BC-CfE Applauds Advance towards an HIV Cure

The BC-CfE is optimistic about the encouraging announcement that a second person has been cleared of HIV. As in the first case, this was achieved through a bone-marrow transplant from a donor harbouring a rare mutation in the human CCR5 gene. The CCR5 is necessary for HIV to enter cells in the human body as it acts as a receptor.…
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Innovate BC, a Crown agency that connects local innovators with government funding, resources, and support, has awarded $613,850 in round six of its Ignite Program to spark the commercialization of technologies that will solve industry problems in the natural resources and applied sciences. Three BC research projects in diverse fields such as clean technology, biotech, and marine technology will split the funding. To date,…
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Innovation Nation: We cannot afford or excuse this double-jeopardy for Canadian prosperity — jobs without people and people without jobs In every sector you can name, digital innovation, particularly the potential of artificial intelligence, is driving dramatic change. A recent report from RBC estimates that 25 per cent of current Canadian jobs will be heavily impacted by technology — and…
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“Microbiota” seems to be the buzz word in today’s research, but what is the microbiota and why are researchers so intent on learning more about it? The microbiota is the group of microorganisms living within an individual or in a specific environment. It has become the focus of many research papers as the microbiota can help determine health and overall…
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Sex & Gender in Research 101

What is sex and gender? The consideration of sex and gender when designing and implementing health studies is critical in producing the best possible health research evidence. There is a growing expectation that people use appropriate language when discussing these concepts. Introduced in the Spring 2018 Project Grant competition, CIHR now requires that all applicants integrate sex and gender into…
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Although the tech industry in British Columbia is expanding rapidly, the representation of women in the sector is not keeping pace. According to a Women in Tech World and Discovery Foundation gender-equality road-map report—a study that determines how many women are currently in tech-related jobs—men continue to significantly outnumber their female counterparts. That’s not due, however, to women’s lack of interest…
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The foundation for good health begins at the earliest stages of life. It starts with the reproductive health of parents and then continues throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and into the early years of life. This period is associated with numerous health challenges for both mother and baby. Solid evidence is needed to provide the highest quality care to pregnant women, newborns…
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Huntington’s disease is caused by an abnormally expanded CAG repeat expansion in the HTT gene, which confers a predominant toxic gain of function in the mutant huntingtin (mHTT) protein. There are currently no disease-modifying therapies available, but approaches that target proximally in disease pathogenesis hold great promise. These include DNA-targeting techniques such as zinc-finger proteins, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and CRISPR/Cas9; post-transcriptional huntingtin-lowering approaches such as…
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Capitalizing on five years of research-collaboration success, Mitacs and Inria renewed their partnership originally signed in 2014. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) supports two-way international research opportunities for graduate researchers at Canadian universities and at eight Inria Research Centres in France. Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization, connects university-based researchers with businesses and government to solve innovation challenges. Inria is a…
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Members of the Faculty of Medicine community have been nominated for the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. In its 36th year and recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. Nominees are recognized by category. The nominees were announced ahead of International Women’s Day which takes place…
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