Since it’s inception in 1996, PIMS has been a leader in promoting inclusiveness in education across western Canada. This includes running the Diversity in Math Summer School, Math Mania events in First Nations communities, and the Changing the Culture Conference. As well as these events, PIMS, under the leadership of the BC Education Coordinator Melania Alvarez, has been running the annual Emerging Indigenous Scholars Summer…
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Innovative small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Western Canada are creating jobs of the future. By supporting their success, the Government of Canada is investing in the future of middle-class Canadians and all those working hard to join them. Today, during a visit to the Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC), the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic…
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UBC researchers have received an investment of nearly $2.4 million for six collaborative health research projects. Their projects leverage the latest in technology to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and quality of life. Projects involving multiple researchers from UBC’s faculties of medicine and applied science have been funded, highlighting the strength of the newly founded school of biomedical engineering. The Government of…
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Dr. Tetzlaff, a Professor in the Departments of Zoology and Surgery has led ICORD since July 2013 and has been a faculty member at UBC since 1995. He also holds the John and Penny Ryan BC Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. In his laboratory, Dr. Tetzlaff leads a research program focusing on spinal cord injury experimental modeling and…
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A Transition to Translation: Dr. Carl Hansen

After a decade at UBC, Dr. Carl Hansen, a Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has chosen to leave UBC and make the full ‘transition to translation’ by pursuing his commitment as Chief Executive Officer of AbCellera. Dr. Hansen’s research has advanced the field of microfluidics technology for genomics and single-cell analysis and has been named as an…
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Receiving a new drug from a doctor involves reading a laundry list of side effects. Medications can trigger unwanted results because of their chemical structure, and while they boost one desired property, they may inhibit another. Before a drug enters the market, it must be approved by the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada. All new applications must…
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UBC scientists have demonstrated for the first time a causal link between high insulin levels and pancreatic cancer. In a study published today in Cell Metabolism, researchers lowered insulin levels in mice predisposed to developing pancreatic cancer and found that these lower levels protected the mice against developing the disease. The findings hold promise for early detection and prevention of pancreatic cancer in…
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Immunologist Julian Lum has been awarded a $1.08 million grant to further study the relationship between cancer, our diet, and immune cells. Lum, a University of Victoria researcher and scientist with the BC Cancer Agency, is currently exploring the link between nutrition and immune cell function in hopes of expanding the scope and efficacy of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-therapy. His approach factors in a…
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Antibiotic resistance and the lack of novel antibiotics pose a real threat to health, and therefore new solutions to fight resistant bacteria are required. The Hancock Lab at UBC is using host defense peptides to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance: These peptides, which occur naturally, are also known as Innate Defense Regulator (IDR) peptides. IDRs do not kill bacteria…
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Supporting the Fight against Fungal Pathogens

When it comes to fungi, most people think of mushrooms. Some mushrooms are used as food all over the world and can be a kitchen staple for many people. As delicious as mushrooms are, this article focuses on a different type of fungus. A fungus that is not a pizza topping, but rather one that is dangerous to human health…
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