Motherhood Changes the Brain, Possibly Forever

Pregnancy and motherhood don’t just lead to “mom brain,” a sort of fogginess that occurs during pregnancy and in the months post-partum; in fact, reproductive experiences may change the trajectory of women’s aging across the lifespan, finds new research from PhD candidate Rand Eid and colleagues in Dr. Liisa Galea’s and Dr. Joanne Weinberg’s labs. Published online last week in the journal Neurobiology…
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Today, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster announced its first cohort of projects. The projects total $40 million of investment over three years; and is comprised of $15 million of co-investment from the Supercluster that has leveraged over $25 million from industry, research and academic partners. The first cohort is focused on advancing Canada’s development and application of digital technologies to solve…
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Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Brenda Milner, Martha Salcudean, Julie Payette, Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson. What do these names bring to mind? They are women whose pioneering work led the fight against cancer, ground-breaking discoveries about how brain cells live and die and to the unveiling of the secrets of human memory. They are leaders in innovation in mechanical engineering and space exploration. They were among the first…
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STEMCELL Technologies is proud to announce that the company has been selected as a winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program for 2019. Canada’s Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in the management abilities and practices of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. STEMCELL Technologies is Canada’s largest biotechnology company. Privately owned and…
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Malcolm Moore will leave his post as president of the B.C. Cancer agency next month, well before the end of his sole term in office. The oncologist, researcher and clinical pharmacologist’s pending departure extends a pattern of revolving-door leadership at the province’s cancer research and care agency, an organization that was mired in internal controversies that went public not long before he…
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As research continues to uncover the importance of gut health and its role in all aspects of wellness, probiotic health products continue to receive a huge amount of hype. How huge? Probiotics have become an industry behemoth—one expected to generate $66-billion in global revenue by 2024, built on headlines that link gut bacteria to everything from depression to obesity to migraines to Parkinson’s…
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Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common malignant neoplasm among men in many countries. Since most precancerous and cancerous tissues show signs of inflammation, chronic bacterial prostatitis has been hypothesized to be a possible etiology. However, establishing a causal relationship between microbial inflammation and PCa requires a comprehensive analysis of the prostate microbiome. The aim of this study was to…
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Making O

The blood industry is in a bind. Over the past decade, the amount of blood transfused in the United States has plummeted due to improved patient management and strategic scheduling of elective surgeries. While this has cut costs for hospitals, insurance providers and patients, it has upended the nonprofit business model of blood suppliers in the United States. In August,…
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Once a year, the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) provides travel awards to Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates to aid in their travel to conferences and academic events. Any UBC Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate is eligible to apply, provided they have not received an award within the last year. Each award offers up to $1,000 to supplement other funding…
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Today, there is a growing number of science communication opportunities, where individuals can learn, practice and be paid while making science accessible to a general audience. This is a beginner’s guide to science communication opportunities in Canada, which includes outreach, public speaking, writing, journalism and social media initiatives. Disclaimer: In the past, I have taken part in some of the…
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