The winners of the 2019 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs), proudly announced by the BC Tech Association on June 27, represent the cream of an impressive crop of innovative ventures fuelling unprecedented growth and global competitiveness across British Columbia. Now in its 26th year of celebrating excellence and innovation in the province’s tech sector, the largest and longest-running awards program of its kind featured a…
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Marketing Your Published To-Be Paper

Finally conquered that PhD?  Your paper just got accepted? Is your manuscript weeks away from being published? Now what? Postdoctoral researcher and free lance science writer Dr. Anthea Lacchia, who previously worked in the Nature Press Office, and former UBC Medicine Communications Officer Brian Kladko have an array of tips on how to market your publication to its fullest potential. Anthea…
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Cancer cells usually exhibit aberrant cell signaling and metabolic reprogramming. However, mechanisms of crosstalk between these processes remain elusive. Here we show that in an in vivo tumor model expressing oncogenic Drosophila Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase (Hipk), tumor cells display elevated aerobic glycolysis. Mechanistically, elevated Hipk drives transcriptional upregulation of Drosophila Myc (dMyc; MYC in vertebrates) likely through convergence of multiple perturbed signaling cascades. dMyc induces robust…
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Philippe Tortell and Michael Murphy have been appointed heads of the departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Microbiology and Immunology, respectively. Their terms begin July 1, 2019. “Both Michael and Philippe have strong academic and administrative records and are held in high regard by their colleagues and departmental communities,” said Dean of Science Meigan Aronson in making the…
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CuATSM, a copper homeostasis regulating compound, has been used as a PET-imaging agent for hypoxic tumours in humans. Recent studies have shown that the application of this molecule remarkably extends the lifespan of mice with mutant superoxide dismutase 1 mutations (mSOD1), one of the major ALS genetic models. CuATSM used in this model system by our collaborators has shown a remarkable level of motor neuron preservation. We have now expanded these previous studies and have reported that CuATSM applied in our BSSG model at the same time prevents most of the deleterious aspects of BSSG alone.
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Three graduate students and four medical residents from the Faculty of Medicine are among eight recipients of this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. The award supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career. The award is named after…
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Her Royal Science Tells the Stories of the Scientists Behind the Science

Asma Bashir (pictured) is exposing a world that is invisible to many, offering a glimpse at the researcher behind the research in Her Royal Science, a podcast launched this week that looks at the lives of scientists in and outside of the lab. For Bashir, it’s an opportunity to introduce listeners to some of the most interesting people working in science,…
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On June 14, 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada for research excellence. The Canada Foundation for Innovation also made an investment towards these Chairs of more than $5.2 million in new funding for research infrastructure, supporting 30 Chairs at 18 institutions. Dr. Steven J.M. Jones,…
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Read the Publication This week we profile a recent publication in EBioMedicine from the laboratory of Dr. Edward Conway (pictured, centre) at the UBC Centre for Blood Research. Can you provide a brief overview of your lab’s current research focus? I am a professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Blood Research at UBC. The overall goal of…
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Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia opened her lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health today; she joins the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, having completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California–Davis (UC Davis). Dr. Ciernia’s research program will focus on how genes control development in the brain,…
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