By the time a person with Parkinson’s disease (PD) receives a diagnosis, they have already lost a substantial amount of their brain dopamine and a lesser extent of brain serotonin. A new international study looked at people with an inherited gene mutation linked to PD prior to or at the earliest stages of disease onset to determine if a reduction…
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B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison has donated $75 million to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver. The St. Paul’s Foundation says the donation is the largest by a private citizen to a single medical facility in Canadian history. “Jim Pattison’s gift will help us realize an exceptionally rare opportunity to build a major medical and research centre from the ground up,”…
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As information-sharing has become decentralized in our digital age, are traditional approaches to science communication selling research short? An editorial from Dr. Julie Robillard, published today in Movement Disorders, suggests that new challenges in communicating research discoveries are an opportunity for researchers to take greater initiative in sharing their work with the public, especially online. “The prevalence of low-quality information about…
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Alterations in cellular aging, indexed by leukocyte telomere length (LTL) and mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn), might partly account for the increased health risks in persons with depression. Although some studies indeed found cross-sectional associations of depression with LTL and mtDNAcn, the longitudinal associations remain unclear. This 10-year longitudinal study examined between- and within-person associations of depressive symptoms with LTL…
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2017 UBC 3MT Final Results

On March 16 at 12:30 PM at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, eight talented UBC graduate students presented their research in three minutes each, competing for the top prize in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. After long and thoughtful deliberation, our panel of guest judges declared the winners: First Place: Manveen Kaur, MSc in Applied Animal Biology:…
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STEMCELL Technologies to Launch CloneR™ to Facilitate Genome Editing of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells STEMCELL Technologies announces the development of CloneR™, a novel medium formulation to aid researchers in their ability to successfully genome edit human pluripotent stem cells. This supplement represents a dramatic improvement over existing technologies. Editing the pluripotent stem cell genome relies heavily on the survival of…
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CIHR Fiasco… What Now?

You probably have heard during the past few months the general discontent of Canadian scientists with the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the agency responsible for distributing funding for research. So, what is this about? Last year, CIHR imposed a series of radical reforms to the way they hand out research money, which were not well accepted by the…
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Andrea Globa is a neuroscience PhD candidate studying under the supervision of Shernaz Bamji at the University of British Columbia. Her recent first author publication on cocaine addiction in mice published in Nature Neuroscience garnered much attention, including interviews with numerous international news outlets.  We sat down with Andrea to discuss her research and what it means for future of…
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are defined by significant challenges with communication, social reciprocity, and structured behaviour. ASDs are currently the most common childhood developmental disabilities with 1 in 68 individuals currently diagnosed with ASD. The lifetime cost for educational, health-care, and social services averages $5-8 million per person, and British Columbia alone contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment…
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