As Canada Tackles its 7th COVID-19 Wave, Covid-19 research network CoVarr-Net funded 15 New Studies to examine solutions to Omicron and other variants. Dr. François Jean, lead of Pillar 10: Antiviral Strategies and Antiviral Therapeutics, has been designated Project Lead of “Therapeutic Approaches and Emerging Therapies for SARS-CoV-2 VOCs: Mono or Combination Therapy, Mechanisms, and Antiviral Resistance.” Dr. Natalie Strynadka, a Pillar 10…
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NMIN is extremely proud to acknowledge the NMIN trainees who won all three of the Poster Awards granted at Liposome Research Days (LRD) 2022. Yulin Mo (University of Toronto), Dr. Miffy Cheng and Jerry Leung (both at The University of British Columbia) were the presenting authors of the posters judged to be of best quality at the event. The three posters…
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Meet the Winners of NMIN’s 2022 Graduate Awards

The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the its 2022 Masters- and Doctoral-level Graduate Awards. Recipients hail from seven universities in five provinces. The goal of NMIN Graduate Awards is to enable exceptional students to pursue nanomedicine academic research training with Canadian experts. Doctoral awards provide a stipend of $30,000 a year for up to two…
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A new grant from the Weston Family Foundation through the Weston Brain Institute will support the research and development of a vaccine against neurodegenerative diseases caused by the misfolded protein alpha-synuclein (A-syn). This project features a collaborative team of neuroscientists from across Canada, led by Dr. Neil Cashman, a researcher at UBC’s Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Chief Scientific Officer at ProMIS…
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A University of British Columbia researcher is kicking the development of a credit-card-sized, disposable “biomedical sensor” – capable of detecting not only COVID-19 but also other ailments almost anytime, any place – into high gear. Sudip Shekhar, who is currently an associate professor in electrical/computer engineering at UBC, received recognition earlier this month in the form of a $3-million Schmidt…
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Congratulations CIHR Spring 2022 Project Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) and Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) investigators and their teams who were awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Spring 2022 Project Grant competition. Our research community received around $15 million in new research grants as principal investigators or co-investigators.
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BC Cancer researchers are playing a central role in a new international collaboration aimed at developing innovative treatments for osteosarcoma — a highly malignant bone cancer that commonly affects children and adolescents. Many Canadians will recognize osteosarcoma as the disease that claimed the life of Terry Fox. Much like in Terry’s case, the cancer often forms in the bones around…
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UBC researchers, led by Dr. Brian Kwon, have identified two blood proteins—neurofilament-light chain (NF-L) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)—that can be used to classify the severity of spinal cord injury and predict the extent of neurologic recovery of patients. The US Department of Defense awarded Dr. Brian Kwon a $1.89M USD (approx. 2.4M CAD) grant to conduct a clinical…
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the results of its Spring 2022 project grant competition. Congratulations to all the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members who were awarded project grants, with 11 projects receiving more than $9 million in funding. Overall, UBC researchers are leading 47 projects that have been awarded $38.3 million in funding. Read the full…
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