VCHRI’s Innovative and Translation Research Awards fund innovative research that will improve health care systems and the well-being of patients across Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care. This year’s recipients are putting new knowledge into practice, implementing research outcomes and turning discoveries into commercial opportunities.
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Researchers from UBC’s faculty of medicine have been awarded over $2.5 million from Canada’s Stem Cell Network (SCN) to advance six regenerative medicine research projects and clinical trials. The funding is part of a $19.5 million investment by SCN in 32 projects across Canada. The investment is the largest in SCN’s history, made possible through increased funding by the Government of Canada…
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The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Brain Star Awards. The CIHR-INMHA Brain Star awards, administered for 2021 by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, are awarded to students and trainees who have published high impact discoveries in all fields and disciplines covered…
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2022 NMIN Undergraduate Studentships Awarded

The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2022 NMIN Undergraduate Studentships in NanoMedicines Research awards. The awardees will receive a stipend of $1,500 a month for a maximum of four months between May 2022 and March 2023, to work on a nanomedicines-related research project under the supervision of an NMIN investigator.
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Investigator Awards 2022 Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Investigator Awards. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) facilitates clinician-scientists in their efforts to make new discoveries to improve the health and well-being of patients across their lifespan. Supported by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, the peer-reviewed Investigator Awards provide salary support to leading health research investigators…
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Lipid Nanoparticles That Enable COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

The team of Pieter Cullis, Michael Hope and Thomas Madden have worked together for approximately 40 years. They are receiving a Governor General’s Innovation Award for their work in developing lipid nanoparticle (LNP) systems to deliver cancer drugs to tumours and to enable RNA and DNA based drugs to be used therapeutically. Among other achievements their work has resulted in…
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UBC Faculty of Medicine professor and Academy of Translational Medicine chair Dr. Poul Sorensen has received the 2022 Herman Suit Award for his lifesaving work on human sarcomas. The award, given every year by the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, recognizes outstanding contributions to the basic science of sarcomas, especially research that translates into clinical benefits for patients. Sarcomas are malignant tumours…
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The scholarship’s inaugural recipient is Caitlin Ambrose, a first year undergraduate student who developed a specific interest in healthcare and engineering while still in high school. “I’m extremely grateful and honoured to be awarded this scholarship,” Caitlin says. “The idea that technology and the human body can be combined to improve everyday life fascinates me. It is so exciting and…
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The UBC Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. Congratulations to all 23 recipients for 2021-22, especially to the two DMCBH members: Dr. Kurt Haas is a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences and also a Graduate Program in Neuroscience faculty member. He has mentored and…
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In Grade 4, the future Dr. Leonard Foster was testing Coleus cuttings in different water extracts to see which might be the best rooting compound. His parents, both teachers in the small interior community of McBride, BC, had a commercial greenhouse selling bedding plants as a side business, so propagation was a natural subject for his first outing at the…
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