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Dr. Murphy’s abundant energy and deep experience will help drive the development and implementation of UBC’s new research and innovation strategy, and shape the broader activities of the VPRI portfolio. 

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Alzheimer’s disease might be a ‘whole body’ problem

Post Date: Nov 17, 2017

The scientists attached normal mice, which don’t naturally develop Alzheimer’s disease, to mice modified to carry a mutant human gene that produces high levels of the protein called amyloid beta.

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, has long been assumed to originate in the brain but new research indicates that it could be triggered by breakdowns elsewhere in the body.

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New wildfire early warning system could prevent spring blazes

Post Date: Nov 17, 2017

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Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new early warning system to predict when and where human-caused wildfires are most likely to occur in the spring.

Using satellite images of vegetation, the researchers can forecast where wildfire risk peaks in boreal forests by tracking moisture in fuel sources like leaves.

“Moisture is a critical factor in human-caused fires,” said Paul Pickell, a postdoctoral fellow in the faculty of forestry at UBC. “By tracking greening vegetation, which is a reliable proxy for moisture content, we can predict the risk of a human-caused wildfire with 10-day accuracy by the end of March.”

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Canadians want deeper economic connections with China: survey

Post Date: Nov 17, 2017

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Despite concerns about China’s human rights record, military modernization and the impact on domestic Canadian values, Canadians are keen to see the federal government support expanded economic connections and increased partnerships with the Asian economic powerhouse.

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The effect of out-of-town buyers on Vancouver home prices

Post Date: Oct 18, 2017

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Vancouver has attracted a flurry of out-of-town homebuyers, but little is known about their impact on real estate prices.

UBC Sauder School of Business professor Jack Favilukis and New York University business professor Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh are researching the effect of out-of-town buyers on home prices in Vancouver.

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First Canadian study of gender-affirming surgery highlights a long and frustrating journey for transgender patients

Post Date: Nov 17, 2017

Access to gender-affirming surgery has improved in British Columbia over the past couple years, but transgender people needing to access surgery still face complex and often unclear pathways, according to a new study from the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) at UBC.

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Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change

Post Date: Nov 17, 2017

Limpets are common herbivores on rocky shores. Here, one searches for food at low tide. Credit: Rebecca Kordas

Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence strategy against climate change.

“The herbivores created space for other plants and animals to move in and we saw much more diversity and variety in these ecosystems,” said Rebecca Kordas, the lead author of the study who completed this research as a PhD student in zoology at UBC. “We want variety because we found it helps protect the ecosystem when you add a stressor like heat.”

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The future of journalism lies in collaboration

Post Date: Nov 17, 2017

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Over the past year, UBC journalism students worked with students from the Concordia, Ryerson, and University of Regina journalism schools on an in-depth investigative series exploring rapidly growing oil industries in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

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