Seeing children suffering with cancer when he was being treated himself broke Terry Fox’s heart and inspired his Marathon of Hope. Now, those efforts have fuelled a unique initiative to give kids and young adults across the country a chance to live when there are few, if any, treatment options left. Eight-year-old Marlow Ploughman of Shannonville, Ont., has relapsed four…
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A breakthrough technology, now in the hands of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientists, is paving the way for rapid and effective drug discovery. Dr. Artem Cherkasov, a senior research scientist with the Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC), and his colleagues are spearheading the integration of cryo-EM technology. After years of trying to harness the potential of the human genome, Cherkasov…
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I was recently talking with someone who should have known better, and was taken aback when they said to me, “There’s science at SFU?” Stifling the urge to say something snide like, “You’re kidding, right?,” I took a deep breath and replied that, yes, there is indeed science at Simon Fraser University. Of the eight faculties at SFU, four have…
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Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef. Food science students led by professor Xiaonan Lu used a laser-equipped spectrometer and statistical analysis to determine with 99 per cent accuracy whether ground beef samples included other animal parts. They were able to say with 80 per cent accuracy…
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The UBC Faculty of Medicine has ten members on the 2017 list of Highly Cited Researchers  — the most of any Canadian medical school. The list is based on Clarivate Analytics’ compilation of highly cited papers, which are defined as those ranking in the top 1 per cent by citations in that field and year of publication in the Web of…
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Meet the HyperGrowth: Life 2.0 Companies!

HyperGrowth: Life is BC’s first cohort-based program designed to advance tech companies in the healthtech and life sciences industries. Building on the demonstrated success of the BC Tech’s HyperGrowth program, HyperGrowth:Life provides revenue and sales support to growth-stage tech companies in healthtech, digital health, life sciences, agritech and related industries. The companies were chosen after a live pitch event at…
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Achieve Life Sciences, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to the global development and commercialization of cytisine for smoking cessation, today announced results of a clinical study evaluating the effect of food on the bioavailability of 3mg cytisine. The study evaluated the bioavailability of 3 mg cytisine under fed and fasted conditions in 24 healthy volunteer subjects. Study results demonstrated…
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On November 2, 2017, I had the pleasure and opportunity to represent LifeSciences BC board, together with Nancy Harrison, Chair, Board of Directors, Dr. Lesley Esford, President & CEO, along with other board members, Dr. Pieter Cullis and Scott Phillips. Our visit included breakfast with the NDP caucus and lunch with the Liberal caucus, where Dr. Esford presented an overview…
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Brain Bytes Offers Bite-Sized Neuroscience to a Broad Audience

A group of neuroscience students are taking science communication into their own hands, and broadcasting their discoveries to the world on YouTube. Brain Bytes, a talk show-style web series, tells the stories of neuroscience discoveries in a way that’s accessible to colleagues and neuroscience neophytes alike. “We realized that when we share our research, it’s usually at talks and conferences…
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Researchers at Simon Fraser University have devised a fiendishly clever way to trick rats into getting inside a trap by exploiting their snacking preferences, the comfort of community, the promise of sexy fun time and even the cries of baby rodents to play on a mother’s instincts. Animal communication expert Gerhard Gries started by creating a food odorant that mimics…
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