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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 […]

Professor, Tenure | Donald Rix British Columbia Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) invite applications for a successful candidate eligible to be nominated for the approved Donald Rix British Columbia Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine, and appointed a faculty position at the rank of Professor, Tenure. The CMMT is a […]

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) […]

Research Associate: BIOINFORMATICS LAB

The UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics based at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute is home to a highly collaborative community of scientists connected by a common commitment to use leading edge molecular methods to advance development of therapeutics for human disease.  With a strong history in neurogenetics and metabolism research, the CMMT […]


Silent Genomes: Reducing health-care disparities and improving diagnostic success for Indigenous children with genetic disease. Silent Genomes is a Genome Canada/CIHR funded 4-year project which has 4 key activities: Activity 1: the core of the project, integrates Indigenous-led governance, community engagement, community education, and student capacity building throughout the entire project; Activity 2: Precision diagnosis […]

Virtual: 2020 Vancouver Gairdner National Symposium

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, 2020 Venue: Zoom Hosted by Dr. Michael Hayden, Centre for […]

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 […]