UBC-led biomedical innovation hub to accelerate development and manufacturing of lifesaving medicines for Canadians
Canada’s biotech ecosystem is poised for a major boost with the federal government announcement today that B.C. will be home to Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub (CIEBH).
Mar 15, 2023
About Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub
Canada’s Immuno-Engineering and Biomanufacturing Hub brings together a multi-disciplinary, multisectoral coalition of more than 50 partner institutions (9 academic, 15 private, 6 public, 4 other research organizations, 16 not-for-profit) from […]
Mar 15, 2023
Event: New UBC-led national research hub to accelerate Canada’s vaccine and therapeutics production
The University of British Columbia is receiving federal funding for a new research hub that will improve pandemic readiness and the overall health and well-being of Canadians.
Mar 14, 2023
B.C. sea sponge has COVID-blocking powers
UBC researchers have identified three compounds that prevent COVID-19 infection in human cells, derived from natural sources including a B.C. sea sponge.
Jan 9, 2023
From COVID-19 to the common cold: UBC scientists identify broadly effective, infection-halting compound
Researchers at UBC’s Life Sciences Institute have identified a compound that shows early promise at halting infections from a range of coronaviruses, including all variants of SARS-CoV-2 and the common cold.
Dec 14, 2022
UBC experts on new Omicron-specific vaccine
Health Canada has approved a vaccine by Moderna that specifically targets the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. UBC experts are available to comment.
Sep 1, 2022
Children are entering a fourth school year in a pandemic — expert advice for parents
As children head back for a fourth school year with COVID-19, many parents are hoping their kids will be able to enjoy a mostly normal school experience. But with new variants circulating and respiratory virus season on the horizon, many also have concerns and questions about what the new school year will look like.
Aug 22, 2022
UBC researchers discover ‘weak spot’ across major COVID-19 variants
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered a key vulnerability across all major variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the recently emerged BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron subvariants.
Aug 18, 2022
COVID-19 vaccine and young children — expert answers for skeptical parents
A recent study by UBC researchers reveals some surprising attitudes about child vaccination from parents who remain unvaccinated.
Aug 16, 2022
UBC experts on COVID-19 vaccine for infants and preschoolers
Health Canada announced today that it has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between six months and five years old, making it the first vaccine approved for that age group in the country. UBC experts are available to comment.
Jul 14, 2022
Your second COVID-19 booster is on the way—but when?
COVID-19 cases have been on the rise overseas and appear to be increasing in Canada, raising questions about when the population will need a second booster—and how effective it will be.
Jul 7, 2022
A province-by-province look at excess deaths in Canada during the pandemic
Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail, a professor in UBC’s school of population of public health, examined all “excess deaths” across Canadian provinces during the first 19 months of the pandemic, and how many of those were attributed specifically to COVID-19.
May 30, 2022
Catching COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risk of hospitalization, premature birth: national study
As Canada faces a sixth wave of COVID-19 infections, researchers at the UBC faculty of medicine are urging people who are pregnant to remain vigilant based on data from Canada’s first national, peer-reviewed study on COVID-19 in pregnancy.
May 2, 2022
Pandemic shows how social factors impact health of Indigenous peoples
Dr. Kimberly Huyser has worked throughout the pandemic to understand the social factors that impact Indigenous populations’ vulnerability to COVID-19.
Apr 5, 2022
Dr. Pieter Cullis named 2022 Canada Gairdner Award laureate
UBC professor Dr. Pieter Cullis has been named a 2022 Canada Gairdner International Award laureate for his pioneering work developing the lipid nanoparticle delivery technology that enables mRNA therapeutics such as the highly effective COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.
Apr 5, 2022
New nasal spray treats Delta variant infection in mice, indicating broad spectrum results
Researchers have shown a new compound delivered in a nasal spray is highly effective in preventing and treating COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant in mice.
Mar 28, 2022
Microbe-slaying copper applied to UBC buildings
More than 400 sanitizing copper patches have been added to high-contact areas at UBC as part of a collaboration between Teck Resources and UBC to study the antimicrobial properties of copper.
Mar 28, 2022
Managing mental health as pandemic restrictions ease
UBC psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor (he/him), author of The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease, offers advice on how people can manage the complex feelings that come with this next phase of the pandemic.
Mar 10, 2022
British Columbians worried pandemic will never end, and climate change is only adding to the fear
If you’re feeling like the pandemic is never-ending, you’re not alone. Sixty-four per cent of British Columbians are worried the COVID-19 pandemic will be around for years to come, with concerns about climate change adding fuel to the fire.
Mar 1, 2022
New COVID-19 study links nurses’ mental health to quality of care
Stories of stress and burnout among healthcare workers, particularly nurses, continue to make news during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, new research shows these mental health problems could be contributing to decreased quality of patient care.
Feb 16, 2022