NSERC Announces Funding for Science Communications Skills

NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to enhance the communications skills of students and researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. Such skills will contribute to science literacy, help counter science-related misinformation, and foster a role for science in evidence-based decision making. The new pilot program, Science Communication Skills grant (pilot), is targeted at organizations that provide science communication skills…
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Campylobacter is a major foodborne pathogen in many parts of the world and its ensuing illness, campylobacteriosis, is the most frequently reported bacterial foodborne illness in Canada, outnumbering the reported cases of Listeria, Salmonella, and Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli infections combined. Campylobacter can survive in many environments including soil, manure, aquatic sources. These bacteria are also present in many farm and wild animals, with the pathogen transmission…
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The Microbiology & Immunology First-Generation University Student Mentorship Fund was established to support the career and personal development goals of undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology who are first-generation university students.* Created to celebrate Dr. Mike Gold’s tenure as Department Head from 2009-2019, the fund is intended to enrich the UBC experience for students who are the…
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Students can now study for careers in the life sciences – including genetics, healthcare, conservation and ecology – in renovated and expanded Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. The $91-million project, officially opened today, increases capacity and provides life sciences students with opportunities to learn in well-equipped and spacious teaching laboratories, modern classrooms, and study…
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The BC Diabetes Research Network is delighted to announce the launch of our official podcast: “Diabetes: From Beta Cells to Bicycles“. In our first season, host Krista Lamb sits down with six prominent diabetes researchers in British Columbia, discussing the many aspects of diabetes research and the exciting work being done in the province. “Diabetes: From Beta Cells to Bicycles” refers to the…
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New Molecule Could Enhance the Efficacy of Childhood Cancer Treatments

Researchers are investigating a therapy that could reduce the long-term side effects of interventions for childhood solid tumours. While rare, childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death among Canadian children1,  and affects approximately 1,000 children under the age of 15 each year2. Translational cancer research being conducted at the Vancouver Prostate Centre is investigating a therapy for childhood…
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Chinook Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing precision medicines for kidney diseases, today announced it has entered into a license agreement with AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, for worldwide, exclusive rights to atrasentan, an endothelin receptor antagonist. Chinook will assume all development and commercialization responsibilities for atrasentan globally. Chinook plans to initiate a clinical trial of atrasentan…
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New Research Identifies Third Gene Behind Rare Overgrowth Syndrome in Children

When Ali’s son Howard* was still not crawling, rolling over or meeting her gaze at 10 months old, the experienced mother-of-two knew something was wrong. Despite assurances from friends and family that everything was fine, Ali brought it up with her family doctor. After rounds of tests and specialist appointments, an MRI scan revealed damaged tissue in the area of…
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Chronic pain is a common and often debilitating problem that can significantly impact function and quality of life for patients with spinal cord injury. To help find treatment solutions, UBC researchers are investigating the effectiveness of a drug called Targin at treating chronic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury. The research team is now recruiting study participants. Dr. Andrei Krassioukov…
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Although Centre for Blood Research (CBR) member Daniel Luo describes himself as a “typical 25-year old who plays games, reads books, listens to podcasts and socializes at the pub”, his passion for research, work ethic on committees, and optimistic mindset is anything but ordinary. As a PhD student in the Kizhakkedathu Lab, Daniel has made the most of some amazing opportunities. In…
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