For people with mental health conditions, finding a medication that works without causing severe side effects is often a matter of trial-and-error. This difficult process can cause people to abandon their treatment, lead to poorer health and increases costs for BC’s health care system. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) can improve a person’s health by helping them know whether a drug is likely…
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Spinal cord injury leads to disruption in autonomic control resulting in cardiovascular, bowel, and lower urinary tract dysfunctions, all of which significantly reduce health-related quality of life. Although spinal cord stimulation shows promise for promoting autonomic recovery, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Based on current preclinical and clinical evidence, this narrative review provides the most plausible mechanisms underlying the effects…
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BioTalent Canada today announced the recipients of its inaugural I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience Employer™ designation.  The I.D.E.A.L. Recognition Program recognizes organizations in the Canadian bio-economy who embody the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility leadership (IDEAL), as best practices needed to promote growth and success in the biotech sector. The program was launched earlier this year and BioTalent Canada received applications from…
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SnapCyte Solutions believes it’s time to democratize life science research. Our mission is to provide intelligent and easy-to-access analytical tools to scientists around the world. All life science researchers, including ourselves, have a day-to-day need for cell analytics tools, with current options being time-consuming and costly. From our decades of experience with biological and medical research, we have identified bottlenecks…
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What role do tissue-resident macrophages play during in vivo regeneration in dystrophic muscle, and how can we rebuild the healthy tissue? Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a deadly disease caused by genetic mutations. People living with DMD often become wheelchair-bound in their teenage years and many pass away in their late twenties. Currently, there is no cure for this serious disease. The…
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Dr. Natalie Strynadka, a professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been awarded with UBC’s highest honour conferred on a faculty member. The University Killam Professorship recognizes exceptional teachers and researchers who are leaders in their fields, and who have received international recognition for their talents and achievements.
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Charting a New Course for MS Treatment

One day in the spring of 2014, Heidi Scott’s face went numb. Out-of-nowhere, just-returned-from-the-dentist numb, as she vividly remembers. “I was on a business trip and it took me completely by surprise. My entire face was affected,” Heidi says. Alarmed, she returned home to see her doctor, who ordered a battery of tests. The results were inconclusive. Heidi was in…
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Research Spotlight: Wisnovsky Lab

Simon Wisnovsky: Simply put, the surface of every one of our cells is coded with something that looks like a “forest” of molecules. These can be all different kinds of molecules, like fat molecules or proteins. However, a big part of what makes up cell surface coding is sugar and sugar molecules. Glycans are chains of sugar molecules linked together.…
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A Universal Sequencing Read Interpreter

Massively parallel DNA sequencing has led to the rapid growth of highly multiplexed experiments in biology. These experiments produce unique sequencing results that require specific analysis pipelines to decode highly structured reads. However, no versatile framework that interprets sequencing reads to extract their encoded information for downstream biological analysis has been developed. Here, we report INTERSTELLAR (interpretation, scalable transformation, and…
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January 15 – 21 is National Non-Smoking Week in Canada and while quitting smoking can lower your risk of developing lung cancer, statistics around the world are showing an increase in lung cancer diagnoses in people who are non-smokers. In B.C., approximately 33 per cent of lung cancer patients presenting to BC Cancer – Vancouver have never used tobacco products. New research…
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