A non-linear path in life is sometimes key to opening many unexpected opportunities. This is the case for Dr. Katharine (Kate) Sedivy-Haley, a PhD alum of the Centre for Blood Research (CBR). Dr. Sedivy-Haley recently graduated from the PhD program for microbiology and immunology at the University of British Columbia. At the time of the interview, Dr. Sedivy-Haley was a Researcher at…
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Algernon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Company” or “Algernon”) (CSE: AGN) (FRANKFURT: AGW0) (OTCQB: AGNPF) a clinical stage pharmaceutical development company is pleased to announce that the last patient has completed the treatment period in its Phase 2 proof of concept study of NP-120 (“Ifenprodil”) for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (“IPF”) and chronic cough. The Company is projecting that topline data will be available…
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Five new minor sesterterpenoids, ansellones H (4), I (5), J (6), and K (7) and phorone C (8), have been isolated from a Phorbas sp. marine sponge collected in British Columbia. Their structures have been elucidated by detailed analysis of NMR and MS data. Ansellone J (6) and phorone C (8) are potent in vitro HIV-1 latency reversal agents that are more potent than…
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Predicting Patient Response to Cancer Immunotherapy with Neoantigens

Cancer Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that uses the body’s immune system to identify and attack tumour cells to stop cancer from spreading. Although it can be very effective, the response varies significantly from patient to patient. While concluding that neoantigen counts from noncoding DNA are not informative for predicting patient response to immune checkpoint inhibitors, a study lead by GSC’s Distinguished…
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The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Brain Star Awards. The CIHR-INMHA Brain Star awards, administered for 2021 by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, are awarded to students and trainees who have published high impact discoveries in all fields and disciplines covered…
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September often means Labour Day barbecues, back-to-school shopping for the kids and final visits to restaurant patios before the heat lamps come out for fall. But in 2020, Kevin Chaplin spent half that month quarantining in his basement after a business trip to Germany, where his B.C. medical device company was deploying its flagship product for the first time since…
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Animal models are frequently used as a preclinical step to studying cancers such as B-cell lymphomas. Although mouse models are often used, dog or “canine” models for B-cell lymphoma are important because they naturally have some genetic similarities to human B-cell lymphomas. In their most recent study, the Dr. Ryan Morin Lab highlights the different genomic features common in canine…
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As Canada faces a sixth wave of COVID-19 infections, researchers at the UBC faculty of medicine are urging people who are pregnant to remain vigilant based on data from Canada’s first national, peer-reviewed study on COVID-19 in pregnancy. The findings, published today in JAMA, show that pregnant people who catch COVID-19 are at greater risk of being hospitalized, being admitted to…
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Not Enough Studies Are Looking at Sex Differences

Male and female bodies are very different, but new research from DMCBH member Dr. Liisa Galea’s lab found not many studies are taking these differences into account.  The paper was recently published in Nature Communications. We spoke to lead authors Rebecca Rechlin—a research assistant in the Galea lab—and undergraduate student Tallinn Splinter to learn more about sex differences in the literature.
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Congratulations to Dr Mark Ansermino, Dr Niranjan Kissoon, Dr Matthew Wiens, Dr Gina Ogilvie, Dr Srinivas Murthy, Gurm Dhugga, Maggie Woo Kinshella, and Jessica Trawin! The team from the Pediatric Sepsis Data CoLaboratory (Sepsis CoLab), the Centre for International Child Health (CICH) at BC Children’s Hospital, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) has been awarded a Data Champions Pilot Project grant from the Digital Research…
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