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Widely-used MS drug doesn’t measurably slow progression of the disease, researchers find
July 18, 2012The study, by Associate Professor of Neurology Helen Tremlett and others, examined the effectiveness of beta-interferons. Read More >


Multiple sclerosis drug doesn’t prevent onset of disability, study finds
July 18, 2012A study by researchers at UBC finds that the most widely prescribed drug for treating multiple sclerosis, interferon beta, has little or no effect on a patient’s progression to disability.Researchers collected data on 868 patients treated with interferon beta, comparing them with 1,788 patients who never took the drug. They found that those who took […] Read More >


Norman Bethune’s ideas have saved many lives
July 17, 2012Dr. Edward M. Conway, the director of the Centre for Blood Research and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, writes that while many may not agree with Dr. (Henry) Norman Bethune’s politics, “he was a selfless and innovative physician.”“In fact, he was amongst the first to promote universal access to health care […] Read More >


Resistance training valuable in dementia fight for older adults
July 16, 2012Research from clinical trials released at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this week show how specific exercises are beneficial to improving mental functioning and reducing risk for cognitive impairment and dementia in healthy older adults and others with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).Lindsay Nagamatsu, a PhD student at UBC, studied the results of twice-weekly […] Read More >


Conference on Alzheimer’s disease in Vancouver
July 16, 2012Four thousand of the world’s experts in Alzheimer’s disease converge on Vancouver this week for their annual conference. Many will be anxious to hear about three drugs undergoing clinical trials. All three drugs try to attack Alzheimer’s the same way, by getting rid of a protein suspected of being involved in the death of brain […] Read More >


Educators propose “flipping” medical training
July 10, 2012Dr. David Snadden, executive associate dean of education at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, examines a new era of teaching called the “flipped classroom” – a practice which slashes student exposure to mind-numbing lectures and frees class time for discussions and interactive exercises in hopes of better preparing future physicians to be life-long learners.“The thing that’s […] Read More >


GPs should ask how far you walk, not what you weigh as it is more important to your health, say experts
July 6, 2012A new study published in The Lancet suggests GPs should ask all patients how far they walk because it is more important to their health than either weight or blood pressure. The authors believe that a lack of exercise leads to many cases of fatal cancers and heart disease.UBC professor Karim Khan, one of the […] Read More >


Province’s SAD summer to heat up in coming weeks
July 5, 2012Dr. Edwin Tam a psychiatrist at the Vancouver Coastal Health Mood Disorders centre at UBC Hospital and a clinical associate professor at UBC’s department of psychiatry, says that despite forecasted sun and warmer temperatures, those who suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may take a while to pull out of it.“A few days of weather won’t […] Read More >


July 2012
July 3, 2012Leadership Opportunities Available The Faculty is recruiting for several leadership positions, including new positions in the MD Undergraduate Program: Director of Assessment Director of Curriculum Director of Foundations of Medicine Assistant Dean, Fraser Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program Other leadership positions in the Faculty of Medicine: Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics […] Read More >


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 >

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