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  • November 28, 2014

    Research investigates use of biomass resources to replace petrochemicals

    The University of British Columbia is part of a new research initiative aimed at upgrading the sustainability of Canada’s industrial sector by replacing its lifeblood — petrochemicals — with green alternatives.

    UBC, Concordia University and the University of Toronto make up the Industrial Biocatalysis Network (IBN). The creation of IBN was announced today by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). It is a five-year, $5 million program, part of the federal government’s...

  • November 17, 2014

    A new Canadian research network to study rare diseases and how genetic mutations cause these diseases will be established with a $2.3 million grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

    The Canadian Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms (RDMM) Network is led by Philip Hieter, a Professor of Medical Genetics, along with Kym Boycott, senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and Janet Rossant, senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

    The network...

  • October 22, 2014

    A new finding by UBC Centre for Blood Research scientist Wilf Jefferies and his collaborators, demonstrates that T-Lymphocytes, a type of immune cell that learns to recognize and attack microbial pathogens and cancer, are activated by the TRPV1 pain receptor. The study entitle “TRPV1 channel regulates CD4+ T cell activation and pro-inflammatory properties” was published in ...

  • September 29, 2014

    Congratulations to Dr. Brett Finlay who has been awarded the Prix Galien Canada Research Award 2014!

    The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development. The Prix Galien Canada is a branch of Innovation Life Canada. The Prix Galien Canada Research Award is presented to the researcher or the research team...

  • February 26, 2014

    What do Pokemon and science education have in common? More than you might think – just ask David Ng, a UBC geneticist who developed Phylo, a trading card game with a biodiversity twist and crowdsourced content.

    For his efforts, Ng is the 2014 recipient of UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, which honours UBC faculty, staff and students who find unique ways to share research through the creative use of new tools and technologies....

  • January 19, 2014

    UBC researchers have discovered the genetic machinery that turns a common gut bacterium into the swiss army knife of the digestive tract -- helping us to metabolize a main component of dietary fibre from the cell walls of fruits and vegetables.

    The findings illuminate the specialized roles played by key members of the vast microbial community living in the human gut, and could inform the development of tailored microbiota transplants to improve intestinal health after antibiotic use or illness. The research will be published in the journal Nature on Sunday.

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