New Study Finds Sex Differences in Adult Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus

Like many areas of science, neurogenesis is one where little work has been done looking at sex differences. Neurogenesis is the process where new neurons are formed in the brain, which happens in the adult hippocampus. Previous research in this area has largely focused on male subjects, which has prevented researchers from understanding how this process might differ in females.…
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Every year, cervical cancer kills about 400 Canadian women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills one woman every two minutes. But cervical cancer is a completely preventable illness. The HPV vaccine, offered to all students in Grade 6, and an accurate test that women can take themselves is enough to eliminate the disease altogether. Two Canadian scientists are working hard to bring…
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The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we all live and work. It’s also changed how we do science. At Providence Health Care, our research community has been faced with shuttered labs and offices, financial uncertainty, and a rapid shift to virtual research environments. In this Q&A series, we’re asking PHC researchers and research staff to reflect on their experience over…
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Discovering antiviral and anticancer drugs will soon be faster and cheaper thanks to new research from SFU chemist Robert Britton and his international team. For the past 50 years, scientists have used manmade, synthetic, nucleoside analogues to create drug therapies for diseases that involve the cellular division and/or the viral reproduction of infected cells. These diseases include hepatitis, herpes simplex,…
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Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) today announced the appointment of Dr. Federica Di Palma as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) & Vice President, Sectors. She brings over 20 years of international experience in science, technology and innovation with an emphasis on understanding complex biological systems. Dr. Di Palma’s deep understanding of genomics and strategic expertise will make her an essential member…
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AbCellera today announced that LY-CoV555, a human antibody discovered by AbCellera in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC) and co-developed with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) as a potential treatment and prophylaxis for COVID-19, has progressed to Phase 3 clinical trials. A first-of-its-kind, the Lilly-sponsored trial will use customized mobile research…
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To say that the past few months have been “challenging” would be a hefty understatement. Amid a global pandemic, countless aspects of our lives have undergone a radical shift: adapting to physical distancing, working from home, as well as dealing with the financial, social, and emotional toll of COVID-19. Everyday activities and long-awaited special occasions alike have either gone virtual…
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Ovarian cancer, the fifth most common cause of cancer death in Canadian women, has several subtypes, one of which is Adult Granulosa Cell Tumours (AGCT), the subtype accounting for two to five per cent of ovarian cancer cases. In 2009, in a landmark study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, BC Cancer’s Dr. David Huntsman collaborated with researchers at the GSC to…
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Autophagy is a highly regulated process in the cell that removes or recycles unnecessary or dysfunctional molecules, breaking them down and reusing them to assemble new cellular structures. In cancer, it has been shown to contribute to both disease suppression and progression depending on a number of factors, including the stage of the disease. In advanced cancer, it enhances tumour cell survival and…
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Earl W. Davie: 1927-2020

Earl W. Davie, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, died Saturday, June 6 at the age of 92. Dr. Davie was best known for his work in blood coagulation, having published a seminal paper with Oscar Ratnoff in 1964 describing the “waterfall” sequence of coagulation. In this paper, they showed that the production of the active serine protease thrombin resulted from a…
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