An investment from the Province of British Columbia will create 355 domestic undergraduate spaces in the new School of Biomedical Engineering, a joint effort between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Applied Science. “UBC is the first university in Western Canada to recognize the importance of biomedical engineering with a school of its own,” said Dermot Kelleher, Dean…
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What Healthcare Can Learn From a Proud Data Parasite

Some might call him a data parasite, but Paul Pavlidis, PhD, doesn’t mind. “It’s a slur that we now embrace,” he tells Healthcare Analytics News™. “It’s a good thing.” He borrowed the title from a 2016 New England Journal of Medicine op-ed in which its editor-in-chief described the potential for “research parasites” to take advantage of an open data-sharing system, though forms of the…
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Potential New Diabetes Treatment Being Tested in Vancouver

The University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health are testing a possible diabetes cure that replaces a person’s damaged pancreatic cells with new ones grown in the lab. The replacement cells are grown from embryonic stem cells. Researchers believe that if the new cells mature, multiply, and behave as hoped, recipients would be able to lessen – or even…
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Rapid population growth, a changing climate, and increasing constraints on land, water, and nutrients threaten global food security. Canada must dramatically expand agricultural production to meet increased demand and to offset predicted declines in crop yields in tropical and subtropical countries. This will require that plant breeding be accelerated in Canada, with the goal of developing high yielding, climate-adapted and…
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Research That’s More Than Skin Deep: Q&A with Paulina Piesik

On the surface, our skin is a barrier surrounding our bodies. But underneath those layers, our skin tells a bigger story — it plays a vital role in protecting us from diseases. Understanding the skin’s immune system is the main goal of Paulina Piesik, a UBC doctoral student working at BC Children’s Hospital with Dr. Jan Dutz. In particular, she’s studying…
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CannaRoyalty Corp.  and Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced a collaboration (the “JV”) to advance a suite of cannabis-based therapies targeting neurological disorders into clinical trials in Canada, in collaboration with Canadian doctors and key opinion leaders. CannaRoyalty and Aequus have formed this collaboration to clinically advance a number of cannabis-based therapies in partnership with Canadian clinicians to create truly differentiated products supported by…
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MSFHR Appoints Dr. Bev Holmes as President & CEO

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Board is pleased to announce that following an executive search process, Dr. Bev Holmes has been appointed as president and CEO. With an eight-year history of leadership within MSFHR, Bev is ideally suited to lead MSFHR as we grow our role as BC’s expert health research funding agency, and continue to develop…
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Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are the most widely used cell types for the production of therapeutic proteins in the biotechnology industry. These cells are grown in large vessels known as bioreactors, and the eventual productivity of industrial bioprocesses depends largely on maintaining healthy productive cells. The main mechanism by which cells lose their viability is known as apoptosis, which…
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ProtoKinetix, Incorporated is pleased to announce that it has entered into a research agreement with The University of British Columbia (UBC), under the direction of principal investigator Dr. Kelly McNagny, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Genetics. This research agreement is to test and determine the effect of AAGP™ on monoclonal antibody production and bone marrow recovery. The University of…
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CBR Visits STEMCELL Technologies

Recently, a lucky group of 26 PhD students and postdocs from the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) attended an all-inclusive tour of STEMCELL technologies. This event, organized by the CBR Educational Program, was a great opportunity to meet and network with various professionals and to learn what a career at STEMCELL Technologies or other similar biotech companies would look like.…
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