Making a Difference
Cloud computing support accelerates COVID-19 vaccine improvements
For the last 11 months, UBC biochemistry and molecular biology professor Prof.. Leonard Foster (he/him/his) and his team have been studying how SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for COVID-19 – attacks the human body, in hopes of developing a more targeted vaccine with fewer side effects.
Apr 14, 2021
Bringing COVID-19 safety measures into B.C.’s Sikh temples
With the hope of keeping his community safe and preventing the transmission of COVID-19, Sukhmeet Sachal set out to tailor public health messages for the Sikh community in a culturally-effective way, starting by connecting with those attending the Gurdwara, located around the corner from the house where he grew up.
Nov 30, 2020
‘Wobble room’ provides time-out for COVID-19 frontliners
Working in a busy, major hospital can be incredibly demanding and stressful. But the COVID-19 pandemic brought on a different kind of stress for staff at the Vancouver General Hospital emergency department—one that they had never encountered before.
Jun 8, 2020
Helping seniors in long-term care combat social isolation during COVID-19
UBC faculty and students are delivering new iPads to long-term care homes across B.C. to help reduce feelings of social isolation for seniors. The iPads will come complete with recorded performances by students from UBC’s School of Music
Jun 1, 2020
Helping healthcare workers and local restaurants with one clever idea
UBC international economics student Patrisse Chan has created an online platform that allows Canadians to buy a meal from a local restaurant and have it delivered to staff at a hospital or care home.
May 21, 2020
Midwifery student connects midwives with personal protective equipment
Midwifery student Emily Baxter’s living room looks a bit different these days. Along with the usual evidence of a busy life of a mom and her three kids, it has also been a collection point for loads of donated personal protective equipment (PPE) destined for midwifery clinics in communities across B.C.
May 12, 2020
iPads-on-wheels connects hospitalized COVID-19 patients with loved ones
When nurse Jenifer Tabamo saw how lonely some of her patients were in hospital, she knew she wanted to do something to help them stay connected to the outside world.
May 4, 2020
Kinesiology student squeezes seniors’ errands in between exams
First-year kinesiology student Ava Katz is helping seniors and those who are self-isolating get their groceries and prescriptions — and it all started with a Facebook post.
Apr 27, 2020
UBC students design low-cost ventilator for COVID-19
UBC engineering students have developed a simple, low-cost COVID-19 ventilator that may very well save lives.
Apr 23, 2020