Simon Fraser University’s VentureLabs® is receiving $3 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada to establish a scale-up and soft-landing centre within its Vancouver-based business accelerator. The funding was announced today by the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The funds are part of a $3.7 million announcement aimed at supporting initiatives that will help western Canadian entrepreneurs and…
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Non-Profit R&D-Boosting Program Sets Record

A government-funded non-profit group tasked with linking Canadian academia and domestic technology startups has hit a major milestone. In the last year, the Mitacs internship program has connected 1,500 University of British Columbia (UBC) post-doctoral students with private-sector partners, officials said. The number is about double the internships Mitacs usually provides at the Vancouver-based university annually, as yearly totals usually fall between 500 and…
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The University of British Columbia (UBC) has a long history of transforming research into impactful treatments, products, and services that contribute to the social and economic fabric of Canada. Through UBC’s applied research, accelerator, and incubator programs, the next generation of entrepreneurial talent receives critical support needed to take its ideas to the next level. That’s why the Honourable Navdeep…
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Scientists Enhance Important Tool Used to Research the Deadliest Form of Brain Cancer

The prognosis for patients diagnosed with GBM is extremely poor. Even with surgical removal of tumours followed by radiation and chemotherapy, 90 per cent of patients succumb to the disease within five years. Clearly, new therapies to tackle this deadly form of brain cancer are urgently needed. Using mice to study Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive form of brain…
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Intranasal Protein Limits Disability in Models of MS

Can a protein applied to the inside of the nose reduce inflammation in the central nervous system? New research from Dr. Jacqueline Quandt’s laboratory suggests that intranasal administration of E-selectin, a type of protein that is expressed by blood vessel cells in an attempt to recruit immune cells, can bolster an immunosuppressive response in the body and calm inflammation in the…
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Beta-thalassemias are a group of inherited blood disorders caused by a decrease in beta hemoglobin chains that can result in severe anemia, reduced oxygen supply to tissues, failure to thrive, and death. Blood transfusions are the most common form of treatment for these disorders. However, since humans cannot remove iron from the body, reactive iron from repeated transfusions accumulates and…
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“Tissue engineering is a major domain in bioengineering, and the field attracts significant resources and talent. It is also a highly competitive field. Over the past 20 years alone, well over 100 000 papers and 9000 patents were published on the topic. So giddy are these statistics that a layperson could be forgiven for imagining a world where replacement organs…
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PhD Students Attend the International Student Research Forum

In June, three graduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences were invited to the International Student Research Forum (ISRF), an international stage for research students to collaborate beyond the boundaries of disciplines and nationalities. The forum, which took place this year at the University of Southern Denmark, is an annual opportunity for students conducting research to develop professional relationships with others…
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The discovery of a new role for a gene associated with neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders finds a possible prenatal origin for Alzheimer disease, according to a study recently published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The protein, known as RCAN1, is overexpressed in Down syndrome during fetal brain development. The gene binds with messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) and has also been found…
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