The Board of Directors of the NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN), a national Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) funded by the Government of Canada, has appointed Dr. Gilbert Walker Scientific Director & CEO, effective 14 September 2022. Dr. Walker is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Toronto and the Chief Technical Officer of Sylleta Inc., a clean-tech company…
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Marburg virus (MARV) infection results in severe viral hemorrhagic fever with mortalities up to 90%, and there is a pressing need for effective therapies. Here, we established a small interfering RNA (siRNA) conjugate platform that enabled successful subcutaneous delivery of siRNAs targeting the MARV nucleoprotein. We identified a hexavalent mannose ligand with high affinity to macrophages and dendritic cells, which…
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Dr. Michael Kobor has been awarded the 2022 Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship. The former, and inaugural, director of the Healthy Starts Research Theme at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), senior scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) and professor at The University of British Columbia (UBC) was nominated for his pioneering research, visionary leadership, and dedication to mentorship.
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Unlocking the Mysteries of Concussion and the Brain

New UBC research could make diagnosis, treatment and prevention more effective for everyone — especially women. It was a freak accident, and at first it didn’t seem like a big deal. UBC student Rori Wood was practicing with her teammates on the Thunderbirds women’s rugby team. During non-contact drills, another player caught her in the eye with an elbow. “I…
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Dr. Grace Cole  is investigating the process of blood cell formation. In doing so, they hope to discover a method to produce blood cells in the lab for patients that need them. Their project involves the regulation of blood cell formation. Blood cells are formed in the arteries during embryonic development, through a process called endothelial to hematopoietic transition. Researching…
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Outside of the lab, Dr. Kerryn Matthews (she/her) is a huge hockey fan; inside the lab, she focuses on analyzing single cells using biology, imaging and machine learning tools. She is focusing on analyzing single cells: trying to figure out why single cells do what they do, using biology, imaging, and machine learning tools.  Her lab is developing technologies to…
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Researchers, including a professor of medicine at UBC, have discovered long COVID patients can show signs of autoimmune disease a year after catching COVID-19. Eighty per cent of COVID-19 patients still had antibodies present six months after catching the disease, targeting their own healthy cells and tissues. After a year, 41 per cent still had the autoimmune disease, according to…
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Faculty of medicine researchers are among the UBC awardees of BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) funding. Over $20 million was awarded for 78 research projects being led by researchers at UBC. “As part of our StrongerBC Economic Plan and commitment to prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow, we are investing in research capabilities at B.C. post-secondary institutions to help solve some…
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The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has announced funding to support research infrastructure and innovation at post-secondary institutions. Overall, UBC researchers have been awarded over $20 million for 78 research projects. Congratulations to the eight Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members who received nearly $5 million in funding for their projects:
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