Wood On Our Skin

Physiological parameters in our blood can be determined without painful punctures. Empa researchers are currently working with a Canadian team to develop flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors that can be attached to the skin. The 3D-printed analytic chips made of renewable raw materials will even be biodegradable in future. The idea of measuring parameters that are relevant for our health via…
Read More
The authors evaluated operating characteristics, particularly specificity and positive predictive value (PPV), by mapping plasma miR371 expression to actual clinical events in patients with a history of germ cell tumour. Plasma miR371 expression predicted aGCM with high specificity and positive predictive value. Although other operating characteristics of miR371 awaited longer follow-up for more complete definition, the findings of a highly...
Read More
Dr. Perry Kendall, a clinical professor at the UBC faculty of medicine’s School of Population and Public Health, was recently appointed to the Order of Canada. He is one of 83 new appointments to the Order for 2019. Governor General Julie Payette made the announcement in June. Kendall, also the co-interim executive director at the BC Centre on Substance Use, received the…
Read More
The authors describe a method for the generation of blood vessel organoids from pluripotent stem cells. The protocol includes a detailed manual for the analysis of the in vitro grown and transplanted organoids. This will allow all researchers to setup vascular organoid cultures with standard cell culture lab equipment and implement this into their research of diabetes, stroke, ischemia or any other disease affecting the vasculature.
Read More
Over the summer, a group of SFU graduate and undergraduate students had the opportunity to travel to South Africa for an intensive, experiential learning course taught by FHS professor Angela Kaida. The field school, which took place in Durban over 11 days, was offered in partnership with the Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE). While in Durban, students attended lectures…
Read More
UBC medical student Adam Ramzy is one of 17 recipients of the 2019 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award. The award — which honours second-year medical students from across the nation — recognizes those with an established track record of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge. “I am extremely grateful for the support of…
Read More
While attending The University of British Columbia (UBC), Tamer Mohamed, along with fellow graduate student Simon Beyer, began working at the Walus Laboratory on the development of a novel microfluidics-based bioprinting platform that could be used to fabricate human tissue constructs. One of the main reasons for their innovation was to potentially replace animal models in drug testing, which are costly, time-consuming and can have poor…
Read More
Dr. Megan Levings, a world leader in the field of immunology and a respected mentor and visionary at BC Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the 2019 Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship. The Hammond Lectureship is BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s highest honour. Named for Dr. Geoffrey Hammond, the Research Institute’s first scientific director, this award is given to a senior investigator…
Read More

Secret Lives of CBR Researchers: Melanie Dostert

The Centre for Blood Research has many talented graduate students, postdocs and faculty doing cutting edge research in important fields, but they also have exciting lives outside of the lab. In the CBR Newsletter, we have started a column to honour the secret talents and skills that CBR members have. Last month I wrote about James’ Baylis a recent graduate…
Read More
The α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid subtype glutamate receptors (AMPARs) mediate the fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the mammalian brain and are important for synaptic plasticity. In particular, the rapid insertion of the GluA1 homomeric (GluA1-homo) AMPARs into the postsynaptic membrane is considered to be critical in the expression of hippocampal CA1 long-term potentiation (LTP), which is important for certain forms of learning…
Read More