Dr. Catharine Winstanley, a neuroscientist at UBC, has been elected into the Royal Society of Canada as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Find out which other Vancouver researchers won grants, awards, fellowships and scholarships in our September 2020 award summary!
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Women’s health research is chronically underfunded, and women’s health receives little attention across the spectrum of health research, from funding to academic opportunities. Although steps have been taken to incorporate sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) into research in Canada, there is a continued lack of analyses of sex and gender across health research areas. This lack of attention paid to SGBA and…
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The mutational landscape of grey zone lymphoma (GZL) has not yet been established and differences to related entities are largely unknown. Here, we studied coding sequence mutations of 50 EBV-negative GZL and 20 polymorphic EBV-positive DLBCL NOS (poly-EBV-L) in comparison to classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL), primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma (PMBCL), and diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Exomes…
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Dr. Mark Cembrowski is a newly appointed member of the storied Cajal Club, and the recipient of this year’s Krieg Cortical Explorer Award. The Cajal Club is named for the esteemed neuroanatomist and Nobel Laureate, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. The oldest neuroscience society in North America with more than 500 members, the Cajal Club “promotes friendly scientific discussions between neuroscientists…
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Joining Forces to Improve Blood Research in Canada

An idea born over Friday night beers among a group of blood researchers grew into Canada’s first interdisciplinary blood research centre, and a valuable resource for established and emerging blood scientists. The fateful meeting was in 2002, following significant changes to Canada’s blood system. In 1997, Canada’s public inquiry into the contaminated blood crisis of the 1980s and 1990s culminated in Justice…
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AbCellera and IGM Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: IGMS), announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, multi-target strategic research collaboration and license agreement to facilitate the discovery and development of novel IgM antibodies. AbCellera will generate panels of antibodies for multiple therapeutic targets identified by IGM using its full-stack, AI-powered antibody discovery technology, and IGM will have the rights to…
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The MSL Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Sabrina Leslie

The Michael Smith Laboratories and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are pleased to announce that Dr. Sabrina Leslie will be joining UBC in the new year.  Dr. Leslie uses single-molecule microscopy to measure biomolecular interactions in the complex and stochastic environments of living cells in real-time. Her work has already provided novel biomolecular insights into DNA interactions and her…
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Healthy forests support a healthy environment. They purify the water and the air, maintain wildlife habitats and help preserve healthy soils, just to name a few.  Studies are also showing human health is directly related to healthy forests.  But increasingly our forests are facing unprecedented threats… from invasive species and pathogens that can cause irreversible damage. Once again, science, and scientists…
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Two New Studies Reveal Insights into Immunometabolism in the Brain

The MacVicar Lab has published two papers today looking at immunometabolism in the brain, an exciting area of research that has gained momentum over the past few years. One is a review article in Trends in Neuroscience highlighting recent breakthroughs implicating microglial metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases, and the other reports novel mechanisms of neuroinflammation in the brain. We chatted with authors Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier…
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Dr. Peter Zandstra, Director of both UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering and the Michael Smith Laboratories, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). A CAHS Fellowship is one of the highest honours that can be awarded in the Canadian health sciences community. More than achievement, it is a reflection of the demonstrated leadership, vision and impact that these…
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