UBC In The News

'Prioritize sleep,' B.C. researcher warns as new study shows 6 hours or less could increase risk of dementia

Dr. Najib Ayas, a UBC professor of critical care medicine, discussed the findings of a recently published study on the link between sleep duration and dementia.

Doctors investigate mystery brain disease in Canada

Dr. Neil Cashman, a professor in UBC’s faculty of medicine, gave comments about a cluster of cases of an unknown neurological disease identified in New Brunswick.
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Alberta vows to curb university’s research ties to China

Dr. Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs, says although Canadian security agencies have identified some concerns, research collaboration arrangements with China are widely valued and facilitate advanced research and training.
Globe and Mail (subscription)

SpaceX returns to Earth

Dr. Aaron Boley, a professor in UBC’s department of physics and astronomy, gave comments about the long-lasting impacts of SpaceX’s Resilience mission.
CKNW Lynda Steele Show (2:50 mark)

Ask An Expert: Are we killing too many germs with disinfectants and hand sanitizer?

Dr. Brett Finlay, a professor in UBC’s departments of biochemistry and molecular biology, and microbiology and immunology, discussed how a year of disinfecting and rigorous hand-sanitizing has affected our personal microbiome.
KCBS Radio: On-Demand (audio)

B.C. designates pregnant people as priority group for COVID-19 vaccination

Dr. Deborah Money, a professor in UBC’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology, commented on the B.C. government’s decision to designate pregnant women as a priority population to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
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First ever image of B.1.1.7. coronavirus variant captured by UBC researchers

UBC researchers have become the first in the world to capture and publish structural images of the spike protein on B.1.1.7., the highly contagious COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. Articles quoted Dr. Sriram Subramaniam, the lead researcher and a professor in UBC faculty of medicine’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology.
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‘No A, B list of COVID vaccines’: Experts weigh in on NACI’s ‘mixed messages’

UBC professor of bioethics Dr. Anita Ho says it is difficult to draw comparisons between the different vaccines as each has its own benefits. She added that the risk of getting infected is much higher than any kind of risk that people may get from the vaccine.
Global via MSN

Are we bending the curve?

Dr. Sarah Otto, Killam university professor in evolutionary biology at UBC, spoke about whether B.C. is bending the curve of COVID-19 cases and where she sees progress being made.
CKNW Mornings with Simi

COVID-19: Can I ride in a car with my vaccinated friend?

News 1130 asked Dr. Stephen Hoption Cann, a clinical professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, whether it’s safe to ride in a car with a friend after getting just one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
News 1130

Anti-vax movement under the microscope in Vancouver doctor’s new medical thriller Lost Immunity

Postmedia spoke to Dr. Daniel Kalla, a clinical professor in UBC’s department of emergency medicine about the anti-vax movement and life in a post-pandemic world.
Postmedia via Vancouver SunThe Province

COVID-19 pandemic fears spawn 'hygiene theatre'

UBC psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor says touching things is a very low-risk way of getting infected and yet, a lot of companies and stores are insisting on washing and disinfecting things. He added that the rituals of “hygiene theatre” will wane post-pandemic.
Business in Vancouver via Squamish ChiefCastanetPrince George Citizen

Anti-trans laws are making trans youth feel unsafe

Teen Vogue mentioned an open letter to President Joe Biden calling on the federal government to uphold the rights and dignity of trans youth. Dr. Harper Keenan, a professor in UBC’s department of curriculum and pedagogy, was one of the signatories.
Teen Vogue