Computer models to detect disease, robotics to treat disorders, serious game educational resource for health students, active school travel initiatives, and team-based social prescribing—these are only a few of the interdisciplinary research projects that have been selected to receive a Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award from UBC Health. HIFI Awards enable interdisciplinary groups of health researchers to undertake innovative activities that…
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Indigenous scientist Jessica Schaub will explore jellyfish blooms in Japan, France, Argentina and Australia. (Vancouver Aquarium)   From some of the largest jellyfish in the world in Japan to the tiny venomous Irukandji in Australia, UBC doctoral student Jessica Schaub is about to set off on an international tour of jellyfish. A doctoral student in the department of earth, ocean…
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Do you know your A’s, C’s, G’s and T’s? They are the four types of bases in a DNA molecule which consists of two strands wound around each other to form an organism’s complete set of DNA, called its genome.   DNA carries the instructions for making specific proteins or sets of proteins. There are about 20,000 genes in the…
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Read the Publication This week we profile a recent publication in Leukemia from the lab of Dr. Arefeh Rouhi (pictured) at BC Cancer. Can you provide a brief overview of your lab’s current research focus? Our current focus is on understanding how deregulated gene expression leads to malignancy and treatment resistance in acute myeloid leukemia and multiple myeloma. What is…
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In a newly published study, researchers from SFU’s Functional and Anatomical Imaging & Shape Analysis Lab (FAISAL) identified distinct properties of brain MRIs and genetics that impact the prediction of Dementia of Alzheimer’s Type, or DAT, for patients at various stages of the disease, then developed a biomarker that can help predict future conversion to DAT. “Our findings reveal that while…
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June 2022 Award Winners

Dr. Mani Larijani (pictured), Professor & Shrum Chair in Biological Mechanisms of Disease at SFU, received an NSERC Discovery Grant to study the volutionary trajectories of DNA/RNA-editing enzymes involved in adaptive and innate immunity. See which other Vancouver researchers received grants, awards, fellowships, and scholarships in June.
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Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is proud to support tomorrow’s research leaders with the Top Graduating Doctoral Student Awards and the Rising Star Awards. These awards recognize outstanding efforts by VCHRI trainees for research excellence, service as role models and other contributions that each has made to benefit the Vancouver Coastal Health research community.
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The second annual Professor Madanlal T. Wasan Memorial Prize in Urologic Sciences Award has been awarded to Dr. Gillian Vandekerkhove. Dr. Ninadh D’Costa​ received the first annual award in 2021. Dr. Vandekerkhove is a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in urologic cancer genomics in Dr. Wyatt’s laboratory. Utilizing circulating cell-free tumour DNA and tumour tissue, her research aims to explore the molecular landscape of genitourinary cancers and develop minimally-invasive…
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Researchers at UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering have discovered that an existing cancer drug could have potential as a treatment for muscular dystrophy. The researchers found that the drug — known as a colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R) inhibitor — helped slow the progress of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice by increasing the resiliency of muscle fibres.
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