As part of the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition launched by CIHR_IRSC, 6 research teams at the LSI were awarded more than $5.5 million in grants. The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports research projects proposed…
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Projects lead by Drs. Dong, Nappi and Wyatt were awarded Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research grants in the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition, for a total of $1.72 million over five years. The funded projects are: Dr. Xuesen Dong (co-investigators: Dr. Artem Cherkasov, Dr. Nada Lallous, and Dr. Martin Gleave): Design a Double-Bolt Lock to Control Cancer Cell…
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Achieving Excellence: SBME Award Winners (2021)

Innovation in healthcare is an ever-evolving journey. The paths for researchers, educators, care providers, and students are not without barriers and hurdles. Nonetheless, they press forward to address these challenges, identify needs in healthcare, and work tirelessly to bridge the gap between problems and solutions. It’s time to once again celebrate some of the SBME innovators who made waves in…
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Awards Announced for DMCBH Trainees

Several awards have recently been handed out to DMCBH trainees. Congratulations to all the winners! Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Cembrowski, Adrienne Kinman, recepient of the Benjamin Feldman and Family Endowment Fund for Transformational Activity in Mental Health, is studying a previously unreported cell type which has the potential to reveal novel neural mechanisms of spatial memory, which is important…
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Twenty doctoral students at UBC have received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS), and six postdoctoral fellows have received Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, following an announcement on June 15, 2021. The Vanier CGS program awards up to $50,000 per year for three years, for students working in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, engineering and health. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are worth $70,000 per…
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SBME’s very own Assistant Professor of Teaching, Gabrielle Lam has been awarded the American Society for Engineering Education Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant. This grant is awarded to a woman who has demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching, as well as a commitment to increasing access, retention and advancement of women in engineering. Professor Lam’s key work and interests…
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2021 FHS Undergraduate Awards

Maggie Duncan has always been interested in infectious disease, particularly viruses, which is why she joined the Tietjen lab to gain lab and research experience. With the support of two Undergraduate Student Research Awards, Duncan screened natural products as potential inhibitors of the Influenza A M2 viroporin which lead to her most memorable experience as an undergraduate student: presenting her research in…
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Last month, UBC’s faculty of medicine virtually celebrated the academic achievements and distinguished careers of faculty members during the Academic Gowns and Emeriti Recognition Ceremonies. Dr. Alex Scott was recognized during the ceremony, promoted from associate professor to professor in the department of physical therapy. His research focuses on targeting new treatments for tendinopathy and chronic musculoskeletal pain. He also…
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Congratulations 2021 CIHR Project Grant Recipients!

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Levings, recipient of a CIHR Team Grant: Preparation to Trial: Inflammation for Chronic Conditions for the project, “Allogeneic thymus-derived Tregs to prevent chronic inflammation in transplantation.” Congratulations to Dr. Kirk Schultz, principal investigator and recipient of a CIHR Team Grant: Preparation to Trial: Inflammation for Chronic Conditions for the project, “Regulatory natural killer cell treatment in chronic graft-versus-host disease…
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Dr. Kin Lam Wong Receives Dean’s Convocation Medal

Dr. Kin Lam Wong’s doctoral thesis, Decoding nutrient sensing and metabolic regulation in the Drosophila Hipk tumor model, examined the molecular links between diet and cancer. Using fruit flies as a model, he discovered that nutrient sensors and metabolic enzymes work closely with cancer-causing genes, favoring abnormal cell growth. His work provides a better understanding of cells that could be exploited…
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