Organization: Univ of British Columbia

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…

BC government invests in prostate cancer research

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has received a $5-million grant to further research for new treatments to control the progression of prostate cancer. The VPC is a centre of excellence jointly operated by the Univ of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths among…

WD funds new Composites Research Network

The Univ of British Columbia will lead a new Composites Research Network spanning the four western provinces to capitalize on the rapidly expanding global composites industry. The network is being created with $9.8 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification. Nodes will be established in each province, including Manitoba which is home to the Composites…

Genomics-based test for forest pathogens funded

Genome British Columbia and Genome Canada are providing $4.3 million for the development of a DNA-based diagnostic test to detect and monitor pathogens damaging Canadian forests. The Genomics-Based Forest Health Diagnostics and Monitoring project is expected to generate annual economic benefits in the “tens of millions of dollars”. The project is led by Dr Richard…

Cangene Corp to fund Alzheimer’s research

Cangene Corp has signed an MOU with the Univ of British Columbia to develop the research of Dr Neil Cashman, science director of PrioNet Canada and holder of the Canada Research Chair in neurodegeneration and protein misfolding at UBC. Winnipeg-based Cangene became interested in Cashman’s work when a research team led by Cashman discovered a…

PrioNet researchers find link between prions and ALS

Researchers associated with PrioNet Canada have discovered a key link between prions and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (als) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The research team from the Univ of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute found that the SODI protein exhibits prion-like properties and participates in a process called template-directed misfolding. The discovery is…

Bioniche opens animal vaccine production facility

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc has opened Canada’s largest livestock vaccine manufacturing facility using $25 million in repayable loans from the federal and Ontario government’s The Animal Health and Food Safety Vaccine Manufacturing Centre, located at the firm’s headquarters in Belleville ON, is a scale-up facility and the first milestone in a planned $100-million project (R$,…

New Global Virus Network has Vancouver node

Vancouver’s Brain Research Centre (BRC) will be home to the neurovirology division of the Global Virus Network (GVN), a new independent organization involving 25 countries ratified in an early March meeting in Washington. GVN is dedicated to creating an international network of virus experts to identify new and emerging viruses, build collaborative research alliances, train…