Canadian telescope detects 500 fast radio bursts in a year, quadrupling number of known FRBs
The CHIME telescope detected 535 new fast radio bursts during its first year of operation – from 2018 and to 2019 – quadrupling the number of known occurrences of the puzzling pulses of radio energy from far outside our galaxy.
Jun 9, 2021
A planet without apes? New research highlights danger to gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos in shifting habitats
New analysis published today reveals that if the pressures on great ape habitat remain unchecked, Africa’s great apes could lose between 85 and 94 per cent of their range by the year 2050. Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, a great ape expert in UBC’s faculty of forestry explains what can be done to ensure the long-term survival of gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes.
Jun 7, 2021
Childhood cancer discovery may stop tumour spread before it starts
A recent discovery in Ewing sarcoma, an aggressive and often fatal childhood cancer, has uncovered the potential to prevent cancer cells from spreading beyond their primary tumour site.
Jun 1, 2021
Strong school and family ties buffer gender-diverse teens from bullying and hostility
B.C.’s gender-diverse youth continue to face significant bullying and harassment, but a new report by UBC and McCreary Centre Society underlines how social supports like strong school and family relationships make a significant impact on their well-being.
May 31, 2021
Salmon virus originally from the Atlantic, spread to B.C. wild salmon from farms: Study
Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) – which is associated with kidney and liver damage in Chinook salmon – is continually being transmitted between open-net salmon farms and wild juvenile Chinook salmon in British Columbia waters, according to a new genomics analysis published today in Science Advances.
May 26, 2021
UBC experts on COVID-19
UBC experts are available to comment on the provincial government’s plans for the gradual easing of COVID-19-related restrictions in B.C. at a 1 p.m. news conference today.
May 25, 2021
New program makes planning a birth after C-section simpler
UBC researchers have created a new interactive online program to support people who have had a previous C-section make better-informed decisions about navigating their next pregnancy and birth.
May 20, 2021
Researchers launch COVID-19 vaccine registry for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals in Canada
As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up across the country, the risks and benefits of immunization for pregnant and breastfeeding people remain largely unknown because the initial vaccine clinical trials did not include these populations.
May 19, 2021
Debunking COVID-19 myths: As the weather warms, UBC vaccine expert separates fact from fiction
Dr. Anna Blakney, assistant professor in UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories and vaccine expert, addresses some popular myths about COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
UBC experts on Greyhound shutdown
UBC experts are available to comment on Greyhound Canada’s decision to permanently shut down all bus service in Canada.
May 13, 2021
Canadian researchers lead development and testing of promising treatment for COVID-19 variants
A new anti-viral drug could improve COVID-19 outcomes and survival rates — and is highly effective against multiple variants — according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Université de Sherbrooke.
May 11, 2021
Where should our digital data go after we die? UBC study explores possibilities
People want control over what personal digital data is passed along after they die, along with tools to make it easier to do so, according to a new case study by computer science researchers at the University of British Columbia.
May 6, 2021
UBC breaks ground on $23 million renewable energy hub
A new $21 million renewable energy hub will transform an entire city block at the University of British Columbia into a smart energy district, including the province’s first-ever hydrogen refuelling station for light and heavy-duty vehicles.
May 5, 2021
UBC experts on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approval for adolescents
UBC experts are available to comment on Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents aged 12 and up.
May 5, 2021
UBC researchers unveil first molecular images of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 mutation
UBC researchers are the first in the world to publish structural images of the N501Y mutation on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein—a change believed to be partly responsible for the highly infectious nature and rapid spread of variant B.1.1.7.
May 3, 2021
COVID-19 survey shows almost eight out of 10 adults are worried, bored, stressed, lonely or sad
The pandemic continues to take an emotional toll on people in Canada, with 77 per cent of adults reporting negative emotions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest mental health survey by UBC researchers, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
May 3, 2021
Potential ‘Achilles’ heel’ of SARS-CoV-2 virus captured on video
Proteins known as lectins can bind to the spike protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and prevent it from accessing human cells, an international team of researchers led by the University of British Columbia’s Dr. Josef Penninger has demonstrated.
Apr 30, 2021
A baby’s first poop can help predict risk of developing allergies
It may seem like an unusual place to go looking for answers, but the contents of a baby’s first diaper can reveal a lot about a newborn’s future health.
Apr 29, 2021
UBC-grown biotech companies lead global pandemic efforts
Millions of Canadians have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but what many may not realize is that a key component of the injection was developed right here at UBC.
Apr 26, 2021
UBC experts on ‘double mutant’ variant and COVID-19 in India
UBC experts are available to comment on the ‘double mutant’ variant known as B.1.617 and COVID-19 in India.
Apr 22, 2021