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
Photo exhibit shows pandemic through the cameras of older adults
Vancouver can be a lonely city, even more so for older people. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic forced residents to stay home.
Sep 27, 2022
COVID-19 lockdown may have accelerated HIV transmission in some at-risk populations
A new study led by researchers at UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is shedding light on how COVID-19 pandemic restrictions impacted another long-standing public health threat — HIV.
Sep 23, 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
Travel restrictions significantly reduced COVID-19 cases entering Canada — but insufficient to prevent new outbreaks
Canada’s restrictions on international travel drastically reduced the number of COVID-19 cases entering the country during the first waves of the pandemic but were insufficient to prevent new outbreaks, according to a new study led by University of British Columbia researchers.
Aug 2, 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
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
Futuristic coating for hospital fabrics and activewear kills COVID and E. coli
UBC researchers have developed an inexpensive, non-toxic coating for almost any fabric that decreases the infectivity of the virus that causes COVID-19 by up to 90 per cent.
Feb 10, 2022
Your Google symptom searches could improve COVID modelling
Adding Google searches for symptoms and other information to COVID forecast models increased their accuracy, recent UBC research has found.
Feb 9, 2022
UBC experts on Pfizer antiviral treatment for COVID-19
Health Canada has authorized Pfizer’s PAXLOVID™ antiviral treatment for adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease, including hospitalization or death. UBC experts are available to comment.
Jan 17, 2022
Machine learning and AI used to rapidly detect sepsis, cutting risk of death dramatically
A groundbreaking advance in quickly detecting sepsis using machine learning has been pioneered by researchers in the Hancock Lab and the department of microbiology and immunology at UBC.
Jan 10, 2022