Canada’s more than 1.2 million small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute substantially to our country’s economic growth, innovation, and job creation. Defined as companies with fewer than 500 employees, 99.8 percent of Canada’s employers are SMEs. Generating approximately 54.9 percent of Canada’s GDP by the private sector, the success of our SMEs is crucial to recovery through COVID-19 and future…
Read More
Worldwide increases in antibiotic resistance and the dearth of new antibiotics have created a global crisis in the treatment of infectious diseases. These concerns highlight the pressing need for novel antimicrobial agents. Natural clay minerals have a long history of therapeutic and biomedical applications and have lately received specific attention for their potent antimicrobial properties. In particular, Kisameet clay (KC)…
Read More
Six Faculty of Medicine researchers were elected to fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). They were elected along with 71 other distinguished individuals who have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and background, and a commitment to advance academic health science. Faculty of Medicine researchers elected: Dr. Lori Brotto, professor, department of obstetrics and gynaecology Dr. Allison Eddy, professor…
Read More
Derm-Biome Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a private Vancouver based biopharmaceutical company focused on skin health and healthy ageing, is pleased to announce that one of its topical drugs produced significant, and dose dependent inhibitory effects in a well established mouse model of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease often linked to depression and a decreased quality of life. The global…
Read More
Mesenchymal fibroblasts are ubiquitous cells that maintain the extracellular matrix of organs. Within the lung, airway and parenchymal fibroblasts are crucial for lung development and are altered with disease, but it has been difficult to understand their roles due to the lack of distinct molecular markers. We studied genome-wide DNA methylation and gene expression in airway and parenchymal lung fibroblasts…
Read More
Jaclyn Robinson, 42, was the picture of health until she contracted COVID-19 in March and ended up on a ventilator fighting for her life. Now, after living through what she describes as the scariest chapter of her life, the mother of three is one of many British Columbians sharing their experiences with medical researchers. And B.C. researchers are looking for other patients like…
Read More
Science is essential to ensuring Canada has the tools, opportunities, and expertise needed to address the most pressing questions we face as a country. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Dr. Mona Nemer’s reappointment as Canada’s Chief Science Advisor. In this role, Dr. Nemer will continue to promote science and its benefits for Canadians, and provide impartial scientific advice…
Read More
Many bacteria form spores in response to adverse environmental conditions. Several sporulation pathways have evolved independently and occur through distinctive mechanisms. Here, using cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), we examine all stages of growth and exospore formation in the model organism Streptomyces albus. Our data reveal the native ultrastructure of vegetative hyphae, including the likely structures of the polarisome and cytoskeletal filaments. In…
Read More
Have you ever wanted to learn more about machine learning in biology, strategies for teaching science to the general public, or even the link between bees and human well-being? Then the annual Research Day at the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) is an event you can’t miss! The CBR and School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) communities gathered online on Thursday, Aug. 13th,…
Read More
Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service. Congratulations to our 2020 recipients: Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Recognizes extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have had sustained distinguished careers at UBC in the areas of research, teaching and/or service. Keith Walley Medicine Applegarth…
Read More