Get a simple cut on the finger or a bump on the head, and the body’s immune system rushes in to heal the area. Inflammation of this sort is a normal response to injuries or infections; but when inflammation occurs in the brain – particularly the developing brain of a child – it can lead to serious complications and have…
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In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets. “It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard…
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Seeing children suffering with cancer when he was being treated himself broke Terry Fox’s heart and inspired his Marathon of Hope. Now, those efforts have fuelled a unique initiative to give kids and young adults across the country a chance to live when there are few, if any, treatment options left. Eight-year-old Marlow Ploughman of Shannonville, Ont., has relapsed four…
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CHÉOS Scientist Receives AHA Young Investigator Award

Dr. Brian Grunau, CHÉOS Scientist and emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, was recently recognized for his research at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Dr. Grunau received the Young Investigator award, which is presented annually for the top research submitted to the Symposium by scientists within the first five years of their appointment. This year, 32 investigators from around the…
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Frogs play important ecological roles, and several species are important model organisms for scientific research. The globally distributed Ranidae (true frogs) are the largest frog family, and have substantial evolutionary distance from the model laboratory Xenopus frog species. Unfortunately, there are currently no genomic resources for the former, important group of amphibians. More widely applicable amphibian genomic data is urgently…
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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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