Latest News & Events

Latest News & Events

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Event Scientific Seminar with Dr. Mee Sook Song September 21st, 2010
at 10am-11am (Room 3113 at CFRI)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mee Sook Song


Studies on the involvement of astrocytes in death and rescue of neurons


Refreshments will be served!

News Mutation found in some autistic boys September 16th, 2010

A small number of autism cases are linked to a gene found on the X chromosome, a discovery that may help explain why boys are four times more likely than girls to develop the disorder. Read CBC News for more information.

News Novel link between DNA damage response and chromatin modifications September 8th, 2010

In a paper published on September 1, 2010 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Dr. Michael Kobor’s Laboratory reported that a key protein involved in yeast DNA damage repair is linked to the histone mark H3 K79 methylation, revealing a novel connection between the DNA damage response and chromatin modifications. Read More.

News UBC researchers unveil “toolbox of MiniPromoters” for gene research and therapy August 31st, 2010

University of British Columbia researchers have led the development of a new “toolbox of MiniPromoters” for research and future therapies on brain, spinal cord and eye function.

News Human Genome: Bust or Boon? July 9th, 2010

The Toronto Star asks four of Canada’s leading genetic experts about the Human Genome Project, as we mark its 10th anniversary. Dr. Michael Hayden, Killiam professor at UBC and director of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, says in one decade, scientists have learnt that it is important to know how that gene is expressed and how environmental factors can influence that expression. “The integration with medicine and human biology is what I’m excited about today.

News The Seductive Allure of Behavioral Epigenetics July 6th, 2010

Could chemical changes to DNA underlie some of society's more vexing problems? Or is this hot new field getting ahead of itself? Read more.

News Dr. Matthew Farrer recipient of a Parkinson's Disease Foundation research grant July 6th, 2010

In collaboration with Dr. Christian Wider, Dr. Farrer has received funding from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation for the second year to study LINGO1 and LINGO2 in Parkinson's Disease. Read Parkinson's Disease Foundation press release.

News Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined by Dr. Michael Hayden and other supporters to Celebrate Construction of Youth Centre in Masiphumelele, Cape Town June 30th, 2010

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Tutu will be joined by Dr. Michael Hayden, his family and international supporters of the Masi Youth Project on July 2nd, 2010, to celebrate the construction of Masiphumelele Youth Centre in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. Read More.
Read University of Capetown Press Release.

News Pleiades Promoter Project's LAMA on Mammalian Genome May/June 2010 Cover June 25th, 2010

Mammalian Genome's May/June 2010 cover is photo courtesy of Russel Watkins, Kathy Banks, Stephanie Laprise, and Elizabeth Simpson. Read paper on LAMA, an internet-based open-access LIMS, developed as part of the Pleiades Promoter Project. Read paper.

News Researchers Explore How Video Game Technology Can Treat Brain Disorders June 4th, 2010

Two years ago, Shane Dunne’s son would scream and bolt into the street if he heard a dog bark in the distance.

Fourteen-year-old Sam has Asperger’s syndrome, but today his symptoms, including anxiety about dogs and hypersensitivity to his environment, are under control, thanks in part to a game developed by his computer scientist father. Read more.