Congratulations to Dr. Alison McAfee of the Michael Smith Laboratories for receiving the highly competitive L’Oréal-UNESCO 2021 Excellence in Research Fellowship, from the For Women in Science program. This fellowship was created “…to support major postdoctoral research projects undertaken by young Canadians at a pivotal time in their career. They reward excellence and allow top scientists, selected by a panel of experts, to…
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Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2021 Awards

The Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2021 Awards have been announced. Drs. Daniel Gamu (Enrichment of global histone 3 lysine 27 trimethylation within oxidative skeletal muscles), Howard Cen (Insulin-dependent and -independent dynamics of insulin receptor trafficking in muscle cells), and Yi-Chun Chen (Elevated islet prohormone ratios as predictors of human islet transplant failure) received awards for the Best Poster Presentations.
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The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is very pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2021 Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health. This competition was funded thanks to the dedicated support of the BC Women’s Health Foundation. The WHRI launched this award in 2020 with a goal of creating a funding opportunity specific to our outstanding trainee community.…
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The BC Cancer Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to shine a light on our inspiring people and teams who work every day to ensure that British Columbians receive world-class, patient-centred cancer screening, treatment and support, and benefit from new discoveries that are helping change the face of cancer. Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer is a clinician-scientist at the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program…
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Dr. Vikram Yadav, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of British Columbia, has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 — “the country’s most coveted award for young business and community leaders.” Established by management consulting company Caldwell Partners in 1995, the annual award “recognizes exceptional achievement by 40 outstanding…
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Congratulations to Dr. Dana Devine, the Director of the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and the Canadian Blood Services’ chief scientist, who was recently inaugurated as president of the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies (AABB). The official start of Dr. Devine’s term was marked by a virtual inauguration ceremony on the final day of the 2021 AABB Annual Meeting in…
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Canadian scientist Dr. Pieter Cullis, together with his peers Drs Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman, have been honoured with the 2021 Prince Mahidol Award for their contributions to the development of COVID-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Through over 40 years of work in his University of British Columbia (UBC) laboratory, Dr. Cullis and UBC colleagues developed the ‘made in Canada’ linchpin…
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Abigail Chapman Awarded SH Zbarsky Scholarship

Our students have chosen Abigail Chapman to be our newest Zbarsky recipient. The SH Zbarsky Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The scholarship has been endowed by the friends and colleagues of Dr. SH Zbarsky in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Biochemistry and UBC.  Dr. Zbarsky was one of…
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Dr. Stephen Chia was recently announced as the new head of clinical research at the BC Cancer Research Institute. In addition to this role, he retains his position as a medical oncologist at BC Cancer – Vancouver, a Professor of medicine within the Department of Medicine at UBC and the Division head for Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, UBC. An…
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The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2021 NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gene Therapy: Dr. Miffy Hok Yan Cheng. The awardee was selected by the members of NMIN’s Research Management Committee, based on the applicant’s qualifications, as well as the quality of the proposed research project and training opportunity. NMIN Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a stipend of $40,000…
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