Some postdoctoral researchers at public universities in the United States apparently work for fast-food wages whereas others make more than US$100,000 a year, an analysis of postdoc pay has revealed. The salary data, which a science-advocacy group released on 1 November after a year-long investigation, are incomplete and — in some cases — appear to be incorrect. Some researchers are listed as…
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Genome BC is pleased to announce a staged investment of $750,000 into CuePath Innovation (CuePath) through its Industry Innovation (I²) Program. CuePath is developing a connectivity platform for patients, their family members and professional caregivers, built around a novel form of smart medication packaging. By combining smart blister packs, cloud analytics and mobile applications, CuePath is increasing prescription adherence and…
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Applications Open For MSFHR’s 2018 Scholar Competition

Applications are now open for MSFHR’s 2018 Scholar competition. The letter of intent deadline is December 1, 2017, with full applications due February 2, 2018. Since 2001, the MSFHR Scholar Program has supported more than 400 early-career health researchers as they establish independent research careers, build leading health research programs and train junior scientists. Each award provides salary support for up…
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Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia worldwide.  The incurable disease slowly impairs cognitive function, such as the ability to think and remember.  Because of these devastating effects on the brain, it has long been assumed that Alzheimer’s originates in the brain.  But new research has found that Alzheimer’s might be a disease that originates in other parts of the…
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Novel immune checkpoint blockade strategies are being evaluated in clinical trials and include targeting the lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3) checkpoint, alone or in combination with PD-1/PD-L1 blockade. We investigated LAG-3 expression and its prognostic value in a large series of breast cancer patients, and correlated LAG-3 expression with key biomarkers including PD-1 and PD-L1. LAG-3 expression was evaluated by…
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Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) represents a group of diseases often referred to as bone marrow failure, which usually develops in older people. In Canada alone, up to 6,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The median survival for these patients ranges from 0.5 to 6 years after diagnosis. In healthy individuals, the bone marrow produces immature blood cells, which subsequently mature…
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 On Tuesday, November 7, six finalists will compete in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) second-annual Venture to Stop Diabetes Challenge, a competition to identify emerging, innovative solutions for improved diabetes prevention and management. The finalists’ submissions represent opportunities to simplify, enhance and increase access to diabetes treatment and care. The 2017 finalists were selected from applicants in the U.S. and internationally,…
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We discovered systemic immune response signatures that were highly correlated to upper airway clinical symptom phenotypes of allergic rhinitis individuals who were undergoing nasal allergen challenge (i.e., allergen was directly delivered to the nasal mucosa). These systemic signatures were significantly different from healthy non-allergic individuals, and were associated with specific cell type...
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In an interview with the University of British Columbia student newspaper nearly 20 years ago, research scientist Chris Shaw said the last thing an academic wanted was to be “associated with something iffy.” Reminded of that quote recently, Shaw said: “I guess I should’ve taken my advice.” Shaw is a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences whose research revolves around…
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For his 2012 PhD thesis, the sociologist Chris Platts surveyed and interviewed more than 300 young footballers — aged 17 and 18 — at UK club academies who were hoping to pursue a career in the game. He told the newspaper The Guardian this month that just four of them currently have gained a professional contract. That’s a drop-out rate of 99%. For our Careers section…
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