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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The evolution and creation of new technologies, medications, and transformation of patient care continues to advance at an astonishing pace. With the advancement of medicine over the years we have seen how biologic drugs and treatments have transformed patient care. Biologics are therapies derived from living cells as opposed to traditional drug products which are mainly comprised of synthesized chemicals.…
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Cell therapies are integral to regenerative medicine: a swiftly advancing sector bearing the long-standing promise of revolutionizing health care as we know it. Unlike drugs that merely relieve symptoms, cell-based treatments possess curative potential by delivering a dynamic, living product to both counteract the underlying disease cause and promote regeneration. Healthy cells derived from either the patient or a compatible…
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Putting research in the hands of those who use it to create and innovate leads to increased competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the country’s researchers whose discoveries inspire entrepreneurs and innovators in the agriculture, health and commercial sectors. Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced $6.7…
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Machine learning is augmenting human ability and drastically changing possibilities. It is restructuring businesses and rewiring brains for transformative thinking. Whether it be to develop vaccines for deadly diseases or combat climate change, Canada is at the forefront of this monumental shift. Canada has been on the vanguard of machine learning long before it became a popular headline. The growth…
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There are so many benefits to basic research, where scientists work to uncover new knowledge and develop new technology without any particular commercial application in mind. These are the truly transformative moments in science, because these discoveries unlock possibilities that no one could have predicted. But there’s another benefit that comes with simply doing basic research: we grow the next…
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On October 20, marijuana will no longer be an illegal drug in Canada—a move that could make it much easier to study how cannabis affects the body and the brain. “Cannabis has risks and maybe benefits,” says M-J Milloy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and the University of British Columbia who studies HIV patients’…
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Investments are a critical component in innovation. Without funding, it would be impossible to carry out the research that leads to the next breakthrough to grow our economy, and it’s government-funded basic research that gets the ball rolling. “What you don’t see is venture capitalists funding broad-based research,” says John Ruffolo, Chief Executive Officer at OMERS Ventures. “And this is just like…
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Federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan has made it clear that gender equity in science is a big priority for her. And now she’s looking beyond universities to scientists employed by the federal government. Duncan said in an interview in Toronto this week that she has asked science-based departments in the federal government to collect demographic data about their staff following a union…
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