A new study co-authored by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Vancouver-based biotechnology firm Acuitas Therapeutics shows early promise for an mRNA vaccine targeting all known flu strains. The study provides data from pre-clinical trials and shows that the vaccine produces high levels of antibodies against all known strains of the flu, which may allow for a universal flu…
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When biomedical engineers talk about their field, one of the first things they describe is often how it brings out so many diverse perspectives. In particular, the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) is the first inter-faculty school at the University of British Columbia, acting as a hub between experts from many fields. But amidst all of the fascinating collaborations, something entirely…
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One of the principles of science is replicability – for a discovery to be considered valid, other researchers must be able to redo the experiment and end up with the exact same results. In a move to improve research method storage and sharing, Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) has announced that they are partnering with protocols.io to provide premium access…
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​BC Cancer researchers are developing a framework to help decision-makers better understand which cancer treatments should be offered to patients, especially in cases of rare cancers. Using an approach that is based on data collected in every day patient care, researchers are hoping to create better evidence and remove any uncertainty around drug efficacy to expedite access to new therapies.
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New Project Hopes to Uncover the Origins of Type 1 Diabetes

With a mom who is a cancer researcher, Ramya Hosak has grown up with a love of and interest in science. But it was her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes 15 years ago that really changed the entire trajectory of her life, once she got over the shock of facing a lifelong health condition. Hosak co-founded a support group for…
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Babies who are born very preterm — 24 to 32 weeks’ gestation — have a greater risk of complications ranging from infections, chronic lung disease and brain injury. Previous research has shown these babies often have changes in their brains. Yet, whether the changes relate to how early the babies are born or to the illnesses to which they are…
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Isra Ibrahim a doctoral student from Sudan, saw the negative effects of poorly managed orofacial clefts on children and their families, during her general practice residency at Khartoum Dental Teaching Hospital. Now at UBC, she is pursuing a doctoral degree with Dr. Joy Richman (Faculty of Dentistry). In a recent interview, Isra discussed how her thesis topic, the role of…
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UBC researchers working at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Public Health Laboratory will benefit from state-of-the-art research infrastructure thanks to a $4 million investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The investment will ensure the facility continues to play a leading role in addressing current and future pandemic threats in BC and Canada.
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Patch-clamp electrophysiology, one of the most powerful methods in neuroscience, and true a workhorse technique in the field, was on the verge of falling out of fashion 30-some years technique and its creators earned a Nobel Prize. In a new form described by Nature Methods author Vivien Marx as “a younger cousin,” called Patch-seq, it is being nudged back into vogue. Simpler…
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Around half of all Canadians will require a blood transfusion in their lifetime or know someone else who will. Despite how common blood transfusions are, only four percent of Canadians are blood donors2. Due to the scarcity of blood for transfusion, it is vital to use the existing blood supply as efficiently as possible. It is well known that blood…
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