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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New Blood

Dr. Stephen Withers has learned a lot about the economics of blood over the past few years. Blood donations dried up during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June 2022, Canadian Blood Services reported that the nation’s blood supply was critically low. Shortages also struck the U.S., Australia, much of Africa, and many other countries. Meanwhile, the global blood and blood components…
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Faculty Profile: Dr. Sarah Kraeutner

Growing up, Dr. Sarah Kraeutner liked to build things and had always wanted to be an engineer. However, after taking some psychology courses during her undergrad, she became interested in how the brain works and how it can recover after an injury, such as a stroke. She went on to complete her Master’s and PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University,…
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When Research Is Personal

Lindsay Pallo and Raelyn Gallant know too well how wonderful it would be to cure, prevent, or at least improve treatment for diabetes. Pallo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age eight, Gallant at age 10. “I remember I used to get really hungry so I ate two-and-a-half foot-long subs,” Gallant says.
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A team of researchers and doctors at B.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute has discovered a previously unknown genetic condition, in a Vancouver man who came to Canada as a refugee from Syria eight years ago. The condition — the complete lack of NFAT1 or nuclear factor of activated T cells, which is important in the body’s immune response and the growth of…
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The gene-silencing complex HUSH might be involved in complex disorders affecting the brain and neurons. However, its mechanism of action remains unclear. Researchers from the Penninger lab at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) have uncovered the in vivo targets and physiological functions of a component of the HUSH gene-silencing complex and one of…
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Michael Smith Health Research BC’s Scholar and Research Trainee awards provide funding to support BC’s next generation of health researchers in advancing science and improving the health of British Columbians. Applications are now open for our 2023 competitions. The Scholar awards help BC researchers build leading-edge health research programs, train the next generation of scientists, and make significant contributions to their field.…
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