CBR Graduate Profile: Melina Messing

As a member of the McNagny lab, I pursued a PhD in Experimental Medicine with a focus on Immunology. My focus was the study of immune responses in various conditions including muscular dystrophy, allergic disease and COVID-19. The latter was an impromptu project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and led me to discover human immune biomarkers that are predictive…
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Congratulations to Dr. Vesna Sossi on the prestigious honour of being named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow! She is one of the first two women ever from the Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences Council (NMISC) community to be elevated to IEEE Fellow. She was awarded Fellow status “for contributions to quantitative and translational brain PET imaging.” Recognizing the achievements…
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Spinal cord injury is a condition that has no cure. But a group of investigators from across Canada and around the world is working together to change that. They call themselves Mend the Gap, and their work combines advances in drug delivery, tissue engineering, and image-guided surgery to try to find ways to help the injured spinal cord to regenerate. “Spinal…
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Researchers at UBC’s Life Sciences Institute have identified a compound that shows early promise at halting infections from a range of coronaviruses, including all variants of SARS-CoV-2 and the common cold. The findings, published this week in Molecular Biomedicine, reveal a potential path toward antiviral treatments that could be used against many different pathogens.
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BCCF Innovation Support Fund Awardees

The BCCF Innovation Support Fund Awardees are: Ly Vu & Christian Steidl – equipment: Bio-Rad ChemiDoc Imaging System Pamela Hoodless – equipment: Thermo EVOS M5000 Cell Imaging Microscope The BC Cancer Foundation, in partnership with BC Cancer, established the Innovation Support Fund competition in 2010 to enable the acquisition of equipment essential to conducting research.
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Kwangjin Park (Hoodless Lab) has been awarded the Michael Smith Health Research BC 2022 Research Trainee Award for the project titled, “Roles of the Lysine Methyl Transferase (KMT) 2d in hepatocyte identity and hepatocellular carcinoma progression.” Michael Smith Health Research BC’s Research Trainee Program supports health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and enrich BC’s…
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