Congratulations to Florian Kuchenbauer for receiving the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) Pediatric Blood Cancer Research Innovation Grant for his research entitled, “MiR-193a-based LNP drug treatment for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia.” The LLSC’s Pediatric Blood Cancer Research Innovation Grant is a two-year grant designed to provide funding to research that will lead to a significant change in the understanding, diagnosis,…
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UBC Medicine professor Dr. Pieter Cullis has been awarded the 2022 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science for his work developing the lipid nanoparticle technology that enabled mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. The Tang Prize recognizes biomedical research that has led to significant advances in human health by helping prevent, diagnose or treat major diseases. Winners are selected by a committee of internationally-renowned experts and…
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Simon Fraser University (SFU) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is pleased to announce assistant professor Graeme Koelwyn as its Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Public Health ‘Omics in Exercise and Disease. This chair is the fourth CRC held at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Koelwyn, who joined FHS in 2021, is concurrently appointed as a principal investigator at…
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Faculty of medicine professor Dr. Gina Ogilvie is among 15 UBC recipients of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. Dr. Ogilvie, a professor in the faculty’s School of Population and Public Health, was announced as a renewed Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV-Related Disease and Cancer. She is also Senior Public Health Scientist at BC Centre for Disease Control…
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Dr. Cojocaru’s doctoral thesis, “In vitro evolution of a processive clamping RNA polymerase ribozyme with promoter recognition” examines the early evolution of life on Earth through RNA research. Additional to his Origin of Life work, Dr. Cojocaru helped develop a powerful RNA imaging and purification technology, collaborated on research in characterizing human RNA linked to Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma cancer and validated…
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The UBC Medical Alumni Association will be celebrating the achievements of several members of the UBC medical community at its upcoming AGM & Awards Ceremony. Though their varied contributions, each of this year’s award recipient has helped build a more dynamic and robust community through their service and actions. The recipients will be recognized at a special in-person and virtual…
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Three members of the UBC Medicine community — Dr. Andrea MacNeill, Cheyenne Johnson and Dr. Elizabeth Bryce — were recipients of the 2022 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. The 39th annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards winners and nominees were celebrated during a gala ceremony on May 26. Ten members of the UBC Faculty of Medicine were nominated for the awards across…
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ECE PhD Student Mohammad Jafari, Governor General’s Gold Medal Winner

Congratulations to ECE PhD student Mohammad Jafari, who has been awarded the 2022 Governor General’s Gold Medal! This prestigious award goes to the graduating doctoral student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record in their year. Mohammad’s high-achieving studies took place under supervisor Purang Abolmaesumi at the Robotics and Control Laboratory, where he studied deep learning for medical imaging. After graduation,…
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