2022 NMIN Undergraduate Studentships Awarded

The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2022 NMIN Undergraduate Studentships in NanoMedicines Research awards. The awardees will receive a stipend of $1,500 a month for a maximum of four months between May 2022 and March 2023, to work on a nanomedicines-related research project under the supervision of an NMIN investigator.
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Read the Publication This week we profile a recent publication in Nature Communications from first author Dr. Leo (Zhengcheng) He (pictured, left) in the lab of Dr. Chris Maxwell (right) at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC. Can you provide a brief overview of your lab’s current research focus? My lab studies how cells grow and move in tissues and tumors…
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They walked center-stage towards the podium, towards recognition for their respective achievements. Their names reverberated in the grand auditorium of the Chan Centre. What an auspicious moment to be honored here, at the recommencement of UBC’s graduation ceremony. “Dr. De Vera’s science students describe her as a hands-on, supportive mentor and enthusiastic teacher, with a holistic mentoring style that recognizes…
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Investigator Awards 2022 Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Investigator Awards. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) facilitates clinician-scientists in their efforts to make new discoveries to improve the health and well-being of patients across their lifespan. Supported by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, the peer-reviewed Investigator Awards provide salary support to leading health research investigators…
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Previous studies of aging have revealed intrinsically determined alterations in the properties of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) and progenitor compartments in mice, with variable evidence of an extension of these findings to humans. To examine more closely the surface phenotypes within the CD34+ compartment of human blood and bone marrow from birth to old age, we undertook a 13-parameter phenotypic…
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Lipid Nanoparticles That Enable COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

The team of Pieter Cullis, Michael Hope and Thomas Madden have worked together for approximately 40 years. They are receiving a Governor General’s Innovation Award for their work in developing lipid nanoparticle (LNP) systems to deliver cancer drugs to tumours and to enable RNA and DNA based drugs to be used therapeutically. Among other achievements their work has resulted in…
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The Canadian government has announced that it will invest Can$1 billion (about US$780 million) over the next five years to create a funding agency focused on innovation in science and technology. The unit will buck a trend of countries trying to replicate the renowned US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); instead, it will be modelled on innovation agencies in Finland and…
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Kids with severe illness, such as those with genetic diseases like heart arrhythmias, could be helped by new stem cell technology at B.C. Children’s Hospital. The hospital for the first time has received new robotics technology — located in the hospital’s Cellular and Regenerative Medicine Centre — that combines and automates all aspects of stem cell culturing into a single…
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University of British Columbia researchers have found a ‘silver bullet’ to kill bacteria and keep them from infecting patients who have medical devices implanted. The team from UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute has developed a silver-based coating that can easily be applied to devices such as catheters and stents. Their novel formulation, discovered by screening dozens of chemical components,…
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