Researchers launch study into COVID-19 vaccine uptake and efficacy in vulnerable urban populations
In this Q&A, Dr. Brittany Barker, postdoctoral fellow with UBC’s department of medicine and research scientist at BCCSU, and Dr. Hudson Reddon, postdoctoral research fellow with UBC’s department of medicine, discuss how COVID-19 and vaccinations are being experienced by vulnerable populations.
Jul 14, 2021
UBC research shows wastewater genomic testing can effectively track COVID-19 variants of concern within a region
Wastewater testing can accurately and rapidly identify levels of COVID-19 infections in the community, including the rise of variants of concern, suggests new research led by UBC professor Dr. Ryan Ziels.
Jul 12, 2021
Study highlights pandemic impact on adolescent mental health
Adolescents who were in a good headspace before COVID-19 suffered a decline during the pandemic, whereas those with poor mental health fared better, according to new research.
Jun 28, 2021
Pandemic underlines need to address physician burnout, study finds
Two out of three Vancouver physicians surveyed in a new UBC study faced burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jun 11, 2021
Transition plan for return to campus
UBC is outlining its phased approach to support faculty and staff returning to campus in preparation for the 2021/22 Winter Session starting in September
Jun 9, 2021
UBC experts on COVID-19
UBC experts are available to comment on the provincial government’s plans for the gradual easing of COVID-19-related restrictions in B.C. at a 1 p.m. news conference today.
May 25, 2021
Researchers launch COVID-19 vaccine registry for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals in Canada
As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up across the country, the risks and benefits of immunization for pregnant and breastfeeding people remain largely unknown because the initial vaccine clinical trials did not include these populations.
May 19, 2021
Debunking COVID-19 myths: As the weather warms, UBC vaccine expert separates fact from fiction
Dr. Anna Blakney, assistant professor in UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories and vaccine expert, addresses some popular myths about COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
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