COVID-19: Planning for 2021/22 Winter Session, Term 2
As we approach Winter Session Term 2 in January, we would like to update you on recent discussions around COVID-19 and the emergence of the Omicron variant.
Dec 22, 2021
UBC scientists unveil world’s first molecular-level analysis of Omicron variant spike protein
UBC researchers are the first in the world to conduct a molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron variant spike protein.
Dec 22, 2021
Statement regarding health and safety during exams
Throughout the pandemic, UBC has worked closely with the Provincial Health Officer and Regional Health Authorities to ensure we are following their guidance in our campus operations and that we are keeping our community safe.
Dec 19, 2021
Spread cheer, not COVID: Tips for staying safe this holiday season
Devon Greyson, assistant professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, answers some common questions about how to stay safe and healthy this holiday season.
Dec 9, 2021
Delaying second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine produces stronger immune response
The first peer-reviewed study in North America examining the timing between the first and second doses of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines shows that a longer dose interval leads to a stronger immune response.
Dec 1, 2021
UBC experts on new SARS-CoV-2 variant ‘Omicron’
A heavily mutated variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus—designated “Omicron”—has emerged, with early cases concentrated primarily in South Africa. UBC experts are available to comment.
Nov 26, 2021
UBC scholars call for global research agenda into TikTok’s impacts on public health
TikTok has acquired more than one billion monthly users in just five years, but the influential video-sharing app remains one of the least studied social media platforms around. In this Q&A, UBC researchers Dr. Skye Barbic and UBC research associate Marco Zenone discuss the need for a global research agenda into TikTok’s impact on public health.
Nov 25, 2021
UBC experts on COVID-19 vaccine for children
Health Canada is expected to announce approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children on Friday. UBC experts are available to comment.
Nov 18, 2021
Flu season is coming and it could be ugly: what you need to know
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Canada is seeing a resurgence of many respiratory viruses—and many experts predict this year’s flu season could be severe.
Oct 13, 2021
Kids too young for a COVID-19 vaccine? How to keep them safe
With the arrival of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Canada, and vaccines not yet approved for children under 12, what measures can parents take to protect kids who are not yet immunized?
Sep 28, 2021
Heightened food worries linked to worse mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns may have worsened worries over food insecurity among many Canadians and negatively impacted their mental health, according to a nationwide survey conducted during the first wave.
Sep 23, 2021
Busting myths about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility
UBC’s Dr. Deborah Money, professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology, busts some of the many myths circulating about the vaccines’ impact on fertility.
Sep 23, 2021
How to make the transition back to the office easier on your pandemic pet
After more than a year of working and schooling from home, many offices and schools are re-opening as the COVID-19 vaccine uptake rises.
Sep 14, 2021
Launching UBC’s COVID-19 rapid testing program
UBC is requiring COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sep 7, 2021
Ensuring a safe start to the new academic year
Next week sees the start of Winter Session, Term 1, and a return to campus for many of us. Here’s what you need to do to help ensure a safe environment for yourself and those around you.
Sep 2, 2021
How to ease back-to-school stress for school-age kids
Heading back to school can be stressful for young people even when there’s no global pandemic to worry about, says Dr. Tyler Black, assistant clinical professor at UBC’s department of psychiatry.
Sep 2, 2021
UBC implements vaccine declaration and rapid testing for COVID-19
As a result, UBC will provide COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Aug 26, 2021
UBC experts on Canada reopening its border to U.S. travellers
The Canadian border reopens to fully vaccinated U.S. travellers on Monday, August 9. UBC experts are available to comment.
Aug 6, 2021
UBC’s HVAC teams are making sure we can breathe easy
Part two in a series recognizing faculty and staff who are supporting UBC’s transition back to campus. In this update, we showcase the efforts of our colleagues who are working on HVAC systems to ensure safe building ventilation on campus.
Aug 6, 2021
Beyond COVID-19: How mRNA technology could transform how we treat disease
Dr. Anna Blakney, assistant professor at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories and school of biomedical engineering, describes how mRNA technology could transform how we treat disease.
Aug 4, 2021