There’s not enough blood in a premature baby’s umbilical cord to fill a tiny thimble but altruistic parents of preemies born at B.C. Women’s Hospital are being asked to donate it so that scientists at Canada’s first and only such biobank can try to answer some big questions. Researchers at the hospital have been awarded just over $1 million in a…
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Can a protein that protects the brain from stroke damage indicate Alzheimer disease (AD)? New research from Dr. Weihong Song and colleagues recently found the first evidence of a direct interaction between macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a protein that is both inflammatory and neuroprotective, and amyloid-beta protein (Aβ), the main component in plaque in the AD brain. These findings suggest the…
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Mitacs and Innovate BC announce a partnership to support tech start-ups across British Columbia with strategic investments, a skilled workforce, and networking opportunities. The objective is to increase innovation and growth through the implementation of cutting-edge research and establishing strong connections between postsecondary institutions and BC’s tech businesses. Innovate BC helps innovators in BC access funding, launch their ideas, and…
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Antibiotics are routinely used in agriculture to prevent and treat infection. However, past practice of antibiotics use has caused some bacterial resistance, to certain drugs, that has seen a rise in antimicrobial resistance. In fact, the World Health Organization has identified antimicrobial resistance as one of the top 10 greatest and most urgent global risks. Antimicrobial resistance is driven not…
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It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce Verchere as the Director of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT). Dr. Verchere is a highly accomplished researcher and Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Surgery. He is a prominent member of both the UBC and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute…
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141,000 jobs in BC are directly tied to BC’s Forestry Industry. This industry generates $12.94 billion towards our province’s GDP, and pulp and paper accounts for 16% of that total. There is, however, significant opportunity to enhance the value of bioproducts from the forestry industry. With the decline in demand of newsprint and other traditional paper products, and the need…
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“This has generated a lot of excitement in our field,” says Dr. François Bénard, Vice President of Research at BC Cancer and co-lead author of the study. “We now know this is a highly sensitive and highly accurate test being used to utilize where the cancer is coming back.” Initial results of an ongoing BC Cancer clinical trial have delivered some…
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Santa J. Ono, chair of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) and president and vice-chancellor of The University of British Columbia, is pleased to welcome Max Blouw, former president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, as RUCBC’s new president. “My colleagues and I are very pleased that Max has accepted the position as president of RUCBC,” said Ono.…
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Self-propelled particles—What started as a “wouldn’t that be cool” idea has become a real technology that has gained the support of many groups that hope to some day see this product, on the front of both military and civilian lines, saving lives. Dr. James Baylis This work has been spearheaded by Dr. James Baylis, a postdoc and former PhD student…
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Microsoft is teaming up with leading medical research organizations to create a shared network of research data in the Pacific Northwest. Dubbed the Cascadia Data Discovery Initiative (CDDI), the goal of the collaboration is simple: make it easier to find and share medical data. For example, researchers at one of the institutions should be able to easily locate relevant data at…
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