Parkinson Canada and Brain Canada announced this morning the creation of the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN), including a $2-million Platform Grant that will support the initial development and maintenance of a large-scale research network in the field of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Brain Canada receives financial support from Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund. “Brain Canada is pleased to be a…
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Three researchers from the Michael Smith Laboratories, Drs. Jörg Bohlmann, B. Brett Finlay, and Martin Hirst, are in this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list, published by Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science. The annual list identifies researchers who rank in the top 1% by citations for specified field and publication year from the Web of Science citation index. Researchers who are named on this…
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Two decades ago, Poul Sorensen’s microscope was letting him down. Like so many other pediatric pathologists around the world, Dr. Sorensen was finding it immensely difficult – and sometimes impossible – to distinguish congenital fibrosarcoma, a rare and deadly type of connective tissue tumour in very young children, from a similar but benign version called fibromatosis. Under the microscope, they…
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A new clinical trial, opening across Canada, is considered a major advancement in precision medicine for prostate cancer and the first of its kind in the world. The IND.234 clinical trial, conducted by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), uses liquid biopsy technology to screen for genomic markers in prostate cancer patients. After a blood test (liquid biopsy) analysis, patients…
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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA IS already known for following us into our adult lives — and even to the grave. Research has shown that children with profound stress are more at risk of developing autoimmune diseases, obesity, mental health disorders, and heart disease. But now, a preliminary study from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of British Columbia suggests…
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How Ancient Viruses Got Cannabis High

World’s first cannabis chromosome map reveals the plant’s evolutionary past and points to its future as potential medicine. THC and CBD, bioactive substances produced by cannabis and sought by medical patients and recreational users, sprung to life thanks to ancient colonization of the plant’s genome by viruses, U of T researchers have found. The finding is only one of the…
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MSFHR Wins at Canadian Online Publishing Awards

MSFHR has won two Canadian Online Publishing Awards for Forward Thinking and Spark, our blog and digital magazine that showcase the best of BC research. Spark, which won the best industry feature category, is a quarterly publication that uses digital storytelling to share the work of MSFHR-funded researchers, and the impact of their work on British Columbians. The winning issue, Everyday tech for better care, which…
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Simon Fraser University’s core facility, 4D LABS has received a generous investment of $1,921,700 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). The funding will be used to equip 4D LABS’ new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Integration (CAMI) with state-of-the-art machinery to help prototype and manufacture advanced micro and nanotechnology. The funding announcement was made at SFU’s Burnaby campus by Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary…
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On October 26, UBC’s BIOMOD (biomolecular design) team won third place at the BIOMOD Jamboree annual conference in San Francisco for its discovery of a potential new treatment for leukemia, a group of cancers that arise in blood and bone marrow. BIOMOD is an undergraduate competition held annually since 2011 that encourages undergraduates worldwide to discover new biomolecular technologies. This…
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For more than a decade, MSFHR invested $22.8 million in critical infrastructure projects to enhance and build capacity for health research across BC. Thanks to these investments, three funded infrastructure projects have matured into sustainable enterprises that are nationally-recognized for their research expertise and leadership. In 2006, MSFHR launched the Technology/Methodology Platform (TMP) program to provide BC’s world-class researchers with…
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