Media Release Archives - January 2010

UBC Vancouver Sustainability Initiative

Jan. 27, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

UBC President Stephen Toope has announced the creation of a new sustainability strategic management initiative that will begin to take shape immediately.

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UBC clinical teaching facility opens at KGH

Jan. 26, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

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No evidence of a post-Olympics boom or bust for host city real estate prices: UBC study

Jan. 25, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags:

Cities that win Olympic bids experience neither boom nor bust in their real estate prices, but gain construction jobs as they prepare for the Games, according to researchers at the Sauder School of Business at the UBC.

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Weight training improves cognitive function in seniors: UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research

Jan. 25, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

Weight-bearing exercises may help minimize cognitive decline and impaired mobility in seniors, according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia.

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“Jekyll and Hyde” cell may hold key to muscular dystrophy, fibrosis treatment: UBC research

Jan. 18, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A team of University of British Columbia researchers has identified fat-producing cells that possess “dual-personalities” and may further the development of treatments for muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy and fibrosis.

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Zebrafish behaviour monitoring system could boost drug discovery: UBC-Harvard research

Jan. 17, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Harvard University have co-developed a system that captures on video and barcodes the behavioral responses of zebrafish to chemical compounds on a large scale. The approach could dramatically speed up the discovery of new psychiatric drugs.

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BC’s Four Research Universities Applaud the Provincial Government’s HST Rebate Decision

Jan. 15, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

The Presidents of BC’s four research universities were pleased to learn of the Government of British Columbia’s decision to provide a new provincial HST rebate for universities.

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Disadvantaged neighbourhoods set children’s reading skills on negative course: UBC study

Jan. 14, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

A landmark study from the University of British Columbia finds that the neighbourhoods in which children reside at kindergarten predict their reading comprehension skills seven years later. The study, published this week in the journal Health & Place, finds children who live in neighbourhoods with higher rates of poverty show reduced scores on standardized tests [...]

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UBC Sauder School of Business adds 50,000 sq. ft. in phase one of $85M renewal

Jan. 14, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

The Sauder School of Business and the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at UBC have unveiled the completed first phase of an $85 million renewal and expansion on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

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UBC receives $10.5M to map genome of sunflower family

Jan. 12, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have received $10.5 million in funding from Genome Canada through the Government of Canada, Genome BC and international partners to enable them to create the first reference genome of the sunflower family – work that will pinpoint agriculturally important genes and could result in a hybrid sunflower that provides both biofuel and food products.

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Google founding investor gives $2M for Nobel laureate-led education transformations at UBC

Jan. 11, 2010 | Filed under: Media Release

A UBC alumnus widely credited for mentoring Google’s founders and helping establish the company is supporting science education transformations with a $2-million gift to the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI).

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