UBC appoints Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice President, Human Resources
Barbara Meens Thistle brings a quarter century of senior leadership experience—including at some of B.C.’s largest public sector organizations—to UBC as the new Vice President, Human Resources.
Dec 19, 2017
Surveying the fury: drones count the costs of the 2017 B.C. wildfires
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are using drones to survey the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires in B.C.
Dec 15, 2017
‘Gut feeling’ spurs doctor to re-examine evidence on urinary tract infections in patients with spinal cord injury
People with spinal cord injuries rely on catheters to empty their bladder. When a well-respected publication concluded that catheters could be reused without an increased risk of infection, it didn’t sit right with a Vancouver clinician and researcher.
Dec 13, 2017
Harvard computer scientist recruited to UBC through federal research program
A top computer scientist and entrepreneur from Harvard University will join UBC next September, thanks to the federal government’s Canada 150 Research Chairs Program.
Dec 13, 2017
Pokémon Go could help people who struggle socially
Video games may have a reputation for attracting introverts, but when it comes to augmented reality games like Pokémon Go, extroverts tend to be better players.
Dec 12, 2017
Smartphone health apps miss some daily activity of users
If you use your smartphone to monitor your physical activity, you’re probably more active than it suggests.
Dec 6, 2017
Transgender youth avoid health care due to discomfort with doctors
Close to half of transgender young Canadians aren’t accessing health care when they need it, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.
Dec 5, 2017
UBC releases 2016 animal research statistics
UBC’s summary of animals involved in research at the university in 2016 is now available.
Nov 28, 2017
UBC announces $100-million fundraising campaign for students
UBC is embarking on the largest fundraising campaign for students in its 102-year history. The Blue & Gold Campaign for Students aims to raise $100 million over three years to give promising students access to a life-changing education.
Nov 27, 2017
New technique can detect impurities in ground beef within minutes
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a better way to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef.
Nov 24, 2017
Bowhead whales come to Cumberland Sound in Nunavut to exfoliate
Aerial drone footage of bowhead whales in Canada’s Arctic has revealed that the large mammals moult and use rocks to rub off dead skin.
Nov 22, 2017
Alzheimer’s disease might be a ‘whole body’ problem
Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, has long been assumed to originate in the brain but new research indicates that it could be triggered by breakdowns elsewhere in the body.
Oct 31, 2017
New wildfire early warning system could prevent spring blazes
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new early warning system to predict when and where human-caused wildfires are most likely to occur in the spring.
Oct 27, 2017
Future health professionals receive new training to better care for Indigenous people
Students from 11 of UBC’s health-related programs will come together for the first time on Thursday for a new learning experience designed to help them better serve Indigenous people.
Oct 18, 2017
First Canadian study of gender-affirming surgery highlights a long and frustrating journey for transgender patients
Access to gender-affirming surgery has improved in British Columbia over the past couple years, but transgender people needing to access surgery still face complex and often unclear pathways.
Oct 17, 2017
Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change
Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence strategy against climate change.
Oct 11, 2017
UBC researchers develop earthquake-resistant concrete
A new seismic-resistant, fibre-reinforced concrete developed at the University of British Columbia will see its first real-life application this fall as part of the seismic retrofit of a Vancouver elementary school.
Oct 10, 2017
A lesson for Canada: Quebec pharmacare system creates winners and losers
Quebec spends $200 more per person than the rest of Canada to provide prescription drug coverage to everyone in the province, finds new research that could inform plans for a nationwide universal drug plan.
Oct 10, 2017
Lower education and income linked to higher suicide risks for gay and bisexual men
Gay and bisexual men making less than $30,000 a year and without a university degree have more than five times the odds of attempting suicide compared with their more advantaged peers, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
Oct 2, 2017
Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Awarded 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity
Last night, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was awarded the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity.
Sep 28, 2017