A new discovery by an international research team—co-led by UBC Canada 150 Research Chair Josef Penninger and Harvard Medical School neurobiologist Clifford Woolf—could have implications for therapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases. In a study published today in Nature, researchers outline a new understanding of the biology of T cells, a type of immune cell in the body, that demonstrates how…
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A Novel Approach to Outsmart Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer researchers find new target for drug therapy. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. While incidences of the disease are declining, roughly 21,000 Canadian men are still diagnosed each year, with 1 in 29 cases taking an aggressive and deadly form. At the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientists, Dr. Artem Cherkasov…
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Over the next 10 years, studies suggest, B.C. will lose two million jobs—but will gain three million more. The catch? We don’t know what they might be. Technology is moving so fast that it is estimated that two-thirds of students entering elementary school today will be employed in professions that currently don’t exist. Given the rise of computing and automation,…
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A short walk down the hall behind the information desk at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), in the laboratory medicine wing, is a new resource for Vancouver Coastal Health researchers – a collection space devoted specifically to blood work for research studies. The new service is possible due to support from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and the Hematology…
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A search for natural alternatives to pesticides is one of the innovative Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) research projects benefitting from nearly $600,000 of new funding. Projects to ease access to healthy food for several Indigenous communities and develop healthy eating habits in young adults were also supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants. Thanks…
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The National Centre for AIDS/STD Control / Prevention and Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCAIDS/China CDC) and British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) are renewing their partnership to tackle HIV/AIDS. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by delegates from the BC-CfE and NCAIDS/China CDC to promote and collaborate on health priorities affecting China, British Columbia…
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This afternoon, TRIUMF welcomed on-site The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, for a special visit and announcement about public investments into medical isotope research and innovation infrastructure. During his visit to Canada’s particle accelerator centre – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2018 – the Prime Minister announced funding to construct the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI), a…
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St. Paul’s Foundation announced today that the London Drugs and Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundations have made a substantial $6.5 million donation in support of the provincial Heart Centre at the new St. Paul’s. The leadership gift will impact future generations of British Columbians requiring the most specialized cardiac care in the province and provide the Heart Centre the opportunity to…
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The BC Cancer Foundation announced a historic $18.346 million philanthropic grant from the Aqueduct Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor that aims to transform treatment for people facing metastatic cancer. The funds will fuel a world-leading Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program at BC Cancer spanning research and development of cutting-edge radiopharmaceuticals through to clinical trials. With the growth and aging of our…
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The Office of the Vice-President, Research is thrilled to welcome Kyle Demes to Simon Fraser University in his new role as the director of Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA). Kyle is a marine ecologist – and postdoctoral research fellow SFU alumnus – motivated by a desire to increase the impacts of research beyond singular research projects. He has been hired to enable…
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