Two internationally recognized researchers join the University of British Columbia as Canada Excellence Research Chairs, bringing international talent in the fields of forest bioproducts and precision cancer drug design. Orlando Rojas has accepted the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts, while Sriram Subramaniam will hold the Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design—named after late Nobel Prize-winning UBC biochemistry…
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Nancy Harrison, Chair, LifeSciences BC Board of Directors, announced today the appointment of Wendy Hurlburt, as the organization’s new President and CEO. “We are very pleased to have Wendy join and lead our team; as she brings a strong business background in pharmaceutical, not-for-profit and operations management to this executive position. This is an exciting time for our sector and…
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SFU PhD candidate Careesa Liu’s research focuses on relatively small areas of the brain, but her view of science and technology is much bigger. A biomedical engineer, Liu is completing her PhD at the NeuroTech and ImageTech Labs, both clinically embedded core SFU research facilities near the Surrey campus. She is also working to turn young students from Surrey and…
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​These findings are the result of the world’s first randomized clinical trial of SABR as it relates to cancer that has already spread to other parts of the body. The study, led at BC Cancer by Dr. Robert Olson, along with an international team of researchers was recently published in The Lancet. SABR technology is a highly precise form of radiotherapy…
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A new multimillion-dollar brain research facility at the UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) is now a reality. The ribbon was cut on April 8, 2019 on the Charles E. Fipke Integrated Neuroimaging Suite, a first-of-its-kind facility that will drive critical advancements in neurodegenerative diseases that include Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. “What we will accomplish in this remarkable new facility will…
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The exponential rate at which genomic data is being generated resulting from lower costs of sequencing created information-rich resources and tools for scientists in the digital age. Large sequence databases allow researchers to gain insights across multiple species leading to a greater understanding of gene conservation, evolution and is been used to make function predictions based on sequence information. However,…
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Dean Regier Scientist, BC Cancer What social issue does your research attempt to address? I research the sustainability, value and social impacts of precision medicine. I study the individual and community-informed risks and benefits of precision medicine, its cost-effectiveness, and what policy changes can support the responsible and equitable application of multi-omics. What drew you to this area of research?…
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Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurological disorder with no known cure. Characterized by gradual cognitive decline, its effects are felt throughout Canada. Over half a million Canadians are living with dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is a major contributor to this number.1 There are several links between Alzheimer’s disease pathology and blood clotting, however the biochemical pathways connecting these two processes are…
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It’s hard to imagine that hemipteran honeydew, a sugar-rich sticky liquid that is forced out of the anus of aphids and some insects as they feed on plant sap, provides essential nutrients to mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) and many insects. In fact, without sugar, of which honeydew is an important source, mosquitoes are unable to outlive their first few days of adulthood. “Floral nectar is the primary…
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