When faced with the question ‘why science?’, key moments come to mind about high-school experiments like burning magnesium or learning an interesting fact about humans or nature. This curiosity is what led me to study chemistry and – aided by external circumstances – ultimately, pursuing a PhD. Without much consideration about what my PhD journey would look like, I jumped…
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From the discovery of insulin to stem cell research, Canadians have long been at the forefront of groundbreaking innovations in health and biosciences. That’s why the Government of Canada organized a competition for innovation initiatives at the intersection of data and our health and biosciences sector—to invest in better health outcomes while creating and maintaining good middle-class jobs across the…
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Canada has launched its first brain tumour registry in its battle to better treat the disease and avoid reliance on foreign data. The information collected by the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will be used by researchers to map incidents of these growths and help researchers find better treatments and eventually a cure. Every day 27 Canadians will be diagnosed…
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Fresh ideas have the power to change the way we view the world and can lead to discoveries that will help solve some of our biggest challenges. When we invest in the innovative and creative work being done by our scientists and researchers, we are helping to ensure that our health, environment, communities and economy thrive. Today, the Honourable Kirsty…
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BC’s new school of biomedical engineering (BME) is closing in on a milestone of student gender parity. BME’s female enrolment rate is now 45.9 per cent which makes the BME program close to the faculty of applied science’s goal of achieving 50:50 parity in men and women enrolment. “Applied Science has worked aggressively to increase the enrolment of women across…
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Canada’s researchers provide creative thinking and insight that help our health, environment, communities and economy thrive. Young researchers in particular are engaged in some of the most innovative projects across and between disciplines, but often face challenges accessing funds to support their work, despite its potential to deliver huge benefits to Canadians. That’s why the Government of Canada launched the…
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Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. EDI policies and practices strengthen the research community, as well as the quality, social relevance, outcomes and impacts of research. That’s why Canada is taking action to transform the research culture by removing systemic barriers in the academic research community. Today, the…
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Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO of Fulbright Canada, and Dr. Alejandro Adem, CEO of Mitacs, are pleased to announce the Fulbright Canada – Mitacs Globalink Research program to support student mobility and educational exchange between Canada and the United States of America. This partnership will leverage Mitacs’s expertise in supporting research-based innovation and Fulbright Canada’s standing as a global leader in…
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Navigating the Regulatory Complexity of Regenerative Medicine in Canada

Regenerative medicine and the advanced therapies being developed by this field have the potential to bring about an entirely novel therapeutic approach to the treatment of human disease. A small number of products have already been approved by regulators around the world, and many more are in development to treat a variety of diseases. This includes many that have not been…
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Responding effectively to health challenges, such as the opioid crisis currently gripping Canada, requires research data. Data helps us understand the nature and underlying causes of a problem and evaluate the effectiveness of our attempts to intervene and solve it. Furthermore, in a country as big and diverse as Canada, where health problems do not respect provincial and territorial boundaries,…
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