Media Release Archives - August 2011

UBC researchers find a new culprit in Alzheimer’s disease: Too many blood vessels

Aug. 31, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia scientists may have uncovered a new explanation for how Alzheimer’s disease destroys the brain – a profusion of blood vessels.

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Three research programs win $6M in CIHR grants to promote global health equity

Aug. 30, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Three research projects at the University of British Columbia have won five-year grants totaling nearly $6 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to promote greater equity in global health.

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B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine appointed at UBC

Aug. 30, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today welcomed the appointment of Matthew Farrer as the new Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine, the ninth B.C. Leadership Chair to be appointed at UBC.

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Parents’ stress leaves lasting marks on children’s genes: UBC-CFRI research

Aug. 30, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Child & Family Research Institute have shown that parental stress during their children’s early years can leave an imprint on their sons’ or daughters’ genes – an imprint that lasts into adolescence and may affect how these genes are expressed later in life.

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L-R: Yongning Wang; Steve Cockcroft; Daan Maijer; Deryl Sturdevant. Photo by Wendy McHardy

UBC and Toyota receive federal funds to re-invent wheel manufacturing

Aug. 29, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia and Toyota have received a federal grant to develop a new process for producing stronger, lighter and lower-cost aluminum wheels. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded UBC and Toyota $727,000 from its Automotive Partnership Canada program to refine the manufacturing process for water-cooled die [...]

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Fear of “grey tsunami” overblown: UBC studies

Aug. 29, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Fears that Canada’s aging population could lead to skyrocketing health care costs and doctor shortages may be greatly exaggerated, according to two studies by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

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UBC unveils $61.8M sustainable makeover to Biological Sciences Complex

Aug. 29, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

A hub for biology research and education at the University of British Columbia has received a $61.8 million makeover that provides more than 2,200 undergraduates and 370 researchers, staff and graduate students with brand new research labs and classrooms featuring the latest sustainability features, including one invented at UBC.

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Single parents and gay couples face rental housing discrimination: UBC study

Aug. 26, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A new UBC study finds single parents and male gay couples face significant discrimination in the Metro Vancouver rental housing market, compared to straight couples.

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Lucie McNeill to be director of UBC Public Affairs

Aug. 23, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , ,

Former journalist and CBC radio host Lucie McNeill will become the new director of the Public Affairs office at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus on October 17, 2011.  An alumna of UBC and a long-time resident of Vancouver, McNeill has a diverse background in Canada, Europe and Asia in journalism and international development. [...]

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UBC’s University Librarian first Canadian to head global group

Aug. 23, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

UBC’s University Librarian is the first Canadian to head an organization that has been the global voice of the library and information profession for more than eight decades. Earlier this month, Ingrid Parent became the President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for a two-year term. A UBC graduate, Parent first [...]

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T-cell discovery holds promise for organ transplant and immunodeficiency treatment: UBC research

Aug. 22, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the activation of T-cells, white blood cells that find and kill viruses and bacteria but also participate in the rejection of transplanted organs. By identifying the mechanism that leads T-cells to spring into action and proliferate, the research, published online this month by the [...]

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UBC receives Canada’s first ‘gold’ in new university sustainability ratings

Aug. 19, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pioneering clean energy projects, an aggressive carbon-reduction strategy and North America’s greenest building have helped UBC to garner Canada’s first gold rating in a new international program that assesses sustainability achievements in higher education.

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entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Accelerator fund to help launch UBC startups

Aug. 18, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

Startups from the University of British Columbia community can now apply for investments of up to $100,000 to support their new venture thanks to the entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Accelerator fund.

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Pregnant women in Vancouver may not be getting enough vitamin D: UBC research

Aug. 11, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Pregnant women taking prenatal supplements may not be getting enough vitamin D, shows a new Vancouver-based study led Timothy Green, associate professor at the University of British Columbia and Child & Family Research Institute scientist at BC Children’s Hospital. Published today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, the study found that while almost 80 [...]

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Atlanta runs world’s most fiscally efficient airport, Guangzhou boosts efficiency: UBC research

Aug. 10, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), one of the world’s busiest international airports is also the most fiscally efficient, says an aviation think-tank based at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. ATL generated 60 per cent of its total revenue from non-aviation activities, compared to the lowest-ranked North American airport Chicago’s O’Hare International [...]

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UBC named hosting games partner for the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

Aug. 3, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

The University of British Columbia (UBC) welcomes the announcement today that the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will be held in Vancouver and that the University will be the host venue for the competition being held from July 8 to 12, 2014. The Games will feature athletes with an intellectual disability from across the country going for gold in 11 sports.

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