ICORD PIs Drs. Christ West and Brian Kwon have been awarded US$1.926 million by the US Department of Defense to study how changes to heart function following SCI can impact mobility. Their study, Offsetting cardiac dysfunction in acute spinal cord injury to optimize neurological outcome, will explore how the heart changes immediately at the time of injury and during the first hours-to-days after SCI. They will…
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The Faculty of Medicine received a total of $31.2 million  in the latest round of CFI funding, announced today at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH). The eight projects represent the majority of the 15 grants, totaling $52.2 million, awarded to UBC. Three of these were awarded to DMCBH members. “Hearing about the scientists and researchers here at…
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In the last week, two VPC researchers have been awarded grants to fund research projects aimed at improving the treatment prostate cancer. Dr. Alex Wyatt and his team, including Drs. Kim Chi and Faraz Hach, were awarded a Movember Discovery Grant for their project, “Genomic truncation of the Androgen Receptor in poor-prognosis castration-resistant prostate cancer.” Funded by the Movember Foundation, selected by…
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The BCIC Ignite Awards on October 10, 2017 awarded a total of $735,000 to the top four BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences. Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UVIC, who is working with Aspect Biosystems to develop functional, 3D bio printed human nerve tissues, that can recreate the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s…
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Production of cancer-killing isotopes and creating more personalized treatments for respiratory diseases are among the eight projects receiving major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The Faculty of Medicine received a total of $31.2 in this latest round of CFI funding, and the eight projects represent the majority of the 15 grants, totaling $52.2 million, awarded to UBC. “Hearing…
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Five SFU research projects—from creating a new centre for wearable biomedical technologies to studies in immersive remote sensing communication— will benefit from $21.7 million in new infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The federal contribution is expected to more than double over the next five years from partner contributions. The Innovation Fund supports transformative infrastructure projects that underpin promising and innovative research…
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Program Leader Dr. Aly Karsan and Principal Investigators Drs Connie Eaves, Andrew Weng, Martin Hirst, have been awarded nearly $7.5 million over 5 years from the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) for the Terry Fox New Frontier Program Project Grant in Exploiting Pathogenic Mechanisms in Acute Leukemia for Clinical Translation.   The overall long-term goal of this Program is to better…
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Congratulations to Bruce McManus for being awarded the UBC Faculty of Medicine Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award! The award is made in recognition of sustained scholarly achievement in the areas of research, teaching and/or service and honours extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine who have had sustained distinguished careers at UBC. Dr. McManus joined the Faculty of…
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Dr. Bryce Taylor, Chair of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) announced today that Dr. B. Brett Finlay was among six new laureates who have been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Finlay is a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, with joint appointments in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular…
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MSFHR 2017 Reach Award Recipients

We are very pleased to congratulate our BC Children’s Hospital investigators, recipients of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) 2017 Reach Awards. The MSFHR Reach Program provides funding for teams of researchers and research users to support the dissemination and effective uptake of research evidence to inform and improve further research, practice and policy-making. Dr. Tim Oberlander, co-lead…
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