Organization: Univ of British Columbia

NSERC Discovery Frontiers short list announced

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has released a short list of six proposals for its Discovery Frontiers competition. The fund provides $1 million annually over four years to successful applicants. Projects submitting full proposals are: New Materials for Clean Energy and Enhanced Energy Efficiency from Heavy Oil and Oil Sands Reservoirs (Univ…

WD funds applied research facility in Kelowna

Western Economic Diversification is providing $3.8 million to establish the Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) facility at the Univ of British Columbia‘s Okanagan campus in Kelowna. STAR will focus on collaborative projects between academia and industry to develop ideas and commercialize products for use in human protection, survivability and performance in extreme weather conditions.…

MEOPAR awards $3.5 million to seven projects

The Marine Environmental, Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) has awarded $3.5 million to seven projects that competed in its second open call for applications. The targeted basic research projects are led by universities and address issues such as fog ice, ship noise, radioactivity, whale-ship collisions, storms and tsunamis. The successful projects’ lead investigators are…

Investments in imaging research generate returns

A commissioned study by RTI International shows that investments in medical imaging research at four Canadian universities generated a 28% return on investment. The study — supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research —examined outcomes from $387 million in investments in facilities, equipment and research programs at McGill…

CDRD Ventures spins off Sitka Biopharma Inc

CDRD Ventures Inc (CVI) has launched a spin-off company with a novel platform technology that improves drug absorption for cancer treatments. Sitka Biopharma Inc‘s first chemotherapeutic treatment targets high-risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. The technology was developed at the Univ of British Columbia with assistance from the Centre for Drug R&D and further advanced as…

CDRD Ventures spins off Sitka Biopharma Inc

CDRD Ventures Inc (CVI) has launched a spin-off company with a novel platform technology that improves drug absorption for cancer treatments. Sitka Biopharma Inc‘s first chemotherapeutic treatment targets high-risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. The technology was developed at the Univ of British Columbia with assistance from the Centre for Drug R&D and further advanced as…

Dalhousie opens big data analytics institute

Dalhousie Univ has officially launch the Institute for Big Data Analytics, Canada’s first academic research unit dedicated to expanding knowledge in the field, and partnering with industry across a range of sectors. The institute will be directed by Dr Stan Matwin, a Canada Research Chair holder in Visual Analytics. Big data analytics is a rapidly…

CLS joins Composites Research Network

The Saskatoon-based Canadian Light Source has joined the Composites Research Network (CRN) — a western Canadian-based organization supporting the composites industry. The network is led by the Univ of British Columbia which was awarded $9.8 million in early 2012 from Western Economic Diversification Canada. CRN has nodes at UBC, UBC-Okanagan, Univ of Victoria, Univ of…

Institutions to receive CERC chairs announced

The results of the first phase of the second smaller round of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program have been announced with eight universities given the go-ahead to nominate world-renowned researchers to fill 11 chairs. The competition was announced in the 2011 federal Budget and launched last December, with 10 chairs worth $10 million…

Gates Foundation funds UBC program for pregnant women

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a $17-million follow-on grant to the Univ of British Columbia to locate and treat pregnant women at risk of succumbing to pre-eclampsia, an often-fatal onset of high blood pressure. The grant follows $7.4 million in support previously provided by the foundation, allowing UBC’s Child & Family Research…