Everyone benefits when our labs and classrooms look more like the Canada we see today. Diverse perspectives bring new ideas and drive creativity in science and research, which lead to innovations that help grow the economy. The next generation of young researchers brings fresh thinking to science problem solving and discovery, which helps keep Canadian research at the forefront of…
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Affordability makes precision health more accessible The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to health care is nearing an end ushering in the era of precision. The future of health care lies in harnessing the power of molecular approaches embodied in modern genomics. Today, sequencing the human genome costs around $1000 and it can be done in just a couple of days. It is…
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Far from a classroom exercise happening behind the walls of the ivory tower, university research is a fundamental component of Canada’s economic health – both today and into the future. Some of our country’s greatest inventions and world-renowned accomplishments, such as canola and insulin, have happened on the nation’s university campuses. Universities in Canada carry the country’s burden of research…
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Mitacs fellows reinforce evidence-informed decision making in Ottawa and Victoria Ottawa, ON and Victoria, BC — Beginning this fall, 23 researchers will undertake one-year placements in the federal and British Columbia governments to apply their expertise to develop policy-based solutions for pressing issues facing Canadians. The researchers, hailing from disciplines as disparate as climate change and quantum imaging, make up the 2018–19…
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Jonathan Page has been around cannabis all his life. Growing up on Canada’s Vancouver Island in the 1970s, he was surrounded by hippie beachcombers and dope smokers. So after earning a PhD in plant biology and phytochemistry, he felt completely at ease working with the plant Cannabis sativa as a postdoc in Germany in the early 2000s. During that time, Page helped…
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When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them that I do research on research (in other words, I assess the impact of research). Research impact assessment is a complex and rapidly evolving field that is fraught with challenges and can be approached from many angles depending on your vantage point (e.g., researcher, university, funder, government). So…
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Stem-cell clinics across Canada, including eight in B.C., are marketing “unproven treatments” directly to health consumers and charging thousands of dollars, a study concludes. Many of the approximately four dozen clinics are making claims of exaggerated benefits and minimizing potential complications, says the study by Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. His study is published in…
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Dozens of unlicensed clinics offering stem cell treatments for a wide variety of medical conditions have sprung up in Canada, marketing their services through direct-to-consumer online advertising, a study has found. Canadian-born researcher Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, identified 30 businesses marketing stem cell therapies at 43 clinics across the country. The…
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The National Research Council’s (NRC) first Science Advisor and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Danial Wayner, was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Dr. Wayner will report directly to the NRC’s President, Iain Stewart. He will ensure that the NRC’s strategic plans; new program proposals and peer review processes; and the development of…
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Science is about knowledge. It involves the gathering of facts to help create predictions and provide explanations. But for women who have made science their career, there is seemingly no scientific explanation to explain the work challenges they face solely because of their gender. It’s an issue that Edmonton documentary filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk explores in her new film Ms. Scientist. The film goes to  Alberta, Ontario,…
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