Congratulations to Kevin Hay (Hay Lab) for receiving a Cell Therapy and Transplant Canada Hans Messner Award for his project entitled, “Cell-free DNA: A new biomarker in CAR-T cell therapy”. The funds received from this award will support a correlative study on the clinical trial Canadian-Led Immunotherapies in Cancer: CLIC-1901 for the Treatment of Patients with Relapsed/Refractory CD19 Positive Hematologic Malignancies, to…
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Congratulations to Pamela Hoodless (Hoodless Lab) for receiving a Cancer Research Society Operating Grant for her project entitled, “Defining epigenetic alterations in liver cancer at single cell resolution”. This research focuses on exploring how epigenetic networks are altered in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared to normal liver and how these alternation drive transcriptional changes. This work will further explore the alterations…
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Acuitas Therapeutics, the Vancouver, BC-based biotech company co-founded by NMIN research leader Dr. Pieter Cullis, has been granted a Global Impact Award by Life Sciences British Columbia, in recognition of the company’s “extraordinary leadership and efforts they made in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.” Acuitas partnered with Pfizer and BioNTech in the development of their highly effective mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine. Acuitas…
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Bloom Burton & Co. (“Bloom Burton”) is pleased to announce Dr. Carl Hansen of AbCellera Biologics (“AbCellera”) as the recipient of the 2021 Bloom Burton Award. From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, AbCellera moved from initial screening of blood samples to human clinical trials of its antibody treatment for COVID-19 in 90 days – a process that normally takes…
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World Experts in Bronchi

Drs. Tillie Hackett and James Hogg have been recognized as world experts in bronchi by Expertscape, based on their publications in the field in the last 10 years. Both PIs have placed in the top 0.1% of scholars from around the world – congratulations on this achievement! Dr. Tillie-Louise Hackett, PhD, ATSF, is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Asthma and COPD Lung Pathobiology…
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Congratulations to our outstanding BC Cancer researchers who were awarded 2021 Spring Project Grants by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The funding provided by CIHR will allow our researchers and their teams to pursue research breakthroughs in cancer, leading to a better understanding of cancer and improved outcomes. The below are the recipients from the 2021 Spring Project Grant…
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Dr. Steiner, who heads the UBC Division of Infectious Diseases, has published a number of important studies on the intestinal immune system. Now, a new three-year, $125,000 grant from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will support his research into the changes that take place in damaged gut cells and how they compare to the permanent changes seen in people with inflammatory…
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Sanne Janssen, a postdoctoral fellow in the Lorincz lab, has been named recipient of a Bluma Tischler award. The fellowship targets MD or PhD graduates in Medicine, Biochemistry, Genetics, or associated disciplines carrying out research on the biochemical or genetic aspects of intellectual developmental disorders or other neurological disorders. Janssen started her training in the Netherlands, and completed a PhD…
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Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is proud to support tomorrow’s research leaders with the Top Graduating Doctoral Student Awards and the Rising Star Awards. These awards recognize outstanding efforts by VCHRI research trainees in research excellence, service as role models, and other contributions to the Vancouver Coastal Health research community.
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