Mitacs fellows reinforce evidence-informed decision making in Ottawa and Victoria Ottawa, ON and Victoria, BC — Beginning this fall, 23 researchers will undertake one-year placements in the federal and British Columbia governments to apply their expertise to develop policy-based solutions for pressing issues facing Canadians. The researchers, hailing from disciplines as disparate as climate change and quantum imaging, make up the 2018–19…
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A search for natural alternatives to pesticides is one of the innovative Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) research projects benefitting from nearly $600,000 of new funding. Projects to ease access to healthy food for several Indigenous communities and develop healthy eating habits in young adults were also supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants. Thanks…
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The Allen Institute in Seattle announced today their 2018 Next Generation Leaders, a group of six early-career neuroscientists who will participate in a special advisory council for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a division of the Allen Institute. Now in its fifth year, the Next Generation Leaders Program was created for and by researchers in early stages of their…
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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chris Turner (Granville Lab) was awarded the Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) Young Investigator of the Year Award at the 2018 Cutaneous Biology Conference (Oct 29 – Nov 1, 2018) in Australia. Dr. Turner also received a 2018 BCREGMED Travel Award for his abstract, Granzyme K expressed by classically activated macrophages contributes to inflammation and impaired remodeling in burns, as well…
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Calmodulin (CaM) represents one of the most conserved proteins among eukaryotes and is known to bind and modulate more than a 100 targets. Recently, several disease-associated mutations have been identified in the CALM genes that are causative of severe cardiac arrhythmia syndromes. Although several mutations have been shown to affect the function of various cardiac ion channels, direct structural insights into any…
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The National Centre for AIDS/STD Control / Prevention and Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCAIDS/China CDC) and British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) are renewing their partnership to tackle HIV/AIDS. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by delegates from the BC-CfE and NCAIDS/China CDC to promote and collaborate on health priorities affecting China, British Columbia…
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This afternoon, TRIUMF welcomed on-site The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, for a special visit and announcement about public investments into medical isotope research and innovation infrastructure. During his visit to Canada’s particle accelerator centre – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2018 – the Prime Minister announced funding to construct the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI), a…
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Phenotype-Independent DNA Methylation Changes in Prostate Cancer

Our study found that many of the common DNA methylation alterations found in prostate cancer are present in luminal cells from both cancer and normal tissues. These changes are not necessarily cancer-specific, and are likely due to the bias associated with analyzing tissues in bulk, where most cancer cells have luminal-like features. We derived two cancer-specific and phenotype-independent DNA methylation signatures: one specific to prostate cancer luminal cells, and one composed of alterations present in both luminal and basal cancer cells.
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October 2018 Award Winners

Dr. Connie Eaves, Professor of Medical Genetics and Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, has been inducted into the 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Eaves is a leader in hematopoietic stem cell and breast cancer research. The recognition honours individuals whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Find out who else in Vancouver won grants, awards, fellowships, and scholarships in the month of October!
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St. Paul’s Foundation announced today that the London Drugs and Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundations have made a substantial $6.5 million donation in support of the provincial Heart Centre at the new St. Paul’s. The leadership gift will impact future generations of British Columbians requiring the most specialized cardiac care in the province and provide the Heart Centre the opportunity to…
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