What do biotechnology, food fermentation and biomedical advancements all have in common? Yeast. Tiny but mighty, yeast is used as a model organism across a wide variety of scientific fields and industries. Whether producing insulin for diabetic treatments, enhancing the flavour profile of wine or cleaning up waste water, yeast serves many critical roles as science strives to lesson our…
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Faculty of medicine members have been awarded more than $6.5 million in funding from the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) to drive innovation in B.C. More than $22 million was awarded to 24 projects at UBC. The funding will help provide students and researchers access to the latest technology, tools and equipment to drive research. Past recipients of the BCKDF…
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“I was born in an Iraqi refugee camp because my parents had to flee an ethnic cleansing campaign. My mother, who traversed mountains in worn-out sandals to escape from the violence, taught me the importance of implementing maktub into my life. Maktub is an Arabic word meaning “it is written.” It is a belief that nothing happens by chance, and…
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Dr. Ruth Grunau, a professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of pediatrics, has been awarded the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Aubrey J. Tingle Prize. The award is one of several recently announced by Life Sciences BC which recognize the talented individuals and organizations who contribute to the vibrant life sciences ecosystem in B.C. Created in honour of MSFHR’s…
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In Canada, cancer is the leading cause of mortality and represents about 30 percent of all deaths in this country. Motivated to change that statistic, Simon Fraser University science professor Valentin Jaumouillé’s research looks at advancing cancer treatments by better understanding the human immune system’s response against cancer cells. According to Jaumouillé, our immune system has been long recognized as…
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UBC researchers received more than $5.7m in funding for 37 projects from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The JELF awards were announced by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, as part of a larger announcement of more than more than $77 million to support 332 research infrastructure projects at…
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2021 SBME Internal Award Winners

The contributions, passion, and problem-solving acumen of our staff, faculty and students has been the foundation of our extraordinary growth and progress these past four years (pandemic included). It’s SBME’s people that truly set us apart. They are pushing the boundaries of what is possible at the forefront of education and research, and they’re doing it in style. To recognize…
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SBME Student Beth Castle Named 2021 Canada Vanier Scholar

SBME PhD student Beth Castle has been named a 2021 Vanier Canada Scholar. Titled after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is awarded to graduate scholars who exemplify academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. Beth, a Halifax transplant, is a student in Dr. Peter Zandstra’s lab studying blood stem cell generation. Her…
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the results of its Spring 2021 project grant competition, with five DMCBH members receiving funding to continue advancing research in multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain repair and bipolar depression. At least 50% of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a progressive form of the disease, meaning that disability increases steadily. This can…
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Earlier this year, two members of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) were recognized with awards for their work and contribution to their respective communities. FHS Associate Professor Ralph Pantophlet received the 2021 CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in Research Awards (Basic Science category). This prestigious recognition highlights and celebrates the contributions of Canadian researchers in HIV/AIDS research in Canada and internationally. Pantophlet was bestowed…
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