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Canadian family donates brains to UBC-led study
July 3, 2012An international research team led by human genetics researchers at UBC has identified an abnormal gene associated with typical late-onset Lewy body Parkinson’s disease.Twelve of the 57 members of the extended family who participated in the study had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.“A breakthrough like this would not be possible without their involvement and support. They […] Read More >


North’s medical situation improving
July 2, 2012Dr. David Snadden, executive associate dean of education for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, says two trends in medical education are starting to benefit the health of communities in northern BC.First, the province is graduating more medical students than ever and Snadden foresees a saturation point in Vancouver and Victoria.The second is the push to build […] Read More >


Chemo brain study
June 27, 2012Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have long reported difficulties with memory and cognition throughout the treatment process, and following their recovery. But UBC researchers investigating “Chemo Brain” are making progress toward unraveling the mystery of this condition – and are finding that exercise may be helpful.“We haven’t looked at the results yet; we don’t like to […] Read More >


Spinal cord injuries no longer stopping men from becoming fathers
June 27, 2012Spinal cord injuries no longer stopping men from becoming fathers Technological advancements in the field of reproductive health and sexual stimulation have given many men who suffer from spinal cord injuries an opportunity to be fathers, which may not have existed 20 years ago. Men who live with paraplegia or quadriplegia, as a result of […] Read More >


Three new appointments to Faculty's education portfolio
June 27, 2012Paul Winwood becomes the Faculty's new Regional Associate Dean, Northern B.C. and UNBC's Vice Provost Medicine July 1. Read More >


Parkinson's gene identified with help of Mennonite family
June 27, 2012Medical Genetics Professor Matthew Farrer says the discovery helps unify past genetic discoveries about the disease. Read More >


Researchers show that stem cells can beat back diabetes
June 27, 2012Professor Tim Kieffer used human stem cell transplants to restore self-regulating insulin production in mice. Read More >


UNBC appoints new head to NMP
June 26, 2012Prince George physician Dr. Paul Winwood has been appointed head of academic medicine for UNBC’s Northern Medical Program.Winwood will hold dual titles beginning July 1: regional associate dean for northern B.C. in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and vice provost of medicine at UNBC.“As a physician and teacher working in northern B. C, I have […] Read More >


Dr. Evan Wood: The war on drugs has failed
June 26, 2012The international war on drugs has been an abysmal fiasco, leading to increased violence and failing to stem the growth of the drug trade despite its enormous expense to taxpayers, writes UBC professor of medicine Dr. Evan Wood in the National Post.Furthermore, Dr. Wood cites data indicating that the spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV […] Read More >


Smartphone app helps B.C. track ovarian cancer outcomes
June 25, 2012A locally-created new smartphone app is enabling ovarian cancer surgeons in B.C. to record details directly from the surgical suite to the provincial database where ovarian cancer tumour information is stored, investigated and tracked. The app, developed by the Cheryl Brown Ovarian Cancer Outcomes unit, a division of the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OvCaRe), prompts […] Read More >

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