A breakthrough technology, now in the hands of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientists, is paving the way for rapid and effective drug discovery. Dr. Artem Cherkasov, a senior research scientist with the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), and his colleagues are spearheading the integration of cryo-EM technology. After years of trying to harness the potential of the human genome, Cherkasov…
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Dr. Dessa Sadovnick is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and the Division of Neurology, the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. She was the Director of the Canadian Western Pacific Regional Research and Training Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Sadovnick’s work in the field of multiple sclerosis research has made an enormous difference in the lives of…
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Clinical tumors are highly heterogenic that contain many non-tumor cells. In the case of malignant brain tumors, a large portion of cells in the tumor are microglia. Since microglia are not tumor cells, which, by definition, cannot support oncolytic virus replication. Furthermore, we found in the present study that those microglia/macrophages are still infectable by the virus...
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I was recently talking with someone who should have known better, and was taken aback when they said to me, “There’s science at SFU?” Stifling the urge to say something snide like, “You’re kidding, right?,” I took a deep breath and replied that, yes, there is indeed science at Simon Fraser University. Of the eight faculties at SFU, four have…
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Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef. Food science students led by professor Xiaonan Lu used a laser-equipped spectrometer and statistical analysis to determine with 99 per cent accuracy whether ground beef samples included other animal parts. They were able to say with 80 per cent accuracy…
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The UBC Faculty of Medicine has ten members on the 2017 list of Highly Cited Researchers  — the most of any Canadian medical school. The list is based on Clarivate Analytics’ compilation of highly cited papers, which are defined as those ranking in the top 1 per cent by citations in that field and year of publication in the Web of…
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The recent Ebola and Zika epidemics demonstrate the need for the continuous surveillance, rapid diagnosis and real-time tracking of emerging infectious diseases. Fast, affordable sequencing of pathogen genomes – now a staple of the public health microbiology laboratory in well-resourced settings – can affect each of these areas. Coupling genomic diagnostics and epidemiology to innovative digital disease detection platforms raises…
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Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, Education, has been selected by the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) as the 2017 Trevor Howell Guest Lecturer. Dr. Wong, a geriatrician and clinical professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, is the second Canadian — and first UBC professor — to receive this honour, which recognizes eminent physicians or scientists with an international reputation. As…
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The NanoString nCounter assay is a high-throughput hybridization technique using target-specific probes that can be customized to test for numerous fusion transcripts in a single assay using RNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material. We designed a NanoString assay targeting 174 unique fusion junctions in 25 sarcoma types. The study cohort comprised 212 cases, 96 of which showed fusion gene expression by…
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Meet the HyperGrowth: Life 2.0 Companies!

HyperGrowth: Life is BC’s first cohort-based program designed to advance tech companies in the healthtech and life sciences industries. Building on the demonstrated success of the BC Tech’s HyperGrowth program, HyperGrowth:Life provides revenue and sales support to growth-stage tech companies in healthtech, digital health, life sciences, agritech and related industries. The companies were chosen after a live pitch event at…
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