Dr. Lynn Raymond announced today that Dr. Shernaz Bamji (pictured) has been appointed to the role of Associate Director at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH). Dr. Bamji is a Professor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She is a founding member of the School of Biomedical Engineering and a member of the Life…
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From commonly prescribed drugs for gout through to depression, there’s growing evidence that Asians are at a higher risk of side effects from many medications due to their genetic makeup. In a new study, recently published in Clinical Translational Science, UBC medical student Cody Lo and collaborators at Stanford reveal just how prevalent and serious some of the side effects can…
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Everything around us is connected in some way. Science has taught us that species are genetically more similar than they are different and what we know about one species will likely teach us about others. In research, small and simple organisms are studied as models in hopes of furthering the understanding of the biological processes that underlie human biology and…
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The BC Diabetes Research Network is delighted to announce episode 4  of our official podcast: “Diabetes: From Beta Cells to Bicycles“. Host Krista Lamb is joined by BC Diabetes Research Network researcher and UBC Department of Pediatrics professor Dr. Angela Devlin, whose academic background is in pediatric nutrition and infant metabolic development. She talks about her multi-disciplinary approach to research in…
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Researchers in Simon Fraser University’s Brinkman Laboratory are collaborating with U.S. researchers to test a new drug that can kill a wide range of superbugs – including some bacteria now resistant to all common antibiotics. Known as AB569, the drug contains ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (commonly referred to as EDTA) and acidified nitrite, two inexpensive chemicals that the researchers discovered work together…
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Registration for the third RNA Granules meeting is now open, and is set to bring experts ranging from basic scientists to clinicians who are involved in this exciting area of research together in Vancouver. The study of RNA granules touches on many research areas including infectious diseases, neurological disorders and cancer. The goal of the conference is to discuss the…
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The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynn Raymond as Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), effective March 1, 2020. This appointment reflects the commitment of the Faculty of Medicine and its partners to upholding the vision of Dr. Djavad…
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New Collaboration Looks to Gain Insight on Understudied Part of the Brain

A team of scientists—comprised of Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) researchers Drs. Brian MacVicar and Fabio Rossi and Sick Kids Senior Scientist Dr. Freda Miller—have joined forces in a collaboration to look at part of the brain that has remained largely understudied. The trio have unique, yet overlapping expertise, and will be working together to study the meninges, a highly specialized membrane that…
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Often stories of research breakthroughs highlight discoveries of abnormalities being a bad thing when trying to treat cancer. However, a recent BC Cancer discovery published February 24 in Nature Medicine by BC Cancer scientists Drs. Healy, Scott and Steidl in partnership with cancer researchers across the globe have uncovered the opposite is true for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients with a specific gene…
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A University of British Columbia researcher is part of an international team working with a biotechnology company on a pilot clinical trial of a potential new treatment for patients with severe coronavirus infections in China. Dr. Josef Penninger, director of UBC’s Life Sciences Institute and Canada 150 Chair in Functional Genetics, is working closely with Vienna-based APEIRON Biologics AG on…
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