CBR Graduate Profile: Avineet Randhawa

I was working towards an M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering with Dr. Karen Cheung in the BioMEMS Lab. My research was focused on developing an organ-on-chip model of the small airways in the human lung and using it to study effects associated with aerosol exposure, as well as on applying the silicon photonics platform to the real-time molecular sensing of SARS-CoV-2…
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A $33.8 million gift has been donated to the University of British Columbia and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation for multiple sclerosis (MS) research and care—the largest known donation ever for MS research worldwide. The private donation was made by a B.C.-based philanthropist who believes comprehensive contributions to science and medicine can quickly advance solutions and treatments across diseases for…
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Rabbit Line Enables Quick Transport of Radiopharmaceuticals for Brain Research

Did you know there is a “rabbit line” located deep below the UBC campus? This underground pipeline runs 2.5 km from TRIUMF to the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the UBC Hospital and is used to transport radiopharmaceuticals used in research. TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, has been producing medical isotopes for decades. Over the years, TRIUMF and…
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Antibiotics Taken During Labour and Delivery Not Linked to Autism

A connection between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and early life antibiotic exposure has been found in some studies. However, research led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute investigator, Dr. Gillian Hanley, found no relationship between the development of ASD among children born to mothers who took antibiotics during labour and delivery of their infant. ASD is a brain-related condition that often…
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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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