UPCOMING EVENT: Beyond the Human Genome Sequence: Entering the Era of Genomic Medicine

April 1, 2007

You are invited to attend an insightful discussion by one of today’s leaders in genomics, Dr. Eric Green.This event is free of charge, presented by Genome BC.

Date: Thursday, April 12

Time: 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Location: Science World at Telus World of Science

1455 Quebec Street

About the Speaker:

Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D. is the Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, a position he has held since 2002. In addition, he serves as Chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch (since 1996) and Director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (since 1997).

Dr. Green received his B.S. degree in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in 1987. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Green’s research program has been at the forefront of efforts to map, sequence, and understand eukaryotic genomes. His work included significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project. More recently, Dr. Green established a program in comparative genomics that involves the generation and comparative analyses of sequences from targeted genomic regions in multiple evolutionarily diverse species. His laboratory has directly utilized its own mapping and sequence data to identify and characterize several human disease genes, including those implicated in certain forms of hereditary deafness, vascular disease, and inherited peripheral neuropathy.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the GenomeBC website.


Celebrating Research Week – The Heart of Diabetes

March 3, 2007

March 10, 8:00am – 2:30pm

Join CKNW’s Dr. Art Hister’s House Calls live from UBC’s free public forum and province-wide webcast where researchers will explore and discuss what’s new in the fight against diabetes and its cardiovascular complications.

This event will be held at the Life Sciences Centre, Theatre 2 – 2350 Health Sciences Mall. More information can be found at www.med.ubc.ca/research/events.


Celebrating Research Week – Managing Health Care for the Future

March 3, 2007

March 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Join the Sauder School of Business for an exciting panel discussion on the future of health care at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St. – Room C100. This is a free event and everyone is encouraged to attend. Key note speakers include:  Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrating Research Week – Healthy Lungs, Healthy Lives: The Latest Research & Care in Lung Health

March 3, 2007

March 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Unlock the secrets of lung health with experts in asthma, cystic fibrosis in children, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Experts will examine the environmental and genetic contributors to poor lung health, the latest in research and care, and then answer your questions. The seminar will be conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Building Level 1 (1081 Burrard St.), New Lecture Theatre.

Pre-registration is free, call 604-875-4372
or email celebratersearch@vch.ca.


Celebrating Research Week – Department of Surgery Poster Session

March 3, 2007

From March 6 – 8, The Centre of Surgical Research will host a poster session to showcase posters by their researchers. This event is held at the Diamond Family Courtyard, VGH – 2775 Laurel St.

For more informations call 604-875-4111 ext. 61386.


UBC student recovers heart function after needing two heart pumps

February 23, 2007

Some of you might remember a posting from last November about how artificial heart pumps can be used to rejuvenate dying hearts.  It turns out that the only person in Canada and one of very few people in the world to have recovered heart function after needing two simultaneous heart pumps to keep her heart pumping is a UBC student, Marrie!

 Read her story


Intelligent tooth automatically releases drugs – available by 2010

February 22, 2007

Researchers are developing an artificial tooth that automatically releases drugs. The device, called Intellidrug, works by holding the drug in tablet form in a reservoir which will release the drug. It might be used for conditions that require a constant level of drug in the blood, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

“With this system, we can time the dosage to take place – even when the patient is sleeping.

“We can easily adjust the dosage in line with the patient’s needs, dependent on sex or weight.”

Also, it might be useful for those with chronic conditions.

“About 50% of people with chronic conditions do not take their medicines correctly and that in turn costs the health service money.”

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