Media Release Archives - September 2011

start an evolution: UBC launches Canada’s largest fundraising and alumni engagement campaign

Sep. 28, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

The University of British Columbia has launched an ambitious $1.5 billion fundraising campaign with a twin goal of doubling the number of alumni engaged in the life of the university by 2015.

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UBC MBA ranked among world’s top programs for social, ethical and environmental leadership

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

The University of British Columbia’s MBA program ranks second in Canada and 24th among the “Top 100 MBAs” in the world in the recently released 2011-2012 Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking, a biennial survey that evaluates leadership on social, environmental and ethical issues.

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New UBC law building opens following Canada’s largest law school donor campaign

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

Today, UBC opened the country’s first new purpose-built university law school building in 30 years, a $56-million facility made possible by the largest private fundraising effort for a Canadian law school building.

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Quebec forest. Photo by Mark Vellend.

What’s so unique about the tropics? UBC researcher says: “Less than we thought”

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

The temperate forests of Canada or Northern Europe may have much more in common with the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia or South America than commonly believed, according to a research group led by a University of British Columbia ecologist.

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UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health researchers help discover common genetic cause of ALS and frontotemporal dementia

Sep. 21, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A neuropathologist at University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health helped find a genetic abnormality that is the most common cause of two different but related forms of neurodegenerative disease: frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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UBC gains $32.6 million in funding for genomic-based forestry research

Sep. 21, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia welcomed the announcement of $32.6 million in funding from Genome Canada and Genome BC for four research projects aimed at making Canada’s forests healthier and more economically productive.

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Sarah Otto. Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

UBC biologist wins MacArthur “genius” grant

Sep. 20, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Sarah Otto, a zoology professor and director of the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, is one of 22 people to be picked for this year’s round of ”genius grants” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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UBC receives $1.2 million to monitor child development across Canada

Sep. 19, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today announced a $1.2 million gift from The Lawson Foundation to develop a system to monitor differences in child development across Canada.

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UBC journalism project documents global pain crisis

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

In advance of a United Nations conference today on the global challenges of treating cancer and other diseases, the UBC Graduate School of Journalism has launched an ambitious multimedia site, The Pain Project, which documents one of the greatest challenges to treating chronic illnesses: severely constrained access to morphine.

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UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health researcher discovers new type of spinal cord stem cell

Sep. 15, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

A group led by a University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientist has discovered a type of spinal cord cell that could function as a stem cell, with the ability to regenerate portions of the central nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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The Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre. Photo by Patricia Gray.

UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health open new medical research centre

Sep. 15, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

A new research facility opened today for scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health, providing the space and equipment to study treatments and possible cures for people with prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and bone and joint problems.

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UBC researcher part of $4-million NSERC effort to measure and plan for Arctic climate change

Sep. 9, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

A UBC Arctic expert will help to identify the impacts of the rapid environmental changes in Canada’s North and develop an adaptation strategy, as part of a team of researchers that has received a $4-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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Matt Farrer, the Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine. Photo by Martin Dee.

Newly identified gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s: UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research

Sep. 8, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Less than two months after publishing findings about a new gene linked to late-onset Parkinson’s disease, the same team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered another gene responsible for the neurodegenerative disease – providing yet another target for potential treatments.

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A nurse (left) and a paramedic (right) train medical resident Simon Moore (centre) at Nanaimo General Hospital. Photo by Chris Koehn.

Simulation proven to enhance training of health professionals: UBC-Mayo Clinic researchers

Sep. 7, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

An analysis by the University of British Columbia and the Mayo Clinic found that simulation-based training is an effective way to teach physicians, nurses, dentists, emergency medical technicians and other health professionals. The team reviewed more than 600 studies evaluating the use of technologies such as virtual reality computers, mannequins and training models to teach [...]

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UBC launches Canada’s only journalism course to focus on First Nations and the media

Sep. 7, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , ,

The UBC Graduate School of Journalism has launched the only university journalism course in Canada dedicated to improving the quality of Aboriginal representation by the news media.

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More B.C. students than ever on track for UBC degree

Sep. 6, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , ,

The University of British Columbia is serving more B.C. students on its campuses and seeing strong growth for the seventh straight year in the Okanagan.

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UBC gains $2.9 million for research infrastructure

Sep. 1, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia research in climate change, chemistry, medical imaging and physical therapy received a $2.9 million boost today from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

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