia: Mechanisms of Peripheral Lipopolysaccharide Induced Brain…
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10 BC Research Teams Undertaking Critical COVID-19 Research

How has COVID-19 affected long-term care delivery in BC? What do COVID-19 mutations mean in a pandemic response? Are physical distancing measures effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? These are some of the questions the first 10 MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund teams are tackling to further BC’s understanding and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects will have results available…
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The DSI is excited to announce funding support to Drs. Artem Cherkasov and Faraz Hach from the Vancouver Prostate Centre for their COVID-19 therapeutic discovery project. This project seeks to use deep learning (DL) techniques to identify potential therapeutic agents to target one of the main proteins (Mpro/3CLpro) that enable the SARS-CoV-2 virus to replicate. A description of the project follows below. The…
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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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