There are currently 5 million Canadians suffering from asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diseases of airflow limitation for which there are no effective treatments. The main reason is that there are many subtypes of these diseases, and some people even suffer from both – a condition called Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome. The key to discovering new life-preserving drugs for…
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CHÉOS Scientist Receives AHA Young Investigator Award

Dr. Brian Grunau, CHÉOS Scientist and emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, was recently recognized for his research at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium. Dr. Grunau received the Young Investigator award, which is presented annually for the top research submitted to the Symposium by scientists within the first five years of their appointment. This year, 32 investigators from around the…
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Dr. Dessa Sadovnick is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and the Division of Neurology, the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. She was the Director of the Canadian Western Pacific Regional Research and Training Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Sadovnick’s work in the field of multiple sclerosis research has made an enormous difference in the lives of…
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Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, Education, has been selected by the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) as the 2017 Trevor Howell Guest Lecturer. Dr. Wong, a geriatrician and clinical professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, is the second Canadian — and first UBC professor — to receive this honour, which recognizes eminent physicians or scientists with an international reputation. As…
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Dr. Jürgen Niesser Wins 2017 Michael John Page Postdoctoral Fellow Award

On Thursday, October 26th, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, along with the Centre for Blood Research (CBR), presented the fifth annual Michael John Page Postdoctoral Award to Dr. Jürgen Niesser, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Natalie Strynadka’s lab. The Michael John Page Postdoctoral Fellow Award, established in 2013, honours the memory of UBC alumnus, Dr. Michael John Page. This…
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bioLytical Laboratories has been announced as a finalist of Business in Vancouver’s 2017 BC Export Awards in the Emerging Exporter category. bioLytical is the developer and manufacturer of INSTI, an HIV test that provides results in 1 minute.  Headquartered in Richmond, bioLytical employs 60 people in BC in addition to a sales force in the US. “We sell the innovative INSTI technology in nearly…
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 On Tuesday, November 7, six finalists will compete in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) second-annual Venture to Stop Diabetes Challenge, a competition to identify emerging, innovative solutions for improved diabetes prevention and management. The finalists’ submissions represent opportunities to simplify, enhance and increase access to diabetes treatment and care. The 2017 finalists were selected from applicants in the U.S. and internationally,…
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Gerhard Gries has won the Entomological Society of Canada’s 2017 Gold Medal for his outstanding contributions to entomology in Canada. Gries, a professor of animal communication ecology, holds the NSERC-Industrial Research Chair in Multimodal Animal Communication Ecology at SFU. Over the course of his 27-year career, and in collaboration with his students and collaborators, most notably research associate Regine Gries,…
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The Faculty of Medicine received a total of $31.2 million for eight projects in the latest round of Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding, announced today at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH). These projects represent the majority of the 15 grants, totaling $52.2 million, awarded to UBC. Two of these were awarded to ICORD members. “Hearing about the scientists and…
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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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