By studying the changes in the brain in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers hope to paint a clearer picture of the biological processes leading to neurodegeneration. An important part of understanding that landscape is making sense of the abundant genomic data that exists in the scientific literature. To find commonalities in the data on expression patterns early…
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The forest industry is a key economic sector in British Columbia (BC), providing 32% ($14.1 billion) of B.C.’s total exports and close to $1 billion in revenue to the provincial government in 2017. The sector is also the primary employer in many parts of the Province and forestry related activities directly support over 7,000 businesses employing over 57,000 people. One…
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Researchers around the world have recently had tremendous success in identifying genes that increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with more than 100 genes associated with ASD to date, many of which are already being used to aid diagnosis. However, despite considerable progress, researchers still don’t know what roles many of these genes play in nervous system development and…
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Meet the Researcher: Dr. Christian Kastrup

I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Christian Kastrup at a convening of the NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN), a national association drawn from academia, industry and other enterprises to leverage Canada as a global leader in developing next-generation therapeutics. I soon learned that, aside from his involvement in NMIN, Dr. Kastrup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry…
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Crystal Chau, BSc’15 works for STEMCELL Technologies Inc. as a Research Associate. She shares her experience leading students and guiding them through their new roles and working together to reach a common goal. Crystal also shares her leadership experience with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Unit managing and leading youth, as well as the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone.…
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Taking Complex Prostate Cancer Research to the Next Level

One in seven Canadian men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer at some point during their lifetimes. A protein bioengineering core of specialists and equipment being established at the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) could open the door to new treatment avenues for men with the deadliest forms of the disease. “We are expanding our bench-to-bedside research pipeline,” says Vancouver…
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Dr. Yossef Av-Gay and his pioneering work in developing new medications to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis has been profiled in WIPO-ReSearch, a publication focused on innovations in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. The current edition of Re-Search portrays successful global public-private partnerships working in this important domain.  The graphic below depicts the interplay between Dr. Av-Gay as a scientist-entrepreneur, and…
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Last week at St. Paul’s Hospital, eight high school students from across the Lower Mainland slipped on white lab coats and experienced what it’s like to work as life science researchers. Twice a year – in April and November – the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) at St. Paul’s organizes High School Student Week (HSSW) for Grade 11 and 12…
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BC Cancer scientists, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Microsoft, have developed a new method for analyzing cancer tissue, allowing them to learn more about cancer than previously possible. Researchers can now read the genomes of single cells within a tumour, opening up a new wave of understanding of how and why…
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According to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is unique and will have different symptoms, deficits, and abilities. This range of characteristics spans a “spectrum”, in which each individual’s abilities and deficits vary widely. Manuel Belmadani, Bioinformatician and first author of the paper. Research on ASD has benefited from new…
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