2018 Health System Impact Fellows

MSFHR is pleased to be partnering with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research to co-fund six 2018 Health System Impact Fellows, enabling a total of 13 Fellows to be awarded in BC, supporting the development of BC’s health policy talent while addressing pressing policy issues in our province. In 2017, MSFHR made a decision to put its Health Policy…
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Intracellular nucleotide‐binding (NB) and leucine‐rich repeat (NLR) proteins function as immune receptors to recognize effectors from pathogens. They often guard host proteins that are the direct targets of those effectors. Recent findings revealed that a typical NLR sometimes cooperates with another atypical NLR for effector recognition. Here, by using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, knockout analysis and biochemical assays, we uncovered…
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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) has named a Downtown Eastside doctor as one of its 2018 family physicians of the year. Dr. Christy Sutherland is a medical director for PHS Community Services Society (also known as the Portland Hotel Society), education physician lead for the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, and…
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The BC Cancer Foundation announced a historic $18.346 million philanthropic grant from the Aqueduct Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor that aims to transform treatment for people facing metastatic cancer. The funds will fuel a world-leading Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics program at BC Cancer spanning research and development of cutting-edge radiopharmaceuticals through to clinical trials. With the growth and aging of our…
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The Michael Smith Laboratories, in partnership with Zymeworks, Inc., a leading biotechnology company in BC, have awarded two Zymeworks-Michael Smith Laboratories Fellowships in Advanced Protein Therapeutics. The 3-year fellowship competition was open to PhD students who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership distinction, and research potential in the discovery and development of biological techniques with applications in the treatment of disease. This…
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The Office of the Vice-President, Research is thrilled to welcome Kyle Demes to Simon Fraser University in his new role as the director of Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA). Kyle is a marine ecologist – and postdoctoral research fellow SFU alumnus – motivated by a desire to increase the impacts of research beyond singular research projects. He has been hired to enable…
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HIV isolates are extremely genetically variable (the HIV-1 group M “pandemic" isolates can be classified into 9 subtypes and nearly 100 circulating recombinant forms), and our knowledge of immune-driven escape pathways and their functional costs is largely limited to HIV subtype B, and to a lesser extent C. Our study represents the first characterization of immune-driven adaptation pathways in HIV subtypes A1 and D, which dominate in East Africa, and the first statistically rigorous characterization...
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AbCellera opened its doors to the local biotech, research, and business community on Tuesday evening to celebrate the official opening of its new home in the heart of Vancouver. Guests celebrated with guided tours of the facilities and enjoyed cocktails around scientific posters, company slideshows, and photography exhibition. Carl Hansen, CEO of AbCellera, addressed the party, thanking the University of…
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‘Watermelon’ or red snow has puzzled mountain climbers, explorers, and naturalists for thousands of years. Observed globally in alpine and polar regions during the summer, it is caused by blooms of microscopic algae and their associated microbiome, including fungi, bacteria and viruses. While white snow reflects solar radiation, red snow absorbs up to 20% more energy from the sun, which…
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Jonathan Page has been around cannabis all his life. Growing up on Canada’s Vancouver Island in the 1970s, he was surrounded by hippie beachcombers and dope smokers. So after earning a PhD in plant biology and phytochemistry, he felt completely at ease working with the plant Cannabis sativa as a postdoc in Germany in the early 2000s. During that time, Page helped…
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