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Scientists join UBC as new Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Post Date: Apr 17, 2019

Two internationally recognized researchers join the University of British Columbia as Canada Excellence Research Chairs, bringing international talent in the fields of forest bioproducts and precision cancer drug design.

Orlando Rojas has accepted the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts, while Sriram Subramaniam will hold the Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design—named after late Nobel Prize-winning UBC biochemistry professor Har Gobind Khorana.

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Oral immunotherapy safe for preschool-aged children with peanut allergies

Post Date: Apr 17, 2019

New data published this week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice suggests that oral immunotherapy is safe for preschool-aged children with peanut allergies.

The research, led by scientists and pediatric allergists at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, is the first to demonstrate the safety of peanut oral immunotherapy for a large group of preschool-aged children when offered as routine treatment in a hospital or clinic rather than within a clinical trial.

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New $21.7 million federal funding expands UBC-led research on nanomedicines, clean water and advanced materials

Post Date: Apr 16, 2019

A University of British Columbia-led research network that focuses on treating disease using nanotechnology received a large boost today with $18.5 million in new funding from the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), a federal program that connects teams of scientists across Canada to collaborate on research with significant health, environmental and societal impacts.

Two other UBC-led networks also received $1.6 million each to transfer knowledge to practice—improving the quality of water for Indigenous and non-urban communities, and supporting the manufacturing of composite materials for industry.

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Filtered diesel exhaust may worsen allergy-induced lung impairment more than unfiltered

Post Date: Apr 16, 2019

Filtered air pollution from diesel engines could make allergy-induced lung impairment worse than exposure to unfiltered diesel exhaust, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

The study, co-authored by Denise Wooding, a master’s student in experimental medicine at UBC, was published online this week in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Unearthing the recipe for rare gemstones in the Canadian Arctic

Post Date: Apr 16, 2019

When Philippe Belley came to the University of British Columbia to study how gemstones form, he didn’t think he would need to learn how to protect himself from polar bears.

But when some of those precious stones are buried in the Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island, where the world’s largest land predator also roams, sometimes you roll the dice in the name of science.

“We spotted four polar bears but luckily there were no close encounters,” said Belley, a recent PhD graduate of the department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. “But we did learn a lot about how some unique gems are formed, which will change the way people look for them.”

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Scientists discover first organism with chlorophyll genes that doesn’t photosynthesize

Post Date: Apr 16, 2019

For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis.

The peculiar organism is dubbed ‘corallicolid’ because it is found in 70 per cent of corals around the world and may provide clues as to how to protect coral reefs in the future.

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UBC tops global university impact rankings: Times Higher Education

Post Date: Apr 03, 2019

The University of British Columbia is ranked number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE).

“UBC’s achievements in these rankings is a clear reflection of the great work of our students, faculty and staff who combine their expertise to ensure UBC is a leader in creating vibrant, sustainable and connected communities and campuses,” said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono.

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