Aspect Biosystems, a leader in the field of 3D bioprinting and tissue engineering, has received $2.7 million from the Government of Canada’s Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. WINN has funded 17 projects in British Columbia this year, with total project funding of nearly $20 million. This initiative is aimed at helping innovative companies in British Columbia grow and compete. “From the very…
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The medical application of cannabis has been a calling card for marijuana legalization advocates for years, although to date there are just two FDA-approved medications on the market containing cannabinoids. However, an exciting licensing agreement between the UW and Pascal Biosciences, Inc. means that a cancer treatment derived from cannabinoids could become FDA-approved as soon as 2019. The agreement, negotiated by the UW’s…
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A new discovery by an international research team—co-led by UBC Canada 150 Research Chair Josef Penninger and Harvard Medical School neurobiologist Clifford Woolf—could have implications for therapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases. In a study published today in Nature, researchers outline a new understanding of the biology of T cells, a type of immune cell in the body, that demonstrates how…
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A Novel Approach to Outsmart Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer researchers find new target for drug therapy. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. While incidences of the disease are declining, roughly 21,000 Canadian men are still diagnosed each year, with 1 in 29 cases taking an aggressive and deadly form. At the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientists, Dr. Artem Cherkasov…
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Over the next 10 years, studies suggest, B.C. will lose two million jobs—but will gain three million more. The catch? We don’t know what they might be. Technology is moving so fast that it is estimated that two-thirds of students entering elementary school today will be employed in professions that currently don’t exist. Given the rise of computing and automation,…
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A short walk down the hall behind the information desk at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), in the laboratory medicine wing, is a new resource for Vancouver Coastal Health researchers – a collection space devoted specifically to blood work for research studies. The new service is possible due to support from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and the Hematology…
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A search for natural alternatives to pesticides is one of the innovative Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) research projects benefitting from nearly $600,000 of new funding. Projects to ease access to healthy food for several Indigenous communities and develop healthy eating habits in young adults were also supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants. Thanks…
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The National Centre for AIDS/STD Control / Prevention and Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCAIDS/China CDC) and British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) are renewing their partnership to tackle HIV/AIDS. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by delegates from the BC-CfE and NCAIDS/China CDC to promote and collaborate on health priorities affecting China, British Columbia…
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This afternoon, TRIUMF welcomed on-site The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, for a special visit and announcement about public investments into medical isotope research and innovation infrastructure. During his visit to Canada’s particle accelerator centre – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2018 – the Prime Minister announced funding to construct the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI), a…
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St. Paul’s Foundation announced today that the London Drugs and Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundations have made a substantial $6.5 million donation in support of the provincial Heart Centre at the new St. Paul’s. The leadership gift will impact future generations of British Columbians requiring the most specialized cardiac care in the province and provide the Heart Centre the opportunity to…
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