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
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
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
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
UBC’s budget for 2021/22 set to bolster EDI, expand student supports, and further the university’s impact
The UBC Board of Governors has approved the budget for 2021/22, setting spending priorities for the year ahead to support the ongoing recovery from COVID-19, to further UBC’s impact through key priorities, and to continue support for excellence in teaching, learning, and research.
Apr 20, 2021
UBC experts on COVID-19
Provinces are figuring out how to approach the current record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases and how to rollout the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine more widely. UBC experts are available to comment on related topics.
Apr 19, 2021
UBC experts on the federal budget
UBC experts will be available to comment on various topics related to today’s federal budget.
Apr 19, 2021
UBC experts on SARS-CoV-2 variants
Some Canadian cities are strengthening restrictions, or renewing states of emergencies and stay-at-home orders as COVID-19 cases surge again. The growing number of cases appears to be linked to the quickly spreading P.1 and B.1.1.7 variants. UBC experts are available to comment on related topics.
Apr 8, 2021
COVID-19 lockdowns only reduced air pollution in some parts of the world
When COVID-19 lockdown measures were first introduced last year, schools and shops closed, tourist spots were deserted due to international travel restrictions, and economies slowed down as most people adjusted to life in the confines of their home.
Apr 6, 2021
Knowing someone with COVID-19 increased men’s anxiety more than women’s
It started as a research project to track student mental health over an entire term at university. Then, COVID-19 hit. Suddenly, a group of UBC researchers and their partners had an unprecedented opportunity to learn how students were faring emotionally as a global pandemic inched closer and closer to them.
Mar 25, 2021
How COVID-19 workplace conditions are impacting nurses’ mental health
Challenging COVID-19-related workplace conditions contributed significantly to nurses’ stress and anxiety at the height of the pandemic, suggests new analysis by UBC researchers.
Mar 18, 2021
Women lead on COVID-19 research
From vaccine development to building wearable infection detectors, women at UBC are making significant contributions to the COVID-19 research front. In celebration of International Women’s Day, they tell us about their work and offer advice for young women and girls considering careers in research.
Mar 8, 2021
UBC study finds high life satisfaction linked to better overall health
New research from UBC finds that higher life satisfaction is associated with better physical, psychological and behavioural health.
Mar 3, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations: what you need to know about the second dose
In Canada, currently approved COVID-19 vaccines—from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech—have demonstrated remarkable efficacy based on two doses taken at specified intervals. But what happens if you contract COVID-19 in between shots?
Feb 12, 2021
Keeping the cameras rolling safely on B.C. film and TV sets
At the start of 2020, Dr. Adam Lund was preparing for another busy year of helping keep people safe at marathons and music festivals. Then COVID-19 hit.
Feb 1, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines: what to expect and how to combat hesitancy
With the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, most are eager to roll up their sleeves. But not every Canadian is feeling confident about getting the jab.
Jan 15, 2021
A bit of stress might not be so good for us after all: UBC study
New research suggests even mild stress may harm most people’s executive functions—mental skills such as self-control, focused attention, working memory and problem solving.
Dec 18, 2020
UBC study highlights need for more effective staffing in care homes
Even the best-managed long-term care homes will need to step up to get through the second wave of the pandemic, suggests a new study by researchers at the UBC school of nursing.
Dec 17, 2020