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Virtual: 2020 Vancouver Gairdner National Symposium

Watch the video of the 2020 Gairdner National Symposium: HERE The Vancouver Gairdner High School & National Symposium is held each fall to give students, teachers, and the academic community the opportunity to hear from two Gairdner award-winning scientists and learn about the BC Children’s Hospital’s research facilities. Time: 2:00- 4:30 pm, Monday, October 26, […]

Dr. Wyeth Wasserman among four UBC faculty named AAAS Fellows in 2020

This year, four UBC faculty members have been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. Jesse Brewer (Physics): For his pioneering work developing muSR, in which muons are used to probe quantum materials, with critical […]

Re-writing the code of life: GenomeBC podcast

Two scientists recently shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for transforming an obscure bacterial immune mechanism, called CRISPR, into “genetic scissors” – an editing tool for re-writing the code of life. The two female Nobel Prize winners accomplished this through collaboration – which is exactly how two Canadian scientists – Dr. Elizabeth Simpson (CMMT) and […]

CMMT Newsletter September 2020

Changing the World: It Pays to Dream In 1983, Dr. Michael Hayden arrived at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a big idea, some might even say a dream. A physician-scientist with a focus on genetic diseases, particularly Huntington’s Disease and lipoprotein disorders, Dr. Hayden sought to establish a research centre that embraced an […]

New antivirus options from UBC IT

As of 2020 July, UBC IT has mandated a changeover in cyber security/anti malware software. Here is what you need to know: Your on-site desktop computers that log in with CMMT network credentials will be handled by CMMT IT Your UBC-owned laptops will need you to do the following – Uninstall SOPHOS (see section below) […]

Dr. Elizabeth Simpson Awarded Fighting Blindness Research Grant

Using gene therapy to treat congenital blindness Aniridia is an eye disorder where the iris, the coloured part of the eye, is partially or completely absent. Individuals with aniridia usually have low vision from birth and develop glaucoma and cataracts, which can lead to blindness. Current treatments may slow the progression of aniridia, but there […]