There has been a lot of curiosity surrounding SFU’s Institute for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology’s (INN) work on developing an open science framework at the university. We sat down with project leads, psychology professor and INN associate director Brianne Kent and INN senior program manager and informatics team lead Kelly Shen, to discuss how open science will help lead to more research…
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Low carb, high fat diets, also called keto diets, have been gaining popularity as a quick way to lose weight.1 It involves consuming very low levels of carbohydrates, like bread, rice, pasta, and other grains, and high levels of fat, to induce the body into a ‘ketogenic’ state, using fats instead of carbohydrates as the primary energy source. However, a recent…
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Canada’s biotech ecosystem is poised for a major boost with the federal government announcement today that B.C. will be home to Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub (CIEBH). The B.C.-based research and innovation hub, led by UBC, brings together a coalition of provincial, national and international partners to position Canada as a global epicentre for the development and manufacturing of next-generation…
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Trainee Profile: Tetiana Poliakova

Tetiana Poliakova is a PhD student in Dr. Cheryl Wellington‘s lab. In recognition of International Women’s Day, we caught up with Tetiana to learn more about her research, interests and the importance of women in science. How did you become interested in neuroscience? The brain has always fascinated me because it is the organ, we understand the least about and there…
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An exciting new outreach program is burgeoning at the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) and set to launch into the public sphere spring 2023. Spearheaded by Dr. Anna Blakney, a social media outreach maven in her own right, a team of graduate students and faculty members spent several weeks in the fall of 2022 designing interactive activities based on their own scientific…
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The patient was a mystery that confounded the medical teams at BC Children’s Hospital their entire life. Patient 10, as they are known in a study that was just published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, stumped experts across several specialties. They had multiple medical conditions including severe food and drug allergies, asthma and eczema, which led to even further health complications.…
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Trainee Profile: Shalini Iyer

Shalini Iyer is a PhD student in Dr. Mark Cembrowski‘s lab. Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, we caught up with Shalini to learn more about her research, interests and the importance of women in science. How did you become interested in neuroscience? During my last year of undergrad, I took neuroscience and developmental biology – which sparked my…
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Trainee Profile: Karling Luciani

Karling Luciani is an MSc student in Dr. Christian Schütz‘s lab. Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, we caught up with Karling to learn more about her research, interests and the importance of women in science. She completed a Bachelor of Sciences degree at the University of Guelph and majored in Neuroscience. She was always fascinated by the brain…
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A new publication from UBC researchers and the Notch Therapeutics team reveals a novel computer modeling workflow for predicting CAR-T pharmacology and patient outcomes. Dr. Peter Zandstra, Director of the School for Biomedical Engineering (SBME) and Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, and Dr. Dan Kirouac, adjunct Professor with the SBME, are co-authors on the recent Nature Biotechnology publication. Both are part of the…
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Parents Ravi and Jenny first noticed that their daughter was starting to miss some development milestones when she was nine months old. “Up until that point she had been developing perfectly normally,” says father Ravi. “But then we noticed that her balance was off while in a sitting position and we wanted to find out what was happening. We were…
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