2017 was a big year for the University of British Columbia, which conducted some extremely interesting and groundbreaking research over the course of the year. The research done at the university covered everything from developing earthquake-resistant concrete to how to be happier. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best research done in 2017 by diving into UBC’s…
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Dr. Moe Elgendi, a postdoctoral fellow and President of the Postdoctoral Association at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Santa Ono, 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia discuss supporting investment in Canada’s basic research. In Dr. Ono’s own words: “It is an outstanding report, which is really a road map for the future of Canada”.
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Precision NanoSystems is one of the fastest growing businesses in British Columbia (BC) according to the recently published Top 100 fastest-growing companies in BC list from business news journalBusiness in Vancouver (BIV). This annual list looks at several factors indicating company growth over the last five years – from changing company revenues to number of employees – and ranks Precision NanoSystems in third…
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NEWS & VIEWS: Bacterial Genomics of Plant Adaptation

What allows bacteria, both pathogens and mutualists alike, to survive in close association with a eukaryotic host? A new study performed a large-scale comparative genomics analysis to identify novel genetic and genomic traits that are enriched in plant-associated bacterial taxa. Bacteria are found in every conceivable niche on the planet. The ability to associate with either autotrophic (i.e., plant) or…
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Cadherins are transmembrane proteins that mediate cell-cell adhesion by promoting the formation of adherens junctions. The regulated expression of cadherins is thought to play important roles in both normal and diseased placental development. Cadherin-11, also known as OB-cadherin, is expressed in human placenta and has been shown to be involved in regulation of trophoblast cell differentiation. We have demonstrated that…
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The world’s largest genetic study on asthma has identified five new genes associated with the condition and produced the most comprehensive list of genes and gene locations involved in the development of asthma and allergic disease. These research results open the door to future studies, improved diagnostics and new treatment options, says Denise Daley, an Associate Professor in the Department…
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Deeply Personal Research Highlighted during MP Visit to Cashman Lab

One Wednesday afternoon in November the Honourable Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, sat in the conference room in the DMCBH Koerner Pavilion labs, and listened. In a year when scientists have been rallying in support of the Fundamental Science Review and its implications for Canadian science funding, it was an opportunity to share the importance and broad scope of…
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On Friday, December 29, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Three Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members were included in this year’s appointments. Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews and Dr. Janet Werker were appointed Officers of the Order of Canada. Dr. Martin-Matthews was honoured for her extensive research contributions to…
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Over the last decade, biologic medicines have improved health outcomes in some of the most difficult-to-treat chronic conditions, greatly improving the lives of millions of patients. There are exciting and inspirational advancements on the horizon, with many British Columbia companies at the forefront of this pioneering science. But there is a growing concern involving biologics — and related drugs called…
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Rapid advancement in high throughput genome and transcriptome sequencing (HTS) and mass spectrometry (MS) technologies has enabled the acquisition of the genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data from the same tissue sample. We introduce a computational framework, MiStrVar, to integratively analyze all three types of omics data for a complete molecular profile of a tissue sample. Our framework features MiStrVar, a…
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