The BC Diabetes Research Network is delighted to announce episode 5  of our official podcast: “Diabetes: From Beta Cells to Bicycles“. Episode 5: Dr Robert Boushel Professor and Director, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia Host Krista Lamb is joined by BC Diabetes Research Network researcher and UBC professor Dr. Robert Boushel, whose research focuses on the…
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An Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform used to develop precision oncology drugs at the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has been repurposed to shave significant time off the process of finding a cure for COVID-19. Researchers at the Centre are optimistic that their novel work will provide a list of potential treatment options within a matter of weeks, once they secure the…
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At the Centre for Blood Research (CBR), a team of dedicated trainees who are passionate about sharing science with others, have the unique opportunity to do just that, through the CBR’s Outreach program. Outreach Team members can get involved in many exciting activities including the CBR Blood Labs Program, CBR facility tours, the Elder Scholar lecture series, and special events…
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Artist Tiko Kerr pulls down a large cardboard box from a shelf in his East Vancouver studio. It’s overflowing with empty pill bottles. “These are my meds. This is what keeps me alive.” The prominent artist was nearly killed by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. ADVERTISEMENT In 2005, existing treatments were failing and the virus was running rampant in his bloodstream.…
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Canadian researchers across the country have received funding to help spur their fight against a global pandemic. As nations grapple with the spread of COVID-19, work is underway to diagnose and treat the novel coronavirus, to limit its scope and to effectively deal with its fallout. The Star spoke to researchers from Halifax, Edmonton and Vancouver who are each doing their…
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There are some things in life that often seem impossible while in the midst of doing it all: teaching a complicated subject, finding the right career that supports your research goals, and balancing your life, career and family. But Elitza Tocheva shares that no matter where you end up in your career, you never stop learning. That as a scientist, there’s…
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AbCellera and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today they have entered into an agreement to co-develop antibody products for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus. The collaboration will leverage AbCellera’s rapid pandemic response platform, developed under the DARPA Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3) Program, and Lilly’s global capabilities for rapid development,…
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AbCellera, the antibody company, has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020 for its drug discovery platform that can search and analyze natural immune systems to deliver best-in-class antibody drugs. By innovating at every step of the discovery process, AbCellera’s team has repeatedly proven its ability to unlock novel targets, including those previously considered ‘undruggable’…
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Viruses: Ancient, Tiny, Amazing

They’re as old as life itself but scientists can’t say for sure if they’re alive. They’re written into our DNA, shaping the human saga through mutation and resilience. We touch hundreds of millions of them every day. As the novel coronavirus outbreak disrupts global markets and prompts unprecedented containment measures, it is worth asking a very basic question: what, precisely,…
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New Automation Facility (B!) Opens in LSI

In September 2019, the new Biofactorial (B!) automation and screening facility opened for business in UBC. Located on the second floor of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI), the facility aims to assist UBC researchers in automation and high-throughput biology applications to help reduce experimental costs and enhance the speed of research.   In September 2019, the new Biofactorial (B!) automation…
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