On July 15, 2019, CIFAR announced 112 new fellows and program advisors appointed across four research themes: Life & Health, Individuals & Society, Information & Matter, and Earth & Space. Dr. Jim Kronstad, Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, was one of the new fellows appointed to the Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities program within the Life & Health research theme. This appointment…
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CIHR Funds Innovative Brain Research Projects at UBC

Congratulations to our members who recently received Project Grants from the Canadian Insitutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Project Grants support research projects with a defined endpoint, allowing researchers to pursue innovative, high-risk research questions with potential to improve health outcomes in Canada. Eight projects led by investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health received a combined total of $5,715,377 in…
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Jonathan Choy – The role of IL-17 receptor A in transplant rejection Organ transplantation is the only treatment for end-stage organ failure. As such, it is a potentially curative procedure for devastating conditions such as kidney, heart and liver disease. The success of organ transplantation is limited by the rejection of grafts by the immune system of recipients. Activation of…
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Two UBC Faculty of Medicine members have been named to BNN Bloomberg’s 2019 Top 40 Under 40 list which recognizes Canada’s next leaders. Dr. Caitlin Dunne, clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology Caitlin Dunne and Zachary Laksman are among 44 recipients chosen from more than 850 nominees by an independent advisory board of business leaders from across Canada.…
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The winners of the 2019 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs), proudly announced by the BC Tech Association on June 27, represent the cream of an impressive crop of innovative ventures fuelling unprecedented growth and global competitiveness across British Columbia. Now in its 26th year of celebrating excellence and innovation in the province’s tech sector, the largest and longest-running awards program of its kind featured a…
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Three graduate students and four medical residents from the Faculty of Medicine are among eight recipients of this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. The award supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career. The award is named after…
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On June 14, 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada for research excellence. The Canada Foundation for Innovation also made an investment towards these Chairs of more than $5.2 million in new funding for research infrastructure, supporting 30 Chairs at 18 institutions. Dr. Steven J.M. Jones,…
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Dr. Zachary Laksman, a specialist in heart-rhythm disorders at Providence Health Care, has been named a Recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2019. He is Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and the Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Atrial Fibrillation Clinic and the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic. He specializes in managing heart rhythm…
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Alumni Council of UNBC Announces 2019 Awards

Two outstanding University of Northern British Columbia alumni — a senior executive at a major biotechnology company in Canada who maintains close ties with the University, along with a social worker who is a volunteer champion for cancer survivors through an active community support network — recently received 2019 UNBC Distinguished Alumni Awards for their leadership and service. Dr. David…
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Two members of the Faculty of Medicine community will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia for 2019, which is the 30th anniversary of the Order. Bruce McManus and Kimit Rai are among 15 recipients and five from UBC to receive the honour this year. Bruce McManus, a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has had a major influence in…
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